November 29th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, an end to homelessness? Bernardo Alvarez, To Read or Not to Read? and $100 laptop.
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November 29th Show

For most of our first hour, we will talk about the seemingly intractable problem of homelessness in America. The Census Bureau estimates that there are over half a million homeless people in the United States. A recent study from The National Alliance to End Homelessness said that one in four of homeless people are military veterans Many cities have undertaken ambitious plans to effectively end homelessness where they live. Among our guests will be Mike Rawlings, "Homeless Czar" of Dallas, Texas, about his ambitious goal to end homelessness in the city by the year 2014. At the end of our first hour, we will talk with Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela's ambassador to the U.S.

A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts entitled "To Read or Not to Read?" reveals that Americans are reading less, and less well. Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and award-winning poet, is among the guests who will talk about the significance of the new report. And do you remember the proposed idea for the "100 laptop? It was a vision by Nicholas Negroponte who founded the MIT Media Lab. The goal? To design and build a laptop for no more than $100 to be distributed to the world's poorest children. Turns out making a computer for a hundred bucks ain't so easy. Reporter Steve Stecklow wrote about Negroponte's "One Laptop Per Child" program for The Wall Street Journal and will talk about some of the challenges and unexpected competition he faced.