What Went Wrong: Occupy Movement

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Marchers protest in DC for jobs and benefits

Dec. 9, 2011

Protesters from around the country are camped on the National Mall, pressing Congress to extend unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cut. Michael Lawson files this snapshot of their march to Capitol Hill. 

Blog Entry: Day of action in Oakland

Nov. 2, 2011

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly has called for a general strike November 2nd.  Labor unions in the area have thrown their support behind the call but some have stopped short of striking. Vanessa Rancano reports on the issue in the Oakland Local.  

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Occupy updates: Minneapolis, St. Louis and New Haven

Oct. 21, 2011

Occupy Wall Street protests, begun last month in Manhattan, have now spread to over 100 cities across the country. Here's some very local coverage from Minnesota, Connecticut and Missouri, thanks to our hyperlocal partners.

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Occupy movement drives stakes on K Street

Oct. 20, 2011

The Occupy movement has built a national base powerful enough to alter discussions about the American economy. Protesters now face police crackdowns, questions about demands and a quickly approaching winter. But despite the pressures of politics and weather, occupiers are standing their ground.

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.

Issues

Back Story

The authors talk about What Went Wrong

Donald Barlett and James Steele talk about the project, and why they decided to revisit a book they wrote two decades ago, in a series of video clips produced by the Workshop.

Nation's Story

Who pays the taxes?

Who pays the taxes?

We feature charts, maps, photos and other visualizations that reflect the state of the economy as part of our What Went Wrong project. This column chart shows the growing disparity between what individuals and corporations pay in taxes. In the 1950s, the difference was 22 percent. Recent figures show the difference is 62 percent.

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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The Betrayal of the American Dream on Google Books

The Betrayal of the American Dream on Google Books

Check out the first chapter of Barlett and Steele's 2012 book here.