poverty poverty

Keith Herie is swamped in debt from medical issues he and his wife encountered starting about a decade ago. Heartland hospital is seizing 10 percent of his paycheck and 25 percent of his wife's wages, and has placed a lien on their home. Steve Hebert for ProPublica hide caption

toggle caption
Steve Hebert for ProPublica

When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/371202059/371821132" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Seventeen-year-old Jairo Gomez lives in a one-bedroom apartment with eight other family members. His school attendance has suffered because he often has to stay home to babysit his younger siblings. Emily Kwong/WNYC hide caption

toggle caption
Emily Kwong/WNYC

7 Kids, 1 Apartment: What Poverty Means To This Teen

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/364062673/365016042" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sonia Vasquez with her daughter, Tina, during a recent visit with StoryCorps in New York City. StoryCorps hide caption

toggle caption
StoryCorps

Growing Up Broke Strengthened Daughter's Bond With Working Mom

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/353258791/353424684" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Abortions are legal in India. But many are performed by traditional midwives, called dais. Sometimes a dai rubs herbs on a woman's stomach or gives her plants to eat. Poulomi Basu for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Poulomi Basu for NPR

Cara Russo of Gettysburg, Pa., here with 9-year-old Shayla, one of her two daughters, has found success in a program geared to help struggling families navigate past some of the day-to-day obstacles that keep many poor. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Pam Fessler/NPR

A 'Circle' Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/347954335/349036405" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Students Dakota Gibson (left) and Gary Barber with school volunteer Kenny Thompson after their StoryCorps interview in Houston, Texas. StoryCorps hide caption

toggle caption
StoryCorps

Giving Every Kid Equal Standing In The School Lunch Line

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/347669760/347873364" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Josh Neufeld for NPR

This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/330434597/331425938" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Darlena Cunha says that she wrote her essay about her family's temporary poverty so her twin daughters would learn not to judge people on government assistance. Courtesy of Darlena Cunha hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Darlena Cunha

A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/330680161/330940188" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Schoolgirls eat a free midday meal in Hyderabad, India, last month. India has offered such meals since the 1960s to persuade impoverished parents to send their children to school. A U.N. report released Tuesday finds modest progress in the worldwide fight against chronic hunger. Mahesh Kumar A./AP hide caption

toggle caption
Mahesh Kumar A./AP

Chandra Devi lost two of her children last week when they consumed a free school lunch in Gandaman village, India. They were among 23 children who died in the tragedy. Anoo Bhuyan/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Anoo Bhuyan/NPR