Modern Machine Shop’s first podcast series — a documentary style, limited series called “Made in the USA” — launched today, and it begins, appropriately enough, with a story. It’s a story that covers decades and played out slowly, just beneath the surface for many of us. But it’s one that has affected our lives and livelihoods, our way of life and, for a time, unsettled Americans’ confidence in our economy.
Understanding the challenges that face American manufacturing today requires taking a close look at what happened to manufacturing employment at the beginning of this century. This episode examines the post-millennium collapse of American manufacturing jobs, and introduces the debate surrounding manufacturing productivity’s role in that decline during the early 2000s.
Listen to the first episode here, or visit your favorite podcast platform to subscribe to “Made in the USA.”
The following is a complete transcript for Episode 1 of the “Made in the USA” podcast.
In addition to the hosts, the commentary in this episode is provided by:
- Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
- Mike DiMarino, President, Linda Tool
- Susan Houseman, Vice-President and Director of Research at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
- Scott Smith, Group Leader, Intelligent Machine Tools, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Doug Woods, President, The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)