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  Steinbeck’s Salinas Valley

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Steinbeck’s The Harvest Gypsies

Before he wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck was commissioned by The San Francisco News to write a series of  articles on the migrant laborers of the Salinas Valley. The result, ‘The Harvest Gypsies” (1936) were published consecutively from October 5 to October 12, 1936. In 1938 the Simon J. [...]

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  Taking on poverty in Salinas

Poverty trends in Salinas may be an important case study for the United States, as shifting demographics create new challenges for policy-makers across the country.

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American Voices: Katori Hall

These kids on a daily basis are dealing with obstacles that you couldn’t even dream of. How can– how can you concentrate on words and math problems when you’re just trying to survive?

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  Earning potential

Need to Know travels to Memphis, Tennessee to cover the Family Rewards Program – an initiative that aims to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty by offering cash incentives. The program rewards low-income families with cash payments for good attendance, good grades, steady employment and going to the doctor and dentist. The goal is to [...]

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  Hard choices

Need to Know takes an in-depth look at the hard choices made by America’s working poor.

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  Gary Rivlin on the high cost of poverty

Journalist Gary Rivlin talks to Jeff Greenfield about the need for affordable, non-predatory credit in poor communities.

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America’s poverty tax

Author Gary Rivlin on the invention of the payday loan, rent-to-own, and a long list of diabolically clever ideas that entrepreneurs have devised to get hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars rich off those with thin wallets.

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  Portraits of hunger: Stories of Americans on food stamps

Food stamps have become a political issue in the campaign, and Need to Know examines why a record number of Americans need help buying food every month.

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