Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America A public media initiative from WNET in New York reporting on the people, policy, issues and solutions surrounding poverty and opportunity in America.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is WNET’s multi-platform public media Initiative that aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society: what life is like below the poverty line, its impact on our economic security and on our children, and what has happened to our age-old dream of striving for a better life. We’ll also highlight solutions: what has worked – and what is working to bring people out of poverty – and what lessons we can and must learn for the future. Chasing the Dream news reports can be found online and on air on PBS NewsHour Weekend, MetroFocus, Long Island Business Report and NJTV News. The initiative will also include a signature nationally distributed one-hour documentary that will focus on one or more of the promises, pitfalls, and/or paradoxes in the search for the American dream and in-depth reporting on the ongoing economic challenges of Atlantic City as it struggles with the implosion of its casino industry and the loss of more than 8,000 jobs. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Mission: A public media initiative from WNET in NY reporting on poverty in America -- the deep impacts and promising solutions.

For minority and low-income communities, New York City Councilmember Richie Torres explains how areas like the Bronx hav...
05/08/2020
Why has the Bronx and other communities of color become COVID-19 hot spots?

For minority and low-income communities, New York City Councilmember Richie Torres explains how areas like the Bronx have a "compromised social immune system." [via MetroFocus]

Why are NYC's communities of color more at risk of dying from COVID-19? Councilmember Ritchie Torres identifies poverty as the root cause of this disparity.

Half of people age 25 to 34 who lost their jobs during the last recession were reemployed within six months. It took mor...
05/07/2020
How the Coronavirus Punishes Many Older Workers

Half of people age 25 to 34 who lost their jobs during the last recession were reemployed within six months. It took more than nine months, on average, for the unemployed ages 51 to 60. [via Next Avenue]

A look at the present and future age divide for working from home.

05/06/2020
How to talk to your children about an economic crisis

How do you talk to your kids about money and financial stress during the time of COVID-19? Dr. Robi Ludwig offers tips for how to approach this and other mental issues.

Full interview here: to.pbs.org/3bDY6ia

From college students now at home to those at high-risk for COVID-19, many are having trouble accessing food assistance....
05/01/2020
More Americans are going hungry amid economic crisis -- and many can't get help

From college students now at home to those at high-risk for COVID-19, many are having trouble accessing food assistance. [via PBS NewsHour]

The current economic crisis means rising demand for food stamps. While Congress has passed additional benefits for some recipients, a large percentage of the poorest households did not get an increase. Meanwhile, many people, from college students now at home to those at high-risk for COVID-19, are....

05/01/2020
Center for Asian American Media

How can lessons from Asian American history help us understand the experience of Asian Americans in the time of COVID-19?

This digital town hall is asking prominent Asian American politicians, writers, and comedians for their perspective.

In connection with the upcoming PBS series, ASIAN AMERICANS, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), WETA, and Asian American community leaders will host a digital town hall exploring how lessons from Asian American history can help us understand the experience of Asian Americans in the time of COVID-19.

Our reading recommendation: "This Is All I Got" by Lauren Sandler follows Camila, a 22-year-old Dominican without a plac...
04/30/2020
This Is What It’s Like to Be Homeless in New York City

Our reading recommendation: "This Is All I Got" by Lauren Sandler follows Camila, a 22-year-old Dominican without a place to live, as she tries to find a sense of normalcy for her and her young son. [via The New York Times]

A journalist introduces readers to a new mother struggling mightily, against all odds, to find a permanent place to live.

04/29/2020
A Dream Deferred Ep. 1: Behind The Concrete Walls

Our episode of "A Dream Deferred: Behind The Concrete Walls" is a nominee for The Webby Awards! Vote here: wbby.co/vid26

New York public housing is in crisis. Meet the people who live there and are fighting for better conditions and accountability.

The COVID-19 economic crisis also needs to be treated as a mental health one. A nationally-known psychotherapist living ...
04/27/2020
The Financial and Mental Health Effects of A Pandemic and What You Can Do About It

The COVID-19 economic crisis also needs to be treated as a mental health one.

A nationally-known psychotherapist living in the epicenter of the pandemic, Dr. Robi Ludwig explains why.

As a psychotherapist in New York City, ground zero for the COVID-19 epidemic, Dr. Robi sees firsthand how these monetary worries can wreak havoc on the psyche.

04/24/2020
WATCH LIVE: Your questions answered on workers' rights during the COVID-19 pandemic

Millions of others are risking safety to work in essential roles, or are navigating new challenges working at home. So what rights should workers, or the newly unemployed, be aware of?

PBS NewsHour’s senior correspondent Amna Nawaz and Judy Conti of the National Employment Law Project are taking your questions on the subject at 2PM EST: https://youtu.be/lPvWbW6xYFI

As the United States grapples with how to contain the coronavirus through measures that affect businesses and who can work, roughly 26 million people say the...

As unemployment rates continue to rise, debate over how and when to re-open the economy intensifies. [via PBS NewsHour]
04/23/2020
Virus pushes U.S. unemployment toward highest since Depression

As unemployment rates continue to rise, debate over how and when to re-open the economy intensifies. [via PBS NewsHour]

Unemployment in the U.S. is swelling to levels last seen during the Great Depression, with 1 in 6 American workers thrown out of work by the coronavirus.

04/18/2020
How to Make an Emergency Budget!

If the coronavirus pandemic has slashed your income, here's how to rethink your spending without giving up the things that keep you sane!

Why are some young people severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive? Our hour-long documentary...
04/17/2020
Broken Places | A Film by Roger Weisberg by Roger Weisberg | Presented by Chasing the Dream

Why are some young people severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive? Our hour-long documentary explores the stories and science behind resiliency.

Why are some children severely damaged by early trauma while others are able to thrive? BROKEN PLACES follows the stories of traumatize children across decades to learn how they cope.

04/16/2020
Diabetes Is on the Rise

Diabetes is on the rise in the United States. New @PBS special “Blood Sugar Rising” explains the rapid expansion of this silent disease. Streaming on pbs.org/bloodsugar

04/14/2020
Blood Sugar Rising | Official Preview | PBS

Why isn’t there a war on diabetes? See the human stories behind America’s hidden diabetes epidemic in “Blood Sugar Rising,” airing this Wed at 9/8c. #BloodSugarPBS

For some students, COVID-19 has them choosing between finishing their education and financially supporting their familie...
04/14/2020
How Is the Pandemic Impacting U.S. College Students?

For some students, COVID-19 has them choosing between finishing their education and financially supporting their families during the pandemic. [Amanpour and Company]

Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, many college students struggled to balance school with work and the need to keep a roof over their heads and food on their plates. Now they find themselves in an impossible situation. Sara Goldrick-Rab is perhaps best known for her work combating food and housing i...

If your boss insists you continue coming into your workplace, especially if you’re part of an at-risk population, what a...
04/13/2020
When Your Employer Insists You Go Into Work During the Pandemic

If your boss insists you continue coming into your workplace, especially if you’re part of an at-risk population, what are your options? [via Next Avenue]

If you boss asks you to come into the office, do you have any recourse? The answer is complicated.

Having financial conversations be a part of the marriage can save a loved one from overwhelming financial burdens. [via ...
04/08/2020
How can you prepare for the financial shocks of widowhood?

Having financial conversations be a part of the marriage can save a loved one from overwhelming financial burdens. [via Next Avenue]

By Kerry Hannon After reviewing a new survey of widows from Merrill Lynch and Age Wave, I’m worried about the wives of America, or more specifically the wives who, sadly, will likely one day experience the financial shocks of widowhood. Women are more than three times as likely as men to lose thei...

What is it that allows some people to find strength in the broken places? Explore the stories and science behind resilie...
04/06/2020

What is it that allows some people to find strength in the broken places? Explore the stories and science behind resilience in “Broken Places,” airing TONIGHT at 10/9c on PBS: pbs.org/brokenplaces

Two young brothers and their mother have a painful phone conversation after she failed to show up for them at family cou...
04/05/2020
"Does She Want Us?": A Family Breaks Down | Broken Places

Two young brothers and their mother have a painful phone conversation after she failed to show up for them at family court.

Watch how this moment impact these young men decades later on “Broken Places,” airing TOMORROW 10/9c on PBS.

Two young brothers and their mother have a painful phone conversation after she failed to show up for them at family court. How does this moment impact these young men decades later? Learn how traumatic stress in children can impact the rest of their lives in “Broken Places.”

Food banks are hit with a "perfect storm" of increasing demand, decrease in their volunteers, and competition for food s...
04/02/2020
Amid economic crisis, food banks are struggling to keep all the newly hungry fed

Food banks are hit with a "perfect storm" of increasing demand, decrease in their volunteers, and competition for food supply. [via PBS NewsHour]

With unemployment soaring, the COVID-19 outbreak is taking a staggering toll on workers. Food banks are ramping up their services to meet the rising demand, even as donations, volunteers and supplies are limited.

04/01/2020
How Does Early Adversity Affect the Brain?

How do you measure resilience in babies? “Broken Places” explores how traumatic stress in children impacts the rest of their lives -- airing Monday April 6th 10/9c on PBS.

What happens if you can't work from home, don't have a second home to retreat to, or even internet access? [via The New ...
03/31/2020
‘White-Collar Quarantine’ Over Virus Spotlights Class Divide

What happens if you can't work from home, don't have a second home to retreat to, or even internet access? [via The New York Times]

Child care options, internet access and extra living space leave a gulf between rich and poor in coping with disruptions to school and work.

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Powerful and thought-provoking.
This is an awesome and encouraging film.
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THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. Heartbreaking, moving, and tremendously worthwhile.
Is this available online?
I live in a poverty stricken area, and around the homeless, and SMI'S, and every time I try to educate individuals about the area I live in, they act like they didn't hear me, and start looking at the ground, or as Trump calls it, the floor, and walk away. I do try to let others know that there are real people that are homeless, and poor and mentally ill, but no one wants to listen. Also housing is very hard to find in a safe area if you are poor. Thank you.
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