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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.


#221 Planet Money: When A Dead-End Job Isn't A Dead End

October 20th, 2010

Episode 318 of 902 episodes

How does a guy whose mom is a heroin addict -- a guy who drops out of high school, has a kid, and starts working a minimum-wage job at a fast-food restaurant -- climb out of poverty? On today's podcast, we hear the answer from Katherine Newman, a sociologist who studied 300 fast-food restaurant workers in Harlem in the early '90s.

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