The Brian Lehrer Show

Weekend Bonus: Mobility in America, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

This week on the Brian Lehrer Show, we discussed several stories related to economic mobility in the United States, from a new study that shows the links between geography and class; to advice segments on how to survive and escape poverty. This special podcast compiles all of those segments into one file.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Weiner Voters; Race and Age; Economic Mobility

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

McDonald’s released a sample living expenses budget for its low-wage workers. We’ll take your calls on how you live or have lived with a minimum wage income, and hear advice from Deyanira Del Rio of the New Economy Project (formerly NEDAP). Then, the details of a study on economic mobility in the United States. Plus: Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson on the race; and an hour of open phones – this week on race in America.

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The Takeaway

The Downward Mobility of America's Black Middle Class

Friday, November 18, 2011

For many Americans, keeping a foothold in the middle class is very difficult. A recent report by the Economic Mobility Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts finds that a third of Americans who are born in the middle class lose their middle class status as adults. Another Pew study notes that African Americans experience the most downward mobility — almost half of children born to middle income African American families fall to the bottom of the income ladder as adults.

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Growing Up In The Shadow Of The Bruckner

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor, Obama's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, was raised in The Bronxdale Houses, a public housing project in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Some are calling it a "rags to riches" story, but many longtime residents of Bronxdale say the projects get a bad rep. They aren't surprised one of their own has made it so far--especially one that lived here in the 1950s and 1960s.

"There's a lot of good people in here. A lot of kids that left from here went to college, got good degrees, got good jobs. No, I'm not surprised. I'm glad for her, I think it's wonderful."

That was Gertrude Gill, who moved into the Bronxdale Houses 35 years ago. At that time, getting an apartment in the city's new housing project was a sign of climbing up the social ladder. But she says life in Bronxdale is not as good as it once was.

"It was beautiful when I moved here. Absolutely gorgeous. Just wonderful. But it has deteriorated, it has gone down."

Jose, who works as a security guard in city schools, has also been a resident of Bronxdale for 35 years. He says it was a solid working class neighborhood when he moved in, and he's seen its highs and lows.

"A lot of good people have come from Housing. A lot of good people! And a lot of people from the Bronx become assemblymen and councilmen and senators. So it's not all bad. I'm not saying it's all good, but it's not all bad either."