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The People Hurt By Welfare Reform


When a Republican Congress and a Democratic President, Bill Clinton, ended "welfare as we know it," millions of Americans were thrown off the welfare rolls.

The reform focused on work requirements, and made it impossible for a recipient to receive funding for more than five years.

Author Felicia Kornbluh argues that these reforms fell especially heavily on the backs of poor single mothers, especially mothers of color.  Her book with Gwendolyn Mink is Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform in Feminist Perspective.  Felicia Kornbluh is our guest. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for over 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.