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HBO Documentary 'Hard Times' Launches Monday

The series takes a look at how unemployment and the slow recovery has affected American families.


A new documentary on HBO called "Hard Times: Lost on Long Island," features a number of local families who are from the Levittown area.

The documentary "spotlights the challenges facing highly skilled, well-educated Long Islanders who lost their jobs after the 2008 crisis."

The series will also focus on Levittown, according to Examiner.com.

Beginning Monday, July 9, HBO will present “Hard Times,” which promises to offer a sobering look at how foreclosures and unemployment have devastated an iconic American town. Levittown, on Long Island, symbolized the post-war boom of families, babies, housing construction, the GI Bill, and jobs growth.

It's unclear if any of the four families featured in the documentary are from Levittown. One couple, Alan and Susan Fromm, raised two children in Plainview, according to the HBO website.

The documentary launches Monday, July 9 at 9 p.m.

B.Sims July 16, 2012 at 04:11 AM
What were you watching??? Stop blaming the illegals. They had nothing to do with this. I can't believe how ignorant you are to make such a statment. Please tell me what illegals were taking these folks jobs. Pull your head out of your rear and look who caused this mess in the first place and it wasn't the black guy. So don't go there either.
Mari-Ann Wise July 16, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I'm with you, B. Sims. That show was upsetting, depressing, frightening...and this problem goes WAY back. Blaming it on Obama and illegals is about as accurate as blaming it on the Tooth Fairy.
runningman July 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM
A tough documentary to watch. Frightening is the realization that the job situation in this once great economy is expected to get worse. From all I can gather and read about, the POTUS hasn't a clue how to turn things around for you and me. In fact I'm convinced now he doesn't want it to. Never let a crisis go to waste.
tj July 22, 2012 at 02:31 PM
What group of people take money and send it out of the country?? Illegals...On payday huge numbers of illegals send U.S. dollars right out of the country...What is the largest demographic who do not pay income tax?? property tax?? school tax? What is so mathematically hard to understand that in a classroom today there are 6 out of 25 students who have parents who pay school tax....Those few parents are taxed more and more each year to pay for that gap of children who have parents who are just not paying for the supplies and salaries of teachers..Who pays for the roads we travel on??? Some towns pay high property tax and are forced to watch police leave patrols in their areas to babysit town of illegals,,,,Are illegals paying the police salaries through their tax??? These illegals cook and serve our food daily and just do not have the immunizations to require that.....Americans get sick from swine flu and still are afraid to bring up illegals...they just rush and get a swine flu shot and avoid the cause of the problem.....I personally work with many illegals and for them to come over completely illegal, some how obtain a drives license and receive $10,000 a year for claiming 2-3 children, because they show no income...everything they get payed is in cash??? There were rules and laws written a long time ago to protect a society from going bankrupt from illegals,no one will enforce the laws and enforcment and out leaders needs to be arrested for aiding and betting illegals


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