Episode 5:  I’m afraid the middle-class dream is out of reach, especially when I think about student loan debt.
What does the history of debt in the United States teach us about our democracy? What does it mean--to our politics, to our communities, to our well-being—to live with debt?  If this “middle class dream” is unreal, how do we envision new horizons for our lives?

Part 1:  Interview with Nicole, a postdoctoral fellow at a big-city Ivy League university whose accomplishments as the first in her family to attend college have left her with what feels like an insurmountable debt.

Part 2: Karen Salt (American Studies, University of Nottingham) on histories of debt in the Americas, especially Haiti; Mehrsa Baradaran (Law, Georgia State) on the 20th century history of the racial wealth gap, including Black banks; Lynn Itagaki (English, U Missouri) on the stories we tell ourselves about debt and the new political reality of the “debtor-citizen.”

Part 3:  Conversation.

Thank you to our cross-promotional sponsor Closing the Women's Wealth Gap, Heather McCulloch, director, a network of 250 individuals, representing more than 150 organizations, who are working together to advance policies and practical strategies that build wealth for low-income women and women of color.  Get their report on the women's wealth gap here.