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Trends with Benefits

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167x120 image for ta130323trends_with_benefitsSomething that took us by surprise. The number of Americans receiving federal disability payments has nearly doubled over the last 15 years. There are towns and counties around the nation where almost a quarter of adults are on disability. Planet Money's Chana Joffe-Walt spent six months exploring the disability program, and emerges with a story of the US economy quite different than the one we've been hearing lately. 

Learn more of listen again to this week's episode.

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Ira Glass