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Demystifying the national debt

Apr 10, 2012
The U.S. national debt -- currently clocked at $15.6 trillion -- is a major issue that'll shape the election this fall. But where did it come from and what does it mean for individual Americans? A new book uncovers the numbers.
Posted In: debt

House lust

Apr 6, 2012
Tess interviews "Norumbega Park" author Anthony Giardina about the place that the house occupies in the American dream.
Posted In: Books, homeownership

How governments failed the global economy

Mar 19, 2012
Our financial troubles here and abroad stem from a confluence of causes. But if governments can do anything to fix our economic situation, shouldn't they have already?
Posted In: global economy, global economics

Rethinking the humble parking lot

Mar 14, 2012
MIT professor Eran Ben-Joseph has a minor obsession: Parking lots. He wants to design and use them better.
Posted In: parking lot, design

What does Putin want out of Russia?

Mar 8, 2012
Moscow journalist Masha Gessen discusses the reelection of Vladimir Putin and what it means for the people of Russia.
Posted In: Vladimir Putin, soviet union, Russia

Recognizing and addressing the problems of steep rent

Mar 6, 2012
The cost of rent in cities like L.A. or New York stands in the way of many people earning higher wages. Author Matthew Yglesias says the issue could be solved if cities loosen building regulations.
Posted In: rent, affordable housing, Housing

The journey from farm to the dinner table

Feb 21, 2012
In her new book, journalist Tracie MacMillan explores the various ways that Americans grow, buy, sell and eat their food.
Posted In: Food, Agriculture, Walmart, produce

The problem with cash

Feb 15, 2012
In his new book, "The End of Money," David Wolman explains why he advocates for the elimination of cash.
Posted In: currency, cash, dollar

'Our Black Year': One couple's challenge to shop black-owned businesses

Feb 14, 2012
Maggie and John Anderson started "The Empowering Experiment" to see if they could patronize only black-owned businesses. The results were surprising.
Posted In: Small Business, African American

The surprising appeal of solo living

Feb 13, 2012
The idea of living alone often conveys loneliness and isolation. But with more and more Americans living alone, author Eric Klinenberg argues that solo living is both enjoyable and economically beneficial.
Posted In: living alone, Millennial Generation

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