Excerpts from different episodes of "Hard Times: an Oral History of the Great Depression". Concerning The New Deal: Ed Paulsen talks about conflicting feelings regarding the New Deal and how the government seemed more present in daily life. Gardner C. Means explains how the New Deal was created to help save the country. Joe Marcus remembers feeling like his ideas were valued and were making a difference in his government job. John Beecher talks about working in the transient camps.