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Andy Kirshner Featured on WDET and Michigan Radio

A man presumed to be Henry Ford stands at a city intersection with his back to the camera.

In Novem­ber 2021, Stamps Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor Andy Kir­sh­ner spoke to WDE­T’s Stephen Hen­der­son and to Michi­gan Radio’s April Baer about his new fea­ture-length exper­i­men­tal doc­u­men­tary, 10 Ques­tions for Henry Ford.

The film uses archival doc­u­ments, oral his­to­ries, Ford’s per­sonal note­books, and the automak­er’s tragic rela­tion­ship with his his­tor­i­cally under-appre­­ci­ated son, Edsel to take a bru­tally hon­est look at the com­plex legacy of an Amer­i­can icon, Henry Ford. 

In the radio inter­views, Kir­sh­ner shares ele­ments of his research, the gen­e­sis of the project, his cre­ative process, and the par­al­lels between Ford’s highly divi­sive time and present day America. 

As Kir­sh­ner tells Baer, I became inter­ested in the com­plex­i­ties and con­tra­dic­tions of his [Ford’s] per­son­al­ity. He was a folk hero, but he was also a really influ­en­tial anti-Semite. Prob­a­bly the Amer­i­can anti-Semite who did the most dam­age — ever.”