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KCRW Announces New Podcast City of Tents: Veterans Row, hosted by Anna Scott

Press Release · Los Angeles, CA, USA · · Updated

Today, KCRW debuts a trailer for its latest podcast City of Tents: Veterans Row, which launches on February 15. Hosted by reporter Anna Scott, the podcast takes listeners back to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when a large homeless encampment, decorated with American flags, sprang up beside the Veteran Affairs campus by one of Los Angeles’ wealthiest neighborhoods, Brentwood.

City of Tents: Veterans Row follows the lifespan of this encampment, nicknamed Veterans Row, which gained national attention after two murders and a visit from the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough. Over eight weekly episodes, hear the stories of the veterans who built the encampment and why it became both a refuge and a source of neighborhood conflict, as well as a microcosm for the larger homelessness crisis in cities around the country.

“I’ve been covering Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis for seven years, and I think the story of Veterans Row will surprise people,” says Scott. “Reporting this story was a real lesson for me in how solvable homelessness actually is. But also why it’s so hard to do! We’ll explore all of that but I hope people come away seeing it doesn’t have to be this way.”

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From the veterans who share their personal struggles and triumphs, to the housed residents of Brentwood voicing their concerns and an interview with VA Secretary Dennis McDonough, listeners will gain a holistic and intimate understanding of this unusual camp, and the forces at play when it comes to tackling homelessness.



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