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

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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.