Inside Welfare Reform

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photoIn 1996, President Bill Clinton signed welfare-reform legislation that sent nine million women and children off the welfare rolls.

For seven years, New York Times poverty reporter Jason DeParle has followed the stories of three former welfare mothers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tonight he talks about their experiences navigating life without a monthly welfare check, their attempts to earn a living as nursing aides and working other low-wage jobs.

Hear about the aftermath of welfare reform and the struggle to escape poverty with New York Times reporter Jason DeParle.


Jason DeParle, senior writer, The New York Times. His new book is "American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare."

This program aired on September 22, 2004.


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