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FRONTLINE: Close To Home

Airs Friday, December 17, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: "Close To Home" chronicles how the middle class is faring in the recession by focusing on the stories of the owner, employees and patrons of a New York City salon. Pictured: Deborah Boles cuts Emma Nelson’s hair.

In "Frontline: Close To Home," producer Ofra Bikel chronicles how the middle class is faring in this recession through the stories of the people whom she’s come to know at the hair salon she’s frequented for the past 20 years.

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The film reveals the struggles of a small business owner to stay afloat, her sister’s risk of imminent foreclosure on her Florida home and the various clients whose lives intersect at this New York City salon — from well-to-do bankers to struggling actors, each with a story to tell about how they’re getting by in these turbulent times.

You can watch the entire film, and join the discussion online.

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Video Excerpt: Frontline: Close To Home

Above: Steven Greenberg, the founder of a job-search web site, discusses the difficulties unemployed workers, specifically those over 40, face in the current job market despite their experience and expertise.