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Collecting Recession Stories

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Here at The Brian Lehrer Show, home of Your Uncommon Economic Indicators, we are starting to feel we're in good company as more websites emerge that feature people and their personal reactions to the recession.

We've been tracking the progress of the Chu brothers, who piled ...

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Visit those in Need

Thursday, April 02, 2009

We define the word "need" broadly in this case. It's not just the down-and-out who can use our care, but friends and neighbors who are feeling the effects of the recession. Worry over job loss or less money can be alleviated when people connect. One artist looking for community posted this text and a photo of his painting to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators.

Billy Fleurima: What I'm about to say is very difficult, but promotion is the key for success. I'm an artist and I'm looking to expose my work. I have a small place in Brooklyn. I would like to change to a gallery, but i need help, money,...I need to know if there is help for artists.

Well, Brian asked all of his listeners if, in fact, they are helping each other and if they had any advice for Billy. You can read the comments and listen to the audio of the segment, Sticking Together. When Billy later replied with an invitation for Brian to come see the art, Brian accepted:

While most of you sent advice about loaning money or finding friends jobs, one person wrote back with help for artists:

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It's all about PEOPLE

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wordle Count: words appearing most on Your Uncommon Economic Indicators

Wordle Count: words appearing most on Your Uncommon Economic Indicators

In over 380 posts to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators, take a look above at the words most used by contributors writing about the recession. Our producer Jody Avirgan pasted the project's URL into the nifty website WORDLE and sent us the word cloud above.  How interesting that the most frequently appearing word is 'people,' followed by 'now', 'work', 'business' and 'new'. It struck us as significant that so many of you write about others, and often with great concern--about their shopping habits, their lost jobs, their family businesses and even changes in their driving habits.

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Mess or Blessing?

Monday, March 23, 2009

photo by Jill Zimmerman

photo by Jill Zimmerman

One of our recent contributors to the Uncommon Economic Indicators loves her view (see photo).

She writes, ' walking around my [Williamsburg] neighborhood, I see tons of empty lots that were formerly old factories and apartment ...

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Help Wanted: Advice for the Jobless or Overworked

Thursday, March 19, 2009

One of the words that comes up most frequently on Your Uncommon Economic Indicators is 'work.' Some have it, some want less of it, some are happy and others are trying not to panic.help-wanted

*Caroline is a senior in college and is trying to keep ...

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Confession of a Sugar Scammer

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dana sent this post to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators. We can only hope she feels better getting the news off her chest, but we have to wonder: is it really helping anyone through this recession to save on sweetener?

Tell us what you think with a comment below, or add ...

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Video: New Yorkers and the Recession

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Check out this great video from the WNYC News Blog. Oates Ritthichai went out and spoke with New Yorkers both about the toll the recession is taking, but also the ways in which they are maintaining normalcy in their day-to-day expenses.

This is something we see in the YUEI posts: ...

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Shapes and Sizes

Monday, March 16, 2009

We recently received a call to our Uncommon Economic Indicators hotline (that's 1-800-543-2543 if you haven't already added it to your cell phone's speed dial) about a listener's shampoo bottle. Take a listen:

from iko on flickr

from iko on ...

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Sign of the Times: Blank Billboards

Friday, March 13, 2009

"Blank Billboards of the BQE" by Sarah Crofts

"Blank Billboards of the BQE" by Sarah Crofts

Show us what the recession looks like through your lens. Post your photo on the page Your Uncommon Economic Indicators or add it to our Flickr Pool ...

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Your Uncommon Economic Immigration Indicators

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Flickr image by clarissa~

Flickr image by clarissa~

Listen to this segment from last week, when Brian opened the phones to callers who immigrated to the metro region. He asked them what kinds of changes they are seeing in this recession.

Gene is ...

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Small Business Indicators: Insurance Costs

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

paperwork from neilsphotoalbum on flickr

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One of the underlying goals of our Uncommon Economic Indicators project is not just to gather interesting stories, but to try and notice patterns, connect listeners, and possibly ...

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Small Businesses in East Village Hang on in Recession

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Is there a small business in your community that has become a local institution? The Reverend Billy has spent many years getting to know the local deli owners, shoe repairmen and shopkeepers in the East Village, and he talked to them recently about how they are coping with the recession.

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Brown Bag Lunches: Caviar Taste on a Peanut Butter Budget

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Some lunch equipment from the Roving Gastronome blogger, Zora O

Some lunch equipment from the Roving Gastronome blogger, Zora O'Neill

One uncommon economic indicator that several listeners have noticed is how crowded the office refrigerator is getting with everyone trying to save money ...

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Picture Your Uncommon Economic Indicator

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Photo submitted by Alexander Rapaport

Photo submitted by Alexander Rapaport

Sure a picture is worth a thousand words, or perhaps it just serves to describe that feeling about the economy you can't put your finger on. Thanks to Alexander for sending us this and ...

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Your Stories On Air: When Work Isn't Enough, There's Plan B

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Your Uncommon Economic Indicators pointed us toward how the economy has compelled many of you to get creative about making ends meet. Getting the bills paid on time is rough, but Caitlin Kelley, our guest for YUEI: Plan B didn't mince words. She says, "get a grip and go ...

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We Want You to WIKI!

Monday, February 16, 2009

At first, editing text on the internet for all to see can be daunting. But wikis are a convenient way for a group of people connected primarily by the internet to contribute to the same page—literally!

The Uncommon Economic Indicators project has a wiki bulletin board page where ...

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