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The Toll Of Losing Your Job

We take a closer look at the emotional and physical toll of being out of work.

Job hunters search for a job at Worksource Oregon Employment Department center in Salem, Ore. (AP)

Job hunters search for a job at Worksource Oregon Employment Department center in Salem, Ore. (AP)

Another devastating report on the state of the nation’s job market. 14.5 million Americans out of work, almost half of them more than six months. 

New research shows the longer Americans go without work, the greater the risk not only to their economic futures but to their well-being. No money for doctors or medicine. Feelings of sadness and anger. Family problems, marital discord, kids acting out. 

We look at the relentless worry and debilitating stress of unemployment.

-Betsy Stark

Guests:

Henry Farber, professor of economics at Princeton University. He is an expert on the U.S. labor market.

Rina Dubin, psychologist in private practice for more than 25 years.

Dwight Frazee lost his job as a construction worker in 2008. He has exhausted his unemployment insurance and now is in the process of losing his home. His wife lost her job a year ago. They have a five-year-old daughter.

Leslie Mulcahy, co-owner with her husband of the Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford, VT. For more than a year she has invited couples who received pink slips to spend an all-expenses-paid stay at the Inn. So far the Inn has hosted 15 pink-slip couples.

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Dec 18, 2014
This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP)

Following months of secret talks the US will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than fifty years.

Dec 18, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

A big Sony hack gets weirder and wider. And Hollywood and Homeland Security are on edge.

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Dec 17, 2014
Germany's Andre Schuerrle, left, celebrates scoring his side's 6th goal as Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar reacts during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  Germany went on to win the World Cup championship later that month. (AP)

From the Sochi Olympics and Ray Rice to Lebron’s return to Cleveland, we’ll unpack a big year in sports.

 
Dec 17, 2014
Relatives of a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, mourn over her lifeless body at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months. (AP)

The Taliban take responsibility for killing more than 100 Pakistani schoolchildren. We ask why there, why now.

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