Joyce Barnes sometimes pauses, leaving the grocery store. A crowd shifts past, loaded up with goodies. Barnes pictures herself, walking out with big steaks and pork chops, some crabmeat.
“But I’m not the one,” she says. Inside her bags are bread, butter, coffee, a bit of meat and canned tuna — a weekly grocery budget of $25.
The shopping has to fit between her two jobs. Barnes, 62, is a home care worker near Richmond, Va. In the mornings, she takes care of a man who lost both his legs, then hustles off to help someone who’s lost use of one side of his body in a stroke. The jobs pay $9.87 and $8.50 an hour. Barnes gets home around 9 p.m., then wakes at 5 a.m. to do it all over again.
She Works 2 Jobs. Her Grocery Budget Is $25. This Is Life Near Minimum Wage
All Things Considered
In his 1980s heyday, Adam Ant was never short on style or quirk, and he reinvented himself constantly. You may remember the performer behind “Goody Two Shoes” and “Stand and Deliver” appearing in bold makeup and swashbuckling pirate gear; the military-style jacket he sometimes wore made an impression on no less a cultural icon than Michael Jackson.
After 17 Years, Adam Ant Transforms Again
NPR’s Sarah McCammon speaks with three workers from different parts of the country about the federal CARES Act unemployment benefits expiring at the end of July.
SEPTEMBER 25, 1987
Issac Asimov [a.k.a. Paul French], the dean of science fiction writers. Asimov is arguably one of the most widely published authors ever.
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