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Why is it so hard to escape poverty? - Ann-Helén Bay

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Imagine that you’ve been unemployed for months. Government benefit programs have helped you cover your expenses, but you’re barely getting by. Finally, you receive a paycheck— but there’s a catch. Your new job pays enough to disqualify you from benefit programs, but not enough to cover your costs. So how do we design benefit programs that don’t penalize you for working? Ann-Helén Bay investigates.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Ann-Helén Bay
  • Director Avi Ofer
  • Narrator Christina Greer
  • Animator Avi Ofer
  • Composer Salil Bhayani, cAMP Studio
  • Sound Designer Amanda P.H. Bennett, cAMP Studio
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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