Poverty http://nwpr.org en In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A http://nwpr.org/post/books-trial-us-justice-system-wealth-gap-exhibit Investigative journalist and author Matt Taibbi has long reported on American politics and business. With an old-school muckraker's nose for corruption, he examined the events leading up to the 2008 financial crisis in <em>Griftopia</em>. With Gonzo zeal, he described a two-party political system splintered into extreme factions in <em>The Great Derangement</em>.<p>And in his newest book, Taibbi sets out to explain what he thinks is a strange state of affairs:<p>"Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 21:40:00 +0000 NPR Staff 43966 at http://nwpr.org In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A Income / Upshot http://nwpr.org/post/income-upshot <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Presenting <strong><em>Income/Upshot</em></strong>, brought to you by the Marketplace Wealth &amp; Poverty Desk. This tool lets you calculate how far above or below the median income you are for your area.</span><iframe frameborder="0" height="350px" scrolling="no" src="http://www.marketplace.org/sites/default/iframes/income_upshot/io-widget/io_widget.html" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:15:30 +0000 40311 at http://nwpr.org What Does Living In Poverty Really Mean? http://nwpr.org/post/what-does-living-poverty-really-mean Financial writer Tim Harford, author of the new book <em>The Undercover Economist Strikes Back</em>, says the poverty line for a single American in 2012 was $30.52 per day. But Harford, talking with NPR's David Greene, says it's also about how people view themselves and how they're viewed by other people.<p><hr /><p><h3>Interview Highlights</h3><p><strong>On defining and measuring poverty</strong><p>"In the United States, the definition is an idea of absolute poverty. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39961 at http://nwpr.org What Does Living In Poverty Really Mean? Pet Food Bank Faces Challenging Transition http://nwpr.org/post/pet-food-bank-faces-challenging-transition <p>One of the nation's largest pet food banks is being forced to move. The Pongo Fund distributes tons of pet food to low-income animal lovers each year in Oregon and Washington. But problems at its central distribution center will mean a break in distributing pet food this fall. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 13:15:05 +0000 Chris Lehman 14425 at http://nwpr.org Pet Food Bank Faces Challenging Transition Malheur County: Lots Of Land, Very Few Jobs http://nwpr.org/post/malheur-county-lots-land-very-few-jobs <p>Malheur County has the highest poverty rate in Oregon and the tenth highest in the U.S. Oregon Public Broadcasting&#39;s Amanda Peacher spoke with some of the county&rsquo;s low-income residents, and filed this report on how they&rsquo;re making ends meet. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:03:53 +0000 Amanda Peacher 13016 at http://nwpr.org Malheur County: Lots Of Land, Very Few Jobs Wash. Public Defender: New Caseload Standards “Absurd” http://nwpr.org/post/wash-public-defender-new-caseload-standards-absurd Shocking cases of inadequate public defense in Washington have led the state Supreme Court to take an unusual step. The high court has imposed a mandatory cap on the number of cases lawyers for the poor can take. You might assume public defenders would be cheering – finally they’re going to get relief. But in fact some lawyers are downright offended and angry. Correspondent Austin Jenkins profiles one. <p> It’s a Wednesday afternoon at Lewis County District Court. Out in the hallway, attorney Joseph P. Enbody is meeting with clients. <p> Enbody: “Are you Ms. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:34:57 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10870 at http://nwpr.org ATM Fee For Wash. Welfare Recipients Could Be A Thing Of The Past http://nwpr.org/post/atm-fee-wash-welfare-recipients-could-be-thing-past <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; The 85-cent ATM fee that JPMorgan Chase charges Washington welfare clients could soon be a thing of the past. The state hopes to have a deal by the end of the month with JPMorgan on a new, lower cost contract for electronic benefits. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this update. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:16:44 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5365 at http://nwpr.org ATM Fee For Wash. Welfare Recipients Could Be A Thing Of The Past