American Dreams: Then And Now
"I Want You Back" is the best pop record ever made — a song too good to be true.
July 19, 2012 The concept of the American dream has been a part of our national consciousness for generations, but you'd be hard-pressed to find two people who define it precisely the same way. We asked for your take on the American dream; this is what you told us.
July 11, 2012 A public school in Los Angeles has become a magnet for Korean families who want their kids to learn English while escaping the intense rigor of the Korean school system. In the U.S., they move from school district to school district, cherry-picking the best schools as their kids rise through the grades.
July 3, 2012 In her interpretation of his songs we hear the way we all maneuver through more than one culture.
July 2, 2012 Salamishah Tillet explains why Simone's pursuit of a life without fear still gives us all — musicians and fans alike — something to learn from.
July 1, 2012 This mix is made up of the songs you shared: from blues and gospel to classic rock and protest music, to punk and hip-hop. Your American Dream sounds hopeful, cynical, urgent and exuberant, often in the same song.
June 30, 2012 At 30, Michelle Holshue is already making more than her parents do. But she graduated with $140,000 in student loan debt just as the recession hit. Like many young adults, Holshue is worried she'll never be able to own a home or raise a family.
June 19, 2012 American movies have been telling stories that idealize hard work, strong character and the rise of the little man for decades. But there's always a catch. NPR's Bob Mondello looks at what Hollywood means when it talks about the American dream.
June 18, 2012 Hua Hsu listened as his dad moved between America and Taiwan, making mixtapes at every stop.
June 14, 2012 The idea of an "affordable manicure" was once an oxymoron. That's before Vietnamese immigrants arrived in the U.S. and cornered the market for inexpensive nail-care salons. The industry has offered a path to self-sufficiency for many Vietnamese-Americans in California and around the nation.
June 14, 2012 The idea that anyone can make it in the U.S. is personified by immigrant success stories. But what if you came to America for a better life, worked hard and made it — but now face an increasingly anti-immigrant environment? One South Carolina family continues to have faith that the next generation will have it better.
June 13, 2012 If "Jack and Diane" isn't your American dream, what song is?
June 6, 2012 Growing up in the South Bronx, Juan Carlos Reyes' dream was to be a doorman in Manhattan. A college degree has helped him achieve much more, but Reyes is convinced his success is an aberration — and that few of his peers will ever achieve the American dream.