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The Tuesday Podcast: The Economics of Pursuing Your Dreams

The Tuesday Podcast: The Economics of Pursuing Your Dreams

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Today on the podcast, why a horrible economy can be really good for pursuing your dreams.

We talk to listener Becky Mumaw, who wrote to us when we asked people to share how they think they'll fair in the post-crisis economy.

Becky and her boyfriend Nick Westervelt had dreamed of being farmers one day. Recently, they made that dream come true by purchasing a farm in upstate New York.

The farm's former owners had a food concession business that failed during the recession, so Becky and Nick were able to buy the land fairly cheaply. The downturn in the job market also made it easier for Becky and Nick to pursue the farm. Without many good job prospects, they felt comfortable walking away from the career paths they would have pursued in good economic times.

Duck, turkeys, and geese
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But that's not the case for everyone. For some of Becky and Nick's friends -- a dancer and a painter -- the recession has made life very hard.

To read more about Becky and Nick's life on the farm, visit their blog. (Warning: the blog contains some graphic pictures of dead animals.)

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