With nearly 50 million Americans now living in poverty, “The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience” was the focus of five special episodes in October 2011. Each episode was devoted to video highlights from Tavis’ August 2011 18-city, 11-state poverty bus tour with his co-host on PRI’s Smiley & West radio show, Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West. Following each night’s highlights from the tour, Tavis also spoke with a leading anti-poverty advocate, including Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West, Feeding America CEO Vicki B. Escarra, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, economist Jeffrey Sachs and ethics and religion commentator Jim Wallis.
Watch Part 1 – “Suffering to Speak” – as well as Parts 2-5 below. Also be sure to check out related content and join the discussion.
“I Had Everything”
Part 2 of the series puts the spotlight on the new poor. Tavis also talks with Vicki B. Escarra, CEO of Feeding America.
“No Room at the Inn”
Part 3 focuses on the housing crisis. The conversation continues with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
“Nothing Moves Without Us”
Part 4 examines jobs and the unemployment crisis. Tavis also talks with the director of Columbia’s Earth Institute and co-founder of Millennium Promise Alliance Jeffrey Sachs.
“The Fight of the Poor”
The final installment of the series looks at the movement to end poverty across the country. Tavis also talks with Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners magazine.
Inside This Feature
- The poor, according to former labor secretary Robert Reich, "are regarded as people who are somehow different, either because they’re assumed to be Latin Americans or African Americans, or they are just assumed to be somewhat different." Watch the full conversation, where Reich explains why economically, America is almost two separate countries.
- According to Economist David Beckmann, the United States has persistent poverty because the political will to end poverty does not exist. Watch the conversation with Beckmann to learn what everyday Americans can do to tackle poverty in the U.S., and join the discussion.