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.
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.
A Little League season in Camden, New Jersey, where the murder rate is 17 times the national average.
Shamir is 15, bored and broke and balancing right on the edge.
On the post-prison lives of several men in West Baltimore.
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.
A report from Owsley County, Ky., the poorest county in America.
How living off food stamps is making South Texans obese but leaving them hungry.
The homeless population of New York City is higher than it’s been in decades. Nobody seems to notice.
They have lost five years of life expectancy and no one knows why.
Riding along on the Lunch Express.