Poverty and the American Dream

One of the founding principles of life in this country is that if you work hard, no matter your starting point, you can achieve the American Dream. In the final installment of our series North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty, host Melinda Penkava leads a discussion about the nature of the American Dream. Is it as attainable as it once was? Is it possible to rise out of poverty simply by working hard? Guests include: Noah Pickus, professor of public policy at Duke University; Andrea Harris, president of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development; and Rick Martinez, editorial page columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer. Listener Call In. (59:00)

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