The Madeleine Brand Show for February 15, 2012

New Yorker writer Katherine Boo's new book details life in India's slums

India’s poverty and repressive class system became the subject of pop culture back in 2008 with the popularity of the film, “Slumdog Millionaire.”

A new book goes deeper into another Indian slum, but tells a story that is decidedly more realistic. Katherine Boo was a reporter working in India when she came across the Annawadi slum, located near Mumbai’s airport. Her book, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers," tells the story of the people she met - men and women who work in garbage dumps trying to eke out a living.

Boo talks to Madeleine Brand about the book and what led her to write it.


Katherine Boo, staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post.

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