Working-class Americans on a “Tightrope”

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Mike Stepp, one of Nick's former neighbours  who has been homeless for around a decade, prepares to sleep in his regular spot in downtown McMinnville, Oregon, August 7, 2018. (Credit: Lynsey Addario)

Mike Stepp, one of Nick's former neighbours who has been homeless for around a decade, prepares to sleep in his regular spot in downtown McMinnville, Oregon, August 7, 2018. (Credit: Lynsey Addario)

Guest: Nicholas Kristof

New York Times columnist, NICHOLAS KRISTOF looks at the struggles facing working class communities across the country in a new book, TightropeAmericans Reaching for Hope. The book, co-authored with his writing partner and wife Sheryl WuDunn, starts off in his own hometown of Yamhill, Oregon, where about a quarter of his school classmates have died of addiction, obesity, suicide, or reckless accidents. Kristof comes in to talk about his deeply personal examination of rural poverty and a generation that’s losing ground.

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