As the "super committee" approaches its deadline to cut the federal deficit, host Michel Martin explores how our financial challenges are seen in Europe, and whether woes there are fueled by worries over the U.S. economy. Martin hears from NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and Federico Rampini of Italy's newspaper La Repubblica.
Financial writer Michael Lewis talks to Renee Montagne about societal problems underlying the Greek financial crisis: loss of trust, lack of civil society and refusal to pay and collect taxes. Lewis is the author of Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World.
Thousands of Greeks are expected to join in a rally in Athens Thursday. The new prime minister has promised to speed up long-term changes. Polls show Lucas Papademos enjoys popular support, but the crowds on the streets have made it clear they won't accept any more austerity measures.
College graduates face one of the bleakest job markets on record. It's so hard to find work that some grads are resorting to unconventional approaches. An aspiring accountant spent six months emailing resumes before trying something more daring: carrying a sandwich board.
Alice Eastman, a single mother living in Wheaton, Ill., tried to make ends meet on unemployment while she hunted for a job in her field after being laid off in 2010. After a long, fruitless search, Eastman, a once-highly paid professional, took a minimum-wage job at Target.
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