Pam Fessler http://wfpl.org en In Appalachia, Poverty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder http://wfpl.org/post/appalachia-poverty-eye-beholder <em>President Lyndon B. Johnson went to eastern Kentucky in 1964 to promote his War on Poverty. But when he did, he opened a wound that remains raw today. People in the region say they're tired of always being depicted as poor, so when NPR's Pam Fessler went to Appalachia to report on how the War on Poverty is going, she was warned that people would be reluctant to talk. Instead, she got an earful. </em><p>Lee Mueller has lived in Martin County, Ky., for much of his life, and he covered President Johnson's visit there as a young reporter. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 12:23:42 +0000 Pam Fessler 8292 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky County That Gave War On Poverty A Face Still Struggles http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-county-gave-war-poverty-face-still-struggles <em>Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America." His arsenal included new programs: Medicaid, Medicare, Head Start, food stamps, more spending on education, and tax cuts to help create jobs. </em><p><em>At the time, 1 in 5 Americans was poor. Today, things are better, but tens of millions of Americans are still living at or below the poverty level. That raises the question: Did the war on poverty fail? Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:33:17 +0000 Pam Fessler 8166 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky County That Gave War On Poverty A Face Still Struggles How Many Americans Live In Poverty? http://wfpl.org/post/how-many-americans-live-poverty As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/08/27/214822459/a-college-kid-a-single-mom-and-the-problem-with-the-poverty-line" target="_blank">we reported</a> earlier this year, there are some big problems with the way poverty is measured in this country. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:02:13 +0000 Pam Fessler 7462 at http://wfpl.org How Many Americans Live In Poverty? A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line http://wfpl.org/post/college-kid-single-mom-and-problem-poverty-line <strong>The College Kid</strong><p>Rico Saccoccio is a junior at Fordham University in the Bronx. He's from a middle-class family in Connecticut and he spent the summer living at home with his parents, who cover about $15,000 a year in his college costs.<p>According to the U.S. government, Saccoccio is living in poverty. The $8,000 he earns doing odd jobs puts him well below the $11,945 poverty threshold for an individual. In fact, the U.S. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:11:02 +0000 Pam Fessler 6618 at http://wfpl.org A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line 'Please, No More Clothes': Relief Groups Ask For Cash http://wfpl.org/post/please-no-more-clothes-okla-asks-monetary-donations The tornado that <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/185643689/2013-tornadoes-in-oklahoma">devastated much of Moore, Okla.</a>, has drawn loads of donations from across the country: food, clothing, medical supplies, toys. Much of it is needed by the victims, but not everything.<p>After every disaster, relief groups usually ask for one thing: money. But writing a check or texting a donation isn't always that satisfying for those who want so desperately to help. <strong> Sat, 25 May 2013 10:33:51 +0000 Pam Fessler 5550 at http://wfpl.org 'Please, No More Clothes': Relief Groups Ask For Cash Advocates Struggle To Reach Growing Ranks Of Suburban Poor http://wfpl.org/post/advocates-struggle-reach-growing-ranks-suburban-poor Poverty has grown everywhere in the U.S. in recent years, but mostly in the suburbs. Mon, 20 May 2013 10:49:20 +0000 Pam Fessler 5461 at http://wfpl.org Advocates Struggle To Reach Growing Ranks Of Suburban Poor Obama Forms Presidential Commission To Study Voting Problems http://wfpl.org/post/obama-forms-presidential-commission-study-voting-problems President Obama has established a new bipartisan commission on election administration, something he promised to do in his Feb. 12 State of the Union address. He <a href="http://www.npr.org/documents/2013/mar/2013electionadmin.pdf" target="_blank">signed an executive order</a> Thursday making it official.<p>The Presidential Commission on Election Administration is being headed by two longtime Washington attorneys, Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg. Bauer was general counsel to the president's re-election campaign and is also Obama's former White House counsel. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:09:17 +0000 Pam Fessler 4726 at http://wfpl.org Obama Forms Presidential Commission To Study Voting Problems 'We Shouldn't Have To Live Like This' http://wfpl.org/post/americas-homeless-2013-we-shouldnt-have-live If aging is not for sissies, that's especially true if you're homeless. You can be on your feet for hours, or forced to sleep in the frigid cold or seriously ill with no place to go. But, increasingly, the nation's homeless population is getting older. By some estimates, more than half of single homeless adults are 47 or older.<p>And there's growing alarm about what this means — both for the aging homeless and for those who have to foot the bill. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:12:06 +0000 Pam Fessler 4463 at http://wfpl.org 'We Shouldn't Have To Live Like This' Study: Nearly Half In U.S. Lack Financial Safety Net http://wfpl.org/post/study-nearly-half-us-lack-financial-safety-net In his inaugural address, President Obama talked about a country where even "a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else." But in reality, that's not always the case. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:42:35 +0000 Pam Fessler 3696 at http://wfpl.org Study: Nearly Half In U.S. Lack Financial Safety Net Thanks, But No Thanks: When Post-Disaster Donations Overwhelm http://wfpl.org/post/thanks-no-thanks-when-post-disaster-donations-overwhelm Newtown, Conn., was so inundated with teddy bears and other donations after last month's school shootings that it asked people to please stop sending gifts. Relief groups in New York and New Jersey are still trying to figure out what to do with piles of clothes and other items sent there after Superstorm Sandy.<p>It happens in every disaster: People want to help, but they often donate things that turn out to be more of a burden. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:57:12 +0000 Pam Fessler 3351 at http://wfpl.org Thanks, But No Thanks: When Post-Disaster Donations Overwhelm