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Families face tough choices in the shadow of the Great Recession

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 15, 2013
A new HBO documentary takes a look at how millions of families have been left out in the cold in the richest country on Earth.

Tough Choices: How the poor spend money

by Tess Vigeland Oct 5, 2012
Three families living around the poverty line in San Diego tell Marketplace Money what it means to spend money when you don't have a whole lot of it.
Bertin Solis, right, and a friend entertain Bertin's little brother on a hot summer day in San Diego.  Solis grew up in deep poverty, but he'll be the first to attend college in his family.
Jolie Puidokas/Marketplace

Could you live off of $438 a week?

by Daryl Paranada and Paul Brent Oct 5, 2012
The poverty threshold for a family of four was $22,811 last year according to Census data. Do you think you could survive on just $1,900 per month? Try our interactive poverty simulation to find out.

The psychology of poverty

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 5, 2012
One Harvard professor says being poor not only impacts people financially, but mentally as well
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Is personal responsibility the key to ending poverty?

by John Ketchum Oct 5, 2012
Two takes from experts on both sides of the political spectrum on why people are poor and what they can do about it.

Rich and poor in San Diego speak out on wealth gap

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 5, 2012
Residents of San Diego's wealthiest and poorest neighborhoods reflect on opportunity, responsibility and the American Dream.

Falling into poverty: A family’s story

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 5, 2012
Clifford Fleischbein and DeeDee Varner used to make $250,000 a year. They're now living just above the poverty line in San Diego.

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A car can transport people out of poverty

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 5, 2012
When you're poor, car trouble can spiral out of control -- but for those without access to public transportation, a car is essential.
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Comedian puts the funny in frugality

by Tess Vigeland Oct 5, 2012
Comedian Juston McKinney grew up poor. Many of his jokes have to do with being a poor kid and how living middle class now hasn't solved all of his problems.
Comedian Juston McKinney
Courtesy Juston McKinney