American Dreams en American Promise <p><a href="">American Promise</a> airs tonight, Tuesday, February 3 at 10:00 p.m. on PBS. Filmmakers&nbsp; <a href=""><strong>Michèle Stephenson</strong></a> and <strong><a href=""><strong>Joe Brewster</strong></a></strong> documented the education of their son Idris Brewster and a neighbor Olawuseun Summers. Both were sent to Dalton, a prestigious and predominantly white school on Manhattan's upper east side. Stephenson and Brewster filmed more than twelve years of the boys' educational trials and successes.&nbsp; Watch the goosebump inducing trailer below.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:31:57 +0000 Word of Mouth 42795 at American Promise Rethink 2014: The American Dream <p>The statistics are grim. Since the late 1970s, incomes for the top 1% of Americans have quadrupled, while real wages for the bottom half of the workforce have stagnated. Just this week, Oxfam International reported that the 85 richest people on earth, now have the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of the global population. So what does this all mean for the American ideals laid out in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? In his latest book <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Who Stole the American Dream</em></a>? <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>&nbsp;Hedrick Smith </strong></a>chronicles the dismantling of America’s middle class over four decades. Smith is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and the author of many books, including <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The New Russians</em></a>, and <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Rethinking America</em></a>.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42247 at Rethink 2014: The American Dream Hedrick Smith's "Who Stole The American Dream?" <p>By looking at corporate and financial structures from an historical perspective, Smith contends that over four decades our middle class has been dismantled and that we have become two Americas.</p><p><strong><u>GUEST:</u></strong></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 37127 at Hedrick Smith's "Who Stole The American Dream?" Grad Who Beat The Odds Asks, Why Not The Others? Fewer than 5 percent of Americans had completed college when historian James Truslow Adams first coined the term "American dream" in 1931.<p>Today, many consider higher education the gateway to a better, richer and fuller life. But for many kids growing up in poverty, college might as well be Mars, and the American dream a myth.<p>Juan Carlos Reyes was once one of those kids. Today, he's a broad-shouldered young man, sporting a neatly trimmed beard. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 06:53:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 6274 at Grad Who Beat The Odds Asks, Why Not The Others? With The American Dream Comes The Nightmare One American's dream can be another American's nightmare.<p>Consider: Some people long to live in big cities; others think cities have ruined the landscape. Some Americans love to drive big old honking SUVs; others see huge cars as pollution-producing monsters. For some people, the American dream is a steady office job. For others, the office is a sinkhole and the real dream is freedom from the office.<p>For Jamie Smith, owner of the Mr. Rooter plumbing company in Baltimore, the American dream involves less government. Thu, 31 May 2012 15:55:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 6024 at With The American Dream Comes The Nightmare Right Fears Entitlements Are Killing American Dream <em>NPR is exploring what the American dream means to our culture, our economy and our politics. On </em>All Things Considered,<em> we explored what </em><a href="" target="_blank">President Obama and Democrats think of the American dream</a><em>. In this installment, the Republican perspective.</em><p>President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney agree that the American dream is out of reach for too many people today. Thu, 31 May 2012 07:35:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 5869 at Right Fears Entitlements Are Killing American Dream Obama's Own Story Defines His American Dream <em>NPR is examining what the American dream means to our culture, our economy and our politics. On </em>Morning Edition,<em> we'll explore what Republicans think of the American dream. In this installment, the view from President Obama.</em><p>The American dream — the idea that in this country anyone can rise from humble beginnings and succeed — is deeply woven into our national psyche. It's a promise that draws immigrants to our shores. Wed, 30 May 2012 20:47:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 5850 at Obama's Own Story Defines His American Dream Sizing Up The American Dream In a nation as diverse as the United States, the idea of "the American dream" means different things to different people. Many associate the dream with intangible ideals like freedom of expression, freedom of religion, optimism and family ties. But the American dream has also long been associated with attaining a higher standard of living, particularly one that surpasses that of the previous generation. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. Wed, 30 May 2012 18:50:00 +0000 5831 at On The Economic Ladder, Rungs Move Further Apart America is the land of opportunity — that's the bedrock of the American dream. Many expect each generation to do better than the last.<p>That dream of economic mobility is alive and well for Pam Krank and her husband, Brian McGee. The two are proud owners of The Credit Department Inc., a successful business in the Minneapolis suburb of Mendota Heights.<p>"Mostly manufacturing companies around the world will hire us to study their customers and tell them how much ... unsecured credit they should grant to each customer," Krank explains.<p>"We have financial analysts ... Tue, 29 May 2012 20:22:00 +0000 John Ydstie 5751 at On The Economic Ladder, Rungs Move Further Apart American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality The American Dream is a crucial thread in this country's tapestry, woven through politics, music and culture.<p>Though the phrase has different meanings to different people, it suggests an underlying belief that hard work pays off and that the next generation will have a better life than the previous generation.<p>But three years after the worst recession in almost a century, the American Dream now feels in jeopardy to many.<p>The town of Lorain, Ohio, used to embody this dream. Tue, 29 May 2012 07:02:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 5694 at American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality We Want To Know: What Is Your American Dream? For many, the phrase "American Dream" conjures up images of a house, a car, a picket fence and 2.5 children.<p>But that's not everyone's American Dream. We want to know what it means to you, whether it's barbecues with the neighbors, volunteering, or enjoying your garden, your business or your place of worship.<p>So surprise us, in words or in pictures — or both. Send us a photo with an explanatory caption of 140 characters or fewer. If you'd rather not snap a picture, send us your idea of the American Dream — again, in 140 characters or fewer. Sun, 27 May 2012 04:03:00 +0000 5626 at We Want To Know: What Is Your American Dream?