Author David Shipler on "The Working Poor" | WYPR

Author David Shipler on "The Working Poor"

Apr 2, 2014

A scene from "The Consumables" at CCBC.

There’s a program at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Essex Campus called the Community Book Connection.  Students and staff at CCBC read a book, and throughout the year, the college presents events related to the themes of that book.  The book they chose this year is "The Working Poor: Invisible in America" by the Pulitzer Prize winning author David Shipler.  It paints portraits of people who are for the most part employed, but constantly navigating that terrifying space where there is never quite enough to get by.  

Students at CCBC have devised a theater piece that is animated by the themes in Shipler’s book.  It’s called "The Consumables," and it will be presented in five performances beginning tomorrow night.  Tom Hall talks with author David Shipler, and with CCBC theater professor Julie Lewis, who's directing the play. 

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