Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Jay Frosting and Luke Landes talk with Tavis Smiley, host of Tavis Smiley on PBS. With Dr. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley is the co-author of The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. The interview in today’s podcast was scheduled to include Cornel West as well, but a court appearance prevented him from participating.
They discuss the causes and possible solutions of the growing problem of poverty in America, which Tavis says is a threat to democracy itself. Read this Consumerism Commentary article for more discussion about poverty with Tavis Smiley.
Table of contents
[00:00] Introduction from Jay Frosting
[00:33] Interview with Tavis Smiley
— [01:08] How many Americans are affected by poverty
— [04:03] Who poverty affects and why
— [06:55] The social safety net and austerity
— [10:26] The role of education
— [13:58] How to fix poverty
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Published or updated May 11, 2012.