The Vanishing Middle Class


(AP/Bob Leverone)

Hour 1

What has happened to the middle class in America?  Is the American dream slipping away?  Middle class used to mean owning a house, putting your kids through college, and still having enough to retire on but what does it mean today?   Job losses, high health care costs, and stagnant wages are just a few of the factors responsible for the erosion of the middle in America.  But is there any way to rebuild middle-class America?  Our guests are HEATHER MCGHEE, Director of the Washington Office of Demos, a non-partisan public policy organization, and KEVIN LEICHT, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Iowa.

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