Hoarding the American Dream

Water is seen in a pond in front of Beverly Hills' city sign

Richard Reeves, a senior fellow in Economic Studies and co-director of the Center on Children and Families, discusses his new book Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It and outlines why distinctions in the American middle class matter.

Also in this episode: Camille Busette, director of the Race, Place, and Economic Mobility Initiative, stops in for our regular “Coffee Break” segment.

Show Notes:

Dream Hoarders

Modeling equal opportunity

The intersection of race, place, and multidimensional poverty

Horatio Alger goes to Washington: Representation and social mobility

6 charts showing race gaps within the American middle class

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Thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo with assistance from Mark Hoelscher, and to producer Vanessa Sauter.  Additional support comes from Jessica Pavone, Eric Abalahin, Rebecca Viser, David Nassar, and Richard Fawal.

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