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When describing the reason that the Pulitzer Committee awarded the author Matthew Desmond with a Pulitzer Prize, the committee lauded "A deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty."
In his book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," Desmond follows two landlords and eight of the families who rent from them, all of whom are on the edge of eviction.
Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb associate professor of the social sciences and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project. Author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. He tweets @just_shelter.
This segment aired on April 11, 2017.
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