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Low-Wage America: Kendra Johns

Kendra Johns and her two children in Augusta, Me.
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Kendra Johns and her two children in Augusta, Me.

Women raising children by themselves -- and working full time at low-wage jobs to make that possible -- often have a patchwork existence. NPR's Noah Adams recently met 41-year-old Kendra Johns, her 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter, who live in the Maine capital of Augusta.

Johns works for a traveling team of photographers who take school photos, and in the off-season she works in a greenhouse.

Money is tight, but she finds opportunities to live well where she can: "I mean, it doesn't have to cost a fortune," Johns tells Adams.

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Noah Adams, long-time co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, brings more than three decades of radio experience to his current job as a contributing correspondent for NPR's National Desk., focusing on the low-wage workforce, farm issues, and the Katrina aftermath. Now based in Ohio, he travels extensively for his reporting assignments, a position he's held since 2003.