The Uncertain Hour

Each season, we explain the weird, complicated and often unequal American economy — and why some people get ahead and some get left behind. Host Krissy Clark dives into obscure policies and forgotten histories to explain why America is like it is. The latest season examines this thing we used to call employment: what happened to it, why it happened and what a workforce made up of “nonemployees” means for our future.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 36m. Bisher sind 49 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint alle 12 Tage.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 4 hours 26 minutes


episode 6: Kicking the habit

Many people in Wise County agree that they can’t jail their way out of a drug epidemic, but there’s a lot less agreement on what to do instead. And we find out what happened to Joey Ballard.


 2019-04-18  49m

Families bear the costs of alternative sentencing programs

Does alternative sentencing create a system of easily exploited free labor?


 2019-04-12  3m

episode 5: Supply

It’s not easy being an undercover cop in a county of just 40,000 people. But drugs were making it hard for Bucky Culbertson to run his business, so he made it his business to get rid of drugs.


 2019-04-11  40m

episode 4: Welcome to Wise County

It’s the deadliest drug epidemic our country has ever faced. We go to ground zero, where “nothing changes except for the drug.”


 2019-04-04  35m

episode 3: Sentencing

The drug bust and the trial were a “farce,” but the full force of the law still came down on Keith Jackson — and thousands of people like him. That didn’t end the crack epidemic, so what did?


 2019-03-28  48m

episode 2: What happened to Keith?

One day, early in the semester, Keith Jackson didn’t show up to class. He’d been arrested for selling crack, but for his classmates, that wasn’t the surprising part.


 2019-03-22  32m

episode 1: George H.W. Bush and his baggie of crack

It was the perfect political prop: drugs seized by government agents right across the street from the White House, just in time for a big presidential address. The reality was more complicated.


 2019-03-21  45m

The Uncertain Hour Season 3: Inside America’s Drug War

Thirty years ago, President George H.W. Bush held up a baggie of crack on live TV, and said it had been seized right in front of the White House. The Uncertain Hour’s third season looks at how the policies launched that day continue to reverberate – even as the crack epidemic has faded into history. New episodes start March 21.


 2019-03-07  2m

Reprise: The sentence that helped set off the opioid crisis

In light of news about Purdue Pharma, we're sharing our episode about how opioids are regulated.


 2019-02-02  1h5m

Reprise: “Pregnant? We can help.”

In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling on crisis pregnancy centers, we wanted to re-share this episode. Federal TANF dollars (also known as federal welfare dollars) goes to funding some crisi...


 2018-06-27  26m