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The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at <em>Planet Money</em>. People seem to like it.


#217 Planet Money: The Art Of Living At The Poverty Line

October 6th, 2010

Episode 314 of 974 episodes

On today's Planet Money, we meet a single mother who makes $16,000 a year -- and who managed to fund a vacation at a Caribbean resort with an interest-free loan from one of the world's largest banks. Edith Calzado gets credit cards with teaser zero-percent interest rates -- then transfers her balance before the rate ticks up. She signs up for store cards to get discounts -- then pays off her bill on time. She gets food stamps and lives in subsidized housing. Her son is doing well in school. She may be the single most successful and productive beneficiary of government assistance you'll ever meet. But when she talks about people on traditional welfare -- cash that's given to mothers with babies -- she sounds like Ronald Reagan attacking welfare queens

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