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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Monday, November 21, 2011

The super committee has failed to reach a deficit-cutting deal. The rising price of food is making it difficult for food banks this holiday season. Environmental organizations like the Sierra Club are also having a hard time getting funding. Author Jeffrey Eugenides talks about work in the first of a weeklong series on how writers document the economy. And Mitchell Hartman takes a look at the recession in California's Inland Empire.

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U.S. currency is seen in this Jan. 30, 2011, photo in Manassas, Va.
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Southern California’s Inland Empire has the second-highest unemployment in the country for a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people -- 13.4 percent (September 2011). Only Las Vegas is higher. Job loss and the housing crash have devastated retailers on this commercial strip in Fontana, Calif.
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William McPherson attends a rally organized by the Sierra Club against the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster off the coast of Louisiana, in New Orleans on May 8, 2010.
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Nation's food banks stretched thin

Needy Coloradans line up to receive free groceries on October 4, 2011 in Pueblo, Colorado. The Care and Share food bank, based in Colorado Springs, delivers food once a week to distribution points at area churches in Pueblo, serving on average 200 families.
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