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NPR Topics: Economy

Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market

Realtors are seeing reasons for optimism in the housing market. As Kaomi Goetz of WSHU reports, one historic home sale suggests the high end of the market is booming again — in Connecticut, at le...

Urban Libraries Become De Facto Homeless Shelters

San Francisco's library system has hired a full-time social worker to help find housing and other services for the homeless men and women who've set up camp among the stacks.

Income Inequality Is A Major Barrier To Attending College

<em>Morning Edition</em> co-host David Greene talks to Suzanne Mettler of Cornell University, author of the new book, <em>Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Educati...

One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

One Tulsa, Okla., nonprofit believes that improving poor kids' prospects also requires preparing their parents for well-paying jobs. The program's director says managing both is a tough nut to crack.

Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation?

Activists say a federal law that allows employers to pay people with disabilities pennies per hour is out of date and should be changed. But some say the law is a lifeline for the disabled.

8-Day Asia Trip Critical To Obama's Regional Strategy

A key part of that strategy is the Trans Pacific Partnership — a free trade agreement among 12 Asian-Pacific nations. The trade pact would influence geopolitics and the reshape global trade.

Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California's Worsening Drought

For the first time in six years, many California farmers have been told they'll get little or no federal irrigation water. And as farms run dry, workers are deciding to pack up and move away.

No Longer Marching Out To Work, More Mothers Stay Home

A growing number of American mothers are staying home to raise their children, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. Listeners share their own stories about making that choice.

A 'Tennessee Promise' To Educate The State's College Students

Richard Rhoda of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission discusses a new program that will cover up to two years of community college tuition for all graduates of the state's high schools.

President Obama Will Skip China, But Asia Trip Sends A Message

President Obama visits several Asian countries this week. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with business journalists Sudeep Reddy and Roben Farzad about what the trip could mean for the U.S. economy.