"Broke and Patriotic"

Dec 11, 2017

We speak with Bates College sociology professor Francesco Duina about his new book, Broke and Patriotic, and why the poor don’t rise up and demand more from their government.

Guest:  Francesco Duina is professor of sociology at Bates College.  He is the author of several books, including Winning: Reflections on an American Obsession.


More Maine Seniors Are Being Pushed Into Poverty

Dec 31, 2015
Robyn Rosser, in her apartment in Lewiston
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LEWISTON, Maine — Seniors are typically the least likely age group to be chronically poor, under the federal government's official formula for measuring poverty.

But a recent study, by researchers from the University of New Hampshire, found that increasing numbers of Maine seniors are being pushed into poverty by rising medical and cost of living expenses.

The situation is especially perilous for those entering older age without any savings.

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WARREN, Maine — Earlier this month, a legislative panel looking at affordable housing in Maine went public with its findings. The story is a sobering one.

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Last spring, a legislative study commission found that while the number of women in the Maine workforce has increased over the past ten years, they still experience much higher rates of poverty, homelessness and unemployment than men. And when they do work, it's often part-time and for lower wages.

We continue our series on poverty in Maine this week with the story of Jennifer Stratton who's struggling to make ends meet in midcoast Maine.

We all hear about poverty in Maine but what does it actually look like?

Where Exactly is the Poverty Line in Maine?

Dec 28, 2015

Recent data, released by the U.S. Census Bureau, show poverty in Maine leveling off, statewide, from its peak in the years immediately after the recession.

But the poverty rate in some Maine counties continues to exceed state and national averages.

This story is the first in a series of stories of several women, all middle-aged, coping with the anxiety and difficult choices that come with simply not making enough money to live on.