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In the United States, when we talk about poverty, we are talking about marginalized people but rarely have the opportunity to tell their own story. At Going bankruptSuarez, who himself has faced economic instability in recent years, hears about people who have lost their jobs, their homes and sometimes the common thread of their lives. But with these hardships, they gained valuable information about the issues facing millions of people in this country. We will hear about the struggles they went through and the solutions they want to see come true – solutions that flow from lived experience rather than conventional experts. Listen to the trailer here and read Suarez’s introductory essay, “Poverty Can Happen to Anyone”.
“I am truly delighted to present the work of storytellers supported by the Economic Hardship Report project to new audiences,” said Suarez. “And given what the country and the world went through in 2020 and 2021, now couldn’t be a better time to ask tough questions about the social safety net, the way Americans look at themselves and the challenge of l economy security in times of insecurity. Audio is the perfect way to introduce listeners to a pair of shoes and the invitation to walk a mile or more. The nation is a great partner for this series, bringing us to readers who will listen to one chapter and listen to them all.
“Going bankrupt is audio storytelling at its best and most needed: Our economy doesn’t work for many of us, and on this podcast we hear directly from people too often excluded from mainstream media coverage, ”added Nation multimedia editor Frank Reynolds. “Ray is the perfect guide through these troubled waters, and we are thrilled to continue our long history of working with the great people at EHRP to bring stories of economic hardship to our audience.”
“These captivating and authentic first-person accounts are a must-listen, as are some of the inventive solutions provided by these episodes,” said EHRP Executive Director Alissa Quart. “The podcast is the culmination of years of work by the editors in our organization.
Episode one, “Lori Yearwood: Insomnia in the streets”, The first of two episodes released today, plunges us into the heart of her experience of insomnia during the two years she has been homeless, where trauma and sleep deprivation begin to merge. Yearwood, now housing reporter for EHRP, tells how receiving coverage from a stranger when she was homeless was such a gift of kindness in a sea of callousness that it helped her remember there was a thing such as love in the world. In the solutions segment of the episode, she discusses insomnia in homeless people and the importance of understanding and dealing with trauma.
In episode two, “A veteran journalist stands at the center of the story, ” Going bankrupt Host Ray Suarez tells the shocking tale of how his illustrious career as a journalist fell apart in middle age. A former NPR host Talk about the nation and chief national correspondent of PBS NewsHour, Suarez discusses building her career as a journalist in predominantly white newsrooms and ultimately losing her job and health insurance, all while dealing with cancer and the attendant medical debt. Explaining the crisis facing older workers, he offers insight into how to address this uniquely American condition. He also talks about the impact of ageism, racism and paternalism embedded in the DNA of our newsrooms, as well as the broader precariousness of the media industry.
Future episodes will explore life on the frontlines of the pandemic, the administrative burden of accessing social services, the affordable housing crisis, and the mistaken American concept of robust individualism. They will also discuss solutions to blindness and class intolerance, rethink our social safety nets, mend our shattered housing market, and examine America’s closest model for universal health care.
Going bankrupt is the latest addition to The nationA growing catalog of politically charged podcasts and limited-time explainer series exploring the most crucial issues America faces today. Our previous successful forays into podcasting include The nationthe flagship weekly information program of, Start making sense with host Jon Wiener, and Sports edge, hosted by sports editor Dave Zirin. The nation has also produced several limited edition smart podcasts, including, in partnership with WNYC Studios, the inaugural seasons of United States of anxiety and This is the neighborhood with host Kai Wright; Next left, where politics becomes personal with the next generation of progressive politicians, activists and change makers chatting with national affairs correspondent John Nichols; More than enough, a candid discussion of Universal Basic Income and the ways in which people’s lives – and our country and politics – would be transformed if people had their needs properly met, with host Mia Birdsong; and System check, with co-hosts Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren. Together these Nation Podcasts offer a distinctive understanding of current affairs and politics and people with an emphasis on ‘bottom-up’ storytelling, and an eye on stories you won’t hear anywhere else.
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IN REGARDS TO: Ray Suarez is a host of the limited series podcast Bankruptcy with Ray Suarez, a project of The nation magazine and the draft report on economic difficulties. He is also host of the radio and podcast series International affairs, heard on KQED San Francisco and public radio stations across the country, and a Washington reporter for Euronews.
Suarez joined the PBS NewsHour in 1999 and was a senior correspondent for the national public television news program until 2013. He hosted the NPR show Talking about the nation from 1993 to 1999. Suarez is the author of three books, including Latin Americans: the 500-year legacy that shaped a nation (Penguin, 2013). His next book, on immigration, political, demographic and cultural changes, will be published in 2023.
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The draft report on economic difficulties, a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by union writer Barbara Ehrenreich, supports quality journalism on inequality, bringing in freelance journalists to create stories about economic hardship, in order to change the systems that affect them. perpetuate.