The big winner in the auto industry in the last few months has been the Korean automaker Hyundai. Last month while car sales stalled, Hyundai had its biggest month ever. Analysts point to Hyundai's success as a sign of the increasingly competitive nature of the U.S. car market. Long gone are the days of the Big Three; now it's more like the Big Thirteen. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports on Hyundai and the fractured American car market.
Rep. Bill Huizenga of Michigan attended the meeting between President Obama and House Republicans at the White House this week. Host Scott Simon speaks to Huizenga about the GOP's perspective on the debt ceiling negotiations.
It's been a busy week for all kind of politics. Mitt Romney announced he's running for the Republican presidential nomination, but Sarah Palin got the headlines by taking a family vacation, with news cameras in tow. Democrats got a few headlines too, between John Edwards' indictment and Congressman Anthony Weiner's wayward photo tweets. Host Scott Simon and NPR political editor Ken Rudin talk about this week's stories.
Though Republicans are driving the budget debate in the House, Democrats have the say in the Senate. Host Scott Simon talks with Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, about the debt ceiling standoff.
This week, the online coupon provider Groupon and music streaming site Pandora announced they would be going public. These announcements come after the successful initial public stock offering of the business social networking site LinkedIn two weeks ago. Host Scott Simon speaks with social media marketing expert Beverly Macy about what just may be a new wave of Internet companies entering the market.