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Combining scholarly analysis with a human-centered approach, this six-part series looks at the causes and effects of economic hardship in the United States while suggesting ways for society to combat the cycle of poverty. Situational, multigenerational, elder, and child poverty are all addressed through conversations with those who know economic hardship firsthand, while immigration issues and homelessness are also examined in depth. View Video.
Heilig states that inequality is built into the education system and charter schools exacerbate it. Robinson believes we need to fix public school systems to address inequality and charter schools can do the same thing. Heilig agrees, but argues that charter schools must be transparent and accountable; Allen states that charter schools do not need fixing. View Video.
During the annual rainy season in Saint-Louis, one of Senegal’s largest cities, thousands of people face upheaval from flood devastation linked to rising sea levels. There are no funds to build a cement sea wall, so the city dumps garbage along its waterfront in an attempt to shield itself. View Video.
Andy Bell of the British Biosphere reserve uses LIDAR, a technique combining laser beams and radar, to predict how global warming will affect the coast. He explains how a project creating salt marshes from grazing land addresses the issue. View Video.
Stereotypes tell us it’s easy to spot the homeless—after all, life on the street tends to leave a mark on people. But is a “homeless profile” really meaningful? In today’s economy a man in a business suit might well be living in his car; and besides, to those in society’s upper echelons, homelessness is often invisible. View Video.
Poverty and even trade policies are root causes of migration and human trafficking. Traffickers prey on people in desperate situations to profit from a demand for cheap labor and commercial sex. View Video.