Jennifer Ludden Jennifer Ludden helps edit energy and environment stories for NPR's National Desk.
Jennifer Ludden - Square
Stories By

Jennifer Ludden

Jennifer Ludden is a National Correspondent.

To encourage healthy choices, Dow's corporate cafeteria features color-coded utensils. Healthy foods like broccoli, spinach and beets have green handles. Yellow handles mean caution, and red is for temptations like bacon bits and high-fat dressing.

Jennifer Ludden /NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Jennifer Ludden /NPR

This office chair was custom-built by a company called ErgoGenesis for a client who exceeded the 600-pound limit of its other chairs. It cost $1,800.

Courtesy of ErgoGenesis hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of ErgoGenesis

Students attend graduation ceremonies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Two-thirds of college students now graduate with debt, owing an average amount of $24,000.

Butch Dill/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Butch Dill/AP

School Debt A Long-Term Burden For Many Graduates

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/141564239/141578845" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

More than half of Americans are at risk of not having enough money for basic expenses in retirement, experts say. iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption
iStockphoto.com

Saving For Retirement: How Much Do You Need?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/140875965/140891228" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

According to a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, life in retirement is better or the same as it was before, but it is worse for a substantial minority in key areas, including health and finances. David Goldman/AP hide caption

toggle caption
David Goldman/AP

Retirement: Reality Not As Rosy As Expectations

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/140680583/140834474" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Workplace Atmosphere Keeps Many In The Closet

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137560187/137588332" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
iStockphoto.com

School bus driver Jamille Aine, shown here in 2008, worked for an employer in Connecticut that didn't offer paid sick days; a prolonged illness could have imperiled his ability to pay bills. A bill the state's governor has promised to sign would give workers in companies with 50 or more employees a week of paid sick time. Douglas Healey/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Douglas Healey/AP