Chapter 7: Classism

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Wealth Inequality in America (YouTube):
Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.
Born Rich. This documentary by Jamie Johnson (heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune) captures the rituals, worries, and social customs of the current generation of Trumps, Vanderbilts, Newhouses, and Bloombergs.
The Student Debt Dilemma: Anya Kamenetz on the “Debt Generation” onPBS’ “Need to Know” (February 10, 2012).
Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality (2013), Gordon, C., Institute for Policy Studies
An online “book” with several interactive graphs showing changes in the distribution of wealth and income, overlaid with key policy metrics.
Guilty and Charged (audio)
(12 minutes)
An NPR investigation found an explosion in the use of fees charged to criminal defendants across the country, which has created a system of justice that targets the poor.
Three Miles (audio)
(two segments, each 24 minutes)
An episode of This American Life exploring the experiences of students from a low-income school district who participated in a program to visit a wealthy private school just a few miles away.
The Sound of Wealth