In American politics and media, poverty is the elephant in the room: even though it is the highest it’s been in half a century, we rarely utter the word. Nation blogger Greg Kaufmann has been bringing some much-needed attention to American inequality through his This Week in Poverty round-up, cross-posted at This week, he spoke with Theresa Riley of to separate fact from fiction when it comes to poverty in the US. Read the full interview here

—Christie Thompson