articles tagged "Poverty"

50 Years of the War on Poverty

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | buzz
Lyndon Johnson signing the Medicare bill in 1965.

After 50 years of the War on Poverty, both the government programs it created and poverty are still around. Who’s winning? more »

The World’s Children in 2013

Monday, 30 December 2013 | A Public Affair
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How were the children of the world in 2013? On this edition of A Public Affair we reflected on the status of the world’s children as we approach 2014. more »

Homelessness in Madison Schools

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 | A Public Affair
Photo Credit: BeniCufi

One of the greatest issues that Madison and Dane County face is the growing poverty rate. Why is this rate getting higher and just how bad is it affecting out schools? On Tuesday September 24th, our host Carousel Bayrd sat down with Linda Ketchem of Madison Urban Ministry (MUM) and the Executive Director, Amy Noble, of the Homeless Services Transition Education Program for Madison Public Schools, to discuss the issue of homelessness and its role in our schools. more »

Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | A Public Affair
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On Tuesday February 26th, Anjuli Brekke hosted this Pledge Drive edition of A Public Affair. Cynthia Lin helped bring in pledges throughout the program. During the hour, they brought listeners the harrowing story of memoirist Martha Long’s childhood. It took decades for Martha to bring herself to look back at the girl she was growing up in 1950′s Dublin. But that girl was, as Martha writes, “waiting for her chance to burst back into life and give voice to the pain she endured.” Her story has poured out in several volumes, each a best seller in Ireland and England. more »

So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday July 18th, Tonya Brito interviewed lawyer, policy maker, and law professor Peter Edelman about his new book, “So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America.” In this provocative book, Peter Edelman, a former top aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and a lifelong antipoverty advocate, offers an informed analysis of how this country can be so wealthy yet have a steadily growing number of unemployed and working poor. According to Edelman, we have taken important positive steps without which 25 to 30 million more people would be poor, but poverty fluctuates with the business cycle. The structure of today’s economy has stultified wage growth for half of America’s workers—with even worse results at …. more »

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