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More low-income people live in suburbs

Jul 8, 2009
Poverty used to be a symptom of the inner cities, but today, more low-income people live in the suburbs. Jeff Tyler tells the story of an accountant with an MBA who survived suburban homelessness.
Posted In: Jobs

Family takes frugality to the extreme

Jul 3, 2009
Many people living in comfortable surroundings are now embracing a frugal-chic attitude. Maine-based author W. Hodding Carter and his family are experimenting in being ultra-frugal for an entire year.
Posted In: Economy, Food, Savings

Harlem wants residents to go shopping

Jun 22, 2009
Harlem residents are used to leaving the community if they want to shop, but a "shop local" campaign is trying to bring revenue to the neighborhood's stores. Kate Ellis explores why the recently-thriving Harlem is struggling now.
Posted In: Retail

Deep South's farm-worker jobs vanish

Jun 17, 2009
Agriculture workers are used to long hours for low pay, but cutbacks and layoffs are making it even harder to get work where jobs were already tough to find. Jeff Tyler talks to farm workers in Tchula, Miss.
Posted In: Agriculture, Jobs

Free benefits up for grabs

Jun 12, 2009
There are billions of government dollars available to help people with everything from assistance with groceries to home improvement. Reporter Jeff Tyler went to Ohio to check out a program that helps match people with benefits.
Posted In: Economy, Food

Family takes frugality to the extreme

Jun 5, 2009
Many people living in comfortable surroundings are now embracing a frugal-chic attitude. Maine-based author W. Hodding Carter and his family are experimenting in being ultra-frugal for an entire year.
Posted In: Economy, Food, Savings

A fair plan to make college affordable

May 22, 2009
The average college graduate today leaves school $22,000 in debt, and has job choices limited to what pays the most. Commentator Robert Reich offers a new strategy to cover the cost of education without worrying about money.
Posted In: Education

Why the rich matter

Mar 16, 2009
Thanks to greedy bankers and cons like Bernard Madoff, the wealthy aren't so popular these days. But if you think the rich don't benefit the rest of us, think again. Jeff Tyler reports.

Wind carries jobs for Lakota Sioux

Mar 11, 2009
For 21-year-old single mother and Lakota Sioux Ashley Elk Nation, a South Dakota wind farm provides resources to help her prosper. Laurie Stern has the second installment of this story from a state tribal reservation.
Posted In: Jobs

Lifting a tribe's fortunes with wind

Mar 10, 2009
The Lakota Sioux tribe has been measuring wind for a decade, and is working out a way to use wind turbines to lift its fortunes. Laurie Stern profiles the reservation in this first installment of a two-part story.

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The recession has changed our financial lives. A look at wealth and prosperity in the middle class and how we live now.