The Common Good

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West’s “Poverty Tour” Airs on PBS

Date: October 10, 2011

PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West embarked on a poverty tour in August, taking them through 18 cities and across 11 states to speak with Americans who have been hit hardest by the recession. Beginning Monday and concluding on Oct. 14, PBS will air “The Poverty Tour,” in which each night’s episode provides a glimpse into the hardships many Americans are forced to endure.

Following each night's episode, Smiley will speak with a leading anti-poverty advocate, including West, Feeding America CEO Vicki B. Escarra, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, economist Jeffrey Sachs and ethics and religion commentator Jim Wallis.