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Two years after the financial collapse, some are in a recovery, others are stuck in a rut. The Brian Lehrer Show and It's A Free Country have launched Rut or Recovery, a new project to track the great recession.

To take part in the project, post your story here or just explore the map here. Below are the Brian Lehrer Show on-air segments related to the Rut/Recovery series.

Rut or Recovery: Government Services

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter, discusses the cuts to police forces in Newark and Camden, and other cuts to government services in New Jersey and around the region.

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Rut or Recovery: How's Business

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Today is the first day of a new project, Rut or Recovery, in which we take stock of the economy in your life and your neighborhood two years after the economic collapse. Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan helps explain the project, and takes calls from merchants and consumers on the question How's Business?

Add Your Story To The Rut/Recovery Project and Explore The Interactive Map»»

Rut or Recovery Open Phones: Office Party Indicators

Monday, December 06, 2010

What is this year's office party like where you work?  Extravagant or austere?  Is your workplace in a rut or recovery?

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Live Chat: Recent College Grads On The Job Market

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Today at 12noon, join Brian Lehrer, It's A Free Country's Jody Avirgan, and financial expert Farnoosh Torabi for a conversation with recent college grads. What kind of job market did you expect, and now that you've graduated what kind of job market have you found? Share your stories about the economy, advice for others, and ask Farnoosh anything you want about personal finance or your job search.

Chat goes live at noon, and be sure to tune in to the Brian Lehrer Show around 11:45 as this conversation starts on-air.

Financial 411: The Stories Behind the Unemployment Numbers

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New York City's unemployment rate falls, but some people tell us they don't know who's getting those jobs.


Rut or Recovery Open Phones and Chat: Recent Grads

Thursday, December 16, 2010

We open the phones for recent graduates - what job market did you expect when you entered college, and what job market did you find when you graduated? Were you prepared? How's the economy treating you? Let us know!

And, right after the show at Noon, join Brian Lehrer, It's A Free Country's Jody Avirgan, and personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi for an online chat. Find it here»»

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Rut or Recovery: Safe Space

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The Rut or Recovery project is gathering your stories of economic troubles and signs of progress. Many economic questions are difficult to discuss out loud with friends and family, so we're creating a "safe space" of sorts. Call in and discuss some of the unspoken economic concerns you have and share tips, stories, and advice with fellow listeners.

How do you balance shopping local with shopping cheap?
What's the policy for tipping during a holiday recession? Have your end-of-year giving habits changed?
Are you not suffering as much as others? Do you feel guilty, or as if the recession isn't actually affecting you?
What's the line between watching your money and being stingy?

What other conversations or questions do you not talk about in public, but want help with? Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money helps field your calls, and joins for an online "safe space" chat at noon.

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Live Rut/Recovery Chat With Brian Lehrer And Adam Davidson

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Make sure to tune in on-air to WNYC at 11:40 today to hear Adam and Brian, then come online for the chat at noon...

It's time for a Rut/Recovery "safe space" chat. Brian Lehrer, Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money, and It's A Free Country's Jody Avirgan invite you to talk about the economic concerns you may not discuss out loud with friends and family. Share stories, advice, and ask questions about our uncertain economic times.

Some of the topics we'll be discussing: shopping local, holiday tipping, money and relationships... And you'll get a chance to ask Brian and Adam questions directly! 

Chat begins a little after 12pm Wednesday. Producers will moderate comments, so please be patient if you don't see your comment right away. If there is a heavy comment volume, not all comments will go live - thanks in advance for your patience.

The Mix: Rut or Recovery For Recent Grads?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. This week we highlight young callers and contributors to the Rut or Recovery project. Brian Lehrer hosted an open phones for recent ...


Rut or Recovery: NYC Restaurant Industry

Monday, December 20, 2010

Alan Sytsma, senior editor of Grub Street: New York takes a look at the New York City restaurant industry and weighs in on whether it's in a rut or recovery.

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