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Jennifer R. Myhre, Ph.D.
A podcast about something Americans don't like to talk about--economic class. No matter where we fall on the economic ladder, everyone has a story.
Apr 8, 2021
1500 Stories Episode 6 Beyond Red Barns and Silos Part 2
This episode looks behind Americans imaginings and stereotypes about rural life--what scholars call the agrarian myth--to see the realities underneath. The realities of rural life turn out to be a lot more complex than our stereotypes.
Mar 25, 2021
1500 Stories Episode 5 Beyond Red Barns and Silos Part 1
In the first of a four episode mini-series exploring the myths and realities of farm work in the U.S., we go beneath the surface of what social scientists refer to as the agrarian myth to share the more complex experiences of people who spent their formative years working on farms.
Mar 11, 2021
1500 Stories Episode 4 There Is No Such Thing as Middle Class
In this third and final episode of a mini-series about middle-classness in the U.S., we explore the curious contradiction that while many Americans prefer to identify as middle class, many also question whether the middle class even exists anymore. Many view the class system as one in which the middle class has largely disappeared.
Feb 25, 2021
1500 Stories Episode 3 The Happy Medium
In the second episode of a three part mini-series exploring the appeal of “middle-classness” as a label, we hear from ordinary Americans about what middle-classness means to them. Middle-classness isn’t just a matter of not being poor or not being rich financially; it is about being seen as a certain type of person.
Feb 11, 2021
1500 Stories Episode 2 Not Rich Not Poor
Not Rich Not Poor is the first of a three episode mini-series exploring the appeal of “middle-classness” as a label. No matter how much money Americans have, many still insist on the label of middle-class. In the mini-series, we hear from ordinary Americans about what middle-classness means to them. This episode focuses on the economic reasons why people prefer to see themselves as middle class.
Jan 10, 2021
The 1500 Stories podcast cracks open the uncomfortable subjects of money and economic class. 1500 Stories is an art and digital storytelling project about economic inequality in the United States and its host, Jen Myhre, is an artist and sociologist. Since she founded the project back in 2015, over 700 Americans, people living in very different economic situations, have opened up to the project about their lives. In each episode, we’ll hear people share openly about things Americans avoid talking about--things like money, and debt, their economic struggles, their worries and their hopes for the future. AND something Americans DEFINITELY don’t like to talk or think about--economic class. If you want a peek inside the kinds of experiences people usually don’t share in polite conversation, listen to 1500 Stories. No matter where we fall on the economic ladder, everyone has a story.