Are we still the land of opportunity for all? The promise of the American Dream--that anyone, regardless of his or her origin or economic standing, can have a fair start in life--has always been a key to our nation’s progress. But over the last several decades, an alarming opportunity gap has emerged. If present trends continue, according to Robert Putnam and others, we will become a country tilting towards a two-tier caste system. This rupture could have profound implications for the wellbeing of many Americans, our economy, and even for the strength of our democracy.
Our broadcast series and trans-media project will use Robert Putnam’s research and discovery as a springboard from the present into the future. His research has been updated in 2016 as a result of five new group reports (theopportunitygap.com). We, too, will work with a team of researchers and ethnographers as we visit locations around the country to further corroborate and expand his findings.