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Noise and Notes: Tavis Smiley on Poverty, Newsroom Diversity and President Obama

Public radio and television talk-show host Tavis Smiley will be in Kentucky this month as the keynote speaker at a forum on poverty and the shrinking middle-class.Smiley is known to most as a journalist and political commentator, but most recently he’s taken on the title of advocate for the poor.In “The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto”, a new book co-authored with Cornel West, he argues that poverty is the new American norm and that neither political party is paying much attention. The statistics are daunting, as a radio documentary conducted by NPR earlier this year showed just that.From NPR:I talked to Smiley about his poverty tour, diversity in the newsroom and the scorching backlash he has faced for his criticism of President Obama.