Archives for August, 2012

'Betrayal' climbs best-sellers list

Posted: Aug. 30, 2012 | Tags: Workshop news

Journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele head to Hunter College in New York next week, where they will talk about their new book, "The Betrayal of the American Dream," in which the reporting team showed how the middle-class standard of living has been eroded by policies in Washington and practices on Wall Street

They will speak at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at 6 p.m. Sept. 5, sharing stories from the many people interviewed for the book. They'll also talk about the numbers behind those stories, including these figures: If you were one of the richest Americans ...

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Book excerpts, series continue

Posted: Aug. 17, 2012 | Tags: economy

"The Betrayal of the American Dream" is the subtitle of our long-running project on how Washington and Wall Street have hurt working Americans. It is also the title of a new book by journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele. Our fourth and last excerpt from the book runs Sunday, Aug. 19, on the Workshop's site as well as The Philadelphia Inquirer's site and in its print edition. The Inquirer is the home of the original "What Went Wrong" series on the economy, which Barlett and Steele wrote 20 years ago.

Today we also begin an occasional series spotlighting ...

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What makes a 'good' job?

Posted: Aug. 14, 2012 | Tags: What Went Wrong

Jobless claims edged down last week for the second week in a row. The Department of Labor reported Thursday that 6,000 fewer Americans filed unemployment claims.  

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But despite the economy adding a better-than-expected 163,000 jobs in July, at least 12 million Americans are still officially searching for a job. So are there enough jobs to sustain the American Dream?

A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research says good, quality jobs are on the decline. What is a good job? One that offers retirement and health benefits for starters.

If a job "had health insurance ...

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'Lost in Detention' wins Imagen award

Posted: Aug. 13, 2012 | Tags: Workshop news

"Lost in Detention," a co-production of the Investigative Reporting Workshop and PBS FRONTLINE, won an Imagen award for Best National Informational Program.

Margaret Ebrahim, a senior editor and co-producer of the film, accepted the award at a dinner last week at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Imagen Foundation, an organization that celebrates Latinos in the entertainment industry as well as the best in programming for and about Latinos, sponsored the event. 

A complete list of the winners of the 27th annual Imagen Awards can be found here.

 

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