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Dispelling the "Myth of the Welfare Queen"

Foreign editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, David Zucchino. In his new book "Myth of the Welfare Queen," he turns his attention to his own town, Philadelphia, where he follows the lives of two welfare mothers, Odessa Williams and Cheri Honkala. One reviewer writes, "David Zucchino has shattered unequivocally the stereotype of women receiving welfare."

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Other segments from the episode on March 19, 1997

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 19, 1997: Interview with David Zucchino; Commentary on slang; Interview with John Gregory Dunne; Review of U2's album "Pop."

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