Patchwork Nation

  • November 30, 2011   BY Dante Chinni  

    A European Union flag and Greek national flag fly near the Parthenon temple; Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/Bloomberg via Getty Images There have been Rick Perry’s “What’s number three?” gaffe and the allegations against Herman Cain. But the biggest story in … Continue reading

  • November 17, 2011   BY Dante Chinni  

    Job seekers and employers meet in Ontario, Calif.; file photo by David McNew/Getty Images Over the last four years, scanning the nation’s business headlines has become something best done with a pack of Tums at the ready. From housing to … Continue reading

  • November 7, 2011   BY Dante Chinni  

    Fresh produce is viewed at the Central Park United Methodist Church weekly food pantry on Oct.19, 2011 in Reading, Pennsylvania. The church feeds thousands of needy Reading residents monthly and relies on donations and volunteers to keep its increasingly popular … Continue reading

  • November 3, 2011   BY Dante Chinni  

    Mitt Romney greets volunteers; photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images The 2012 primary contests have not yet begun, but one trend has emerged in the early stages of the campaign. In national polls, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sits firmly in … Continue reading

  • October 26, 2011   BY Dante Chinni  

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Justin Sullivan/Getty Images As the early stages of the 2012 campaign progress, a new question has come into play: Are the rich really different? Or, more specifically, should they be treated differently in the U.S. tax … Continue reading

  • October 20, 2011   BY Dante Chinni  

    Renzo Salazar places a sign in front of a foreclosed home on Oct. 13 in Miami, Florida; Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images It is all but impossible to pinpoint one key problem in the U.S. economy — manufacturing declines, global … Continue reading

  • October 11, 2011   BY Dante Chinni  

    Occupy Wall Street demonstrator. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images What began in Manhattan more than three weeks ago with the rallying cry to “occupy Wall Street” has grown to become something more. The loosely organized liberal protest group has … Continue reading

  • September 27, 2011   BY News Desk  

    We take a broad look at the nation’s economic woes on Tuesday’s NewsHour — troubles ranging from unemployment to housing to household incomes. Patchwork Nation has been examining much of this data in recent months. Project director Dante Chinni will … Continue reading

  • September 21, 2011   BY Dante Chinni 

    Home in foreclosure; Getty file photo After months of declines, foreclosures were up again in August by about 7 percent compared to July. That’s not good news to anyone hoping for an economic turnaround. But look closer at where those … Continue reading

  • September 16, 2011   BY Dante Chinni  

    Downtown Nashua, N.H. Photo by Flickr user StarrGazr NASHUA, N.H. – There are a lot of towns in America that would trade places with this city, which sits just over the Massachusetts border. The unemployment rate is an unusually low … Continue reading