Even before the economy started to slide, Adrian Moreno was engaged in an experiment to get by on much less. He moved his family to a vacant lot on the far outskirts of San Diego within earshot of the Mexican border. At first, they lived in a tepee. When that didn't work out, Adrian built a house on the property for about $10,000. Also in this episode, another in our series of listener stories about when politics became personal.
Larry and Ellen Johnson have lived in the Gulf Coast area their entire life and run a local seafood business called High Tide Foods. They catch and sell shrimp, oysters and crabs just as their parents did and their kids and grandkids are doing now. But as oil courses into the Gulf for the third straight month, the future of their business and their way of life is unclear.