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Washington Journal Looks at Poverty in America

Washington, DC
Sunday, October 2, 2011

On today's Washington Journal, we take a close look at poverty in America, specifically at the recent census data showing that nearly 1 In 7 Americans are living below the poverty line

We begin with Sara Murray, economics reporter for the Wall Street Journal. She discusses the demographics of who is living in poverty, how the face of poverty has changed since the economic downturn and how poverty is measured.

Mark Lopez, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center, talks about the Center's recent study that shows Hispanics now make up the largest group of children living in poverty, the first time in U.S. history that poor white kids have been outnumbered by poor children of another race or ethnicity.

A round table discussion follows on federal poverty-related programs: what they are, how much they cost, and their efficacy in reducing poverty.

And finally, a look at one of the many community programs to help fight poverty and how they partner with the federal government.  We feature the “Half in Ten” campaign, which aims to cut poverty in half in ten years.

Updated: Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:11pm (ET)

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