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Did 'barefoot homeless guy' really deserve charity?

Mar 29, 2013
Remember the “barefoot homeless guy” from when an NYPD officer bought him shoes? Well, he’s back in the news this week after being seen recently counting a “huge wad of bills.”
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Flying with a net, literal and figurative

Mar 26, 2013
Our reporter learns to fly on a trapeze -- and gets a crash course in safety nets, both real and metaphoric.
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WATCH: Krissy Clark tries her luck with an ACTUAL safety net

Marketplace Wealth and Poverty Reporter Krissy Clark tried her luck with a real safety net at Gaona’s Trapeze Workshop in Woodland Hills, Calif. Check out the video and see how she did!


Listen to Krissy's stories on financial safety nets here and here.


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Mar 26, 2013
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Show me your (real and metaphoric) safety net

Mar 26, 2013
One woman's definition of a safety net: Something that lets you take risks, from going to school to flying from a trapeze.
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Show Us Your Safety Net!

Mar 25, 2013
Have you ever had to go on government programs like welfare or food stamps? Or maybe you’ve had to ask your family or a close friend for financial assistance. If so, we want to hear from you!

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What does your safety net look like? What's caught you when you've stumbled -- or helped you feel financially secure enough to take a leap? It's not a subject we talk publicly about much, but at Marketplace we'll be looking at different people's financial safety nets, and how they've shaped their lives.

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When the coal layoffs trickle down

My great grandfather started in the coal mines of Southwestern Virginia in 1936 during a time when logging companies such as W.M. Ritter were...

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The loaded meaning behind 'What do you do?'

A great passage from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil:

“If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, "What'...

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When being cheap isn't worth it

Every time I try to fix my bike, I make the problem worse and have to go to the bike shop anyway. It doesn't matter how many books and...

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The secret life of a food stamp

Your article makes a lot of sense. Without the help of food stamps these people that are spending money at Walmart would be on the streets,...