Outsiders 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

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From KNKX Public Radio

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.

Most Recent Episodes

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.

Episode 10: The Streets Change You

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

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.

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. Donate to KNKX: knkx.org/support Subscribe to The Seattle Times: seattletimes.com/subscribe

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.

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. Donate to KNKX: knkx.org/support Subscribe to The Seattle Times: seattletimes.com/subscribe For more dispatches from a COVID-19 "hot spot," subscribe to Transmission by

Episode 7: It's the Water

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

Inside Outsiders

The Outsiders team holds a live event to explain how we made the series and what we learned. We answer listeners' questions: Are some people homeless by choice? After a year of reporting, do we feel society is any closer to solving homelessness? Donate to KNKX: knkx.org/support Subscribe to The Seattle Times: seattletimes.com/subscribe

Episode 6: The Bridge

Homelessness divides Olympia and forces people to re-examine their politics. Emotions converge on an encampment under the Fourth Avenue Bridge. Donate to KNKX: knkx.org/support Subscribe to The Seattle Times: seattletimes.com/subscribe

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. Donate to KNKX: knkx.org/support Subscribe to The Seattle Times: seattletimes.com/subscribe