Journalist Sylvester Monroe grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes public housing project on Chicago's South Side; he was later accepted into a private prep school and, eventually, Harvard. Drawing on these experiences, Monroe wrote for Newsweek about the underreported experience of poor black men in the United States. He has expanded that work into a book, called Brothers.
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."
Ladd is a 24-year-old writer who has just published an autobiography, "Out of the Madness." He writes about growing up in the Dallas housing projects with his mother, who was a heroin addict. Ladd describes how he struggled to educate himself and eventually became a writer. His book started out as an article, written when he was 20, and published in "Dallas Life." Ladd currently writes for the "Dallas Morning News," and attends college.
Radio producer David Isay and reporters LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman. The new book "Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago," (Scribner) is compiled from interviews by Jones and Newman conducted at the Ida B. Wells housing project in Chicago, where they live. These are the same two boys who worked with Isay on the acclaimed documentaries, "Ghetto Life 101" and "Remorse: the 14 stories of Eric Morse."
Venkatesh, an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of African American Studies at Columbia University in New York. His newest book –American Project: The Rise and Fall of the Modern Ghetto,— (Harvard 2000) was awarded the 2000 Professional/ Scholarly Publishing Award of the Association of American Publishers. His research interests are based in investigating the social organization of poor urban neighborhoods. He lives in New York City.
Price is the author of the bestselling novels Clockers, about life in the inner-city world of drug dealing (which was made into a film), and Freedomland, which was inspired by a real-life incident in which a woman alleged a black man carjacked her and took her two children. Price's latest book, Samaritan (Knopf), is about a man who returns to the New Jersey town where he was raised to teach, and the bad consequences of his good intentions. Price is also a screenwriter. His films include Sea of Love, Ransom and The Color of Money. This story first aired Jan. 7, 2003.
Price is the author of best-selling novels including Clockers, about life in the inner-city world of drug dealing (which was made into a film). He also penned Freedomland, which was inspired by a real-life incident in which a woman alleged a black man carjacked her and took her two children. Price's book Samaritan (in paperback) is about a man who returns to teach in the New Jersey town where he was raised, and the unfortunate results of his good intentions. Price also is a screenwriter with such notable films as Sea of Love, Ransom and The Color of Money. (Rebroadcast from Jan.