The Long Shadow of Childhood Poverty

The Long Shadow of Childhood Poverty

Economic mobility is tough when you grow up poor and black, according to a 25-year study of a group of Baltimore students. We explore the long shadow of childhood poverty and efforts to overcome it.

Economic mobility is tough when you grow up poor and black, according to a 25-year study of a group of Baltimore students. But a forthcoming report says interventions beginning very young and continuing regularly can make a difference. We explore the long shadow of childhood poverty locally and nationally and the efforts to overcome it.

Guests

Karl Alexander

Academy Professor and Research Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University; co-author "The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood (Russell Safe Foundation, 2014)

Isabel Sawhill

Senior Fellow, Economic Studies; Director, Budgeting for National Priorities; Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institution

Jenny Reed

Policy Director, DC Fiscal Policy Institute

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