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Bottles and cans at Canners' Redemption Center, NYC.  Photo Credit: Michael Premo

Bottles and cans at Canners' Redemption Center, NYC. Photo Credit: Michael Premo

People are struggling just to stay afloat. We’re still in the midst of a recession. Despite reports of expected slow economic growth through the first half of 2010, millions in the U.S remain unemployed. In these rough economic times, how are so many making ends meet?

On this edition, we continue our series “How We Survive.” We meet a New York City street canner who’s changed his life and community one can at a time; A San Francisco couple paying the bills … with pickles? And we talk to author John Curl who says an unemployment movement may be on the rise.


John Williams, economist with Shadow Government Statistics; Michael Premo, producer; Eugene “The King of Cans” Gadsden, canner; Ana Martinez De Luco, canner; Drew Swope, canner; John Curl, author.

Special thanks to contributing producers Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone.

For More Information:

The Bottle Bill
Culver City, CA

Container Recycling Institute
Culver City, CA

Housing is a Human Right
New York, NY

Michael Premo
New York, NY

Picture the Homeless
New York, NY

Shadow Government Statistics
Oakland, CA

Books, Articles and Reports:

‘For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America’ By John Curl

Author: Radio Project

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