- America's rising poverty rate
Poverty in the United States rose for the fourth straight year. But behind the latest Census numbers are families and children whose medical, emotional and financial futures have an uphill fight they may never get over.9:06 a.m.
Christine Vestal: Reporter for Stateline.org
Curtis Skinner: Director of Family Economic Security at the National Center for Children in Poverty
- Captive in Iran - One hostage's perspective
With the release of 2 U.S. hikers from Iran, we talk with Roxana Saberi who was working as a freelance journalist in Iran when she was arrested and held captive for 100 days in January 2009.9:45 a.m.
Roxana Saberi: Former hostage and author of "Between Two Worlds," the story of her arrest and captivity in Iran.
- The Interrupters
The Chicago-based Ceasefire program uses "violence interrupters" -- men and women who were once active in gangs -- to promote peace in that city. A new documentary looks at the efforts of these people who stem the tide of gang violence.10:06 a.m.
Alex Kotlowitz: Author and co-producer, with Steve James, of the new documentary "The Interrupters." He is the author of several books, including "There Are No Children Here."
Cobe Williams: works with Ceasefire, a Chicago-based violence prevention organization, and is featured in the film "The Interrupters."
- A peek into the past
Nearly 15 years ago, journalist Paul Lukas stumbled upon a batch of 1920s report cards from the Manhattan Trade School for Girls. He joins Midmorning to discuss his quest to find out more about these girls, and the lives they lived.10:45 a.m.
Paul Lukas: Journalist and writer who specializes in focusing on overlooked details. His "Permanent Record" series is being featured this week on Slate.
You can follow Kerri Miller on Twitter at @KerriMPR
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