When reporter Kelly McEvers stepped off the train in Lincoln, Ill., she asked, "What happened to my hometown?" Kelly McEvers/NPR hide caption

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Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For Small Towns

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Steve Lambert's art installation asks people to vote in an effort to open up the discussion about capitalism. That word can be a red flag for many, Lambert says. Jake Schlichting/Times Square Arts hide caption

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Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square

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NPR's Andrea Hsu paid $75 for her midcentury modern table and chairs, shown here in a 1963 Drexel Declaration catalog. She quickly realized it was a steal. Courtesy Drexel Heritage hide caption

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Midcentury Furniture + Grandkid Nostalgia = Modern Trend

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Suzanne Hoogendijk, shown here in 2009, hid for two years with her mother in Amsterdam to escape the Nazis. Margot Adler/NPR hide caption

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Discovering A Family Member's Lost Time In Amsterdam

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New York: A Concrete Jungle And 'City Of Trees,' Too

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Main Street in Webster City, Iowa, has so far survived the 2011 closure of an Electrolux factory. But retraining funds and unemployment are running out for former workers, leaving businesses worried that a serious downturn is ahead. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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President Obama greets law enforcement officers after speaking on ideas to reduce gun violence at the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations on Monday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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For Some In Minneapolis, National Gun Debate Hits Close To Home

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Puerto Rican Hip-Hop Icon Tego Calderon Mixes Prose And Politics

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Grapes, a spiky cluster of wooden stools from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is part of Ai Weiwei's repurposed furniture series. Cathy Carver/Courtesy Hirshhorn Museum hide caption

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In 'According To What?' Ai Weiwei Makes Mourning Subversive

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Despite the well-publicized dangers and laws against it in many states, texting or emailing while driving remains a huge problem. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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Distracted Driving: We're All Guilty, So What Should We Do About It?

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Fitness advocate Richard Simmons, wearing his signature shorts and tank top, leads Capitol Hill staff and visitors through an exercise routine July 24, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Through Thick And Thin, Simmons Is Still Sweatin'

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greet each other before a meeting in Kolkata, India, on May 7. Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hillary Clinton: 'Incredible Rush' Will Have Its End

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The L.A. Riots, As A Neighbor Remembers It

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Blackburn Rovers players wear T-shirts in support of Bolton Wanderers' midfielder Fabrice Muamba. Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Nation Stands Together For A Fallen Soccer Player

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Come Sail Away: Retired high school science teacher — and adrenaline junkie — Andy Sajor rides his ice boat on a frozen Lake Champlain in New York. Perfect ice sailing conditions call for cold temperatures, a strong breeze and a thick sheet of ice — but not too much snow. Sarah Harris /North Country Public Radio hide caption

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Sailing On Ice? Yeah, That's A Sport.

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