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WNYC News

Levittown, Once a Symbol of Middle-Class, Now a Bastion for Those Struggling to Stay in It

Monday, July 09, 2012

A documentarian who chronicled long-term unemployment on Long Island for a new HBO documentary said he was “shocked” to find the new poor living in the suburbs once designed to foster middle-class lifestyles.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Bitter Seeds”

Friday, June 22, 2012

Director Micha X. Peled, discusses his documentary “Bitter Seeds,” about an epidemic of farmer suicides in India. In 2004 an American company introduced its genetically modified seeds to the Indian market, promising higher yields. But the seeds require expensive pesticides and chemical fertilizers and are sterile, so new seeds have to be every year, which is costly for farmers with already meager incomes. “Bitter Seeds” is being shown as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.

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Schoolbook

Council Members Urge Expansion of Classroom Breakfasts

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

City Council members pressed the city to move its breakfast programs from the cafeteria to the classroom. New York lags behind other large urban areas in school breakfast participation and some studies support the theory that offering the meal in the classroom encourages enrollment.

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Strangers

Sharon Houston: And Justice for All?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A booker for TV court shows shares highs and lows from the merry-go-round of daytime justice...

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The Takeaway

Income Inequality, As Seen from the Tree Tops

Thursday, June 14, 2012

We talk a lot about economic indicators on our show; from what the sales of Big Macs say about the economy to how gas prices are reflected in our frequency of driving. But today, we’re looking at the economy from a slightly different perspective: from the tree-tops, both literally and figuratively.

 

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WNYC News

VIDEO: On the Brink | The New Face of Poverty: Meet Peter

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Peter Riquelme, a former team leader in Dell’s re-manufacturing division, never imagined he'd be a 35-year-old intern earning $12 an hour and struggling to survive in New York City when he moved here three years ago.

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WNYC News

On the Brink | The New Face of Poverty: Meet Peter

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

In our new series On the Brink: The New Face of Poverty, meet Peter Riquelme, an unemployed single man who is facing bankruptcy and possible homelessness as he, like many Americans, grapples with supporting himself after working for years with nothing to show for it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Michael Oher Beat the Odds

Friday, May 25, 2012

Michael Oher, the football star made famous in the book and movie The Blind Side, talks about rising above the circumstances of his youth. In I Beat the Odds, Oher looks back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, and looks at how he broke out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family.

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The Takeaway

Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Poverty is one of the most pressing and divisive issues of our day, and Democrats and Republicans have staked out largely different approaches to the increasing divide between the poorest members of the United States and the richest. With the economy central to the November elections, the wealth gap will likely only become even more talked about in the months to come. Peter Edelman, one of the most outspoken antipoverty advocates in the country, examines the current state of poverty in the country, and elaborates upon what can be done — and what hasn't.

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The Takeaway

Ph.D's on Food Stamps?

Friday, May 11, 2012

All this week we’ve been taking a hard look at the financial realities for students graduating from college. But how about the difficulties facing students in higher education? According to a new report, the number of Ph.D and masters students on public assistance has tripled in the past two years. The report's author and a 51-year-old Ph.D student on food stamps and Medicaid join the program.

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The Takeaway

Measuring Wealth, One Big Mac at a Time

Monday, May 07, 2012

How do you compare the wealth of nations? An economics professor at Princeton University thinks such a big question has a bite-sized answer: buy a Big Mac. Orley Ashenfelter is the author of the Big Mac Index, which measures a country's wealth based on a McDonalds worker's average wage and the cost of a Big Mac.

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WNYC News

More Than 1.7M New Yorkers Are in Poverty: Report

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

More than 1.7 million New Yorkers were living in poverty in 2010 – marking the biggest increase the city has experienced in five years, according to a new report.

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WNYC News

VIDEO: On the Brink | The New Face of Poverty: Meet Janice

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Meet Janice Hardy, a mother of two in suburban NJ, who loses her corporate job at AT&T and slips out of the middle class into poverty.

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WNYC News

On the Brink | The New Face of Poverty: Meet Janice

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

In our new series On the Brink: The New Face of Poverty, meet Janice Hardy, an unemployed mother of two from suburban New Jersey who is facing homelessness as she, like many Americans, grapples with supporting her family and tries to get back on her feet.

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WNYC News

On the Brink | The New Face of Poverty: Meet Yolanda

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

In our new series On the Brink: The New Face of Poverty, meet Yolanda, an unemployed mother of three who is facing homelessness as she, like many Americans, grapples with supporting her family and tries to get back on her feet.

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WNYC News

VIDEO: On the Brink | The New Face of Poverty: Meet Yolanda

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

After 30 years working in nonprofits and for NYC's Department of Education, Yolanda Cotto, a mother of three, is now living in poverty, struggling to keep her home.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The American Way of Eating

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tracie McMillan examines why we eat the way we do in America and how we can change it. She describes what it was like to work, eat, and live alongside the working poor to see how Americans eat when price matters. In The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Wal-Mart, Applebee’s, Farm Field, and the Dinner Table she links America’s approach to eating not just to farms and kitchens but to wages and work.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Katherine Boo on Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Slum

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo tells the story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a slum in Mumbai, India. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity is based on three years of reporting, and it gives a glimpse into the lives of Annawadi residents, including Abdul, a Muslim teenager who scavenges for recyclables; Asha, who is seeking a route to the middle class through political corruption; and her daughter Manju, who will soon become Annawadi’s first female college graduate. When terrorism and the global economic recession shake Mumbai, suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal.

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The Takeaway

Lack of the Safety Net: Homelessness and America's Tent Cities

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The ripple effect of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis and a chronically sluggish economy have changed the face of poverty in America. Sections of the population who never previously utilized the "safety net" have experienced long periods of under, or unemployment and struggled to get by. According to recent Census data, 47 million Americans now live below the poverty line. In 55 cities across the country, the new urban poor have responded by living in tent cities.

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The Takeaway

No 'Safety Net' for Middle Class?

Monday, February 06, 2012

Mitt Romney has taken a lot of criticism for saying he wasn't "concerned about the very poor" in a post-Florida primary victory interview last week. But some middle-class Americans agree with Romney's sentiment. Kate, a Takeaway listener and delivery driver from Maryland, is frustrated with the very poor, who she believes abuse the system and take opportunities away from people like her.

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