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The Grim State of American Inner Cities

Journalist Alex Kotlowitz won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for a series of articles he wrote for the Wall Street Journal chronicling the lives of two children in a housing project in Chicago. He's expanded those articles into the new book, "There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up In the Other America."

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Other segments from the episode on April 2, 1991

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 2, 1991: Interview with Alex Kotlowitz; Interview with Barry Michael Cooper; Review of James Clay's album "I Let a Song Go out of My Heart."

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