Tag: Poverty

30 articles
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Meet the Flintstones

A couple tries to give away their house in Flint, Michigan – but no one wants to live there anymore.

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A Father's Initiative

Paul Gayle wants to raise his daughter, but he needs a job and a home. What he gets is 16 lessons on fatherhood from the Obama administration.

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Don’t Call Them Bums

A history of hoboes in America.

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Swamp Nurse

In the bayou south of New Orleans, a program called the Nurse-Family Partnership tries to reverse the life chances for babies born into extreme poverty. Sometimes, it actually succeeds.

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The Undefeated Champions of Defeat City

A Little League season in Camden, New Jersey, where the murder rate is 17 times the national average.

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On the Brink in Brownsville

Shamir is 15, bored and broke and balancing right on the edge.

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Is There Hope for the Survivors of the Drug Wars?

On the post-prison lives of several men in West Baltimore.

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Birthday Cake

A forgotten birthday cake sets off a chain of unexpected events.

"The door to the bakery is meant to be pulled, but I push hard against it, like a bird hitting the glass. The lady behind the counter settles eyes on me, so I pull myself up as straight as I can and pull the door. On a wooden board above the register a TV is playing The Today Show. Jane Pauley and Madonna won’t shut up about Madonna’s dress like it’s gonna end the Cold War and I have to wonder if I’m the only person in the world living with trouble. Be-hind the glare of the case, I can see the Cinderella cake covered in icy blue frosting thick as a comforter. A glass carriage flies across the surface in needle-thin icing. I put my hand to the glass—forgetting the lady behind the counter—smudging it, until she clears her throat.

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The White Ghetto

A report from Owsley County, Ky., the poorest county in America.

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Too Much of Too Little

How living off food stamps is making South Texans obese but leaving them hungry.

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Hidden City

The homeless population of New York City is higher than it’s been in decades. Nobody seems to notice.

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What's Killing Poor White Women?

They have lost five years of life expectancy and no one knows why.