As the incoming Obama administration weighs various federal programs to move the economy out of recession, we have been hearing about the Great Depression from people in Greater Boston who lived through it.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt stimulated the economy with the Works Progress Administration, which provided jobs for millions of Americans, including artists.
One of the best collections of painted murals from the era is at City Hall in Gloucester, Mass., where WBUR's Bob Oakes paid a visit.
WBUR's Sarah Bush produced this story.
This program aired on December 17, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.