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    561: NUMMI 2015

    Jul 17, 2015
    A car plant in Fremont California that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production system: How it made cars of much higher quality and much lower cost than GM achieved. Frank Langfitt explains why GM didn't learn the lessons—until it was too late.

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    443: Amusement Park

    Jul 24, 2015
    We head to some of the happiest places on Earth: Amusement Parks! Jonathan Goldstein revisits one he worked at as a teen, Ira takes us behind the scenes at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, where the staff so loves their jobs they make music videos and other videos.

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    562: The Problem We All Live With

    Jul 31, 2015
    Charter schools, turnaround schools and small schools are all experiments that are supposed to improve schools for mostly poor, minority kids. But there is one thing that nobody tries anymore, despite a lot of evidence that it works. Desegregation. This week, reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at one school district in Missouri that accidentally launched a desegregation program just a few years ago. It's the first of a two part series.

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