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Leitha Dollarhyde, a retired caregiver who lives in a rural town near Whitesburg, Ky., says she could not afford an unexpected $1,000 expense. Sydney Boles for NPR hide caption

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Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle With Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care

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Gaby Gemetti decided to leave the workforce after having her second child. In March she started a "returnship," a new type of program to recruit and retrain women like her who are looking to resume their careers. Here, Gaby and John Gemetti are seen with their children, Carlo and Gianna. Courtesy of Shannon Wight Photography hide caption

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The Real Minimum Wage

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Toby Norman, winner of the World Bank's Mission Billion contest, aimed at increasing access to government ID around the world. Darian Woods hide caption

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The World's Identity Crisis

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Wyatt Cenac On School Funding... And Thor

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Will China Overtake The US?

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Subway's Five-Dollar Footlong Fail?

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Ai Takano, 32, works in marketing at a manufacturing company in Tokyo. Pamela Boykoff hide caption

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Japanese Womenomics

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Libsack says she's now feeling "hopeful" because her government finally listened. "For me, as a teacher, it's awesome," she says, "because then I can convey that to the students and say, 'Hey, you do have a voice. You are citizens. You do have a role in our government.' " Beth Nakamura for NPR hide caption

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Teachers Begin To See Unfair Student Loans Disappear

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Clarisa Corber at work at a Topeka, Kan., insurance agency. Corber and her husband — who have three kids, a health plan and $15,000 in medical debt — were profiled in a recent Los Angeles Times investigation into the effects of high-deductible health plans. Nick Krug/Los Angeles Times hide caption

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Employees Start To Feel The Squeeze Of High-Deductible Health Plans

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The Fed's Messaging Dilemma

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