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Midmorning: China manufacturing and NASCAR

Posted at 7:20 AM on July 10, 2007 by Bill Wareham

China's manufacturing is being scrutinized after a rash of poisonings and toxic product scares. But some argue these problems are exacerbated by Western importers looking for the lowest price possible. Midmorning examines the issues at 9 a.m. Kate Smith's guests are Oded Shenkar, Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management at Ohio State University. He's the author of The Chinese Century; and Jim McGregor, author of One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China. Until recently he split his time between Duluth and China; and David Barboza, business reporter with the New York Times based in China.

At 10 a.m., Kate and guests look at how stock car racing has come a long way from early moonshine runner legends like Junior Johnson to the clean-cut likes of Jeff Gordon, and in the process has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Guests include Jeff MacGregor, special contributor to Sports Illustrated and author of Sunday Money: Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Hot Lap Around America with NASCAR; and Neal Thompson, journalist and author of Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR."