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The Big Book

"Why can't I make ends meet? Why can't I make this math work?"

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Jun 28, 2018
In her new book, Alissa Quart examines the lives of middle-class families struggling to get by.
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Cutting the federal income tax rate is just a start, some economists say

by Andy Uhler Nov 9, 2017
Gary Cohn, President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser, told CNBC this morning that it would be hard for the current tax bill to reduce federal tax rates further for a family earning median income without going into negative tax rates. But…

I went to the world's largest Applebee's to figure out why chain restaurants are dying

by Peter Balonon-Rosen Oct 20, 2017
The decline of chain restaurants coincides with the growth in income disparities.
The second floor dining room at an Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Manhattan.
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How African-Americans were 'shut out' of the American dream

by David Brancaccio and Janet Nguyen Apr 25, 2017
Discriminatory employment and housing practices have made it difficult for black men and women to enter the middle class, according to a new documentary.
Kathy Region (L) and Jimmie Alvin with his dog, pimp, sit next to the shanty town going up next to their apartment complex in the Liberty City neighborhood in Miami, Florida. 
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The Marketplace Quiz

Indie musician Conor Oberst takes the Marketplace Quiz

by Hayley Hershman Mar 17, 2017
He says that the music industry is a reflection of the general economy.
Conor Oberst has a carousel horse in his living room.
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What Homer Simpson can tell us about the economy

by Kai Ryssdal and Cerise Castle Dec 14, 2016
He's had more than 100 jobs, but hasn't progressed economically.
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Starbucks doubles down on China

by Reema Khrais Oct 21, 2016
The company plans to open more than 2,000 additional stores in the next five years.
A Starbucks coffee shop, built in traditional Chinese style, in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.
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Ask not what Marketplace can do for you, but what you can do for Marketplace.

The middle class vacation squeeze

by Mitchell Hartman Jul 14, 2016
Taking an annual out-of-town vacation is a mark of middle-class attainment in the U.S. But about 1 in 4 households haven't managed to get away for a week or more — in five years.
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How The Deck Is Stacked

Why the middle class has less money and bigger bills

by Kai Ryssdal and Tommy Andres Jun 9, 2016
An economist explains why things have gotten more expensive and we make less money.
 Middle-class life has become 30 percent more expensive in the past 20 years.
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How The Deck Is Stacked

What it feels like to be a middle class family today

by Kai Ryssdal and Tommy Andres Jun 9, 2016
Maybe it's time to redefine what it means to be middle class in America
Aaron and Mary Murray live with their five-year-old daughter Vandy and their dog Murphy in Los Angeles.
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