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WWL: 100 Days on the Road
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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03/02/2009
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Checking in with NPR's David Green

 

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NPR’s David Greene is spending the first 100 days of the Obama administration on the road. What he’s finding for us is a changing America – filled with resilient people, telling remarkable stories about the economic downturn and how it’s affected his life.

Today on Where We Live, Greene joins us after the first leg of his adventure to tell us what he’s learned so far – during his travels down the “spine” of America. From Michigan – hit hard by auto industry troubles – to Florida, suffering from the burst housing bubble. We want to know how you’re being affected – tell NPR’s David Greene your story from these “troubled times.”

What do you expect out of the President’s first 100 days? Leave your questions and comments below.

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Listener email from Josh

I have always found that middle-class people of my grandparents' 
generation, who grew up during the depression, see poorer people as essentially the same as them but for questions of luck and circumstance. In contrast, people today, especially in an economically segregated state like Connecticut, seem to view poverty as a moral failure of the poor; I hear people from West Hartford and Avon talk about Hartford's poor people as though they were fundamentally deficient and not deserving of much sympathy. Does David Green see any change in this sort of attitude? Are more middle class folks looking at the very poor and saying, "there but for the grace of god go I?"

Listener email from Mary

Given that I could call in every day, I have to restrain myself. Plus I have work to do.

However, please note that while I appreciate this Q&A and the NPR series of looking at the people who are loosing out - from beyond the circles of reporters and editors thinking up what would be an interesting story - I keep waiting for investigative reporting on WHERE DID THE MONEY GO?

Who made/is making billions as the stock market declines. Although reporters are saying that economists are saying that the money was never there - small circles of business have been sucking money out of various economic sectors for several decades. The consolidation results in the super rich.

Could someone do the math about the re-distribution of billions of dollars that have been sucked out economy by the few billionaires. Perhaps someday there will be a relevation that looking at the people who have lost/are loosing/ are under employed (however moving) is overlooking the problem - the super rich consolidating money. To who and where is the money going?

Sigh,

Mary Rickel Pelletier

 

Respect

I wasen't sure if it was me or you, until I went back and listen to some of  your older programs. My point is it used to be Pesident Bush this President Bush that. I know we are all allowed to like and dislike whom we want. Just because you don't like the new president shoulden't give you or anyone the wright to dis the office. And please don't say we diden't mean any disrespect, just call him who he is the President