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Golden Years: Social Inequalities in Later Life with Deborah Carr

Air Times: August 26-September 1, 2019

Some Americans will be able to enjoy their golden years.  Others will not. Deborah Carr argues that the biggest factor determining which side of that equation you fall on is your socioeconomic status—that combination of education, income, and occupation that determines your social standing.

Carr is Professor and Chair in the Sociology department at Boston University. Her research focuses on aging and the life course, psycho-social factors and influences on health over the life course, and end-of-life issues.  Her latest book, Golden Years: Social Inequalities in Later Life, delves into the ways that persistent race, class, and gender inequalities shape experiences of old age in the United States.

In her interview on “Story in the Public Square,” Carr describes the disparity between the idealized picture of retirement and the reality for many Americans.  She notes much of this divide can be attributed to socioeconomic status and describes the impact limited financial means and support systems can have on an individual’s quality of life in their later years. 

“Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

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