David Hilfiker — Seeing Poverty After Katrina
August 24, 2006

Hurricane Katrina brought urban poverty in America into all of our living rooms. In this program, David Hilfiker tells the story of how poverty and racial isolation came to be in cities across America. He lives creatively and realistically with questions many of us began to ask in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

(Photo: Mark Wilson/Newsmakers)


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» "Hilfiker's Transition to D.C." (RealAduio, 8:00)
Listen to David Hilfiker describe why he and his wife Marja decided to change their lives, how Christ House works, and what he had to face in himself there, including the impulse our society cultivates to "improve" the poor.

» "A Turning Point" (RealAudio, 3:56)
In this segment, Dr. Hilfiker tells one story from his medical practice in Washington, a turning point in his desire to unearth the history that led to urban poverty that perpetuates itself across generations.

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Personal Stories from Biloxi

Listen to audio clips and view photos of a moving church service held in a parking lot in Biloxi, Mississippi a week after hurricane Katrina struck. Also includes one woman's account during the onslaught of the storm. Audio captured by American RadioWorks' Stephen Smith.

A History of Poverty in America

Read Hilfiker's summary of the causes and cures of poverty among African Americans in the inner city as laid out in his booklet, Poverty in Urban America.

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A homeless man tries to stay warm sitting on top of a steam grate on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC.

(Photo: Mark Wilson/Newsmakers)

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David Hilfiker

is a physician and cofounder of Joseph's House. He's the author of Not All of Us Are Saints: A Doctor's Journey with the Poor and Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen.

Production Credits

Host/Producer: Krista Tippett

Managing Producer: Kate Moos

Executive Producer: Bill Buzenberg

Senior Producer: Mitch Hanley

Associate Producer: Colleen Scheck

Associate Producer: Jody Abramson

Web Producer: Trent Gilliss

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This program is supported by a grant from the Kendeda Sustainability Fund of
Tides Foundation.