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The Uncertain Hour
The Uncertain Hour

Each season, we explain the weird, complicated and often unequal American economy — and why some people get ahead and some get... more

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The $80 Million Acre (from “How We Survive”)

This week, we’re dropping into your feeds to tell you about another podcast we make here at Marketplace that we... more

14 Nov 2023 · 33 minutes
Chapter 6: The Welfare to Temp Work Pipeline

Since the 1990s, most cash welfare recipients have been required to get a job or do mandated “work activities” to... more

26 Apr 2023 · 55 minutes
Chapter 5: Profits and Perverse Incentives

Antoine Dukes is a natural born salesman. And when he started working for a for-profit welfare company, he figured it... more

19 Apr 2023 · 49 minutes
Chapter 4: The Battle of Newburgh

In 1961, city officials in Newburgh, New York, declared war on their poorest residents by proclaiming, without evidence, that the... more

12 Apr 2023 · 35 minutes
Chapter 3: Race and rumor

In the 1950s, a rumor that people were moving to Newburgh, NY to live off welfare riled up the city.... more

05 Apr 2023 · 36 minutes
Chapter 2: The compliance machine

A single mother of two in Chicago was working and taking classes to become an addiction counselor when her life... more

29 Mar 2023 · 54 minutes
Chapter 1: The dream

When a struggling mother of two in Milwaukee hits hard times, she turns to a local welfare office for help... more

22 Mar 2023 · 44 minutes
Season 6: The Welfare-to-Work Industrial Complex

There is a growing chorus of politicians who argue that there’s a simple solution to help all kinds of problems,... more

15 Mar 2023 · 4 minutes
25 years after welfare reform, let’s revisit “the magic bureaucrat”

It’s been 25 years since our country upended its welfare system – and so we’re looking back at our very... more

20 Aug 2021 · 41 minutes
My boss is an app

The gig-app workforce has arrived at our doorstep. But Silicon Valley’s innovations in hiring are only the latest round of... more

24 Mar 2021 · 48 minutes
The Uncertain Hour
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