Episode description: In this hard-hitting documentary, veteran reporter Jack Newfield takes a look at inequality and the working poor. In his hometown of New York City, the gap between the rich and poor is among the widest in the nation. Newfield takes his brand of reportingdefending the city's downtrodden while exposing those who seem to benefit from their plightto the city's homeless shelters, aid societies, and union halls to find some of the estimated two million working families who are struggling just to make ends meet. Along the way he meets a chauffeur making $5.15 an hour, hopeful for a raise in the minimum wage that never comes; a homeless mother stuck in a run-down apartment the city is paying nearly $3,000 a month for; and a home health aide bringing home $250 a week to her daughter, even though her employer is paid about $18 an hour for her time. Today, Newfield wonders, in the city of buzz and billionaires, why isn't more being done to help the working poor? [cc]
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