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In Studio: Perspectives on a Living Wage

Experts speak with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman about poverty, the minimum wage, ten years of welfare reform and the outcomes of living wage campaigns across the country in a special series of POV podcasts.

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Program 1: Chicago's Big Box Ordinance

In July 2006, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance which required retailers with gross annual sales of $1 billion to pay their workers $10 an hour with $3 in benefits by 2010. How will this affect the citizens of Chicago? Amy Goodman talks to Chicago aldermen and organizers to find out.

Guests: Toni Foulkes, Community Activist, Chiago ACORN; Joe Moore, Alderman, 49th Ward, Chicago; Shiren Rattigan-Ouni, Field Organizer, Chicago ACORN; Ed Smith, Alderman, 28th Ward, Chicago

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Program 2: Poverty in New York City

One in five New Yorkers live in poverty. Amy Goodman talks to experts about the lives of these low-income New Yorkers to find out about their wages, their access to health care and education and their struggles to improve their lives. What can New York City government do to improve the lives of these citizens?

Guests: Charles Barron, New York City Council Member; Maureen Lane, co-director of Welfare Rights Initiative and Drum Major Institute Fellow; Ai-jen Poo, Lead Organizer, Domestic Workers United; Nancy Rankin, director of policy research, Community Service Society of New York

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Program 3: History of Workers' Movements in U.S.

Legendary historian Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, talks to Amy Goodman about working people's movements from colonial times to the current struggle toward a living wage.

Guest: Howard Zinn, historian and author of A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

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Program 4: Beyond a Living Wage

Living wage campaigns have succeeded in raising wages in various regions all over the country. Amy Goodman takes a national look at the struggle for a living wage, and talks with experts about the future of the living wage movement.

Guests: Madeline Janis-Aparicio, executive director, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy; Robert Pollin, author of The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy

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