What does your safety net look like? How did you get by when times got tough? And when times were good, what helped you get to that point?

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The best safety net? One man says, the smaller the better

Aug 5, 2013
In our series of safety net confessionals, the story of a man who says hard work and sacrifice were the safest nets for him.
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The safety net you didn't know existed

Aug 5, 2013
Researchers have found many Americans believe they don't benefit from the 'social safety net' when, in fact, they are collecting some sort of benefits from government social programs.
Posted In: entitlements

Safety Net Confessionals: My get-out-of-jail-free card

Jun 28, 2013
Listener Kurt Deutscher, a 49-year-old web developer who grew up in a low-income family in Portland, Oregon, discusses his economic safety net, which came in the form of a unique graduation gift.
Posted In: safety net, emergency savings

Meet the Bank of Frank, safety net provider to family, friends

May 24, 2013
Government programs aren't the only safety nets that people fall back on. In the first of our "Safety Net Confessionals" we hear from Frank Paiano and one of the cousins he helped financially.
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What's a 'tax expenditure'? We decode a controversial budget term

Apr 26, 2013
Tax breaks like the home mortgage deduction confer financial benefits, and some argue they're part of the government safety net.
Posted In: Taxes, deductions, safety net

What does 'welfare' mean to you?

Apr 24, 2013
'Welfare' used to simply mean 'well-being'. These days it often has negative connotations and multiple meanings.
Posted In: safety net, welfare, budget debate

What we mean by 'entitlement'? Well, that depends...

Apr 22, 2013
'Entitlement' has almost contradictory meanings in casual conversation - and also, depending on your views, in political discourse about the social safety net
Posted In: entitlements, safety net, federal budget

What if you got less Social Security if you didn't need it as much?

Apr 11, 2013
Current recipients have different reactions. Some scholars say basing the amount of payments on need could make the program less popular.
Posted In: Social Security, Medicare, seniors, budget

Recovery from job loss: Easier for whites than blacks

Apr 3, 2013
A new study from Pew on economic mobility examines how unemployment affects black and white families differently.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs, race, African American

How did the social safety net get its name?

Apr 2, 2013
How did that phrase -- the safety net-- become a household term for social programs in the first place?
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