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How did we come to owe so much money? And what can we do about it? The United States of Debt takes an in-depth look at the reality of debt in America and follows the stories of seven diverse people who have been affected by debt. It’s a boldly reported series of conversations with leading experts and Americans all over the country, hosted by Slate’s personal finance columnist Helaine Olen, author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry. What’s it like to empty out your 401(k) to help a family member? How does a first-generation college student navigate student loans at a for-profit school? What works—and what doesn’t—for people struggling to get out of debt? Find out in the United States of Debt.
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