American Dream

The Brian Lehrer Show

Robert Putnam on the Opportunity Gap

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Robert Putnam of Harvard's Kennedy School says the "American Dream" is falling apart. He contrasts his own story with the reduced opportunities afforded today's kids.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Real Mayoral Issues; The American Dream; Smells Like Summer

Friday, July 26, 2013

While the mayoral race has turned into a tabloid circus, there are still real issues at hand. New York Times City Hall Bureau Chief David Chen joins us to discuss the non-Weiner issues in the campaign. Plus: the decline of the American Dream; a mother’s memoir on living with her mom and her teenage daughter; and Beau Friedlander on his Harper’s article "A Brief History of Scents," as well as the worst smells of the summer.

The Brian Lehrer Show

The End of the American Dream?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Benjamin Wallace-WellsNew York Magazine staff writer, talks about the economist who thinks there might not be a full recovery from the 2008 financial crisis and that the American Dream's time has passed.

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Radio Rookies

American Dream - Minus My Mom

Thursday, December 13, 2012

At 17-years-old Tangeneka Taylor moved to the U.S from Guyana with her dad and sister. Along with having to adjust to a new country, she’s had to adjust to life without her mom.


Radio Rookies

American Heaven

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Danielle was 13 when she left her home and her mother in the Congo.  She came to New York to pursue the American dream, but she wound up living in a homeless shelter.  

The Takeaway

Latin American Immigrants in the United States

Monday, December 03, 2012

A middle class is emerging in Latin America, but does more opportunity exist in the United States for Latinos? Or less? Eileen Diaz-McConnell, an associate professor at Arizona State University, specializes in Latino demographics, particularly on homeownership rates, a central part of any American dream definition.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Who Stole the American Dream?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith argues that, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled. His book Who Stole the American Dream? examines the accidental beginnings of the 401(k) plan, the policy changes that began under Jimmy Carter; how the New Economy disrupted America’s engine of shared prosperity, and how America lost the title of “Land of Opportunity.” Smith documents how the U.S. policy tilt favoring the rich is stunting America’s economic growth.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Betrayal of the American Dream

Monday, July 30, 2012

Investigative reporters Donald L. Barlett and James Steele talk about why they believe that the American middle class has been systematically impoverished and its prospects thwarted in favor of a new ruling elite. The Betrayal of the American Dream make the case that for more than 30 years, government and big business in America have conspired to roll back the American dream, and what was once accessible to much of the population is increasingly open only to a privileged few.

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The Takeaway

Middle Class Neighborhoods Shrink Across the US

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A new study looks at four decades of census data from more than 100 of the country's biggest metropolitan areas. Researchers from Brown and Stanford University examined shifting family income levels within individual neighborhoods. They found that in the past 40 years, neighborhoods have shifted, creating larger areas of affluence and larger areas of poverty as middle-income neighborhoods shrink.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brokaw on The American Dream

Monday, October 31, 2011

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The Takeaway

America's Lost Decade

Friday, September 02, 2011

When America entered the new millennium, the Clinton Administration reported a budget surplus of around $559 billion and the world was in a state of relative peace. With dot-coms booming, real estate values rising and seemingly no end to the nation’s economic prosperity in sight, the American dream seemed to be a reality for more people. But in 2011 the picture is less rosy. What happened over the past ten years, and does it add up to a lost generation; one without hope of achieving the American Dream?

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