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U.S. Poverty at a 30-year High
Sep 16, 2011by Autumn Sakai
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A troubled economy, a terrible housing market, and jobs that are drying up have led to the highest poverty rate in America in over 30 years. Here we meet Ken Bargy, just another American trying to make ends meet in an increasingly rough economy.
Feb 21, 2012:
Can Jose Graziano da Silva, a Brazilian agronomist and writer who is the new head of the UN's food agency, secure greater commitment from governments to feed one billion hungry people around the world?
Nov 13, 2011:
Did you know Bhutan is the only country on the planet to measure Gross National Happiness? Join Ben as he & a team of filmmakers undertake a 50-day journey documenting the story of four endurance athletes as they make an unprecedented border-to-border crossing of Bhutan by foot and by bike.
Nov 8, 2011:
Whether you call New York City "The Big Apple", "The City that Never Sleeps", "The Center of the Universe", or just "Home" it's hard to argue that New York is dynamic, energetic, and incredible. The variety of people that live there, sights, sounds, smells, it all combines to make it a city beyond compare.
Oct 21, 2011:
This month Sesame Street introduced their newest Muppet this month, 7 year-old Lily. Her Magenta skin and red dreadlocks are typical Muppet but she's a character struggling with food insecurity. In short, she and her family are hungry.
Sep 14, 2011:
Watch as Ben Affleck turns his doe-eyes and 5 o'clock shadow to the plight of hunger in America. Where even people who work hard all day and earn a paycheck might not have enough to give their family healthy food.
Sep 8, 2011:
Every year Yusef Ramelize -- a graphic designer -- chooses to go homeless in the Big Apple for one week every year to bring attention to the growing numbers of homeless people in the America.
Aug 31, 2011:
While this may not be an easy video to watch it is an important video to watch. Over one billion people around the world live on less than $1 which means they don't have access to food, healthcare, or even, in many cases, clean water.
Aug 12, 2011:
It takes a combination of elements to create a crisis as large as the current famine in Eastern Africa. With millions of children at extreme risk of starvation, some people are already referring to this as Africa’s "Lost Generation."
Jul 6, 2011:
The worst drought in 60 years reaches crisis proportions in the Horn of Africa.Even with refugee camps in place to accommodate people displaced by extreme climate change, aid agencies are finding themselves overwhelmed.
Jul 5, 2011:
Sometimes the hunger problem is not solved with food production but instead with improved food distribution. In a region where hunger and poverty are endemic, it is still possible for food resources to go to waste.
Jun 20, 2011:
A portrait of a city on the edge: Chicago, the "City of Big Shoulders," faces big problems. Close to 45% of the population struggles near the poverty line. With jobs hard to come by and food banks running low, what does the future hold?