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Economy Serves Diner's Customers Tough Times

As part of a series of conversations, David Greene talks to Izola White, 88, who has owned a diner on Chicago's South Side for more than 50 years. It closed recently because of financial troubles. Listeners first heard from her two years ago, as part of NPR's cross-country trip discussing President Obama's first 100 days in office.
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Spain's Teachers Protest Contract Changes, Layoffs

The economic crisis in Spain has hit public education where "jobs for life" had been the norm for teachers. As students head back to school, teachers across Spain are demonstrating against layoffs and contract changes.
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Despite Crisis, Do Countries Benefit From Eurozone?

For the last couple of years there has been nothing but frustration for the European countries that use the euro. Josef Joffe, editor of the German newspaper Die Zeit, tells David Greene that debt-ridden countries like Greece 'can't be on the dole forever."
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Financial Crisis Threatens To Destroy Eurozone

A sense of imminent doom is gripping Europe in the face of a possible Greek default on its debt. The head of the European Commission calls it the most serious problem to hit Europe in a generation, while others have warned of "dramatic economic, social and political costs" if Greece was to leave the eurozone.
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Mortgage Savings: Leaders Seek Refinancing Options

Millions of homeowners can't qualify for current low interest rates. If they could, they'd save hundreds of dollars a month on their home loans, which might give them money to spend elsewhere. The president and lawmakers in both parties want to help more homeowners refinance, but critics say it would come at the expense of investors.
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Making It In The U.S.: More Than Just Hard Work

Experts say the widening racial wealth gap is caused by more than just a bad economy. They blame deeply ingrained differences in things such as inheritance, home ownership, taxes and even expectations. Meet two families, one white and one black, whose experiences reflect this widening economic divide.
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China Tells Others To Put Financial House In Order

At a World Economic Forum summit, Beijing is making clear its reluctance to take on the role of the global economic savior. At the same time, Chinese business and economic leaders are stressing how large and how crucial a role China plays in U.S. financial stability.

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