The United States of Debt
The United States of Debt

Trump Isn’t Going to Help With Your Debt

In fact, he might make it worse.

Dec. 13 2016 4:41 PMIf You’re Struggling With Debt, a Trump Presidency Could Make It WorseRead a transcript of the United States of Debt’s sixth episode.
Nov. 10 2016 1:00 PMAmerica’s Foreclosure Crisis Is Far From Over. So Why Don’t We Hear About It?Millions have lost their homes. They’re still in debt today.
Aug. 11 2016 5:11 PMWhy Americans Are Drowning in Medical DebtThe United States of Debt looks at surprise medical bills, rising health care costs, and why a clean bill of health is so costly.
July 20 2016 1:31 PMThis Army Veteran Wanted to Become a Video Game AnimatorInstead, he got played by two for-profit colleges.
July 12 2016 1:25 PMHow Are Student Loans Forcing Us All to Pay the High Cost of Education? Read a transcript of the United States of Debt’s third episode, which looks the high cost of student loans.
June 30 2016 9:00 AMI Stopped Dieting and Started BudgetingAnd now I can’t stop.
June 21 2016 2:08 PMWhy the Racial Wealth Gap Harms Everyone—Even WhitesRacism drives down wages for white workers too.
May 26 2016 12:48 PMBuying Coffee Every Day Isn’t Why You’re in DebtDebunking the personal finance advice industry’s favorite myth.
May 19 2016 4:35 PMWhy Do We Use Credit Cards So Much?The second episode of the United States of Debt looks at America’s love affair with plastic.
May 12 2016 8:01 AMFive Charts That Show Americans Families’ Debt CrisisU.S. households owe trillions in student loans, credit card loans, auto loans, and mortgages.
May 2 2016 3:49 PMWhy We Borrow So Much Money: Episode 1 TranscriptRead a transcript of the first episode of the United States of Debt, a Slate Academy.
May 2 2016 3:47 PMSubprime Loans Are BackThis time, they’re coming for our cars.
Nov. 10 2016 1:07 PMThe Collapse of the American DreamRead a transcript of the United States of Debt’s fifth episode, which looks at aftermath of the foreclosure crisis.
Aug. 11 2016 5:12 PMWhy a Clean Bill of Health Is Costly in AmericaRead a transcript of the United States of Debt’s fourth episode, which looks at surprise medical bills and rising health care costs.
July 27 2016 2:24 PM19th-Century For-Profit Colleges Spawned Trump UniversityFor-profit education isn’t a new thing.
July 12 2016 2:18 PMAfraid You’ll Be Paying Off Student Loans Forever?You’re not the only one. Here’s how the high cost of student loans burdens everybody.
July 12 2016 1:19 PMHow the Student Loan Crisis Affects You Even If You Don’t Have Any LoansIn Episode 3, the United States of Debt looks at the high cost of student loans and how they burden everybody.
June 29 2016 10:48 AMWe’re Obsessed With Our Credit ScoresDo we even know what they mean?
June 2 2016 9:30 AMOutsmarting the Debt TrapBehavioral economics explains why we overspend, and how we can stop.
May 19 2016 5:35 PMThe Trouble With Credit CardsIn this preview of the United States of Debt, a look at America’s love affair with plastic. 
May 19 2016 4:35 PMWhy Do We Use Credit Cards So Much? An Episode 2 Transcript.Read a transcript of the second episode of the United States of Debt, which looks at America’s love affair with plastic.
May 5 2016 2:48 PMDo Americans Spend Too Much on Luxuries? Nope. Why are we so ready to believe in the myth of overconsumption? 
May 2 2016 3:49 PMWhy We Borrow So Much MoneyThe story behind the explosion of debt in America. Listen to the United States of Debt, Episode 1.