The Next American Dream
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Not ready to retire in Sun City
Pam and Craig MacDonald say they reside in the Sun City retirement community, but they don't live there. They, and their son Steve, tell their story to Tess Vigeland.
Putting a new value on the golden years
One of the essentials of the traditional American Dream has been to have a secure, happy retirement in your 60's. But unlike the Depression Era generation, many baby boomers haven't saved enough. And that's forcing them to rethink what it means to retire. Sam Eaton reports.
Retirement dreams face new reality
The recession has been a wake-up call for Americans who weren't preparing adequately for retirement. Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, talks with Kai Ryssdal about the changing picture for older workers.
Mexican dream tied to American Dream
Mexico sends more immigrants to the United States than any other country. But stricter border enforcement and fewer jobs in the U.S. are tarnishing its allure. Former Mexican Foreign Secretary Jorge Castaneda talks with Bill Radke about the consequences.
Straight Story: Retirement
Our economics editor Chris Farrell thinks about retirement a lot, and gets a lot of questions about it. Here's his assessment of the next American Dream for retirement.
Retirement idyll seen changing
The vision of retirement created by Sun City may not last. Tess Vigeland talks with Kevin McHugh, who has studied the community, for his perspective on its future.
Immigration likely to follow economy
Stricter border enforcement and fewer jobs are tarnishing the allure of the U.S. for Latin American immigrants. Princeton sociology professor Douglas Massey talks with Steve Chiotakis about the possible consequences of this shift in the American economy.
German pension system showing age
The grass is arguably greener for German retirees, compared to their American counterparts. But it may not be for long. Stephen Beard reports.
With factory jobs gone, couple retools
When Jim and Ginger Buford got factory jobs right out of high school in Toledo, Ohio, they were told they'd have it made until retirement. But the factories closed and they've had to learn new skills -- not easy at middle age. Sarah Gardner reports.
College has lesser degree of certainty
For years, Americans considered a college education the stepping stone to a well-paying job and secure future. But that stepping stone may not be as rock-solid as it once was. Sarah Gardner reports.