Archive for April, 2005

NC Voices – Listener Letters

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC asked listeners to write and call in with responses to our series North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty. We received more than 150 e-mail and voice-mail messages. North Carolina Voices Project Director Emily Hanford reports on what listeners had to say.

Helping the uninsured

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

In the past few years, an increasing number of people in North Carolina have lost their jobs – and with them – their health insurance. State lawmakers are proposing several ways to address the problem of the uninsured. Rose Hoban reports.

Durham Crime

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Durhamites extol the Bull City’s diversity, its restored tobacco warehouses and its academic community. But many outsiders often point to Durham’s crime rate when asked to pick the most distinguishing characteristic of this Triangle city. Now a broad coalition of citizens, business leaders is working on changing that perception. Rusty Jacobs reports.

NC Voices – Dreamland

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

In the past 15 years the Latino population in North Carolina grew faster than in any other state. Many are children who came to the United States undocumented. These children have grown up here and are now ready to graduate from high school. But while North Carolina law allowed them a high school education it won’t make them eligible for in state tuition. That distinction may keep them perpetually poor. As part of our series North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty Paul Cuadros has the story of one of these kids on the threshold of an uncertain future. We’ll call him Luis.

NC Voices – Donna Latimer

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Donna Latimer grew up in eastern North Carolina in the 1960s. Her grandfather was a sharecropper. She spent her childhood on the farm picking peanuts and tobacco. Today she helps low income women with job training and encourages them to speak out about the needs of their communities. Latimer describes herself as a woman who overcame the odds but is still only one paycheck away from poverty. Emily Hanford has Donna Latimer’s story as part of our series “North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty.”