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Ford Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Period costumes and a Model T Ford at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. -- dubbed Greenfield Village
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Period costumes and a Model T Ford at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. -- dubbed Greenfield Village

On Monday the Ford Motor Company celebrates its 100th anniversary. Ford's innovation in the early 1900s brought America the Model T and the assembly line. NPR's John Ydstie looks back on the company's influence on American society.

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John Ydstie has covered the economy, Wall Street, and the Federal Reserve at NPR for nearly three decades. Over the years, NPR has also employed Ydstie's reporting skills to cover major stories like the aftermath of Sept. 11, Hurricane Katrina, the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He was a lead reporter in NPR's coverage of the global financial crisis and the Great Recession, as well as the network's coverage of President Trump's economic policies. Ydstie has also been a guest host on the NPR news programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Ydstie stepped back from full-time reporting in late 2018, but plans to continue to contribute to NPR through part-time assignments and work on special projects.