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Released in March 2015, Robert Putnam's critically acclaimed book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, is a story- and data-driven study of the opportunity gap in the United States. Putnam argues that in recent decades, Americans have increasingly grown doubtful of a belief in the American dream as an offer of equal opportunity for all. Order the book from Simon & Schuster here.

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Australian Financial Review. "Class structure is surprisingly strong in the United States". (Alan Wolfe, 6/16/15).

Times Higher Education. "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, by Robert D. Putnam". (Angelia Wilson, 6/9/15).

Fox News Radio. "Putnam: Political 'Shouting Matches' Only Hurt Our Children"". (Alan Colmes, 6/3/15).

The New York Review of Books. "Unhappy Days for America"". (Nicholas Lemann, 5/21/15).

National Catholic Reporter. "At Georgetown poverty summit, Obama describes a 'great sorting' by class". (Vinnie Rotondaro, 5/13/15).

Book Lust with Nancy Pearl. "Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Robert Putnam ". (Nancy Pearl 5/7/15).

Washington Post. "Politicians must get bolder about treating America's urban probems"". (Michael Gerson, 5/4/15).

Wall Street Journal "For 2016, Middle-Class Woes Overshadow America's Poor". (Robert Litan, 4/22/15).

Tavis Smiley. "Harvard Professor/Author Robert Putnam"". (4/20/15).

The Guardian "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D Putnam Review - concerned scholarly". (Richard Reeves, 4/20/15).

Boston Globe"What the man behind the 'American Dream' really meant". (Ted Widmer, 4/16/15).

ABC News "US developing into case society: Robert Putnam". (4/10/15).

Brookings Institute"Robert Putnam on "Our KIds: The American Dream in Crisis"". (4/3/15).

Boston Public Radio WGBH"Robert Putnam On US Inequality: 'Kids Are Living In Two Universes'". (Will Roseliep, 4/3/15).

Aspen Institute"Robert Putnam Discusses his Latest Book "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis"". (Simon Peer, 3/30/15).

Washington Post"Robert Putnam fights America's 'opportunity gap' with religious fervor". (Cathy Lynn Grossman, 3/30/15).

Chicago Tonight"Robert Putnam on the American Dream in Crisis". (Paul Caine, 3/24/15).

The Economist"Minding the nurture gap". (3/21/15).

PBS News Hour"What's splitting a new generation of have and have-nots". (3/19/15).

The New Yorker"Richer and Poorer". (Jill LePore, 3/16/15).

New York Post"Tale of two Americas: It's not all about race". (Rich Lowry, 3/16/15).

The Washington Post"The effects of inequality on America's kids ". (Michael Gerson, 3/16/15).

Harvard Kennedy School Magazine"Minding the Gap". (3/10/15).

Financial Times"'Our Kids: the American Dream in Crisis', by Robert Putnam". (Francis Fukuyama, 3/6/15).

The New York Times"'Our Kids,' by Robert D. Putnam". (Jason DeParle, 3/4/15).


The Economist. "Savvy isn't simple". (J.L.H.D., 9/10/14).

Washington Post. "Our disconnected working class." (Michael Gerson, 5/15/14)

UVU Review. "Rich or poor: 'All kids are our kids.'" (KresLynn Knouse, 4/19/14)

Globe and Mail. "Equal opportunity a right that Canada must preserve." (Hugh Segal & Carolyn Hughes Tuohy, 4/18/14)

Wall Street Journal. "A bipartisan consensus on income inequality?" (William Galston, 4/15/14)

Huffington Post. "Caring for 'our kids' is a faith challenge." (Katherine Marshall, 4/14/14)

Columbus Dispatch. "Income-gap issues play role in elections." (Joe Vardon, 4/13/14)

Maclean's Magazine. "America is moving toward a caste society." (Tamsin McMahon, 4/8/14)

The Beacon (Port Clinton, OH). "Evolving the Ottawa Country Friend to Friend Mentoring Project." (Donna Lueke, 3/14/14)

The Guardian. "Americans love to ask people 'what do you do?' It's a habit we should break." (Heather Long, 3/8/14)

Brookings. "HIP (High Investment Parenting) Marriages Are the Future." (Richard V. Reeves, 2/14/14)

The Atlantic. "How to save marriage in America." (Richard V. Reeves, 2/13/14)

Boston Globe Magazine. "Unhappy millennials are changing the rules of the game." (Saguaro's Jennifer M. Silva, 2/7/14)

Forbes. "Interpreting the American Dream by Taking the Literary Pulse of Citizens." (Paul Glader, 1/28/14)

The Guardian. "Americans Expect Obama to Deliver on Income Inequality." (Ana Marie Cox, 1/28/14)

The New York Times. "It Takes a Generation." (David Brooks, 1/24/14)

Bloomberg. "Money May Buy Your Child a Lower Risk of Obesity." (Elizabeth Lopatto, 1/14/14)

LA Times. "Among kids in U.S., the rich get thinner and the poor get fatter." (Melissa Healy, 1/13/14)

NBC News. "Teen obesity linked to income, education and access to sports, new report finds." (Susan Nadeau, 1/13/14)

Huffington Post. "Our Kids, Our Future." (Jane Williams & Susan Sawyers, 1/9/14)

Demos PolicyShop. "Marriage and Poverty, Again." (Matt Bruenig, 1/8/14)

PBS NewsHour. "Shields and Gerson on the political lessons of 2013." (12/27/13)

Heritage Foundation. "A holiday wish for a more trusting America." (Kim R. Holmes, 12/25/13)

Los Angeles Daily News. "Economic disparity fueling the winter of our distrust." (Tim Rutten, 12/13/13)

Brookings Institution. "2013: The Year Social Mobility Went Mainstream." (Richard V. Reeves, 12/12/13)

The Economist. "Trust No One." (12/6/13)

The Atlantic. "The Social Science Behind Obama's Economic-Mobility Speech." (Garance Franke-Ruta, 12/5/13) "Opinion: America is 'in a collision course headed for disaster' if economic inequality is not addressed." (Irwin S. Stoolmacher, 12/5/13)

The New Yorker. "Economic inequality: A matter of trust?" (Amy Davidson, 12/4/13)

Bloomberg EDU Podcasts. "The Opportunity Gap." (Robert Putnam, Jane Quinn, & Tony Smith with Jane Williams, 11/1/13)

The Guardian. "Why Single People Are Hurting the Economy." (Jana Kasperkevic, 10/30/13)

The Durham News (Durham, NC). "Book Babies to give more children 'Goodnight Moon' time." (10/7/13)

Institute for Family Studies. "Why Are Working Class Young Adults Losing Trust?" (David Lapp, 10/2/13)

Institute for Family Studies. "Losing Trust." (David Lapp, 9/24/13)

Brookings Institution. "Parenting, Politics, and Social Mobility." (Isabel V. Sawhill, Richard V. Reeves, & Kimberly Howard, 9/9/13)

Inside Higher Ed. "Coming Up Short." (Matt Reed, 9/2/13)

The Beacon (Port Clinton, OH). "Putnam offers thanks and help to Port Clinton." (Donna Lueke, 8/29/13)

Port Clinton News Herald (Port Clinton, OH). "Putnam explains NYT article." (8/28/13)

New York Post. "The new great American divide." (Mike Gonzalez, 8/27/13)

News & Observer (Raleigh, NC). "In pursuit of everyone's happiness." (Rob Christensen, 8/24/13)

Huffington Post. "Geography: The Latest Front in the Class War." (Anthony W. Orlando, 8/10/13)

Front Porch Republic. "Farewell to Port Clinton." (Jeffrey Polet, 8/7/13)

Pacific Standard. "Rust Belt Landscapes and Memories." (Jim Russell, 8/5/13)

On the Economy. "YOYO, WITT, Globalization, and a Heartfelt Tale from the Heartland." (Jared Bernstein, 8/5/13)

New York Times. "Crumbling American Dreams." (Robert D. Putnam, 8/3/13)

National Journal. "How Obama Is Heeding the Lessons of Martin Luther King, Jr." (George E. Condon, Jr., 8/1/13)



National Catholic Reporter. "The political future of religious progressives." (Thomas Reese, 5/2/14)

Brookings Institution. "Faith in Equality: Economic Justice and the Future of Religious Progressives." (E.J. Dionne Jr., William A. Galston, Korin Davis, & Ross Tilchin, 4/24/14)

First Things. "Religion's social goods." (Mark Movseian, 4/22/14)

Brookings. "Economic justice, a movement of faith." (Korin Davis, 4/21/14)

Religion News Service. "Is atheism without works dead? The shifting landscape of nontheistic service." (Chris Stedman, 4/18/14)

The Week. "How to be more satisfied with your life, according to science." (Eric Barker, 4/15/14)

NPR News. "Of Me I Sing: Americans construct an opt-out society." (Alan Greenblatt, 3/28/14)

TIME. "How to have a happy family: 7 tips backed by research." (Eric Barker, 3/16/14)

The Week. "Why are Millennials less religious? It's not just because of gay marriage." (Jon Terbush, 2/27/14)

Washington Post. "How Republicans lost non-religious voters." (Scott Clement, 2/26/14)

Washington Post. "How Arizona's anti-gay bill will hurt the religious." (E.J. Dionne, Jr., 2/26/14)

Huffington Post. "Interreligious studies: a field of its own." (Rabbi Joshua Stanton, 2/22/14)

The Atlantic. "The changing face of Christian politics." (Michael Wear, 2/17/14)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Down and out and unaffiliated." (Peter Smith, 2/12/14)

Huffington Post. "What motivates people of faith to serve thy neighbor? Studies frind prayer, beliefs, social ties all matter." (David Briggs, 1/9/14)

New York Post. "The 'Pope Francis effect'." (Naomi Schaefer Riley, 12/4/13)

TIME. "It's Social Ties, Not Religion, That Makes the Faithful Give to Charity." (David E. Campbell, 11/26/13)

New York Times. "Lapsed, but Listening." (Timothy Egan, 10/10/13)

Salt Lake Tribune. "Mormon women shut out of all-male priesthood meeting." (Kristen Moulton, 10/5/13)

Wall Street Journal. "A liberal Catholic and staying put." (Paul Moses, 8/29/13)

Meridian Magazine. "The relevance of religion." (The LDS Newsroom, 7/29/13)

Washington Post. "Millennials are faithful, but not always religious." (Kevin D. Sullivan, 7/15/13)

Christianity Today. "One Flesh, Two Faiths." (Glenn T. Stanton, 6/25/13)

Patheos. "Trust Issues and American Evangelicals." (James Wellman, 6/21/13)

Southeast Alaska Catholic Online. "Religion and Public Life in America." (R.R. Reno, 6/13/13)

The Diplomat. "Undermining Iran's Islamic Republic from within." (Zachary Keck, 5/23/13)

The Jewish Daily Forward. "Why do Jews intermarry at a much higher rate than others?" (JTA, 5/23/13)

Aarhus University MatchPoints. "Velsignet af religiøs harmoni (Blessed by religious harmony)." (Michael Böss, 5/22/13)

Huffington Post. "Face to faith: Three crucial testimonies of friendship across religious divides." (Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, 5/6/13)

Religion Dispatches. "What is interfaith cooperation for?" (Eboo Patel, 5/5/13)

Patheos. "Pluralism Sunday 2013." (Jim Burklo, 5/1/13)

Huffington Post. "How should we combat Islamophobia?" (Daniel Tutt, 4/25/13)

Huffington Post. "3 reasons interfaith efforts matter more than ever." (Eboo Patel, 4/23/13)

The Atlantic. "Relationships are more important than ambition." (Emily Esfahani Smith, 4/16/13)

Jewish Journal. "Jewish atheism and Jewish theism in America." (Roger Price, 4/12/13)

Huffington Post. "Religion has nothing to fear from the 'nones'." (Eric H. Yoffie, 4/8/13)

Memphis Flyer. "Chris Stedman: interfaith activist--and Faitheist." (Leonard Gill, 4/7/13)

New York Times. "Interfaith unions: a mixed blessing." (Naomi Schaefer Riley, 4/5/13)

New York Times. "How skeptics and believers can connect." (T.M. Luhrmann, 4/5/13)

Religion News Service. "What's at stake in ordaining Mormon women?" (Jana Riess, 4/5/13)

Daily Tar Heel. "Churches are struggling with a decline in religious affiliation." (Daniel Wiser, 4/1/13)



The Atlantic. "Is for-profit the future of non-profit?" (Amy Schiller, 5/21/14)

The American Spectator. "The loneliness of American society." (Janice Shaw Crouse, 5/18/14)

The Atlantic. "Does having kids make parents happy after all?" (Tanya Basu, 5/9/14)

Roll Call. "Protect the civic legacy of Serve America Act." (Ilir Zherka & John Bridgeland, 4/23/14)

ThinkProgress. "No, increasing diversity won't make white voters more conservative." (Ben Wrobel, 4/12/14)

National Review. "The Disconnected Generation." (Michael Barone, 4/4/14)

The Atlantic. "It Helps to Like Your Neighbor During a Natural Disaster." (Emma Green, 4/3/14)

Next City. "Building the Facebook of Neighborhoods." (Nancy Scola, 4/2/14)

Mother Jones. "Is Liberalism Good for Your Health?" (Chris Mooney, 3/25/14)

The Financial. "Yes, we trust!" (Maka Chitanava, 3/24/14)

PopMatters. "Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment (excerpt)." (Robert A. Ferguson, 3/21/14)

The Atlantic. "Greenville, Burlington, and American Futures." (James Fallows, 3/20/14)

CNN. "My high school no longer holds dances." (Caroline Moss, 3/17/14)

CNN. "Why Are Millennials More Liberal, Less Trusting?" (David Frum, 3/11/14)

OpEdNews. "Will our Gilded Age lead to another Progressive Era?" (Elayne Clift, 2/27/14)

Conservative Home. "If we Tories are the real worker's party, we'll cut taxes on bingo." (David Skelton, 2/26/14)

Prairie Business (Grand Forks, ND). "Area service clubs changing ways to attract new blood." (Angie Wieck, 2/24/14)

Keene Sentinel (Keene, NH). "The millennial generation gives me hope." (Elayne Clift, 2/23/14)

Inside Higher Ed. "Integrating international students." (Elizabeth Redden, 2/20/14)

New York Times Fixes Blog. "Immigrants Welcome Here." (David Bornstein, 2/19/14)

The Recorder (Greenfield, MA). "Re-enlist in war on poverty." (Robert Pura, 2/18/14) "Appalling vista? Why the Swiss vote matters." (Dan O'Brien, 2/16/14)

Vancouver Sun. "Ethnic diversity's 'inconvenient truths.'" (Douglas Todd, 2/9/14)

The American Conservative. "Starving for communal spaces." (Leah Libresco, 1/30/14)

New York Times Magazine. "Technology is not driving us apart after all." (Mark Oppenheimer, 1/17/14)

The Atlantic Cities. "Why some communities foster more entrepreneurs than others." (Richard Florida, 12/13/13)

The Telegraph. "The web is bringing society together, not tearing it apart." (Douglas Carswell, 12/9/13)

The Bulletin (Norwich, CT). "We've lost the willingness, and the ability, to trust one another." (12/8/13)

The Economist. "Why Americans Are So Angry." (David Rennie, 12/7/13)

The Associated Press. "In God we trust, maybe, but not each other." (Connie Cass, 12/2/13)

The Conversation. "Quitting the cubicle farm for coworking." (Julian Waters-Lynch & Tim Butcher, 11/21/13)

The Atlantic Cities. "The paradox of diverse communities." (Richard Florida, 11/19/13)

Huffington Post. "Why you shouldn't say 'you're welcome'." (Adam Grant, 11/13/13)

Huffington Post. "It takes a village to prevent a crime." (Amitai Etzioni, 11/12/13)

Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, NJ). "Voting is not the only way." (Kevin L. Dooley, 11/1/13)

Third Sector. "We need joined-up communities." (Wally Harbert, 10/23/13)

The Atlantic Cities. "Yes, the Internet is taking up time you used to spend with actual people." (Emily Badger, 10/23/13)

The Atlantic. "Why the U.S. is so good at turning immigrants into Americans." (Jason DeParle, 10/23/13)

Philadelphia Daily News. "Our problems? They're our fault." (John Baer, 10/16/13)

The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, NS). "Social engagement key to voter turnout." (Richard P. Temporale, 10/4/13)

Huffington Post. "Does diversity undermine community trust?" (Wray Herbert, 10/4/13)

PolicyMic. "We need more human interaction if we're going to build national trust." (Alexander Podkul, 10/4/13)

CNN. "Say 'no' to extreme work culture." (Andre Spicer, 8/26/13)

Wall Street Journal. "Singing and swastikas." (Daniel Akst, 8/3/13)