the Margin, the book show of Washington
D.C., goes inside the covers of today’s most thought-provoking
writing. On OTM, authors address the critical issues
that shape our society, from race and gender equality to the war
on drugs to our political culture. The show, now in its seventh
year at WPFW
(89.3 FM), was created by host and producer Josephine
Reed. It offers listeners the opportunity to engage
and participate in discussions on the books and the issues raised.
(See broadcast schedule.)
the Margin presents political and historical thinkers from
the margins of American letters, but central to progressive thought.
But it is ultimately a book-lovers show... a show geared toward
people who appreciate the significance of language from both an
artistic and a political perspective.
program has featured discussions with luminaries ranging from novelists
Studs Turkel and Julia Alvarez to historians Taylor
Branch and Eric Foner to public figures like Rep.
John Lewis. OTM’s literary guests represent
a wide range of genres including poetry (Sonia Sanchez),
children’s books (Christopher Curtis, Alice McGill),
and political thinkers (Robert Reich, Lewis Lapham).
has a close working relationship with the Hurston-Wright
Foundation, a non-profit organization that honors writers
from the African diaspora. Hurston-Wright
Award nominees and winners are regularly featured on the
show. The show also sponsors a book club, which has included roundtable
discussions about books written by well-known authors, including
Deborah McDowell, James Baldwin, John Edgar Wideman,
Paule Marshall, Zora Neele Hurston and Langston