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The State of the American Dream

Episode 1

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ podcast brings you the story behind the data and nonpartisan analysis on the issues that matter to you.

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In this inaugural episode, host Dan LeDuc interviews Erin Currier, director of Pew’s financial security and mobility project, on the state of the American Dream and the financial well-being of American families. The conversation focuses on “data point 92”—the percentage of American families that are seeking financial security rather than economic mobility. In other words, given the choice, most families are happy to make ends meet and pay their bills rather than to move up the economic ladder. Currier reflects on the financial hardships families are facing today and what that says about the American Dream. 

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Americans’ Financial Security: Perception and reality

The Precarious State of Family Balance Sheets

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