Paul Tough

This is a story from last year, but it's one that has particular relevance for me now as I delve into stories about first generation college students. In this article, Paul Tough talks about what the University of Texas at Austin is doing to retain first generation, low-income students. It's a long article, but I urge you to read the whole thing. Especially the part about the videos these students have to watch when they get to campus; the videos convey "a simple message about belonging," but they make a huge impact on the students' success.

Paul Tough writes in this weekend's New York Times Magazine that President Obama hasn't exactly followed through on candidate Obama's plans for comprehensive, long-term programs to lift children out of poverty. Instead, Tough writes, Obama's administration has worked on poverty in "relatively small and uncoordinated ways."

Here's a short video clip of journalist and author Paul Tough talking about his new book "How Children Succeed." We're planning a special call-in show with Tough next month. What questions do you have for him?

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What if we told you there was a man in Harlem who thinks he's figured out how to break the cycle of poverty?

You'd probably want to meet him, right? We sure did.