PBS Newshour: Living on $2 a day: Exploring extreme poverty in America

In October, the World Bank declared for the first time that by the end of 2015, less than 10 percent of the global population will be living in extreme poverty, subsisting on an average of $1.90 per day.

While experts point to reduced poverty in East Asia and the Pacific region as key marks of global progress, many of the people who survive on almost nothing, it turns out, live in one of the world’s largest economies.

In their new book, “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America,” academics Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer reveal that there are nearly 1.5 million American households with practically no cash income.