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Poverty

WNYC News

New Jersey's Handling of Food-Stamps May Lead to Cuts

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The end of the "Heat and Eat" program and possible cuts in federal funding frustrate state legislators.

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The Takeaway

Childhood Trauma as a Medical Problem

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Neuroscience research shows that early trauma can have a severe impact on children. One pediatrician explains how her practice aims to reverse that damage. 

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The Takeaway

The Challenges of a Youth Complicated by Poverty

Thursday, September 25, 2014

One voice argues that in order to help impoverished students, education policy makers need to change some of their assumptions about how school works.

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Radio Rookies

Nine People, One Bedroom: A Teen's Take on Life In Poverty

Monday, September 22, 2014

WNYC
Jairo Gomez's nine-person family lives in a one-bedroom apartment. He knows education is the way out of poverty, but sometimes being poor makes it difficult to make good choices.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 390: Making Ends Meet

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kenny Thompson, a volunteer mentor, tells students Gary Barber and Dakota Gibson about discovering that some kids he works with couldn't afford school lunch.

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WNYC News

Poverty Grows in New Jersey

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Jersey is just one of three states that experienced an increase in both the percentage and number of people living in poverty last year.

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The Takeaway

45 Million Americans Live Below the Poverty Line

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A new Census report finds that 45.3 million people are still living below the poverty line. After the recession, it looks like there's been recovery for some, but not for all.

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PRI's The World

Caracas is finally ending the 'world's tallest squat'

Friday, September 12, 2014

The "Tower of David" in downtown Caracas is called "the world's tallest squat" because thousands of people have been living in the unfinished skyscraper. Now, the government is moving people to new housing outside the city — and many squatters have mixed feelings.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The One Billion Who Live on a Dollar a Day

Monday, September 01, 2014

What it's like to be among the poorest of the poor.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Invisible By Poverty and Invisible By Profession

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Robert's Court and the Constitution. Bringing the stories of the world's poorest to light. War stories from a trauma surgeon. The hidden world of invisible professionals.

The Brian Lehrer Show

What You Don't Know You Don't Know About Food Stamps

Monday, August 11, 2014

There's a lot of data about who uses food stamps, but the information about how some businesses profit off the SNAP program is not available. That could soon change. Krissy Clark, correspondent for the wealth and poverty desk at Marketplace, explains what we might learn (and why we should care) about how companies do business with food stamps.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Would a Tenement Museum Look Like in 2064?

Monday, August 11, 2014

If a tenement museum were to open in 50 years in New York City, what would it look like and what it would say about the politics of housing for immigrants?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Are So Many Americans Going Hungry?

Monday, July 28, 2014

To understand what has led one-sixth of people in the richest nation in the world to be malnourished, it's all about food security and sustainability.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

There’s No Retirement When You Can’t Afford to Stop Working

Friday, July 18, 2014

A growing number of older middle-class Americans are migrating across the country from one temporary job to another to make ends meet.

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New Jersey News

Chris Christie and America's Poorest City

Friday, July 11, 2014

WNYC
When the going gets tough, the governor goes to Camden. Matt Katz finds out why.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Living on a Dollar a Day

Monday, July 07, 2014

Hear personal stories of some the poorest of the poor.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Matt Taibbi on the Rise of Injustice and Inequality in America

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The reporter's new book argues that our current system of justice allows massively destructive fraud by the hyper-wealthy to go unpunished, while it turns poverty itself into a crime.

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The Takeaway

Honduran Children Flee Violence, Poverty for U.S.

Monday, June 30, 2014

More than 52,000 Central American children have been detained at the U.S.-Mexico border this year after making the arduous trip unaccompanied by a parent. Most children are coming from Honduras—the murder capital of the world.

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The Takeaway

New Measures Mean Harsh Penalties for Homeless

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Norway is considering a new measure that would allow local municipalities to criminalize begging. Honolulu has started seizing the belongings of homeless people, closing public parks at night, and banning makeshift shelters. Are these kinds of measures just stop-gap solutions? 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

John Hope Bryant, founder of the nonprofit Operation HOPE, says business and political leaders are ignoring the one force that could truly re-energize the stalled American economy: the poor. After decades of deprivation, poor Americans lack bank accounts, decent credit scores, and any real firsthand experience of how a healthy free enterprise system functions. In How the Poor Can Save Capitalism, he argues that if we give poor communities the right tools, policies, and inspiration, they’ll be able to lift themselves up into the middle class and become a new generation of customers and entrepreneurs. 

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