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Planet Money

The Vast Disposable Income Disparity Between the Rich and Poor

After paying for essentials, the very poorest Americans are left with just a $1 a day.

Reuters

Manila, Under Water

Days of rain have flooded giant swaths of the city.

Reuters

The Emotional Impact of New Skyscrapers

When you love a city, every change in its skyline is a sign of how it has aged with you.

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We Want You: City Data Edition

A new portal will collect open streams from different cities, making for easier comparisons.

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Ghost Town on the Thames

Olympic visitors came for the sports, and stayed for the karaoke bar in the mall. Why aren't they visiting London?

Flickr/El Angel Exterminador

The Failure of Walmart's Sustainability Measures

The retail giant's push has generated a lot of publicity, but it's not fixing the fundamental problems.

Pew Research Center

The Rise of Economic Segregation

Increasing income inequality is changing the patterns of where Americans live, according to a new report.

K. Scott Kreider

Reimagining an Entire Neighborhood Through Murals

Dutch muralists Haas and Hahn have teamed up to revitalize a blighted section of Philadelphia.

In Search of a Cure for Zombie Neighborhoods

A new study details the rise of abandoned properties in Buffalo.

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Survival Lessons From an Ancient Failed City

Suburbanization and poorly planned infrastructure led to Angkor Wat's metropolitan collapse. Its demise offers an important lesson for today’s cities.

United Nations

Confirmed Stereotype of the Day: Brazilians Love to Dance

The World Cities Culture Report came out today, and most of what you thought is true.

Does This 13-Foot-Tall Japanese Robot Really Exist?

We're calling B.S. on this fully armed, $1.3 million deathbot.

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A Satellite Time-Lapse Wondermap

Watch 13 years of development and change on any point on the globe.

Reuters

Why the Amish Population Is Exploding

The number of Amish people in the U.S. has doubled in the last 20 years, and the sect is spreading across the United States.

USDA

The Link Between the U.S. Drought and Climate Change

We’re not creating weather patterns we’ve never experienced before, but they're exacerbated by a warming climate.

Reuters

Are Co-Ops the Future of Green Energy?

English community takes collective ownership of solar farm.

Reuters

China's Dirty Water

A third of industrial waste water is released, without treatment, into rivers and lakes.

David Gray/Reuters

The High Cost of Beijing's Empty Bird's Nest

The celebrated venue costs $11 million a year to maintain.

Dumbo Arts Center

Text Yourself Into This Public Art Show

A roving exhibit lets anyone write in.