Homelands Work Celebrated in “Best of 2009” Shows

Happy holidays, everyone! ‘Tis the season for “best-of” shows. We just learned that Ingrid Lobet’s profile of Vicki Ponce, an electronic waste recycler in Mexico, is included in the Best of Public Radio 2009 special that is airing on noncommercial stations around the country this month. The three-hour show, intended as a fundraiser for public radio stations, is hosted by NPR’s Robert Siegel and Ari Shapiro and features segments from shows on NPR, American Public Media and Public Radio International. Ingrid’s profile, which first aired on Marketplace as part of Homelands’ WORKING series, is in the second hour. (For a tragic postscript, please see our December 11 post about the murder of Marco Antonio Armendáriz, who helped Vicki and her co-workers stand up to local officials.)

On December 30, WBEZ Chicago’s Worldview program will rebroadcast an interview with Homelands co-founder Alan Weisman. Alan talks about his New York Times bestseller The World Without Us, which asks what would happen to our embattled planet if human beings were suddenly to disappear. The World Without Us was named TIME magazine’s nonfiction book of the year in 2007 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It has been translated into more that 30 languages.

Congratulations Ingrid and Alan!


P.S. We’ve had some trouble with our PayPal donation button in the last couple of weeks, but it’s now fixed. Apologies for the inconvenience. There’s still a week to make your tax-deductible donation in 2009!