A vendor sells seafood at a market in East Broadway in New York City's Chinatown. There was a 17 percent drop in the population of New York City's Chinatown over the past decade, and some say it's a sign that Chinatown is becoming more of a symbolic touchstone. Rebecca Sheir/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Rebecca Sheir/NPR

The Changing Face Of America's Chinatowns

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/144516153/144526277" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Hesham Abdul Ghani and his wife, Oras Touma, came to Michigan to escape religious persecution. Jacki Lyden/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Jacki Lyden/NPR

Iraqi Refugees Struggle For Peace In America

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/144489695/144515596" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Midwestern manufacturers are bouncing back — revenues are up at Chicago White Metal Casting for the second year in a row. And the company is hiring, but mainly specialists, such as die-cast machinists and the people with the skills to fix those machines. Niala Boodhoo/WBEZ hide caption

toggle caption Niala Boodhoo/WBEZ

Midwest Learns To Manufacture More With Less

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/143960326/144515598" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A long, hot drought decimated the peanut crop this year, pushing the price of peanut butter up by more than a third. Ric Feld/AP hide caption

toggle caption Ric Feld/AP

Peanut Prices Make A Go-To Snack More Expensive

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/143312592/144515652" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Randy Howland works in his small office in March, shortly after he began a work-from-home job with a call center earning $10 an hour. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Tamara Keith/NPR

When The Road Back To Work Detours

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/144431793/144491404" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Unemployed Rely More On Family Than Government

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/144491431/144492611" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A trader walks in New York City's financial district on Sept. 12, a day when stocks fell early based on fears that the Greek government would default, then rallied on news that China might buy Italian debt. This year, what sent the market into a tailspin often took place overseas. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Even Finish Masks Volatile Year For U.S. Economy

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/144487340/144492609" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The housing market collapse has taken a toll on Florida families and may affect how they vote in the presidential election. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Fla.'s Economic Pain, Anger Could Shape 2012 Race

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/144455950/144470772" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Was It A Good Year To Be In The Stock Market?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/144470787/144470929" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Louise Tucker-Mitchell laughs on the phone with a customer at Enterprise Rent-A-Car at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. She says she likes working the week between Christmas and New Year's, as it's calmer and a good time to catch up. Sara Carothers/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Sara Carothers/NPR

Happy Holidays? Indeed, For Some Stuck At Work

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/144438239/144470936" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Workers in Boeing's new $750 million final assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C. At the plant's ribbon-cutting ceremony in June, Rep. James Clyburn called the newly constructed facility a game changer for the state's workforce. Bruce Smith/AP hide caption

toggle caption Bruce Smith/AP

'It's A Great Day In South Carolina,' If You Have A Job

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/144435876/144449795" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Distillation towers, tanks and other equipment at Sunoco's sprawling refinery on the banks of the Schuylkill River on Aug. 3, 2009. Sunoco is selling off two refineries and, in September, announced it would get out of the refining business. Richard Richtmyer/AP hide caption

toggle caption Richard Richtmyer/AP

Gas Pains? U.S. Diesel, Gas Exports Surpass Imports

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/144155269/144449805" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Turkey Prospers Amid Neighboring Nations' Woes

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/144435712/144435705" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript