The Uncertain Hour

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Subscribers: 1867
Reviews: 5
Episodes: 50

John Tebbutt
 Dec 28, 2023
This is journalism at its best. It presents the nuts and bolts of how social injustice comes about, without bias, by following real people's journeys. Production and presentation are second to none. This is a must listen.

 Mar 9, 2021
Wonderfully in-depth analysis of issues surrounding poverty in the United States. Every season is worthwhile, and I wish more programs took this approach when discussing economics: neither dispassionate nor unfairly biased.

 Jul 30, 2020
Fantastic in-depth look at a topic per season. Long breaks between seasons, but always worth the wait.

 Apr 1, 2019

 Jul 13, 2018
Great analysis of controversial topics, done with brains and heart. Fascinating storytelling.


Each season, we explain the weird, complicated and often unequal American economy — and why some people get ahead and some get left behind. Host Krissy Clark dives into obscure policies and forgotten histories to explain why America is like it is.

The latest season examines the “welfare-to-work industrial complex” and the multi-million dollar companies running today’s for-profit welfare centers.

Episode Date
The $80 Million Acre (from “How We Survive”)
Nov 14, 2023
Chapter 6: The Welfare to Temp Work Pipeline
Apr 26, 2023
Chapter 5: Profits and Perverse Incentives
Apr 19, 2023
Chapter 4: The Battle of Newburgh
Apr 12, 2023
Chapter 3: Race and rumor
Apr 05, 2023
Chapter 2: The compliance machine
Mar 29, 2023
Chapter 1: The dream
Mar 22, 2023
Season 6: The Welfare-to-Work Industrial Complex
Mar 15, 2023
25 years after welfare reform, let’s revisit “the magic bureaucrat”
Aug 20, 2021
My boss is an app
Mar 24, 2021
Inside baseball
Mar 17, 2021
Big Boss, Little Boss
Mar 10, 2021
To catch a chicken
Mar 03, 2021
The liquid workforce
Feb 24, 2021
“To suffer or permit to work”
Feb 17, 2021
Who’s the boss?
Feb 10, 2021
Congratulations! You’re an entrepreneur now
Feb 03, 2021
‘The Uncertain Hour’ is back!
Jan 27, 2021
Answering your “History of Now” questions
Jun 17, 2020
Without a home in a pandemic
Jun 11, 2020
There are cracks in the foundation of our housing system
Jun 03, 2020
Unemployment benefits are hard to get. That’s on purpose.
May 27, 2020
An unequal history of quarantines
May 20, 2020
You’re an essential worker. Do you get essential protections?
May 13, 2020
A History of Now: The Trailer
May 06, 2020
A new piece of the opioid crisis origin story, revealed
Dec 19, 2019
George Bush’s infamous crack speech, 30 years later
Sep 05, 2019
Kicking the habit
Apr 18, 2019
Apr 11, 2019
Welcome to Wise County
Apr 04, 2019
Mar 28, 2019
What happened to Keith?
Mar 22, 2019
George H.W. Bush and his baggie of crack
Mar 21, 2019
The Uncertain Hour Season 3: Inside America’s Drug War
Mar 07, 2019
“A mosquito in a nudist colony”
Mar 08, 2018
Law and Odor: a crime story about orchids, pig smell, refineries and you
Jan 26, 2018
Who’s regulating whom?
Jan 05, 2018
Your regulations questions, answered
Dec 21, 2017
The sentence that helped set off the opioid crisis
Dec 13, 2017
The peanut butter verdict
Nov 22, 2017
The Peanut Butter Wars
Nov 10, 2017
The Peanut Butter Grandma goes to Washington
Oct 26, 2017
The Uncertain Hour dives into red tape
Oct 03, 2017
The Album, “Work Makes the Difference”
Aug 17, 2016
The road not taken
Jul 07, 2016
“Pregnant? We can help.”
Jun 23, 2016
Everything but the kitchen sink
Jun 09, 2016
What’s love (styles) got to do with it?
May 26, 2016
White gloves, aluminum cans and plasma
May 11, 2016
The Magic Bureaucrat
Apr 28, 2016