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Kristof and WuDunn On Middle American Decline, In Oregon And Elsewhere

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Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn back in Yamhill.

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.  

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