Ira Glass of This American LifeSomething that took us by surprise. The number of Americans receiving federal disability payments has nearly doubled over the last 15 years. There are towns and counties around the nation where almost a quarter of adults are on disability. Planet Money's Chana Joffe-Walt spent 6 months exploring the disability program, and emerges with a story of the U.S. economy quite different than the one we've been hearing.
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