What it's like to navigate the first year of motherhood without a stable home

Apr 28, 2020
Data can tell us who is on welfare, but not what it's like to to live in the system.
A woman feeds a baby at a Thanksgiving meal hosted by the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, California, in 2015.
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What lunch shaming tells us about how we think about poor people

Mar 10, 2020
The way we talk about poverty and the the people living in it could be getting in the way of solving inequality. One example? Lunch shaming.
Cafeteria workers prepare lunches for school children at the Normandie Avenue Elementary School in South Central Los Angeles.
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How welfare has changed since 1996, in three charts

Jul 23, 2018
Check out the national data and then use our tool to run the numbers on your state.
President Bill Clinton discusses welfare reform, 1993.
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Do work requirements for welfare recipients work?

The president seems to think so, but not all experts agree.
President Donald Trump pushes a shopping cart as he tours the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' food distribution center at LDS Welfare Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, De. 4, 2017, alongside LDS President Henry B. Eyring (L).
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A Baltimore program tries to help unmarried couples with children build more stable relationships

Dec 12, 2017
There's a marriage divide in the US that's leaving many working-class and poor kids "doubly disadvantaged," a researcher says.
Tanisha Asamu (left) and Robert Johnson pick up their kids after a relationship class at Baltimore's Center for Urban Families.
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Can Finland sustain its current economic model?

Dec 28, 2016
Economic growth has been sluggish.
Tiina Vaahtio and Verna Vuoripuro both attend Aalto University's business school. Universities in Finland have already laid off staff, anticipating government funding cuts.
Sarah Gardner

On the Canadian prairie, a basic income experiment

Dec 20, 2016
Canada tested the basic income in Dauphin, Manitoba, in the 1970s.
Dauphin, Manitoba, a small farming town on the Canadian prairie, was the site of a basic income experiment in the 1970's.
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The legacy of welfare reform, 20 years later

Aug 22, 2016
We follow the money. How is it spent and to what impact?
Then-President Bill Clinton clinches his fist during a 1996 speech on welfare reform at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Two decades ago, Clinton signed welfare reform.
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Josephine Moore: The Working Mother

Aug 22, 2016
Marketplace followed this mother from welfare to work 20 years ago.
Josephine Moore at her home in West Virginia.
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Ruby Duncan: The Activist

Aug 22, 2016
After experiencing discrimination in the welfare system, Ruby fought to change it.