As Radio 4 launches its Christmas Appeal, Fi Glover hears about the challenges of homelessness on the streets of London, as well as conversations about politics and activism.
As Radio 4 launches its Christmas Appeal, Fi Glover hears about the challenges of homelessness on the streets of London from Gemma and her case worker at The Connection at St Martin in the Fields, as well as conversations from Kent and Shropshire about politics and activism - or lack of it.
The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Many of the long conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can upload your own conversations or just learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject
Producer: Marya Burgess.