Archive: In-Depth

Uninsured Consequences

 

Altoona, Penn. -- Vicky Zeoli has always had a love for books. She reads three a week. So when her three kids were out of the house and her husband had a good stable job, she decided to make...

By Travis Fox | October 31, 2008; 03:56 AM ET | Comments (12)

Motivating Republicans in Toledo

 

Toledo, Ohio – In this city in northwest Ohio, the one thing that motivates Republicans is the same thing that has Democrats fired up: Barack Obama. “In terms of the economy, it’s more being drawn away from Barack Obama,”...

By Travis Fox | October 30, 2008; 03:55 AM ET | Comments (27)

The Cost of Keeping a Job

 

Three Rivers, Mich. – For the last three decades the most prized possession in this small town in southwestern Michigan was a job at the American Axle plant. It was backbreaking work, assembling axles mostly for General Motors four-wheel-drive...

By Travis Fox | October 29, 2008; 03:46 AM ET | Comments (28)

A Retail Slump Threatens an American Dream

 

Milwaukee – Young Rae Cho has been selling hiphop clothing in the inner city for 20 years after immigrating from South Korea. He stayed in the neighborhood through the good years and bad. But now he is frightened for...

By Travis Fox | October 26, 2008; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (5)

The Town the Economic Downturn Forgot

 

Colesburg, Iowa – During the same week in September when the government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Farmers Savings Bank in eastern Iowa opened its fifth branch. The number of foreclosures the bank’s had? Zero. Tightening...

By Travis Fox | October 24, 2008; 12:21 AM ET | Comments (11)

Conflicted in Kansas

 

Garden City, Kan. – It was one of the best years ever for Greg Stone. The third generation farmer was wise to fill his family’s 4000 acres with corn. Higher corn prices, fueled in part by booming ethanol production...

By Travis Fox | October 21, 2008; 01:29 AM ET | Comments (27)

Canvassing for Obama in "Red" Colorado Springs

 

Colorado Springs, Colo. – This is among the most conservative places in Colorado. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and the New Life (mega) Church both call Colorado Springs home. In the past, “the Springs,” as it’s called locally,...

By Travis Fox | October 20, 2008; 01:57 AM ET | Comments (19)

Going to Bed Hungry

 

Magdalena, N.M. -- The village of Magdalena, New Mexico, is poor. Main street is gravel road. Half of its residents live below the poverty line. The local food pantry and thrift shop have been a blessing to for Magdalena’s...

By Travis Fox | October 17, 2008; 03:57 AM ET | Email a Comment

Market Fears

 

Sun City, Ariz. – When the stock market drops, Barbara Eylands worries. She estimates that as much as 80 percent of her life savings is in the stock market. This is the money that she uses to put food...

By Travis Fox | October 16, 2008; 02:57 AM ET | Comments (12)

A Race Against Foreclosure

 

North Las Vegas, Nevada – Alan Schulz is in a race against time. He’s four months late with his mortgage payments. His house is in foreclosure. “In a month and a half, the sheriff will come and evict me...

By Travis Fox | October 14, 2008; 02:56 AM ET | Comments (29)

Lessons from the Great Depression

 

Bakersfield, Calif. – Their thick Midwestern drawl, boots and belt buckles give them away. The men who gather for breakfast at the local bowling alley each week aren’t from these parts. “We didn’t eat this good in Oklahoma,” declared...

By Travis Fox | October 12, 2008; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (30)

Homeless in the American Riviera

 

Santa Barbara, Calif. – David Clements, his wife Jennifer and four kids have one of the best views in this seaside town known as the American Riviera. But that’s about all they have left. “I guess you could say...

By Travis Fox | October 11, 2008; 06:47 PM ET | Comments (7)

 
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