Walid Abdelwahab is an immigrant who cooks and sells food from a street cart. He faces challenges every day, from long hours to local merchants who don’t want him there. But for him, it’s about chasing the American Dream. While we’re commuting to work, Heidi Kole is already at work busking in NYC subway stations. She competes with trains and cellphones for your ear, your heart — and your donations. How does she make enough to survive? Cecilia Brentlinger, a single-mother discovered that working as an on-demand driver gives her the freedom to choose her own hours, but it also comes at a price. A recent college graduate, Nadir Samara makes more money walking dogs in Brooklyn than he did working for an insurance company in Philadelphia. Daniel Rodriguez loves being a bike courier, but he relies on tips to supplement his hourly wage. Can he save enough to finish college and start his dream career?
Previously aired on August 18, 2017 and October 20, 2017.
Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.