homelessness

I spent Christmas Day helping the homeless – and I was bored out of my mind

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Helping the homeless on Christmas Day wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for

How podcasts have transformed radio

21 December 2019 9:00 am

As if on cue, Lemn Sissay’s new series for Radio 4 tackles all those questions we would rather ignore in…

Letters: parliament has a responsibility to stop Brexit

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Parliament’s responsibility Sir: I always enjoy reading the intelligent and outspoken Lionel Shriver. But her latest article (14 September) puts…

Why do we ignore the real mental health crisis?

21 September 2019 9:00 am

When I first moved to London N1  four years ago, no one seemed to notice let alone discuss all the…

Rory Stewart: Am I still a Conservative?

7 September 2019 9:00 am

My parents gave me a subscription to The Spectator in 1984, when I was 11. When I was 12, I…

Letters: History has not done justice to Neville Chamberlain

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Helping the homeless Sir: The number of rough sleepers in one of the richest countries on the planet is surely…

What I’ve learned from five months sleeping on the streets

31 August 2019 9:00 am

We are encouraging rough sleeping instead of fixing it

Barefoot in the park: Tokyo Ueno Station, by Yu Miri, reviewed

6 April 2019 9:00 am

In 1923, an earthquake with a magnitude of 9 struck Tokyo and Yokohama. A huge area of Tokyo burned. But,…

Letters: The consequences of a Corbyn government could be catastrophic

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Sleeping on the streets Sir: Mark Palmer claims that ‘homelessness is hardly a top government priority’ (‘Home truths’, 1 December). I…

Another side of John Humphrys

18 August 2018 9:00 am

‘What can you tell me just now,’ asks Audrey Gillan. She’s talking to Tara, who’s been sleeping rough on Fournier…

I rely on soup kitchens for food and friends

16 June 2018 9:00 am

By using soup kitchens and drop-ins, I can live in London on next to nothing

What books mean to rough sleepers – and the library that helps them

15 October 2016 9:00 am

An afternoon with a mobile library for rough sleepers

The heartbreaking story of becoming homeless in America

9 April 2016 9:00 am

This is a very upsetting book. The Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond spent a year and a half living in low-income…

Am I a brave cult survivor, too?

12 December 2015 9:00 am

When I was 21, I lived with a cult for a year. It was a commune really, a tight-knit group…

Did Radio 4 have to deal with the Germanwings disaster as it did?

4 April 2015 8:00 am

‘You can hear pretty clearly the sound of one of the helicopters and you can see it in the darkness,’…

Fort Lauderdale’s law against feeding the homeless still isn’t America’s dumbest

15 November 2014 9:00 am

States of criminality A 90-year-old Florida man feeding the homeless was arrested under a Fort Lauderdale law which makes it…

Sweeping away evidence: where in those calm, tile-floored 17th-century rooms can we even glimpse a spittoon? ‘Dutch Interior’ by Pieter Janssens Elinga

The history of the home – with the spittoons put back in

25 October 2014 9:00 am

In 1978, a family of Russian ‘Old Believers’ living in a supposedly uninhabited part of the Siberian taiga were discovered…

Are you a Yuffie? 

2 November 2013 9:00 am

How to survive when you’re overeducated and underemployed