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As welfare shrinks, some of the neediest are being left without a lifeline

It's true that welfare reform has pushed people back to work. It's also true that it has withdrawn crucial support from Americans on the fringes of the workforce.

  • Tina Griego
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  • Sep 19, 2014
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Why temporary assistance may not be enough for the neediest of families

TANF was envisioned as a runway for the poor to launch themselves out of poverty, but a troubling fraction still skid along the rock bottom of the economy.

  • Jeff Guo
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  • Sep 15, 2014
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The danger of being pushed off public assistance

For America's poor, the security of public benefits can outweigh the risks of a low-paying, uncertain job.

  • Tina Griego
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  • Sep 15, 2014
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The Postal Service is losing millions a year to help you buy cheap stuff from China

Online merchants are running into a particularly troubling quirk of international postal law.

  • Jeff Guo
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  • Sep 12, 2014
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Music from mid-sized American cities: a non-definitive Spotify playlist

A selection of indie music from Minneapolis, Athens, Chapel Hill, and Portland.

  • Ryan McCarthy
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  • Sep 8, 2014
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Meet the man who studies indie music economies. (Yes, he’s in a band too)

Music geographer Michael Seman on how music can transform cities.

  • Danielle Paquette
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  • Sep 8, 2014
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Why it pays to live near creative people — just not too many

What research from 17th century classical musicians tells us about creative clusters.

  • Jeff Guo
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  • Sep 8, 2014
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Can indie music save your neighborhood?

Omaha's lesson in music as economic stimulus, as told through one up-and-coming Nebraska band.

  • Danielle Paquette
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  • Sep 8, 2014
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Bad luck meets bad policy: Why it can be so hard to get the unemployed back to work

In Richmond, bad luck and bad choices collide with bad policy.

  • Tina Griego
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  • Sep 5, 2014
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What unemployment support is available in your city?

Not every city supports the unemployed in the same way. What's working in your town?

  • Julia Carpenter
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  • Sep 2, 2014
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