14 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 & The Seattle Times

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    • 4.9 • 1K Ratings

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.

    Episode 10: The Streets Change You

    Episode 10: The Streets Change You

    This series started with Jessica. We find out what happened to her.

    • 51 min
    Episode 9: On the Ground

    Episode 9: On the Ground

    What’s with all the trash? Should you give cash to someone who asks for it? We took your questions about homelessness to the people best equipped to respond: those who are homeless themselves.

    • 18 min
    Episode 8: A Ticking Clock

    Episode 8: A Ticking Clock

    Olympia’s response to homelessness defied conventions. Did it work? A year later, we look at the city’s results and whether they point to a way forward.

    • 50 min
    Announcement: Outsiders is back

    Announcement: Outsiders is back

    Stay tuned for a three-episode finale that completes the story we started telling you early this year. The first of those episodes drops Oct. 7.

    • 1 min
    Transmission: A pandemic meets a homelessness crisis

    Transmission: A pandemic meets a homelessness crisis

    When the novel coronavirus outbreak hits Olympia, it arrives in the middle of a "state of emergency" around homelessness. What happens to people surviving outside when the government says to stay at home? This crossover episode with the KNKX podcast Transmission looks at the effects of the pandemic on the homeless population.

    • 17 min
    Episode 7: It's the Water

    Episode 7: It's the Water

    Does something about Olympia attract desperate people from all over? We examine the “magnet theory” of homelessness.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

liz734!! ,

Excellent

A really excellent and moving discussion of homelessness on the West Coast, and can apply to any city in America.

EricaMonet ,

Nuanced, thoughtful, thought-provoking

I am grateful for this thoughtful examination of Olympia’s unhoused population. Insightful & nuanced & complex.

Techlearn55 ,

Outstanding and thoughtful series

Extremely well reported, sensitive, and balanced series on the challenge of homelessness.

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