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A Hard-Times Journey: Where Should NPR Go?

America has always come back from hard times. Is this time different? NPR will soon explore the country to hear from people about their experiences in this economy. Help us plan our trip. Tell us what stories you want to hear and where you think we ought to go.

Why Is College So Expensive?

Occupy Wall Street protesters say the high cost of college is one of the barriers between them and a good life. College costs have skyrocketed, though maybe not as much as you might think.
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Sluggish Housing Sinks Alexandria Budget

The city manager in Alexandria is anticipating a budget shortfall in fiscal 2013, largely driven by sluggish growth in the real estate market.


'Mother Of All Strikes' Brings Greece To A Standstill

Flights were grounded, and state offices and shops were shuttered on the first day of a massive 48-hour general strike as lawmakers debated fresh austerity measures. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Athens, and some hurled chunks of marble and gasoline bombs. Riot police responded with tear gas and stun grenades.

Protesting Austerity Moves, Unions Shut Down Greece

A two-day national strike of both private and public workers has begun in Greece. The strike, in protest of the government's austerity measures, is expected to practically close down the country — with no flights, ferries, buses or rail service.

Bernanke To Communicate Better With The Public

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was reflecting on the lessons learned during the financial crisis. He suggested the central bank could do a better job of communicating with the public. David Wessel, of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Ari Shapiro about why the Federal Reserve and its chairman are very unpopular these days.

Greek Parliament To Vote On New Austerity Package

When it votes Friday, the Greek parliament is expected to pass most of the government's new austerity measures. They include wage and job cuts, a property tax and a change to national collective bargaining. Opponents fear this could mean the end of the minimum wage, and leave Greeks competing for jobs with below-subsistence wages.

Ask Nevada: Do Low Taxes, Less Regs Create Jobs?

Las Vegas played host to Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate. In 2008, Nevada voted heavily in favor of Barack Obama. But the state has suffered greatly during the economic downturn which may play into the upcoming 2012 election. David Damore, a professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, talks to Ari Shapiro about the importance of Nevada in national politics.