Rank #1: Seniors are still struggling to recover after the financial crisis
The number of seniors filing for bankruptcy has nearly doubled since 2007 to a record high of 12 percent, part of it driven by the financial crisis; another part by mounting debt for things like medical care, mortgage loans and credit card bills.
Rank #2: Why 1 in 3 families has trouble affording diapers
Diapers are higher tech than ever before, but many families cant afford them.
Rank #3: Millennials, like Baby Boomers, struggle with lifelong debt
A recent survey points out that one in 10 millennials thinks they will die in debt.Click the audio player above to hear the full story.
Rank #4: Food assistance doesn't go far enough for most poor households
Four out of 10 households are unable to provide nutritious meals despite receiving maximum SNAP benefits, according to a new study from the Urban Institute.
Rank #5: Low-wage workers are reviving Dr. King's 1968 Poor People's Campaign
Low-wage workers have jobs, but many still live in poverty. So thousands of them, along with clergy and activists, are working to try and change that.
Rank #6: States scramble to continue funding federal health program for low-income kids and pregnant women
States get creative as they await Congress to reauthorize funding for CHIP which ran out in September.
Rank #7: Chicago's decaying water system is delivering disparate rates
Minority and lower-income residents are struggling to pay skyrocketing bills for a basic resource, says Patrick O'Connell of the Chicago Tribune.
Rank #8: George H.W. Bush and his baggie of crack
It was the perfect political prop: drugs seized by government agents right across the street from the White House, just in time for a big presidential address. The reality was more complicated.
Rank #9: Reprise: “Pregnant? We can help.”
In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling on crisis pregnancy centers, we wanted to re-share this episode. Federal TANF dollars (also known as federal welfare dollars) goes to funding some crisis pregnancy centers, thanks to the way the 1996 Welfare Reform bill was written.Our episode from season one includes a rare look inside one of the crisis pregnancy centers that gets welfare/TANF funding and it’s well-worth another listen.If you're curious about how your state spends federal welfare dollars, check out this online tool from Marketplace.Welcome back to "The Uncertain Hour," the Wealth & Poverty desk's podcast hosted by Senior Correspondent Krissy Clark.Subscribe to "The Uncertain Hour"
Rank #10: It's a long wait for Section 8 housing in U.S. cities
In Los Angeles, it can take 10 years to get a voucher — if you're lucky.
Rank #11: Sentencing
The drug bust and the trial were a “farce,” but the full force of the law still came down on Keith Jackson — and thousands of people like him. That didn’t end the crack epidemic, so what did?
Rank #12: Utah's approach to breaking the cycle of child poverty: helping parents
Utah is leading states in efforts to reduce childhood poverty, one study found. One approach it's taken? Creating programs that tackle intergenerational poverty in families.
Rank #13: Congress closes in on a final farm bill
Lawmakers in the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement on a nearly $900 billion bill. To get there, House Republicans backed off demands to increase work requirements for people receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The bill could come up for a vote this week.
Rank #14: What happened to Keith?
One day, early in the semester, Keith Jackson didn’t show up to class. He’d been arrested for selling crack, but for his classmates, that wasn’t the surprising part.
Rank #15: Welcome to Wise County
It’s the deadliest drug epidemic our country has ever faced. We go to ground zero, where “nothing changes except for the drug.”
Rank #16: "Generation Wealth" is about more than money
In her new documentary, Lauren Greenfield takes on the changing American dream.
Rank #17: A Baltimore program tries to help unmarried couples with children build more stable relationships
There's a marriage divide in the US that's leaving many working-class and poor kids "doubly disadvantaged," a researcher says.
Rank #18: LA seeks permanent solution to homeless encampments
Los Angeles’ homeless population grew by more than 20 percent last year, and three-fourths of that population lives outdoors.
Rank #19: Confronting a crisis: The hard truths about American retirement
“We are not primarily here because of too many trips to Starbucks,” author Elizabeth White says.
Rank #20: Urban Institute analyzes reach of social safety net
A new analysis by the Urban Institute finds that a quarter of Americans living in poverty don’t receive public assistance such as food stamps, subsidized housing, child care or cash benefits.