‘The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer’ drops in on AJ’s Cafe in Ferndale

So, Jim Lehrer wasn’t there but his NewsHour was. A crew from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer stopped in at AJ’s Cafe in Ferndale to hold a discussion on the state of the American auto industry. To owner AJ O’Neill, it seemed like a perfect fit since it was the same cafe that, earlier this spring, held a 288-hour music marathon in support of the auto workers.


On May 27, the crew of the Public Broadcasting Service’s The
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
visited AJ’s Cafe, 240 W. Nine Mile Road, for
a roundtable discussion about the current state of the American auto
industry. PBS News correspondent Paul Solman led the interview with
five United Auto Workers members and various PBS News pundits, focusing
on, among other topics, the future of the union’s pension fund if
General Motors files for bankruptcy. Lehrer himself wasn’t there.

At press time, the segment was scheduled to air on PBS at 6 p.m. on either May 29 or June 1.

was great to be a part of that,” said cafe owner A.J. O’Neil. “I really
appreciate them coming out here to our little cafe. It was a lot of

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