11 episodes

Going for Broke is a co-production of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and PRX’s "To The Best of Our Knowledge" at Wisconsin Public Radio. The three-part series hosted by broadcaster Ray Suarez centers on Americans who have lived on the edge. They share their sometimes startling economic experiences and also insight into our society as a whole. Each hour also includes some of our country’s top thinkers on income inequality, among them the legendary writer Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the classic “Nickel and Dimed,” who passed away in September 2022. In each episode we ask: what would result if we put more care into how we dealt with housing or mental health crises or our workplaces? Going for Broke explores these questions, moving from powerful personal accounts to visionary solutions.Learn more about this season of the series at ttbook.org/goingforbroke

Going for Broke The Economic Hardship Reporting Project and To The Best Of Our Knowledge

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    • 4.8 • 59 Ratings

Going for Broke is a co-production of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and PRX’s "To The Best of Our Knowledge" at Wisconsin Public Radio. The three-part series hosted by broadcaster Ray Suarez centers on Americans who have lived on the edge. They share their sometimes startling economic experiences and also insight into our society as a whole. Each hour also includes some of our country’s top thinkers on income inequality, among them the legendary writer Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the classic “Nickel and Dimed,” who passed away in September 2022. In each episode we ask: what would result if we put more care into how we dealt with housing or mental health crises or our workplaces? Going for Broke explores these questions, moving from powerful personal accounts to visionary solutions.Learn more about this season of the series at ttbook.org/goingforbroke

    Anne Strainchamps and Ray Suarez talk about reporting on poverty and why the care economy matters

    Anne Strainchamps and Ray Suarez talk about reporting on poverty and why the care economy matters

    The hosts of "Going for Broke" discuss reporting on poverty and how to give economic insight a tone of empathy and a tangible sense of human connection.

    More about the series at ttbook.org/goingforbroke. 

    • 14 min
    Can Work Be Love?

    Can Work Be Love?

    In this final part of our series, we’re talking about work — about the right to meaningful work, the search for jobs that pay enough to live, and what happens to people who look for work while also having a disability that’s invisible to most.
    Original Air Date: November 19, 2022
    Guests:
    Andrea Dobynes Wagner — Angela Garbes — Rodrigo Toscano — Barbara Ehrenreich
    Interviews In This Hour:
    Do they need to know that I'm blind? — The work of care is vital. Why don't we pay like it is? — A sonnet for a lineworker — Barbara Ehrenreich on writing the American labor story


    About Going For Broke: The Care Economy
    How we live is indelibly intertwined with the care and empathy we give to each other. What if we put care into helping Americans find homes and build dwellings, into keeping their bodies and minds sound, and finding meaningful and well-paid work? In this three part series, "To The Best Of Our Knowledge" and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project bring you real life stories about economic struggle in our time, as well as ideas for solutions. 
    Rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts.
    Learn more about the series at ttbook.org/goingforbroke.


    About the Economic Hardship Reporting Project
    EHRP supports independent journalists so they can create gripping stories, often countering the typical narratives. They then inject this high-quality journalism into the mainstream media, mobilizing readers to change systems perpetuating economic hardship. Learn more about EHRP here.

    About To The Best Of Our Knowledge
    ”To the Best of Our Knowledge” is a Peabody award-winning national public radio show that explores big ideas and beautiful questions. Deep interviews with philosophers, writers, artists, scientists, historians, and others help listeners find new sources of meaning, purpose, and wonder in daily life. Whether it’s about bees, poetry, skin, or psychedelics, every episode is an intimate, sound-rich journey into open-minded, open-hearted conversations. Warm and engaging, TTBOOK helps listeners feel less alone and more connected – to our common humanity and to the world we share. Learn more about the show here.

    • 51 min
    Making Up Our Minds

    Making Up Our Minds

    Post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health challenges can push people into poverty. Meanwhile, the experience of financial desperation can also create even more trauma, even more suffering. How do you break the cycle? How do we truly care for people mentally and financially?
    If you or someone you know are having mental health struggles, we wanted to make sure you are aware of some resources. The National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24 hours a day by calling 9-8-8. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reminds us that one in five people in the US has a mental health concern every year. You can find support and education at their web site, nami.org.

    Original Air Date: November 12, 2022


    Guests:
    Alex Miller — Katie Prout — Daniel Bergner — Maia Szalavitz


    Interviews In This Hour:
    Trauma and poverty: The perfect storm experienced by U.S. veterans — Learning to cope when mental health care feels out of reach — More than one way to treat a mind — How harm reduction disrupts painful cycles of addiction


    About Going For Broke: The Care Economy
    How we live is indelibly intertwined with the care and empathy we give to each other. What if we put care into helping Americans find homes and build dwellings, into keeping their bodies and minds sound, and finding meaningful and well-paid work? In this three part series, "To The Best Of Our Knowledge" and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project bring you real life stories about economic struggle in our time, as well as ideas for solutions. 
    Rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts.
    Learn more about the series at ttbook.org/goingforbroke.


    About the Economic Hardship Reporting Project
    EHRP supports independent journalists so they can create gripping stories, often countering the typical narratives. They then inject this high-quality journalism into the mainstream media, mobilizing readers to change systems perpetuating economic hardship. Learn more about EHRP here.

    About To The Best Of Our Knowledge
    ”To the Best of Our Knowledge” is a Peabody award-winning national public radio show that explores big ideas and beautiful questions. Deep interviews with philosophers, writers, artists, scientists, historians, and others help listeners find new sources of meaning, purpose, and wonder in daily life. Whether it’s about bees, poetry, skin, or psychedelics, e

    • 51 min
    Change of Address

    Change of Address

    In the first of three episodes of "Going For Broke" all about the care economy, we're thinking about housing. Many of us would consider it a basic human right. But in America, it can be hard to come by.
    Original Air Date: November 05, 2022
    Guests:
    Bobbi Dempsey — David Harvey — Annabelle Gurwitch — Justin Garrett Moore


    Interviews In This Hour:
    When the walk home from school keeps changing — Creating a compassionate geography — More supportive housing can start with sharing space. And upending assumptions. — The infrastructure of care


    About Going For Broke: The Care Economy
    How we live is indelibly intertwined with the care and empathy we give to each other. What if we put care into helping Americans find homes and build dwellings, into keeping their bodies and minds sound, and finding meaningful and well-paid work? In this three part series, "To The Best Of Our Knowledge" and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project bring you real life stories about economic struggle in our time, as well as ideas for solutions. 
    Rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts.
    Learn more about the series at ttbook.org/goingforbroke.


    About the Economic Hardship Reporting Project
    EHRP supports independent journalists so they can create gripping stories, often countering the typical narratives. They then inject this high-quality journalism into the mainstream media, mobilizing readers to change systems perpetuating economic hardship. Learn more about EHRP here.

    About To The Best Of Our Knowledge
    ”To the Best of Our Knowledge” is a Peabody award-winning national public radio show that explores big ideas and beautiful questions. Deep interviews with philosophers, writers, artists, scientists, historians, and others help listeners find new sources of meaning, purpose, and wonder in daily life. Whether it’s about bees, poetry, skin, or psychedelics, every episode is an intimate, sound-rich journey into open-minded, open-hearted conversations. Warm and engaging, TTBOOK helps listeners feel less alone and more connected – to our common humanity and to the world we share. Learn more about the show here.

    • 51 min
    Coming November 5: Going For Broke on the Care Economy

    Coming November 5: Going For Broke on the Care Economy

    Going for Broke returns and this time, we're talking about the care economy.

    This three-part series hosted by broadcaster Ray Suarez centers on Americans who have lived on the edge. They share their sometimes startling economic experiences and also insight into our society as a whole. Each hour also includes some of our country’s top thinkers on income inequality, among them the legendary writer Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the classic “Nickel and Dimed,” who passed away in September 2022.

    In each episode we ask: what would result if we put more care into how we dealt with housing or mental health crises or our workplaces? Going for Broke explores these questions, moving from powerful personal accounts to visionary solutions.
    Going for Broke season 2 is a co-production of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and PRX’s "To The Best of Our Knowledge" at Wisconsin Public Radio. 

    Learn more about this season at ttbook.org/goingforbroke

    • 1 min
    Jen Fitzgerald: A Poet Without a Home

    Jen Fitzgerald: A Poet Without a Home

    During the pandemic, Jen Fitzgerald, a poet and teacher, became a statistic, forced to find an apartment under duress as the city closed down around her. The situation the fifth-generation New Yorker and single mom found herself in has everything to do with what has happened to her city—and other hyper-prosperous American metropolises—during the last decade. They are now built to exclude the poor and even the unstable middle class, and certainly most of the poets.
    In COVID lockdown, Fitzgerald was thrown back on her resources, which included poetry she wrote about her period of homelessness. Her greatest asset might have been her robust social network, which she reached for in her desperation. And it was through community that the light poured back into her life.
    On this episode of Going for Broke With Ray Suarez, Jen tells her story, and shares her profound poetry that came out of the experience. We also hear from Matthew Murphy, executive director of the NYU Furman Center, a think tank devoted to trying to solve the housing crisis.
    Want more from the Going for Broke team? Join us on Wednesday, November 17 at 8pm ET for a special event, featuring Ray Suarez and Ann Larson, hosted by Laura Flanders. RSVP today.
    To be the first to hear all the episodes in this season, subscribe to Going for Broke with Ray Suarez on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. New episodes premiere each Monday.
    Going for Broke With Ray Suarez is a podcast by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and The Nation. To learn more about the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, sign up for our newsletter. To support all of The Nation’s journalism, including our podcasts, subscribe today.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Villagecitizen ,

Going For Broke - Brave, Generous, Important

A wonderful journalist shares his story and its a gift.

rebecca749294759 ,

Eye-Opening

Finally, a podcast that shares the real stories of those who’ve faced extreme economic hardship. Most people in America are so distanced from this experience that they often feel uncomfortable or ignorant contempt which sadly leads to the further dehumanization of people in these situations. There needs to be more coverage on this topic to create more understanding and empathy. Otherwise there will never be enough willingness to change these broken and unjust systems that keep people there. Very eye-opening and insightful podcast. Only wish the music elements weren’t so generic and hgtv sounding.

David Shriner-Cahn ,

Insightful

Going for Broke exposes what many would prefer not to see, hear or read. There are many in our society who are left out. Our institutions and culture blame the victim. Rather than helping those on the edge, our systems often push them over the edge.

Thank you, Ray and team, for groundbreaking journalism.

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