How The Pandemic Is Challenging Our Understanding Of Poverty

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The COVID-19 Pandemic pulled an estimated 8 million Americans into poverty. Millions lost jobs that kept them one paycheck away from becoming destitute, and many, like those who were formerly considered middle income, now patronize the food banks where they used to donate. There have always been poor people, but the pandemic has exposed some of the realities and conditions of poverty which are little seen and often misunderstood.
In the wake of the pandemic, who is poor now? And what are the persistent myths about impoverished Americans that shape public attitudes and undermine potential policy solutions?
Guests:
Mark Rank - professor at Washington University in St. Louis, and lead-author of Poorly Understood: What America Gets Wrong About Poverty.
Peter Edelman - faculty director of Georgetown University's Center on Poverty and Inequality and author of Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America.
Caroline Koty - licensed clinical social worker and family mobility mentor at Economic Mobility Pathways – EMPath, in Boston.

Later in the show:

The Cambridge Women’s Center is marking its 50th anniversary, kicking off a yearlong celebration with 10 days of activities symbolizing the 10-day building takeover, back in 1971. The ten-day occupation, chronicled in the documentary Left on Pearl, led to the creation of the center and a legacy of advocacy for women.
Guests:
Rochelle Ruthchild - One of the founders of the Cambridge Women’s Center, its second president, and a producer of Left on Pearl.
Judy Norris - full-time volunteer and chair of the Cambridge Women’s Center’s board of trustees.

SHOW CREDITS:
Under the Radar with Callie Crossley is a production of GBH, produced by Wes Martin and engineered by Dave Goodman. Angela Yang is our Intern.
Our theme music is FISH AND CHIPS by #weare2saxys’, Grace Kelly and Leo P.

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