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What we're reading - October 21, 2011

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Here's what Kat Aaron, What Went Wrong's project editor, was reading this week: This week, I’ve been reading about the 1 percent and about the poor. The Census Bureau released a brief (pdf) this week mapping the percentages of people living in poverty by state, and the geographic concentration of ...

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What we're reading - Oct. 14, 2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Here's what Kat Aaron, What Went Wrong's project editor, was reading this week: Last week, I mentioned an article from the Wall Street Journal about people cutting back on diapers. This week, American Public Media's Marketplace radio show focused on other off-beat indicators of how the economy is doing. The ...

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Lessons in hunger at Oakland schools

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

A third of adults in Alameda County lived in food insecure households in 2010, according to California Food Policy Advocates. More than 90 schools in the Oakland School District provide free breakfasts for their students but, as Katharine Mieszkowski reports in the Bay Citizen, that outreach is expanding. Photo by Noah Berger ...

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What we're reading - Oct. 7, 2011

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Here's what Kat Aaron, What Went Wrong's project editor, was reading this week: This week, like everyone else who covers economic issues, I was reading the new "We are the 99 percent" tumblr. The site features photographs of handwritten messages from people struggling with the Great Recession. It's incredibly diverse ...

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Dept. of Labor report agrees: Green job training falls short

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The Department of Labor's Inspector General released a report last week that confirms what our Russ Choma reported in September: that green-job training falls far short of the program's early promise.  Since the program was launched, grantees have spent $163 million of the $500 million allocated, or 33 percent, according ...

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What Went Wrong

Donald Barlett and James Steele are revisiting America: What Went Wrong, their landmark 1991 newspaper series, in a new project with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Over the next year, the project team will examine how four decades of public policy has shaped America's ongoing economic crisis.


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Rags to rags: Economic mobility hard to come by

New Pew Center on States report confirms that moving up the American economic ladder is difficult, even though most people have more income than their parents.

Homelessness takes it toll on Florida's youngest

Florida, as a center of the housing boom, still struggles to recover from the Great Recession. Financial stresses and widespread foreclosures have placed families in precarious situations, resulting in a spike in child homelessness. Susannah Nesmith reports in the Broward Bulldog.

Older workers face challenges in Silicon Valley

An advanced degree and experience in the tech sector should be a ticket to a job in today's economy. But older workers in the heart of the new economy, Silicon Valley, are finding their resume is not the issue. Aaron Glantz reports in The Bay Citizen.

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