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'Who Stole The American Dream?'

In this country it was long believed that if you worked hard then you could share in the prosperity this land had to offer.  So – who stole the American Dream?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith about how a sequence of political and economic decisions has undermined America’s title of “Land of Opportunity.”

HEAR MORE: Hendrick Smith speaks this evening at 6:30 at the Kansas City Public Library Central branch, 14 w. 10th Street. A free 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, is one of America’s most distinguished journalists. He has covered Washington and world capitals for The New York Times, and has created 20 award-winning PBS primetime specials and mini-series on Washington’s power game, Soviet perestroika, the global economy, education reform, health care, teen violence, terrorism and Wall Street. Smith has published several national best-selling books, including "The Russian", "The Power Game: How Washington Works", "The New Russians", and "Rethinking America". His newspaper career began with The Greenville (S.C.) News. He received his B.A. from Williams College and did graduate work at Oxford University.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, 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. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.