Busted: America’s Poverty Myths

Today, more than 40 million Americans live in poverty. The problem has been addressed countless times since the nation’s founding, but it persists, and for the poorest among us, it gets worse. America has not been able to find its way to a sustainable solution, because most of its citizens see the problem of poverty from a distance, through a distorted lens. Produced by our partners at WNYC’s On the Media, “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths” is a five-part radio series that explores how our understanding of the cause of poverty are formed not by facts, but by myths, media, and the tales of the American dream. Host Brooke Gladstone traveled to Ohio, a state that encompasses all types of poverty – rural, inner city, and rust belt – to hear from individuals who are poor how they got that way, and to understand, under current policies, why they are likely to stay that way.

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