In Katrina's Wake, New Orleans Enjoys Startup Boom

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In Camden, S.C., A Family Talks Race And Politics

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Day laborer Yohanni Castillo from Honduras waits for work outside a Lowes home improvement store in New Orleans. Jobs are drying up, he says, and he hasn't worked in four days. Even when work does comes along, he says, he doesn't always get paid. Richard Gonzales/NPR hide caption

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Latinos Get Little Thanks For Rebuilding New Orleans

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High school senior Jared Lyons (center), shown here with his parents, Kim and Bob, worries how he'll afford to achieve his dream of becoming a doctor. The economy, he says, "can't get any worse than it is now." Courtesy of Kim Lyons hide caption

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For Mill Town's Youth, 'It Can't Get Any Worse'

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In and near its downtown, there are more boarded-up and empty storefronts and vacant lots in Granite City, Ill., than there are businesses. David Schaper /NPR hide caption

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A Steel Town Looks At Its Future, And Sees Rebirth

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Sophomore Emily Nugent is among Berea College's 1,600 students who receive free tuition. On average, Berea's students come from families with household incomes of about $25,000. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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Hard Times Inspire Ky. College Students To Action

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Art Therapy Nonprofit Improvises In New Economy

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Timmons browses the racks of his now-closed business. The record store will have a final clearance sale on Nov. 29. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Economy Mutes A Longtime Louisville Record Shop

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When Hard Times Means Leaving A Career For A Job

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Billings, Mont., has a diverse economic base, as evidenced by the confluence of stockyards, oil refineries and natural beauty. The unemployment rate for Billings' Yellowstone County was 5.3 percent in September, far lower than the national average. Richard Gonzales/NPR hide caption

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Big Sky Country Has Lots Of Room For Optimism

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Reduced Wages At Reopened Maine Mill Divide Town

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In 1962, President John Kennedy (center) and Vice President Lyndon Johnson visited Dr. Wernher von Braun (left), who designed the Saturn rocket in Huntsville, Ala. AP hide caption

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Alabama's 'Rocket City' Hopes For Another Boom

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Norris and Janis Galatas at their home in Collinsville, Miss., with their horse, Cinnamon. The couple is struggling to make their mortgage payments.

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Miss. Couple Lament Loss Of The American Dream

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Calif. County Yearns For 'The Way It Used To Be'

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NPR's 'Hard Times' Series Reporters Begin Journey

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