We host here a series of podcasts narrated by Diantha Parker and featuring some of the top experts on the recession and the economic downturn.

These podcasts take on key questions about the economic and social effects of the downturn. Is a new underclass of long-term unemployed emerging? How much wealth did the Great Recession destroy? How has consumer spending fared? Are Americans getting stingier even as needs escalate? Are Americans deciding against raising children out of economic concerns? Does the Occupy movement signal a sea change in U.S. attitudes about inequality? Find out here.


The Great Destruction of Household Wealth

  • Authors: Diantha Parker and Edward Wolff
  • Date: April 4, 2011
NYU economist Edward Wolff talks about how much wealth we've lost in the Great Recession and who's being hit the hardest.

Disconnected Young Adults in the Great Recession

  • Authors: Diantha Parker and Tim Smeeding
  • Date: May 5, 2011
University of Wisconsin economist Tim Smeeding talks about one of the groups being hit hardest by the Great Recession - young, undereducated men - and what we can do to help reconnect them to the labor force.

The Big Chill in Consumer Spending

  • Authors: Diantha Parker and Luigi Pistaferri
  • Date: July 7, 2011
Stanford economist Luigi Pistaferri talks about what's happened to Americans' spending habits in the Great Recession and its aftermath and what this means for the future.

Are Americans Getting Stingier?

  • Authors: Diantha Parker and Rob Reich
  • Date: July 7, 2011
Stanford political scientist Rob Reich talks about America's large decline in charitable giving. Find out whose giving has declined the most, which organizations have escaped this fate, and how some organizations have increased their fundraising in the recession.

Learning From Recoveries Past

  • Authors: Diantha Parker and Michael Hout
  • Date: September 9, 2011
Berkeley sociologist Michael Hout talks about recovering from recessions, past and present.

Fertility and the Recession in Red and Blue

  • Authors: Diantha Parker and S. Philip Morgan
  • Date: October 10, 2011
University of North Carolina sociologist S. Philip Morgan talks about how couples in red and blue states are reacting very differently to the recession.

Will the Occupy Movement Have Legs?

  • Authors: Diantha Parker, Lane Kenworthy, and Paul Taylor
  • Date: April 4, 2012
University of Arizona sociologist Lane Kenworthy and the Pew Charitable Trust's Paul Taylor talk about the Occupy Wall Street movement, and what research on recessions and public opinion spell for its future.

Changes to Federal Aid Programs

  • Authors: Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Diantha Parker
  • Date: December 12, 2012
Diantha Parker talks with Indivar Dutta-Gupta about how changes to safety net programs could affect low and middle income Americans.