Poverty

NWPR Books
2:40 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

Courtesy of Random House

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 3:56 pm

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 Griftopia. With Gonzo zeal, he described a two-party political system splintered into extreme factions in The Great Derangement.

And in his newest book, Taibbi sets out to explain what he thinks is a strange state of affairs:

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Income & Wealth
10:15 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Income / Upshot

Presenting Income/Upshot, brought to you by the Marketplace Wealth & Poverty Desk. This tool lets you calculate how far above or below the median income you are for your area.

NWPR Books
9:18 am
Mon January 13, 2014

What Does Living In Poverty Really Mean?

Elba Salsado walks with her groceries after receiving them from a food bank in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Financial writer Tim Harford, author of the new book The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, 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.


Interview Highlights

On defining and measuring poverty

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Pet Food Bank
6:15 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Pet Food Bank Faces Challenging Transition

Portland's Pongo Fund, one of the nation's largest pet food banks, is moving to a new location.
Image courtesy The Pongo Fund

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.

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Malheur County
7:03 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Malheur County: Lots Of Land, Very Few Jobs

Malheur County, in southeast Oregon, is one of the poorest counties in the country.
Photo by David Benbennick Wikimedia Commons

Malheur County has the highest poverty rate in Oregon and the tenth highest in the U.S. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Amanda Peacher spoke with some of the county’s low-income residents, and filed this report on how they’re making ends meet.

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Public Defender Caseload
7:34 am
Fri June 29, 2012

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.

It’s a Wednesday afternoon at Lewis County District Court. Out in the hallway, attorney Joseph P. Enbody is meeting with clients.

Enbody: “Are you Ms. Tran?”

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Washington ATM Fees
5:16 am
Fri March 23, 2012

ATM Fee For Wash. Welfare Recipients Could Be A Thing Of The Past

Washington state is working on a deal with JPMorgan Chase that could eliminate an ATM fee for welfare clients.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – 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.

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