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From August to November 2016, I helped produce the Slate Academy The United States of Debt as the editorial/audio intern. Below, you'll find a description of the series. Listen here

 

What is it like to empty out your 401(k) to help a family member? How does a first-generation college student navigate student loans at a for-profit school? What should a 64-year-old man with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills do about retirement?

Slate has been following the stories of seven diverse people who have been affected by four kinds of debt: student loans, medical debt, credit card debt, and housing debt.

The United States of Debt takes an in-depth look at the reality of owing money in America: how we get into debt, and how we can get out.

It's a boldly reported series of conversations with leading experts and Americans all over the country, hosted by Slate’s personal finance columnist Helaine Olen, author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry.