American Radio Works: War On Poverty
President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty in 1964. He believed a mighty nation could eliminate want. After all, America had won World War II and was enjoying spectacular prosperity.
Almost five decades later, the poverty rate is lower but the war is far from won. In the wake of the Great Recession, a new generation of Americans is struggling with economic deprivation. "War on Poverty" blends contemporary storytelling with rich archival audio to examine the modern face of poverty, and to ask why LBJ's dream of a Great Society is still beyond reach.