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This website is from National Public Radio (NPR). It chronicles a report by Noah Adams who spent a day with Laressa Matthew who operates a day care center out of her home's basement in Baltimore. She works 13 hours a day and cares for eight children ages 1-12. She is a low wage worker with no health insurance, no savings, and no safety net. I use this peace for discussion about poverty and the plight of many working poor.
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Date Added to MERLOT: August 27, 2009
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 25, 2016
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Keywords: marriage and family, social work, Sociology, and healthcare

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Avatar for Ben Malczyk
37 weeks ago

Ben Malczyk (Faculty)

10 minute NPR story that details the life of one woman in poverty. It describes her working hours, low wages and changes in her life, but how she remains in poverty. 

I would use this as a mini- case-study to discuss poverty and living wages. It actual includes comments by the individual and the reporter. I think this helps students to see that we are talking about real people who are in poverty and that many people in poverty work hard.  

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