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Official: No 'Silver Bullet' To Solve Housing Crisis

Raphael Bostic, the architect of President Obama's refinancing plan, says the plan has the potential to help millions of homeowners take advantage of historically low mortgage rates. But that alone won't heal the ailing housing market.

After 50 Years, Whirlpool Plant In Arkansas Closes

For almost 50 years workers have filed into the Whirlpool's plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas to build refrigerators, freezers and other home appliances. But after months of layoffs, Whirlpool announced plans to close the Fort Smith plant altogether. And that means more than 1,000 people will lose their jobs. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders, who worked at Whirlpool for more than 30 years, about how the shutdown will affect the city.

The Week In News: The Rich Got Richer

The Congressional Budget Office released a study this week that revealed a huge shift in the nation's wealth distribution. The top 1 percent of the country's earners more than doubled their take of the nation's wealth in just 30 years. James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic, joins weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz to discuss that story and others from the past week.
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Maryland Casinos Losing The Gamble

Less money means less gambling, as two Maryland casinos take a hit due to tough economic times.

Why The Haves Have So Much

Why has the gap between wealthy and poor Americans gotten wider? Federal tax policy is part of the story. Those at the top of the income ladder have been the biggest beneficiaries of tax cuts over the last three decades, but the biggest change has come in the shape of the economy itself.

The Income Gap, Explained With Candy Corn

The numbers detailing the income gap between rich and poor can be difficult to grasp, but NPR's Andrea Seabrook and Robert Smith can explain.

Mexican Trucks In U.S. Still Face Political Long Haul

Two decades after the North American Free Trade Agreement authorized it, Mexican trucks can now drive on U.S. highways. It took that long because labor and political interests delayed the program, and those forces haven't given up yet.

Unions Assume A Support Role For Occupy Movement

Labor unions have found a new ally for their long-time criticism of the country's ultra-wealthy. Around the country, Occupy Wall Street-inspired protests are drawing attention to a message unions have been advancing for years. But unions say they don't want to take over.