Fri January 4, 2013
Legislative Preview; Sugar Bowl Victory; 'Insourcing' at GE: Today on Byline
1:06 - WFPL and KPR's Kenny Colston tells us what we can expect from the upcoming legislative session in Kentucky, and Joseph Lord looks back at this week's Sugar Bowl victory by the University of Louisville.
1:16 - Andrea Seabrook and DecodeDC explore the interplay of politics and the media, and how press coverage can feed into the negative, partisan bickering in Washington. Case in point: The Fiscal Cliff.
1:30 - From WKCR's Unfictional series comes the story of Amanda McDonough, a 22-year-old graduate of Cal Poly Pomona who's had hearing problems her whole life. She wore hearing aids and hid the fact from everyone she knew. Mostly she got by. But then, last year, everything changed. Independent radio producer spends some time with Amanda and her family.
1:45 - At its height, the General Electric Plant in Louisville employed 23,000 people. That was in 1973. After that, the plant began to shrink — laying off more and more employees. Like other manufacturing giants, it followed the outsourcing trend, sending jobs overseas, and especially China.
By 2011, GE bottomed-out with less than just 1,900 jobs in the Louisville plant. But in February of 2012, something began to change. New jobs were created. A new assembly line opened — the first since 1955. All of this was reported in a story in the Atlantic Magazine, by Charles Fishman. It’s called, “The Insourcing Boom. ” And it began with GE bring home a water heater — a simple appliance they’vemade for years. Fishman joins WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian to explain.