American Dreams: Then And Now
Sep 11, 2012 — "I Want You Back" is the best pop record ever made — a song too good to be true.
Aug 22, 2012 — For Teju Cole, "Respiration," a song about New York City, is the best words in the best order.
Jul 3, 2012 — In her interpretation of his songs we hear the way we all maneuver through more than one culture.
Jun 28, 2012 — Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang has written extensively on Asian immigrants' assimilation into American culture. The American dream, he says, is defined by the ability to imagine a future, and then have hope of fulfilling it.
Jun 21, 2012 — Comedian Charlie Hill has been doing standup for more than three decades. Considered a hero in the Native American community, Hill says that he's achieved his dreams — but that the American dream is still out of reach for many Native Americans.
Jun 6, 2012 — Growing up in the South Bronx, Juan Carlos Reyes' dream was to be a doorman in Manhattan. A college degree has helped him achieve much more, but Reyes is convinced his success is an aberration — and that few of his peers will ever achieve the American dream.
Aug 16, 2012 — Over the past four years, Bruce Marks has been on a traveling road show to help people avoid foreclosure. He says his nonprofit, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, has helped more than 200,000 people get their payments lowered so they can afford to keep their homes.
Aug 15, 2012 — For more than a century, countless Americans have dreamed of playing Major League Baseball. Few ever make it, but there is a place in Bradenton, Fla., that nurtures those dreams. IMG Academies takes students as young as 11 and mixes intense baseball training with an academic education.
Jul 27, 2012 — Vernon Jackson thought his telecommunications invention would bring him wealth and success. But his dealings with a corrupt congressman eventually landed him in prison. He has since emerged from prison, reinvented as a man of faith.
Jul 19, 2012 — The concept of the American dream has been a part of our national consciousness for generations, but you'd be hard-pressed to find two people who define it precisely the same way. We asked for your take on the American dream; this is what you told us.