We received this email from our friend Jeremy Alderson, founder and host of an excellent annual radio program, the Homelessness Marathon. Here’s what he had to say:
We are pleased to announce that the 15th Annual Homelessness Marathon will air on Sunday, October 21st, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., eastern time.
This broadcast will be different from any of our previous ones.
In the past we have broadcast overnight.
This year we are broadcasting during the day.
In the past we have broadcast on a weekday.
This year we will broadcast on a weekend.
In the past, we have originated from a central location.
This year, we will originate from all over the country.
Seven different affiliates in seven different cities will be originating an hour each, reflecting local issues where they are. Our eighth hour will be a “Vice-Presidential Candidates Forum.” Cheri Honkala, the vice-presidential candidate of the Green Party and Judge Jim Gray, the vice-presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party will answer questions from homeless people on how their tickets, if elected, will address poverty.
It should be interesting.
Our list of affiliates is published on our website. If you don’t live near a station that will be carrying the broadcast, you can tune in on our computer at:
and if you happen to have an iPhone, you can listen in at:
Jeremy Weir Alderson
Founder, Homelessness Marathon
So they’ll have a new format this year, but if the program is anything like previous years, it will be well worth listening to. It’s the only sustained discussion of poverty on the airwaves that I know of, and hearing the voices of homeless people and formerly homeless people via the marathon’s call-in number is really amazing. I recommend it highly.