Haves and Have Nots
About This Collection
The inequality in income has become an increasingly high-profile issue in America, considerably alarming for a nation built on "liberty, opportunity and equality for all." The difference between the rich, and middle-class and poor is widening with the gap at a 30-year high in most OECD countries (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's "Focus on Inequality and Growth," December 2014). The bottom line is that income inequality hurts economies, education and the 99%.
How are these shortfalls experienced in the U.S. and around the world? Who are the leaders and thinkers grappling with this issue, and what do they predict will be the consequences? In January, WORLD Channel will be showcasing the many stories of the fight for economic equality, and how the changing economics affect the social structures of how we live. Featured series programming includes AfroPop, Frontline, Global Voices, Independent Lens, P.O.V. and America ReFramed.
Episodes In This Collection
Independent Lens: Powerless
In Kanpur, India, a city with 15-hour power outages, a nimble young electrician provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor. Meanwhile, the first female chief of the electricity utility company is on a mission to dismantle the illegal connections, for good.
Dignity Harbor documents a year at a homeless encampment along the Mississippi River, north of the St. Louis Arch. The “inhabitants” must survive in the cold of winter, but as temperatures drop and tempers rise, they find it difficult to stay together peacefully. Meanwhile, city officials keep an eye on the area, waiting for an excuse to move them out.
With the decline in US manufacturing and today’s economic crisis, millions have lost their jobs and homes, and the usual economic solutions are not working. Shift Change tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.
Doin' It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC
Pick-up basketball is not just a sport but a way of life. Doin’ It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC explores the history, culture and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide "mecca" of the sport.
Independent Lens: Rich Hill
Follow three teenage boys, Andrew, Harley, and Appachey, as they struggle with isolation, broken families, and lack of opportunity in their Missouri town, where the idea of the American Dream may remain elusively out of reach, but the desire for a better tomorrow remains.
Give Us the Money
Can celebrity be a force for positive change? Go behind the scenes of the global campaigns associated with rock stars, including Bono’s Drop the Debt and Bob Geldof’s Make Poverty History, and investigate the unprecedented successes, challenges and legacies of these campaigns.
To Catch A Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks On America
The inspiring story of one man’s idea, a new kind of bank, and the millions of lives it changed. To Catch A Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks On America follows Prof. Yunus as he brings his revolutionary and successful microfinance program to the U.S. and its first women borrowers.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
The story of the profound ways that some American cities changed for the worse following World War II is told through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.
Independent Lens: Medora
A once-booming rural community with a thriving middle class has seen its factories and farms close as the population dwindles. A deeply personal look at small-town life, Medora follows a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team as its struggles to compete parallel the town’s own fight for survival.
"We are wealthy yet we are poor." In an age of global trade, corporations motivated by maximizing profit often end up working against the interests of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Stealing Africa investigates reports of widespread criminality by well-known multinational companies operating in Africa.
The Fighting Spirit
Meet three young boxers - two men and one woman - from Bukom, Ghana, a unique town with a unique boxing culture. Follow their extraordinary journeys to triumph and defeat, in and out of the glittering prizefighting rings of Europe and America, and what home, culture, love and loyalty mean to modern Africans.
Frontline: The Retirement Gamble
Will your IRA or 401(k) accounts ensure a safe retirement? On FRONTLINE, an investigation into how America's financial institutions protect our savings. The Retirement Gamble questions who has the consumer's best interests in mind and whether there is a better way to manage our retirements.
With the rise of mono-culture farming and globalized food production, the landscape of Africa is shifting and threatening its ability to feed itself. In Mali, an American plan for a vast sugar cane operation on the banks of the Niger River threatens small-scale native rice farmers who have fed their communities for generations.
Independent Lens: Detropia
There was a time when Detroit was heralded as the birthplace of the middle-class and where anyone who worked hard enough would achieve the “American dream.” Today, Detroit is on the brink of bankruptcy. Detropia tells the story of the residents who refuse to abandon hope, and the people trying to create a new city for the postindustrial age.
P.O.V.: Getting Back to Abnormal
Election time in New Orleans: Corruption. Racism. Dancing in the streets. And one in-your-face politician trying to get re-elected. What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster?
74 Square Meters
In Valparaiso, Chile, Iselsa, Kathy, Iván, and 150 marginalized families are chosen to participate in a social experiment, moving them next to middle-class neighbors who regard them as delinquents. 74 Square Meters explores what happens when two worlds intersect and the difficulties in reaching one's dreams.
Economic Freedom In Action: Changing Lives
From Zambia to South Korea and from Slovakia to Chile, Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives travels the globe to show how inspiring entrepreneurs are improving their lives and communities with the help of economic freedom.
In China, education is considered the only way out of poverty. But as the nation’s higher education system largely being privatized by for-profit companies, college is less accessible to Chinese youth than ever before, and without it, often shutting them out of well-paid employment opportunities. What will it mean for China and its future generations?
Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty
For the whole of modern civilization, humans have attempted and failed to eradicate poverty. What can we learn from generations of failed efforts? Poor Us looks at mankind’s periodic efforts to alleviate poverty with the hope that we will get a better sense of how to move forward.