Journalist Katherine Boo spent years covering poverty in the U.S., work that earned her a Pulitzer Prize and a Macarthur “Genius” grant. But when The New Yorker reporter met her Indian husband in 2001, she wanted to better understand the persistent poverty in his country. Boo spent more than three years following several residents of a Mumbai slum: the Husains who made their living scavenging garbage; slum boss, Asha, and her daughter Manju; and Abdul Husain’s friend, Sunil. The result is a work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic story of families striving for a better life in one of the world’s most unequal cities. Diane and her guests discuss “Beyond the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.