Hope And Crisis On The ‘Tightrope’ Of Working-Class America


By Meghna Chakrabarti & Stefano Kotsonis
On Point / WBUR (1/14/20)

One-quarter of Nick Kristof’s high school class died prematurely. The New York Times columnist went back to his hometown to find out why.


  • Sheryl WuDunn, business executive and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. (@WuDunn)
  • Nick Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times. (@NickKristof)

Their new book is “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope.” In 1990, WuDunn and Kristof became the first married couple to receive a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, for their reporting on the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre.

Diane Reynolds, ordained pastor and founder of the nonprofit Provoking Hope. She has lived in Yamhill County since 1977, near Nick Kristof’s hometown.

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