Season 2 | Episode 18
May 28, 2020

Barred from benefits (from The Uncertain Hour)

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Millions of Americans who are out of work don’t receive unemployment benefits. That’s by design. An episode from The Uncertain Hour’s pop-up season A History of Now.

Tens of millions of Americans are out of work, and millions of them aren’t getting unemployment benefits. That’s on purpose.

This week, we’re featuring a story from our colleagues at “The Uncertain Hour.” In this episode from their new season, “A History of Now,” our producer Peter Balonon-Rosen looks at the history of the United States’ unemployment insurance system, how this country defines “unemployment,” and why the program was never intended to cover everyone who’s not working.

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Megan Detrie Senior Producer
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