On the Road with America's Poor: An interview with Kath Weston

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Wed, 09/24/2008

On the Road with America's Poor: An Interview with Kath Weston

How far can you get on two tacos, one Dr. Pepper, and a little bit of conversation? What happens when you're broke and you need to get to a new job, an ailing parent, a powwow, college, or a funeral on the other side of the country? And after decades of globalization, what kind of America will you glimpse through the window on your way?

This week on Voices from the Edge, Dave Mazza talks with Kath Weston, author of Traveling Light: On the Road with America's Poor. For five years, Kath Weston rode the bus across the country, absorbing the stories of layoffs, immigration raids, antiwar rallies and surviving Katrina. On her journey she learned of people's fears, dreams, generosity and tenacity in the face of adversity. In Traveling Light, Weston didn't just record these stories, but folded them into the headlines, studies, and statistics that track the intensification of poverty and inequality as the United States enters the twenty-first-century. The result is a moving meditation on living poor in the world's wealthiest nation.

 

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