Larry Townsend: The Reformer

Aug 22, 2016
How the director of a country welfare department changed the national model.
Larry Townsend, former director of the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services.
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20 years after welfare reform, one couple's story

Jul 11, 2016
A free training program prepares people in Baltimore for auto repair jobs.
Danielle Slater, 30, and her husband Alexander Slater, 31, are students in a new automotive technician training program in Baltimore.
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How education changed because of welfare reform

Jul 7, 2016
Time limits fueled the rise of short-term credential programs, like cosmetology.
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Welfare's role in alternative to abortion programs

Jun 23, 2016
Indiana and other states support crisis pregnancy centers with federal welfare money.
When Brandi David found herself unexpectedly pregnant, she turned to Women's Care Center for help.
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How welfare money funds college scholarships

Jun 10, 2016
According to the state of Michigan, it's a way to prevent out-of-wedlock pregnancy.
Students at a college in Michigan play soccer while cocooned in plastic bubbles.
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Why do welfare funds go to marriage counseling?

May 31, 2016
Our new podcast, "The Uncertain Hour" looks at the sometimes surprising places welfare cash ends up.
Instructors Cynthia Rayford and Scott Roby conduct a marriage counseling class in Oklahoma. 
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The taxpayer-funded pop album all about welfare

Apr 29, 2016
The motivational CD helped people in Riverside County find jobs — for a while.
Keith Rogers worked at the DPSS mail room when he was tapped to help make Larry Townsend's CD "Work Makes the Difference."
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Georgia latest state to drug-test welfare applicants

May 2, 2014
A bill signed in Georgia this week will allow drug testing of some welfare applicants. How has this worked in other states?
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal answers questions from the media during a news conference at the Capitol building on February 11, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Britain's welfare crackdown draws criticism, praise

Jul 25, 2013
Welfare payments account for a third of Britain's public spending. Now, radical cuts in welfare spending are drawing impassioned reactions among both critics and supporters.

Welfare caseworkers head to the factory

Jul 22, 2013
A factory in Michigan actually pays the state government to bring a public caseworker to the company to help its low-income workers.