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Krissy Clark

Host, The Uncertain Hour

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I dig into history, policy and human stories to help make sense of "making it" in America. I'm interested in the fundamental shifts happening in the U.S. economy, including the widening gap between rich and poor, the stagnation of economic mobility, the growth of the low-wage service sector and the shrinking of middle-wage, middle-class jobs. My reporting has appeared on "99% Invisible," "Reveal," Slate, "Freakonomics," "Pop-Up Magazine," NPR's “Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered," and the BBC.

What was your first job?

The highly gendered job of babysitting.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Oyster farmer.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Jumping from a flying trapeze for a story about the social safety net.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

Some handwritten thank-you notes from listeners, the Krispy Kreme mug an old colleague gave me and the pictures of my kids.

Latest Stories from Krissy (114)

York & Fig

Highland Park Swap Mall: A Year Later

by Krissy Clark Aug 20, 2015
The brick building was home to men living on the edge, looking out for each other.
York & Fig

Lowe's takes a magical millennial bus tour

by Krissy Clark Aug 13, 2015
One of America's biggest retail companies learns about new consumer habits.

Many Marin workers can't afford to live in Marin

by Krissy Clark Jun 18, 2015
What happens when most of your county's workers can’t afford to live in the county?

The debate against affordable housing in Marin

by Krissy Clark Jun 11, 2015
Not all Marin County residents have embraced George Lucas' plan to build an affordable housing project.
A canal in Marin County, California
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Finding affordable housing in an unaffordable place

by Krissy Clark Jun 10, 2015
Projects like Marin's Toussin Senior Apartments help but are tricky to finance.

Military families turn to food stamps

by Krissy Clark May 25, 2015
Frequent moves or a parent overseas take a financial toll on those serving.

What pushes people up the economic ladder

by Krissy Clark Apr 17, 2015
Researchers have discovered factors that may help economic mobility.

What makes economic mobility possible

by Krissy Clark Apr 17, 2015
"Social Capital" is one key factor influencing economic mobility.

What makes a land of opportunity

by Krissy Clark Apr 16, 2015
Dayton, Ohio can teach us a lot about mobility and the American Dream.
Six Routes

Dayton bucks a population decline

by Krissy Clark Apr 1, 2015
Welcoming immigrants has helped Dayton reverse its economic prospects.