February 21, 2009 Already reeling from the housing crisis, Florida's economy is now struggling with a drop in tourism. But in Orlando, home of Disney World, one small business thrives by helping repeat visitors cut their costs — by leaving their stuff behind in storage.
February 13, 2009 Many young Americans are experiencing their first recession as adults. At a local cafe in Atlanta's hip Cabbagetown neighborhood, some patrons and workers expressed uncertainty about finding jobs after college and saving for retirement. Others see an upside: less pressure to grow up.
February 9, 2009 A year ago, Majestic Yachts Inc. in Kentucky had plenty of orders to fill. This year, it's feeling a ripple effect from boaters who can't find buyers for their old boats and aren't buying new ones. The company hasn't gotten one order for a new boat and just laid off all 27 employees.
February 8, 2009 At the Stone Soup Kitchen in Atlanta, flapjacks are cheap and sales are strong — and people are lining up to work. The owner, who posted a job listing recently and got more than seven times the usual number of responses, says a lot of people in Atlanta are looking to him as a potential "Plan B."
February 2, 2009 A business in Ohio that produces scoreboards for high schools now finds itself in the cross hairs of the recession. The owner says schools are putting off purchases that aren't essential, and the advertisers that help pay for the scoreboards are also short on cash. But in Ohio and elsewhere, people haven't given up hope.
January 28, 2009 In winter, snowmobiling is like a religion in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Devotees flock to the area, where restaurants advertise "Snowmobilers Welcome," and gas stations serve more snowmobiles than cars. But residents in the town of Paradise say the sinking economy is keeping many tourists home this year.
January 25, 2009 As President Obama spends his first 100 days in office, NPR is launching a project called "100 Days: On the Road in Troubled Times." NPR's David Greene will spend most of the next hundred days roaming the U.S. and, with help from listeners, relaying stories about the recession. Greene kicks off the tour in frigid northern Michigan.
January 25, 2009 The first 100 days of a presidency are considered a yardstick for what can be accomplished in a first term. President Obama faces a global financial crisis and the need to restore Americans' confidence. To mark this crucial period, NPR launches its own "100 Days" road trip around the U.S., and we'd like your help.