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Walking the Middle Line24:50

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photoMiddle income families have stood by and watched the ebbs and swells of the economic boom. The median income is on the rise, but so is household debt. Costs of childcare, healthcare, and housing have many families walking a narrow fence while budgeting tightly and saving lightly. There's little cushion available if an unexpected emergency knocks somebody off the beam.


Elizabeth Weinstein, Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Jared Bernstein, Economist, Economic Policy Institute

Erika McMurry, from Louisville, Kentucky;Marty Murrell from DeWitt, Iowa

This program aired on August 21, 2002.

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