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A Nation Engaged: Seeking Economic Opportunity Through Worker-Owned Businesses

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Last night, presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded barbs about many subjects including America's economic strength. Economic stability is a key issue in the election and also in the lives of many Americans. 

As part of the NPR Nation Engaged projecthost Frank Stasio asks, “What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?” One possible solution is worker-owned businesses.

Stasio talks with Melissa Hoover, executive director of the Democracy at Work Institute; Thomas Beckett, co-director of Carolina Common Enterprise, a firm focused on advising individuals and communities who want to form cooperative organizations; and Molly Hemstreet, founder and member-owner of Opportunity Threads, a worker-owned textile plant in Burke County, North Carolina.​

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.