Strong Towns Podcast
Episode 439

Approaching a Divided America with Open Eyes

Rachel Quednau published on

Chuck Marohn interviews Chris Arnade, who writes for the Guardian, has a PhD in particle physics from Johns Hopkins and previously worked as a bond trader in New York City. Arnade has spent the last several years documenting addiction and poverty in towns across America. 

In this interview, he discusses why walking in neighborhoods that he was told not to visit in New York led him away from trading and toward his current role as a writer. He talks about a life getting to know people on the margins of society—people living in poverty and dealing with addiction—and the struggles of small towns in America.

You can find Chris Arnade writing and sharing photos often on Medium.

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  • Matt Keadle

    It's JohnS Hopkins Chuck; common mistake.

  • Matt Keadle

    Otherwise great podcast! keep it up!

  • Nobody tells stories on the internet like Chris Arnade does - his combination of text and photos is unique out there. And beneath it all is the theme of returning to a more spiritual union with ourselves, rather than numbers and spreadsheets. Great interview, thanks for sharing!