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Why Middle-Class America's Crisis Has Only Gotten Worse

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When reporters Donald Barlett and James Steele came out with their seminal book "America: What Went Wrong?" in 1992, then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton waved it around on the campaign trail and proclaimed that he was strongly influenced by it.

The 1992 bestseller "America: What Went Wrong?" documented how tax policy hammers the middle class, how the rich grow more rich and the erosion of the health care and retirement systems. So how have things changed since?

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist shares updates on his 1992 bestseller about the undermining of the American dream.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.