America and the Ravages of Poverty
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The world's richest country is now seeing its highest rates of poverty in 50 years. We look at the impact on different age groups, ethnicities and levels of education. What does it mean for social stability when so many come to rely on government at the same time they've lost confidence in its integrity? Also, David Cameron and Nicholas Sarkozy visit Libya, and the voice and opinions of Jackie Kennedy.
Banner image: A man looks through a trash dumpster on September 14, 2011 in New York City. New Census Bureau figures released today reveal the numbers of the poor have risen to a record 46.2 million, amounting to nearly 1 in 6 Americans. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
UK's David Cameron and France's Nicholas Sarkozy in Libya ()
British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are in Tripoli today. They're the first world leaders to visit Libya's capital since they led the effort to oust Moammar Gadhafi. They vowed to provide continued support for tracking him down and stabilizing the country. Borzou Daragahi, formerly of the Los Angeles Times, is in Tripoli for the Financial Times.
America and Poverty: What Do the Numbers Mean for Gen Y? ()
Recovery from the Great Recession is sluggish at best, and the Census Bureau has provided the latest evidence of ongoing decline. Last year, poverty in America rose to its highest level since 1993, with the number of poor people now approaching 50 million. Some are children of the Middle Class. Even college graduates face a high rate of unemployment, at the same time they're strapped with the debt accumulated in getting degrees. Their future is bleak and they'll have trouble helping their aging parents, who have to rely on assets that are losing their value. We hear what it's like to be poor and look at the consequences for different segments of a struggling population.
- Elise Gould: Economic Policy Institute
- Derek Thompson: The Atlantic, @DKThomp
- Alexis Jennings: Alternatives, Inc.
- Verrall Fowler: Jewish Vocational Service
- Kisha Bird: Center for Law and Social Policy
The Jacqueline Kennedy Tapes: Revelations on the Camelot Era ()
Fifty years after John F. Kennedy's presidency, his family has released First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's taped interviews with historian and White House advisor Arthur Schlesinger. A book, introduced by daughter Caroline, and eight CD's are already Number One on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The tapes reveal a woman deeper and more complex than the Queen-of-Camelot image she promoted herself. We hear excerpts and get some commentary from Michael Kazin, Professor of History at Georgetown University and author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation.
- Michael Kazin: Georgetown University
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