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My Economy: Free college "changed my life"

Nov 23, 2016
Mike Essl is fighting to bring back free tuition at New York's Cooper Union.
Mike Essl, a graduate and acting dean of the Cooper Union School of Art, bears a tattoo of the college's iconic Foundation Building.
Leo Sorel/Courtesy of The Cooper Union

My Economy: How a single mom makes ends meet

Oct 14, 2016
A low-wage worker shares her experience living paycheck to paycheck.
At $13 an hour, it's hard for Lydia Flores to support her family.
Alex Wong/Getty Images

My Economy: Educational aspirations in a borderland

Feb 5, 2016
Many students in the border region are constantly moving between two countries.
Bowie is located in the Chamizal neighborhood in the South Central part of El Paso.
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My Economy: Life between two countries

Feb 4, 2016
A couple's lives are split between countries after a traffic stop and deportation.
A woman crosses the Sante Fe Bridge at Paso Del Norte, one of three ports of entry connecting El Paso and Juarez.
Tommy Andres/Marketplace

My Economy: The divided life of business at the border

Feb 3, 2016
When you live on an international border, the global economy is the local economy.
Roughly 20,000 pedestrians cross the border between El Paso and Juarez each day to work, shop and go to school.
Tommy Andres

My Economy: In Memphis, it all happens at night

Dec 21, 2015
The holidays are a boon for a city with a FedEx hub.

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My Economy: What full employment actually looks like

Manufacturing in Alabama and hopes for the future.
Tommy Andres

My Economy: Hard work, risk and opportunity in Alabama

What's really behind an unemployment statistic? We got to Alabama to find out.
Kai tackles the catfish economy in Greesnboro, Alabama.
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