“Detroit Duck” (#1304)

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Friday, 1/23 @ 5:00pm ET
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Sunday, 1/25 @ 10:30am ET
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  1. PLAYING: Entire Show

  2. Open: John's Open

    (1:16)
  3. Segment 1: O'Sullivan Interview

    Guest:

    (4:45)
  4. Segment 2: Reyes and Alberts Interviews

    Guests:

    (10:35)
  5. Segment 3: Neil Interview

    Guest:

    (5:38)
  6. Close: John's Closing Thoughts

    (0:56)
  7. EXTRA: Jim O'Sullivan, President & CEO, Mazda North America Operations


    (4:07)
  8. EXTRA: More EXTRAs from this show

  9. EXTRA: Pete Reyes, Chief Engineer, Ford Motor Co.


    (5:09)
  10. EXTRA: Daniel Howes, The Detroit News


    (4:51)

Synopsis

Jim O'Sullivan, President & CEO, Mazda North America Operations, Pete Reyes, Chief Engineer, Ford Motor Co., Rod Alberts, Executive Director, Detroit Auto Dealers Association, Dan Neil, Los Angeles Times

Topic: Interviews from the 2009 North American International Auto Show

Detroit's annual celebration of arguably its most important invention -- the car -- is just steps from the site of another Motor City discovery. Across the street from Cobo Hall and the North American International Auto Show is 234 West Larned, the former site of one of the city's most famous restaurants, the Pontchartrain Wine Cellars. It was there one night in 1937 that owner Harold Borgman thought he would save the red wine left in customers' bottles and combine them with a half bottle of undrunk champagne. It was at this epic moment in American history when the popular adult beverage "Cold Duck" was born.

So, with a nod to Mr. Borgman, we have gathered some of our tastiest interviews yet to be broadcast from the 2009 N.A.I.A.S. and put them in this week's show: a video homage to his famous drink that we'll call "Detroit Duck." Appearing with John from the floor of the show is a perfect Press Days potpourri: one OEM CEO, the Chief Engineer of one of the hottest cars unveiled in Detroit, the Executive Director of the dealer group who puts on the show and then we wrap-up interviewing the only Pulitzer Prize-winning automotive columnist going. All of that this week on Autoline Detroit. Cheers...