The hollowing-out of the American heartland has happened all over the country, not just in the middle. Case in point: rural Oregon.
That's where Nicholas Kristof grew up, before embarking on a celebrated career in journalism. Now Kristof and spouse Sheryl WuDunn, a Pulitzer-winning writing team, turn their focus on rural areas that have been depressed both economically and psychically.
Kristof and WuDunn's book visits Yamhill and other small communities; it's called Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. The authors share a phone line and an interview with The Exchange.