Is the American Dream Dead?

October 07, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Two of the biggest issues in this year’s presidential election are rising income inequality and stagnating economic mobility. Not only that, but these issues are everyday concerns for millions of Americans who used to buy into the idea that hard work leads to prosperity. Political comedian John Fugelsang is taking a candid look at these issues in his new documentary, Dream On, where he retraces the journey of French sociologist and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville to see if the optimistic spirit of the American Dream is as existent as it was in 1831. In this latest installment of Chasing the Dream, John Fugelsang joins us to discuss the film and his findings before it airs tonight on PBS.

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