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The Working Poor

The "working poor" are people who have a job - maybe even several - yet are barely scraping by. They’re often invisible... mopping the floors after closing, taking fares at a parking garage, or frying your burger behind the counter. ideastream's Brian Bull shares these profiles in the short series The Working Poor.

Leaping to Another Career

The Sound of Ideas
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 9:00 am
Author Tess Vigeland and other guests join us to talk about their career leaps.

The Working Poor, Part V: An Interview with 'Working Poor' Author David K. Shipler

Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:32 am
The former New York Times reporter talks about his research and experience with America's struggling working class.

The Working Poor, Part IV: Marilyn

Monday, December 23, 2013 at 9:33 am
An unemployed Cleveland elder contends with a tight budget and sporadic work, while also caring for her mother.

The Working Poor, Part III: Bridget

Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm
A college graduate finds herself on food stamps and living in her parent's basement.

The Working Poor, Part II: Brushawn

Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm
Our Working Poor series continues with a Cleveland man working two jobs and hoping to reconnect with family.

The Working Poor, Part I: Natasha and Robin

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 11:13 pm
A Cleveland fast food worker and mother tells her story about working while planning for bigger things ahead.