What does it mean to be middle class in America today?
The middle class is no longer just losing ground in the Rust Belt, Appalachia and the Deep South. It's shrinking across nearly every U.S. metropolitan area. The decline of the American middle class is "a pervasive local phenomenon" according to Pew Research Center, and what's surprising is that more people are moving up and out than down and out.
The week of July 4, All Things Considered will launch the series "The New Middle" to examine what it means to be middle class in America today, through the lens of arts, culture, health, politics and more.
With reporting from Ari Shapiro, four stories will air the first week, with occasional pieces from across the network airing on ATC through the elections in November on WITF 89.5 & 93.3.
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