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Gene Nichol Featured in WRAL's "Hungry for Answers", a Documentary About Food Insecurity in North Carolina

Professor Nichol is featured in "Hungry for Answers," which explores the astonishing relationship that many North Carolinians have with food - and the acquisition of it. Our state has the tenth highest food insecurity rate in the country, and the second-highest child food insecurity rate. "Hungry for Answers" features the story of food insecurity from the mouths of food bank goers, public servants, and other experts, including our own Gene Nichol.

Gene Nichol on WRAL's On the Record

Professor Nichol discussed poverty with WRAL's David Crabtree in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the "War on Poverty." The interview covered many poverty-related topics, including national and state poverty levels, successes in ameliorating poverty among our older population, high poverty rate among children (especially African American children), and many others.

Professor Nichol began the interview thusly:

"I think for Americans generally that is something of a surprise when they learn that this is the richest nation by far - that's no great surprise - but when they hear that we have the highest poverty levels of all the advance nations by far, and particularly child poverty levels, I think that's a surprise to them."

Watch the rest of the interview via

Gene Nichol on WUNC's the State of Things

Professor Nichol joined Legal Aid of North Carolina client, Ashley Quinones, and chair of Legal Aid's Board of Directors, Charles Holton, on WUNC's the State of Things in November to discuss issues of access to the civil justice system. Represented by Legal Aid, Ms. Quinones, initially denied a needed kidney transplant by Medicaid, appealed her case and received the life-saving care she needed. Ms. Quinones was not able to afford an attorney and credits Legal Aid for their fervent advocacy on her case.

"We (in America) simply operate a legal system that goes under the working assumption that very high percentages of folks will be priced out of its use… It is inconsistent with the equal justice that we profess with the dedication to liberty and justice for all," said Gene Nichol, distinguished professor and director of the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at University of North Carolina School of Law.

Listen to the full segment.

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