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Half a century ago, a dream of affordable housing turned sour in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Apr 13, 2023
The neighborhood's decline in the early 1970s had roots in a scandal surrounding a federal program meant to boost home ownership.
"Marketplace Morning Report" host David Brancaccio stands in what used to be his grandfather's bar in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Jarrett Dang/Marketplace

Hip-hop traces its roots to economic hard times

Mar 15, 2023
An exhibit at New York City's Fofografiska museum spotlights how poverty and inequality in the 1970s helped create the genre.
Grandmaster Flash, Debbie Harry, Fab 5 Freddy, Chris Stein of Blondie and friend, 1981.
Courtesy of Fotografiska New York and copyright of the artist.

We all used to hate the color green

Dec 22, 2017
Now we associate it with environmentalism, but in the medieval period, it was seen as an "unnatural" shade.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images