Doug Sovern’s KCBS Cover Story Series: Getting By airs on KCBS 740AM/106.9FM through Friday at 6:30am, 8:30am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm, March 24-28.
San Francisco (KCBS) — The Bay Area is grappling with an accelerating shift in its socioeconomic structure. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is, simply, disappearing. In a five-part Cover Story series, KCBS’ Doug Sovern investigates just how hard it is for working-class people to make a living and how quickly American dream for advancement is slipping away.
Homeless people steal bottles and cans from the recycling bins of the upper middle class, protesters blockade Google and Apple buses—emblematic of income inequality—in San Francisco’s Mission District and local politicians scramble to “save the middle class.”
On the national level, President Obama has made the widening economic chasm the signature issue of this year’s midterm elections saying “this is the defining challenge of our time; making sure our economy works for every working American.”