Category Archives: Radio

That Glow in Fremont You Saw was the President

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With a series of Euro panics convulsing the world markets, you could argue the economy is not so much recovering as it is flapping about like a fish gasping its last.  Just the same, there are a lot of indicators … Continue reading »

Surprise, Surprise

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Tesla and Toyota, together in Fremont! Production of the Model S will begin in 2012,  using about 1,000 workers – a fifth of those who worked for NUMMI. “The new Tesla factory will give us plenty of room to grow,” … Continue reading »

Toyota & Tesla Join Forces in Fremont

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In a stunning reversal of fortune for the Bay Area’s last auto plant, Toyota announced today it will partner with Palo Alto’s Tesla Motors to produce electric vehicles at the recently shuttered NUMMI facility in Fremont. Gov. Schwarzenegger joined officials … Continue reading »

Green Wine Costs Less?

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I don’t read Wine Spectator regularly, so I learned of a provocative new study by two UC environmental economists from KCRW’s Good Food (11:37 in). UCLA’s Magali Delmas and Ph.D. student Laura Grant at UC Santa Barbara evaluated thousands of … Continue reading »

Animation Runs to Vancouver

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As promised, here is my interview on tax credit-induced digital animation explosion in Vancouver (at California’s cost) with Ron Diamond of Animation World Network. What do you think? Comments, please!

Boeing C-17 Feature on NPR

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Brian Watt’s feature for Shifting Gears aired on All Things Considered Monday, albeit slightly tweaked for a national audience.  Note the comments on, where you see clearly the political liability of relying on government pork.  Hence the pressure to … Continue reading »

Educating the Workforce of the Future

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KQED reporter Oanh Ha has been working on a provocative three-part series on education for The California Report. The first feature aired Friday, exploring ways business is stepping up to help schools teach math and science. Ask yourself this question: … Continue reading »

Still Making Planes in Long Beach

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About 5,000 people work in Long Beach on the Boeing C-17. The massive plane can carry tanks, people and disaster relief supplies across long distances – yet take off, land and maneuver on short dirt runways.  President Obama cites it … Continue reading »

Last Day

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They knew this was coming for half a year.  They knew this was coming Thursday.  But it wasn’t until the cold morning air hit their faces on the way out of the plant less than an hour after the 6 … Continue reading »

NPR Picks up NUMMI Job Center Story

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Here’s another example of national interest in the story. Coming up Friday, NPR’s Frank Langfitt will explore the history of NUMMI on All Things Considered, and then go in-depth with a full hour on This American Life on Saturday. Of … Continue reading »