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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. [...]


  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.


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?


  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 [...]


  Hard choices

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


  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.


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.


  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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