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December 29, 2009

The Dung Sisters

The Dung Sisters

As the economy starts to shows signs of improvement, unemployment continues to be a huge problem.

Anna Bliss and Linda Lehmann both lost their jobs last year. They went to unemployment support groups but found the groups to be all about networking, not helping one another get through the anxiety and sadness of joblessness.

So started the Dung Sisters—a small group of unemployed women who meet weekly to share their highs and lows as they try to lift themselves out of unemployment. 

Linda and Anna talk with Dick Gordon about how the Dung Sisters came to be and how it has changed their outlooks on the job search and their lives. This story originally aired on July 8, 2009.


Stuck On A Boat

Jessica Zichichi and her husband Sal have held onto good jobs - their problem is the housing market.

Jess and Sal were living in a small house in Cape Cod that they loved. Then Sal took a job in South Carolina. It was 2006 and they figured they could easily sell the house. In the meantime, they’d live on their 33-foot boat.

Then the bottom fell out of the housing market. Jess and Sal were stuck living on the boat while they rented their house to a nightmare tenant and tried to rustle up enough funds to build a one-room barn to live in. And then Jess got pregnant. She talks with Dick about some of the good that's come from her family's ordeal. This story also originally aired on July 8, 2009.

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