Pam Fessler

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Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Voting might not be the sexiest thing in the world, but at least one ad campaign encouraging Americans to register is pretty provocative.


A 'Circle' Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

An innovative program seeks to fight persistent poverty by helping a struggling family navigate past some of the day-to-day obstacles that keep many people poor.


Millions Struggle To Get Enough To Eat Despite Jobs Returning

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The number of food insecure Americans did not decline between 2012 and 2013, according to the USDA. And the level of food insecurity remains much higher than it was before the recession.


Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial

Friday, August 29, 2014

A federal court will hear a challenge to the controversial law next week. It's an important and closely watched voting rights case that could end up before the Supreme Court.


Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge โ€” compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?


On The Fall Docket: Who Gets To Vote โ€” And Who Gets To Decide?

Monday, August 25, 2014

A federal court will hear arguments Monday on whether Kansas and Arizona can require proof of citizenship when people register to vote. It's the first of a wave of voting law cases this fall.


In Case You Didn't Know, Feds Say Raising A Child Is Expensive

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How much does it cost to raise a child these days? The government says it costs $245,340. That's for a child born in 2013 and covers the period from birth to age 18. College not included.


More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

Monday, August 18, 2014

A survey by Feeding America, a network of U.S. food banks, found that one-quarter of all U.S. military households used a food pantry in 2013. But service members are often reluctant to seek such help.


The Power Of The Peer Group In Preventing Campus Rape

Monday, August 18, 2014

A small percentage of college students commit most of the rapes on campus. Research suggests that the attitudes of male friends can either lead men to commit rape or stop them.


Trauma Plagues Many Immigrant Kids In U.S. Illegally

Friday, August 08, 2014

Social service agencies and nonprofits are scrambling to figure out what they need to do to help the thousands of immigrant children who have come to the U.S. in recent months.


Rep. Ryan Unveils His Anti-Poverty Plan, A Rebuke To LBJ Programs

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Wisconsin Republican is rolling out a plan that he says will fight poverty more effectively than the programs launched by former President Johnson's War on Poverty, but progressives are skeptical.


Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Around the U.S., food assistance agencies are trying to come up with new ways to feed hungry kids in the summer. In Hopkins County, Ky., they're using mobile vans to take food to where kids live.


With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

By prohibiting acts like loitering and sleeping in public, cities hope to make streets safer. But advocates for the homeless say this type of legislation can be counterproductive.


How Banning One Question Could Help Ex-Offenders Land A Job

Monday, July 14, 2014

Some say the box on job applications that asks, "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?" prevents ex-offenders from getting a fair shot. New laws prohibit firms from asking about a criminal record.


Charitable Giving Nears Pre-Recession Levels, Annual Report Shows

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

After the recession, experts predicted it would take many years for charitable giving to get back to where it was before the economic downturn. But it now appears to be right around the corner.


A Campaign To House The Homeless Reaches A Milestone

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The campaign to find permanent homes for 100,000 homeless people, including the chronically homeless, was started four years ago. Now, the group behind the push says it has reached its goal.


To Defeat A Goliath, David Brat Got Help In Conservative Media

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik looks at the role that conservative media may have played in the upset defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his Republican primary.


Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Last year, about 1 in 7 people in the U.S. were getting food stamps, or SNAP benefits. But the numbers have started to drop as more people find work and better-paying jobs, analysts say.


Lack Of Affordable Housing Puts The Squeeze On Poor Families

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

They are being pushed out of the rental market in fast-growing cities like Washington, D.C. Many end up spending most of their income on housing, living in substandard housing, or homeless.


Poverty, A Frustrating Mix Of Bad Choices And Bad Luck

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Stories about poverty can evoke strong reactions, in part because Americans are conflicted about the topic. Both bad circumstances and bad choices can be the cause.