Wonderful Klaipeda and Curonian Spit
August 9, 2018
Travelers who visit Nida, the fishing and resort village on the Curonian Spit, often go away thinking this can’t be Europe. It’s so remote, so natural and so rustic. One hundred years ago Nida (then called Nidden) was an artists retreat that attracted Freud, Thomas Mann, and before that Richard Wagner. In my journey across Eastern Europe, Klaipeda (Memel) and the Curonian Spit are the places to which I want to return again and again.
Riding to Riga
July 23, 2018
This is the story of an 80-mile ride with a heavily laden Cannondale hybrid from the Latvian border with Estonia to Riga. This ride is part of Barry’s book, Exploring New Europe.
Vojvodina, Northern Serbia that Was Hungary
April 29, 2018
After a ten-year absence Belgrade is looking good. The problem is Serbia’s exclusion from the European Union and the corresponding lack of investment and opportunity for the young and skilled.
April 28, 2018
Tesla cars are exceedingly popular in Hong Kong, with more electric vehicles per capita than anywhere else. This short January 2018 video was done outside of one of four Tesla showrooms Hong Kong.
Visiting Central European University in Budapest in November 2017, Barry examines the feud between the Hungarian government and philanthropist George Soros.
Returning in November 2017 to Bratislava for the first time in a decade, Barry argues that Slovakia has come a long way since its velvet divorce from then Czechoslovakia in 1993.
In October 2017 the International Monetary Fund held its annual gathering of world finance officials in Washington. Barry looks at the results.
Barry’s July 8, 2017 report from the press room at the Hamburg G20 summit, assessing the positive atmospherics at Donald Trump’s first forum with global leaders.
A 2015 look at Warren Buffett’s Washington, DC neighborhood, his paper route, and his conversation with Barry Wood.
Debt Crisis–Greece and the US
September 21, 2011
“Warren Buffett is wrong, the US could experience a Greek-style debt crisis.” This was the topic of Barry’s September 21st, 2011 talk at the advanced academic program symposium at Johns Hopkins University, School of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC.
Last Major US Bicycle Maker Outsourcing to Asia
April 27, 2009
Bedford, a small town on the Juniata River in southern Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, has been the manufacturing center for the Cannondale Bicycle Company, the biggest remaining producer of bicycles made in the USA. But VOA’s Barry Wood reports from Bedford that a big change is in the works, and it is not a good one.
General Motors, America’s Biggest Car Company, Struggles to Survive
April 6, 2009
Buffeted by the global credit squeeze and the worst recession in 60 years, the world’s car companies in recent months have seen their sales plummet by 40 to 50 percent. VOA’s Barry Wood reports that no company has been hit harder than General Motors, the US-based industrial behemoth that manufactures vehicles on five continents.
Legendary Investor Warren Buffett Upbeat for Long-term
January 16, 2009
The world’s richest man, Warren Buffett, tells VOA’s Barry Wood that despite a deep financial and economic crisis, he believes American stocks are cheap and he is optimistic about the longer-term future.
Detroit Struggles to Halt Decline
October 7, 2008
Detroit, Michigan –the home of America’s big three car companies– is where the world’s auto industry was born. But along with the car companies it depends on, this Midwestern city is experiencing hard times. VOA’s Barry Wood reports from Detroit about the formidable challenges confronting the city.
Car Sales Fall 27 Percent
October 3, 2008
The US credit crunch is keeping American consumers out of car showrooms. In September, US car sales were down a stunning 27 percent. VOA’s Barry Wood reports from Detroit, the home of the US auto industry.
Henry Ford’s Model T Debuted 100 Years Ago
October 2, 2008
One hundred years ago, at a three-story factory in Detroit, Michigan, Henry Ford completed his first Model T. It became the world’s most popular car, a distinction that lasted until the 1970s when it was finally outsold by the Volkswagon Beetle. VOA’s Barry Wood reports from Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit.
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