The Next American Dream - Most Commented

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Library puts tools in people's hands

May 14, 2009
Bob Horton, manager of a tool library in Springfield, Mo., talks with Steve Chiotakis about whether we all really need our own stuff. His organization loans out everyday tools like power drills and lawnmowers.

Job market has designs on new Dream

May 14, 2009
Doodlers and tinkerers, take heart. Design has moved from a decorative sideshow to center stage in the business world and, says commentator Kay Hymowitz, career opportunities abound.
Posted In: Economy

Americans need more help to move up

May 14, 2009
The American Dream is grounded in the idea that all hard-working people can climb the ladder to a better life. But commentator John Morton says that today too many Americans, particularly those on the bottom rung, remain stuck.
Posted In: Education

Addressing a widening opportunity gap

May 14, 2009
America may be called the Land of Opportunity, but growing disparities between rich and poor now limit economic advancement. Alan Milburn, a British government adviser on social mobility, talks with Bill Radke about how the U.K. is dealing with similar concerns.

Homes built for a new American Dream

May 13, 2009
Home developers are morphing designs to match the needs of homeowners in a new economy. Kai Ryssdal talks to Elizabeth Moule, an architect in Pasadena, Calif., who's using the subprime crisis as an opportunity to re-think how homes are built.
Posted In: Housing

Young families take new look at city life

May 13, 2009
A growing number of young families are rethinking the traditional American Dream of owning a home in the suburbs. They're now considering the advantages of renting a place in the city. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Housing

India loves cars too, but smaller ones

May 13, 2009
Dinesh Mohan, a transportation expert at the Indian Institute of Technology, talks with Bill Radke about his country's embrace of the car and what lessons Americans might take from it.
Posted In: Auto

His drive to suburbia's a (natural) gas

May 13, 2009
The private automobile helped build suburbia. But cars generate about one quarter of all man-made greenhouse gases. Dick Messer, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, loves his alternative ride -- and it's not electric.
Posted In: Auto

Housing community has lots in common

May 12, 2009
Kathy Journeay, a health-care administrator near Boston, talks with Steve Chiotakis about her experiment with a different kind of suburban living called "cohousing."
Posted In: Housing

In China, not a dream but an obsession

May 12, 2009
In America, owning a home is part of the Dream. In China, it goes way beyond that. Marketplace's Shanghai bureau chief Scott Tong explains.

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About this collection

"Food for Nine Billion" is a multi-platform media project that examines the challenge of feeding the world at a time of growing demand, changing diets, rising food and energy prices, shrinking land and water resources, and accelerating climate change. It is a collaborative project of Marketplace, Homelands Productions, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and PBS NewsHour.