Modern Machine Shop produces first-ever podcast: Made in the USA

The series explores the current state of American manufacturing

Today, Modern Machine Shop announced the new podcast series, “Made in the USA.” The show is a six-part documentary-style series that strives to answer questions about the past, present and future of American manufacturing through exclusive interviews with world-class economists and manufacturing leaders. “Made in the USA” launches March 16 and will be available on all major streaming platforms.

“Made in the USA” uncovers the hidden history of how manufacturing in the United States arrived at its current state and lays out where it can go from here. The first episode digs into the collapse of manufacturing jobs after the turn of the millennium and features economists, shop owners and leaders in the industry. Listen to a preview here.

Other episodes will explore topics such as the effect of automation on American manufacturing jobs, supply chain strengths and challenges, and how the face of manufacturing is changing as baby boomers retire. The show is hosted by Modern Machine Shop Senior Editor and veteran podcast producer, Brent Donaldson, and Editor-in-Chief, Pete Zelinski.

“The health of the U.S. manufacturing sector impacts all of us in critically important but often hidden ways,” says Donaldson. “That’s really the jumping-off point of the series. Because once you understand that and then begin to look at everything that’s happened to American manufacturing over the last 20 years, you quickly discover that the story of manufacturing is also the story of the nation.”

“This isn’t Modern Machine Shop extending its established voice and content to a different medium,” explains Zelinski, who has written for the publication for nearly a quarter-century. “This is something much different: our recognition that, as we come through the disruptions of the past year, we are in some sense facing a new moment in U.S. manufacturing, a new beginning. The medium of a thoughtful podcast with many voices will let us explore where we are and where we’ve been. The country made a set of choices regarding manufacturing in decades past. We can understand those choices, take note of what they led to, and maybe choose differently going forward.”

“Made in the USA” brings together Modern Machine Shop’s nearly century-long expertise in manufacturing with a unique audio storytelling experience to present a show unlike any other.

Listeners can find “Made in the USA” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast platforms. Follow Modern Machine Shop on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


About Modern Machine Shop: With an emphasis on applications stories and case histories, Modern Machine Shop provides insight into real world applications of metalworking technology. Helping the audience to discover, not only what the technology can do, but how it can change their business, how it can help them serve their customers better and how they can be more profitable as a business enterprise.