Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thought you might be interested Thursday: poverty myths

On the Media's Brooke Gladstone took on the truth about poverty and the result is the five-part series "Busted: America’s Poverty Myths".   Gladstone and her team "picked apart numerous oft-repeated narratives about what it's like to be poor in America. From Ben Franklin to a brutal eviction, Brooke gives us just a little taste of what she learned and shares a couple stories of the struggle to get ahead, or even just get by."

The segments:

  • #1: The Poverty Tour: "Welfare advocate Jack Frech has taken reporters on "poverty tours" of Athens County, Ohio, for years. But has media attention made any difference in the lives of the Appalachian poor?"
  • #2: Who Deserves To Be Poor? "The notion that poverty stems from a lack of will power and a poor work ethic is as old as America. Why that needs to be dispelled."
  • #3: Rags to Riches: "Confronting the myth that America is a land of equal opportunity and upward mobility for all."
  • #4: When the Safety Net Doesn't Catch You: "Government assistance in the United States helps millions out of poverty, but often the most needy fall through the cracks."
  • #5: Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Poverty in America Edition: "When reporting on poverty, the media fall into familiar traps. How to steer clear of stereotypes and seek insight."

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