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From 'Good Times' To 'Honey Boo Boo': Who Is Poor On TV?

What do sitcoms, dramas and reality TV say about poor people? For our yearlong series exploring poverty, NPR's Elizabeth Blair takes a look at the television shows that place the poor center stage.

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Billy Joe Shaver Writes Country Songs — And Lives Them, Too

The 75-year-old, who helped pioneer the "outlaw" sound, is one of the most respected songwriters in country music. Decades after his big break, Shaver's life still resembles the tales in his songs.

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When Kids Start Playing To Win

And, what the adults in their lives should do about it.

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