middle class http://nhpr.org en Rethink 2014: The American Dream http://nhpr.org/post/rethink-2014-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="http://hedricksmith.com/books/who-stole-the-american-dream/" target="_blank"><em>Who Stole the American Dream</em></a>? <a href="http://hedricksmith.com/" 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="http://hedricksmith.com/books/the-new-russians/" target="_blank"><em>The New Russians</em></a>, and <a href="http://hedricksmith.com/books/rethinking-america/" target="_blank"><em>Rethinking America</em></a>.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42247 at http://nhpr.org Rethink 2014: The American Dream Hedrick Smith's "Who Stole The American Dream?" http://nhpr.org/post/hedrick-smiths-who-stole-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 http://nhpr.org Hedrick Smith's "Who Stole The American Dream?" What to Make of the Middle Class? http://nhpr.org/post/what-make-middle-class <p>We look at the recent struggles of the middle class Tuesday on the Exchange and examine how it may be playing out in this year's elections.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 14381 at http://nhpr.org What to Make of the Middle Class?