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Work-study was my way to a college education. But was spending time on a useless, low-paid job really worth it?

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We didn’t, my friends

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There’s a fine art to reporting on sketchy companies with billions while making $13 an hour

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I work in fast food — cleaning, grilling, smiling — and I know why you don’t want me to earn $15 an hour

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HOW I GOT RADICALIZED

Stan culture exposed how my loyalty to bands was measured by how much merch I could — or couldn’t — afford

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The author of ‘Angrynomics’ unpacks why the economy has made us pissed off at everything

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Voices From Inside the System

This hedge fund analyst feels disillusioned with capitalism, but leaving her job isn’t an option

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Voices From Inside the System

A woman who comes from a family with dynastic wealth explains what it really feels like to profit from a profoundly unfair system

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As the $600 unemployment benefit expires, we spoke to six workers whose lost incomes range from $13,000 to $150,000-plus a year


With payday lending becoming a desperate lifeline of the pandemic, I’m forced to reckon with my past life working in a predatory system

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