The Need to Read

Locked gate at Henredon Furniture, Spruce Pine, N.C. Photo by Billy Barnes 

About four years ago, I was among a group of radio producers who worked on a documentary project that focused on two main questions: What is poverty? And how has poverty changed since the 1960s, when it was a subject of considerable public discourse?

The series, “North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty,” aired in 2005 on N.C. Public Radio, WUNC, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Series executive editor Emily Hanford wrote in the April 2006 edition of the Nieman Reports that the series “captured listeners’ attention, and we hope it got them talking and thinking and reflecting on poverty in their place and time …”