Tag: Poverty

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Indian Women Seeking Jobs Confront Taboos and Threats

The women would walk 10 miles from the village to the meat packing plants. Their pay supported drunk husbands and hungry children. When they were told to stop, they broke with tradition and went to the law.

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How Government Poisoned the People of Flint

“They played a game of chess with our lives and we lost.”

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The Life and Times of Strider Wolf

When he was 2, Strider was severely beaten by his mother’s boyfriend. Today, at 6, Strider lives with his grandparents in rural Maine, in and out of poverty, trying to make it.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "A Brief History of Seven Killings [Excerpt]"

An excerpt from the winner of the Man Booker Prize.

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A Daughter's Death

The murder of Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy in the Harlem projects.

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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.