American Moxie: How We Get By During the Great Depression, writer Damon Runyan coined American slang from the name of a soda pop touted to "build up your nerve." The word was "moxie" — and since then it's come to mean everything from pluck and savvy to courage. NPR's Ketzel Levine introduces you to Americans with moxie during these tough economic times.

Gritting It Out Amid The Dirt In Chicago

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Days Of Easy Growth Over, A Business Adapts

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Eighteen-Wheelers And A Health Insurance Crunch

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Illinois Farmer Faces A Hard Choice That Cuts Deep

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