Homeless take to the airwaves tonight

The 11th Annual Homelessness Marathon, a 14-hour national radio dialogue on poverty and housing in the US, will take place Wednesday night to Thursday morning, February 20-21. Originating this year in Nashville, the Marathon is a live, outdoor, broadcasting event featuring homeless people, advocates for the homeless and call-ins from the public. A broadcast booth is set up outside, with open mics for people who are out on the street in Nashville that night.

The Marathon does not raise money for charity. Its mission is to raise consciousness, by covering a broad range of topics, speaking with experts, taking calls from around the country, and above all, by putting homeless people on the air directly. It is the largest broadcast on homelessness, and indeed on poverty, in the United States.

The Marathon will be streaming live on the program’s website, or find a radio station near you that is carrying the broadcast. If you miss the broadcast, excerpts from this and previous year’s marathons are posted at the program’s website.

Read a Dollars & Sense article about the Marathon, from our Jan./Feb. 2007 issue.

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