American RadioWorks Examines Impact of Welfare Overhaul Ten Years Later

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American RadioWorks Examines Impact of Welfare Overhaul Ten Years Later

August 22 Marks Tenth Anniversary of Welfare Reform Legislation

(St. Paul, Minn.) August 22, 2006—Ten years ago today, President Clinton signed into law landmark welfare reform legislationóthe Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. Intended to "end welfare as we know it," this law replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children enacted in 1935.

"After Welfare" from American RadioWorks,® the award-winning documentary unit of American Public Media, explores the impact of ten years of welfare reform on families Tennessee, New Jersey and Wyoming. "After Welfare" also visits Oklahoma to examine the nation’s most ambitious effort to promote marriage as a solution to poverty.

"After Welfare" includes a companion Web site,, that features the program’s audio and transcript; interviews with five current and former welfare recipients, including a discussion on how welfare reform has affected them; producer John Biewen’s reflections on covering poverty issues for almost 20 years; images from American RadioWorks photographer Steve Schapiro; and an interactive state-by state breakdown of poverty statisticsówelfare and unemployment rates, caseloads and sanctions, food stamps and more.

"After Welfare" is a production of American RadioWorks and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Check local public radio listings for broadcast dates and times.

About American RadioWorks
American RadioWorks is based at American Public Media in St. Paul, MN, and has staff journalists in Washington, DC, Duluth, MN, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Durham, NC. The American RadioWorks team features some of the most accomplished names in public radio journalism, including executive producer Bill Buzenberg, executive editor/correspondent Stephen Smith, economics correspondent Chris Farrell and host Ray Suarez.

Major funding for American RadioWorks comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Sustainability coverage is supported in part by the Kendeda Sustainability Fund of the Tides Foundation, furthering values that contribute to a healthy planet.

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