Poverty

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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.

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The Watcher

A potential assassin observes a wave of Zimbabwean refugees.

"They plunge into the Limpopo, sometimes drowning, and, if they survive, rise like mists from the water to cut holes in the border fence into his country. Then they plough through the jungle, and then eventually onto this very road that runs in front of his house. Headed to Jo’burg. What puzzles him, what he would really like to find out, is how they leave no footprints on the earth, make no mark, and drop nothing. And how it is that when they walk, like whispering, they do not cast shadows on the earth."

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The Weeklies

Meet Colorado’s suburban, Ramada-dwelling homeless.