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Inside the discriminatory origins of welfare work requirements
May 22, 2023

Inside the discriminatory origins of welfare work requirements

The scramble to raise the nation's debt ceiling has featured prominent calls by Republicans to impose stricter work requirements for recipients of welfare. But today's debate on Capitol Hill stems from a much older fight over how the poor qualify for benefits. We spoke with Krissy Clark, host of Marketplace's investigative podcast The Uncertain Hour, about how racial bias played into the formation and early implementation of the rules we know today. And, this summer travel season may be record-setting, according to experts, as the pandemic emergency officially comes to an end worldwide. 

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How the welfare-work system was built on racial inequity

Marketplace’s Nova Safo spoke with Krissy Clark, host of The Uncertain Hour, about the show’s newest season looking into the beginnings of welfare work requirements.

The team

Leanna Byrne Host, BBC
Kelly Silvera Executive Producer
Meredith Garretson Morbey Senior Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer
Ariana Rosas Producer/Director
Jarrett Dang Digital Producer (gone fishing)
Jesson Duller Media Producer
Nick Esposito Media Producer
James Graham Producer, BBC
Jo Critcher Producer, BBC
Olie D'Albertanson Producer, BBC