A couple of PBS NOW items:
This Friday night’s episode (May 18 at 9:30 p.m. CDT) asks the question “What’s stopping auto companies from making a 100 mile-per-gallon car?” Former GM engineer and NOW correspondent Jonathan Silvers goes under the hood of the U.S. car industry to look at what’s being called a colossal failure of American engineering. Does Detroit have a secret weapon waiting in the wings?
The show also profiles an organization that hopes to move kids out of poverty with — of all things — bicycles. Part of NOW’s “Ideas That Work” series.
Tonight, Thursday May 17 at 8 p.m. CDT, INDEPENDENT LENS presents ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, An Academy Award-nominated study of one of the biggest business scandals in American history. The documentary chronicles a corporate disaster in which top executives from the seventh largest U.S. company walked away with over one billion dollars, leaving investors and employees with nothing. The INDEPENDENT LENS site has some great resources and a preview link.