Public Housing

GUESTS: Frederick Wiseman Documentary film maker; His film Public Housing depicts African-American life in the Ida B. Wells, housing project in Chicago (Airs Monday, December 1 on PBS). Other films include Titicut Follies (1967),"Hospital" (1969), Juvenile Court (1973) and Welfare (1975) Joe Schuldiner Executive Director Chicago Housing Authority Assistant Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1982-1990 Executive Director of Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, 1990-1993 Former General Manager of the New York City Housing Authority As part of the New Deal, FDR launched a national public housing program in the 1940's. What started out as a way to alleviate the housing shortage following World War II, has degenerated in many American cities into urban ghettoes. Join Ray Suarez and guests for a look at the original promise of public housing and whether that blueprint will ever be realized.

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