26 episodes

The Marketplace Wealth and Poverty Desk explores money and class, where we came from and where our country is going economically.

Wealth & Poverty from Marketplace APM American Public Media

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    • 4.7 • 35 Ratings

The Marketplace Wealth and Poverty Desk explores money and class, where we came from and where our country is going economically.

    Schools struggle to address rising student homelessness

    Schools struggle to address rising student homelessness

    More than 1.3 million students were identified as homeless nationwide in 2017, according to federal data.

    • 2 min
    Research says collaboration is needed to address Houston's "food deserts"

    Research says collaboration is needed to address Houston's "food deserts"

    In some cases, groups trying to solve the problem are competing for funding.

    • 2 min
    Kicking the habit

    Kicking the habit

    Many people in Wise County agree that they can’t jail their way out of a drug epidemic, but there’s a lot less agreement on what to do instead. And we find out what happened to Joey Ballard. 

    • 49 min
    African Americans' wages nearly stagnant over decade

    African Americans' wages nearly stagnant over decade

    After adjusting for inflation, black workers' median weekly earnings have risen at a fraction of the pace of wages for white, Hispanic and Asian workers.

    • 1 min
    Families bear the costs of alternative sentencing programs

    Families bear the costs of alternative sentencing programs

    Does alternative sentencing create a system of easily exploited free labor?

    • 3 min
    Supply

    Supply

    It’s not easy being an undercover cop in a county of just 40,000 people. But drugs were making it hard for Bucky Culbertson to run his business, so he made it his business to get rid of drugs.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Viewer in Michigan ,

Thought provoking

"The Uncertain Hour" is a great podcast that focuses at a very personal level on how macro economics affects real people. I subscribed after one episode. The podcast focuses on a simple observation, that "sometimes the things that what we fight the most about are the things we know the least about." This reminds me of the quote attributed to Mark Twain: "It ain't what you know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." I believe Twain's wise words may have also been quoted in the movie "The Big Short."

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Want to understand? Listen here.

Facts, context and clear thinking make this podcast worth your time every time a new one is released.

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Interesting and informative

Captured my attention on the radio and I went home to look up the podcast. The cast does a great job turning in-depth journalistic work into a narrative that captures the listener's attention. In-depth, balanced research kept my attention... well worth a listen for your commute or run.

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