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Picnic with a pig or visit with a llama? Airbnb now offers "animal experiences"

Nov 26, 2019
Airbnb is inviting animal owners to host guests for “animal experiences."
Llama farmer Sarah McGovern prepares one her llamas, Jasmin, for a walk. Airbnb "experiences" guests can take a llama on a hike to a nearby creek.
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California city experiments with guaranteed income of $500 per month

Nov 4, 2019
Supporters of the pilot program say it's a step toward economic equality.
Jovan Bravo, 31, is one of 125 residents of Stockton, CA receiving a $500 monthly stipend from a pilot project testing the concept of universal basic income.
Sammy Caiola

“Van Life” is driving a niche market for conversion companies

Sep 2, 2019
Startups that specialize in outfitting vans for full-time living say there’s plenty of demand from “van lifers” who want customized rigs for working and playing.
Jenn McAmis and Calder Phillips opened West Coast Adventure Vehicles in Oroville, California.
Andrew Nixon for Marketplace

Dream big, live small: Why “van lifers” are trading four walls for four wheels

Jul 22, 2019
A group of millennials is turning to the open road as an alternative to a 9-to-5 job and a mortgage.
Travis Wild eats breakfast with his dog, Ayla.
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio