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KQED Podcast ‘SOLD OUT’ Imagines A Game Plan To Address CA’s Housing Affordability Crisis

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California is the epicenter of the nation’s housing affordability crisis, with homelessness rates increasing by more than 16 percent from 2018 to 2019. Rising housing costs and so many Californians unhoused are considered the primary concerns of most voters, and state leaders have grappled with how to respond. 

More people are going unhoused and some residents are even leaving the state because they can’t afford to live here. The crisis continues to crystalize the extreme gaps in living situations. A new podcast from KQED called SOLD OUT imagines what housing should look like by digging into the daunting challenges California continues to face and asks, “what can we do about it?”

Today on AirTalk, guest host Kyle Stokes talks with the hosts and reporters involved in the making of the podcast and what’s to come in the episodes. Is there something you’d like them to dig into about housing in CA? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

With guest host Kyle Stokes

You can find new “Sold Out” episodes every Monday for the next five weeks.


Erin Baldassari, co-host of the podcast “Sold Out” and reporter covering housing affordability for KQED; she tweets @e_baldi

Molly Solomon, co-host of the podcast “Sold Out” and reporter covering housing affordability at KQED; she tweets @solomonout