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Facing the Mortgage Crisis

From: Michigan Radio
Length: 53:29

Michigan's unemployment and foreclosure rates are among the worst in the United States. Now that we're in this situation, what can we so about it? Read the full description.

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In an earlier documentary Foreclosing on the American Dream, we identified the problem, and what led up to it. "Facing the Mortgage Crisis" looks at what's being done to deal with the crisis and what happens when people can't avoid foreclosure.

We'll talk with people trying to pick up the pieces and adapt to what life brings after foreclosure, including some of the people profiled in "Foreclosing on the American Dream".

"Facing the Mortgage Crisis" was produced by Tamar Charney, with help from Zoe Clark. Christina Shockley researched, conducted interviews, and narrated the documentary. Reporting by Steve Carmody, Vincent Duffy, Dustin Dwyer, Jennifer Guerra, Sarah Hulett, Rina Miller, Kyle Norris, and Rick Pluta. Essay by Jack Lessenberry. Production assistance from Colleen Castle, Tara Cavanaugh, and Meg Young.

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Piece Description

In an earlier documentary Foreclosing on the American Dream, we identified the problem, and what led up to it. "Facing the Mortgage Crisis" looks at what's being done to deal with the crisis and what happens when people can't avoid foreclosure.

We'll talk with people trying to pick up the pieces and adapt to what life brings after foreclosure, including some of the people profiled in "Foreclosing on the American Dream".

"Facing the Mortgage Crisis" was produced by Tamar Charney, with help from Zoe Clark. Christina Shockley researched, conducted interviews, and narrated the documentary. Reporting by Steve Carmody, Vincent Duffy, Dustin Dwyer, Jennifer Guerra, Sarah Hulett, Rina Miller, Kyle Norris, and Rick Pluta. Essay by Jack Lessenberry. Production assistance from Colleen Castle, Tara Cavanaugh, and Meg Young.

Broadcast History

Aired on Michigan Radio July 24, 2009.

Transcript

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Additional Files

Related Website

http://facingthemortgagecrisis.org/