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The Continuing Fight For A Living Wage

Image of Meredith Sawyer, early childhood educator in Greensboro who earns less than a living wage
Duke Center for Documentary Studies
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An estimated 20 percent of North Carolinians earn less than a "living wage."

Advocates refer to that term as the household income needed to cover housing, food, child care, healthcare, transportation, taxes and other necessities.

A new interactive video exhibit from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University tells the stories of these workers and explores the options for new policies that might help them. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Ashlyn Nuckols, a sophomore at Duke University; Tazra Mitchell, policy analyst at the North Carolina Justice Center and project participant; and Meredith Sawyer, an early childhood educator in Greensboro who is featured in the exhibit.

Click here for a closer look at News & Observer reporter Mandy Locke's investigative series "The Reluctant Regulator."

Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.