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This Week
May 17, 2002

This week on NOW: We explore the great divide between the rich and poor. The United States is now the most unequal society of all industrialized nations. The very rich are getting richer while wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers at the bottom continue to be downsized. NOW’s Bryan Myers and NPR reporter Emily Harris take us to Connecticut, where the gap between rich and poor is growing faster than in any other state in the country.

In Depth

Dr. Landrigan and child

Use our interactive map to locate health resources in your community.

Bill Moyers talks to NPR correspondent Julie Rovner about America's health care crisis

sick child
NOW travels to Maine where a new debate on single-payer health insurance is stirring.

Bill Moyers interviews Kevin Phillips, author of WEALTH AND DEMOCRACY, about the political and economic history of American wealth. Also, facts and figures on income inequality worldwide.

Kevin Phillips
NOW presents an excerpt from PEOPLE LIKE US, which examines how income defines the life and lifestyle of people across America.


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South African girls
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As Maine Goes...
Producer: William Brangham
Editor: Vincent Liota

Losing Ground
Correspondent: Emily Harris
Producer: Bryan Myers
Editor: Alison Amron

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