15 episodes

Homelessness on the West Coast is rising to crisis levels at a time of historic economic growth and prosperity. Why? KNKX Public Radio and The Seattle Times' Project Homeless spent one year in a city that’s grappling with homelessness. What’s it like to live outside for months on end? What’s it like when tents come to your neighborhood? What new solutions can city leaders find? This is Outsiders.

Outsiders KNKX Public Radio

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Homelessness on the West Coast is rising to crisis levels at a time of historic economic growth and prosperity. Why? KNKX Public Radio and The Seattle Times' Project Homeless spent one year in a city that’s grappling with homelessness. What’s it like to live outside for months on end? What’s it like when tents come to your neighborhood? What new solutions can city leaders find? This is Outsiders.

    Introducing: Outsiders, a story about homelessness

    Introducing: Outsiders, a story about homelessness

    Homelessness on the West Coast is rising to crisis levels at a time of historic economic growth and prosperity. Why? KNKX Public Radio and The Seattle Times' Project Homeless spent one year in a city that’s grappling with homelessness. What’s it like to live outside for months on end? What’s it like when tents come to your neighborhood? What new solutions can city leaders find?

    • 3 min
    Episode 1: The Rain

    Episode 1: The Rain

    The West Coast's homelessness crisis arrives in Olympia, Washington. City leaders scramble to respond, and wonder if they can succeed where larger cities have failed. People trying to survive outside face a choice: whether to set aside years of distrust and go along with the city’s plans.

    • 37 min
    Episode 2: What Happened Here

    Episode 2: What Happened Here

    The rise of homelessness in Olympia looked different depending on where you were standing. To many people, it swept over the city like a storm in a matter of weeks. But a few could see the pressure building for decades.

    • 40 min
    Episode 3: All My Nightmares

    Episode 3: All My Nightmares

    How did people end up on the streets of Olympia? Some can point to a catastrophe that bent their lives toward homelessness. For others, it almost seemed like life was moving in that direction from the very beginning.

    • 42 min
    Episode 4: Parallel Society

    Episode 4: Parallel Society

    Despite Olympia’s efforts, hundreds of people remain in unsanctioned camps around the city. They invent ways to stay alive and help each other survive.

    • 41 min
    Episode 5: Let's Dance

    Episode 5: Let's Dance

    Sam Miller can help us understand how addiction and homelessness intersect because he’s lived them both. Plus he can make us laugh. He points to one reason he was able to overcome homelessness while many others get trapped.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Kimberly MR ,

The very best treatment of homelessness in our region

Phenomenal. Balanced, insightful, intelligent, compassionate, thought-provoking. Superb!

she know im da ba ,

Great journalism on a very tough topic

This is such a hard conversation for us to have as a society because it deals with the traumas that bring people in our society to their lowest point. The team that made this podcast absolutely nail this topic and have changed my perspective on homelessness.

Colindro "THE DAMAGER" ,

Highly Recommended

The team here nailed this, trying to understand how and why this is happening without promoting some sort of agenda.

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