Eight years ago, the country was in financial free fall. Now, with the 2016 presidential election looming, America’s economic landscape is much different: unemployment is below five percent; job growth is rising; and corporate profits and housing prices are booming.
But not far below the surface is a much less glowing economic reality: an America where wages are stagnant, and more work is temporary and part-time. If you’ve been unemployed for a long time, you’re likely to stay that way — and the gap between the rich and everyone else is wider than ever. We at Marketplace, FRONTLINE and PBS NewsHour are joining forces to investigate why.
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About this Series
“How the Deck Is Stacked” is a collaborative and multiplatform series, jointly funded by PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Helmed by Kai Ryssdal, we investigate the new American economy, the forces that are shaping it, and the lives of the people living in it as we head into the 2016 elections and beyond.
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