What Went Wrong?

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

On today’s show, we’ll talk to a Louisiana disaster specialist who warned of an impending catastrophe in New Orleans for a decade before Katrina. He’ll tell us about his current fight to protect the city against future storms. Plus: Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Wanamaker—the stars of Awake and Sing!, Clifford Odets’ 1935 masterpiece. And a conversation with one of the coal miners featured in the landmark 1973 documentary “Harlan County, USA.” And to start it all off, a new documentary about the 2004 Chechen terrorist attack and 3-day siege of a school in Beslan, Russia.

Three Days in September, 331 Dead

In September, 2004 331 people died during a 3-day siege and Chechen terrorist attack on a school in Beslan, Russia. A new documentary, "Three Days in September," revisits the tragedy. We’re joined by writer/producer/director, Joe Halderman, executive producer Susan Zirinsky, and C.J. Chivers, a New York Times reporter ...


Awake and Sing!

Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Wanamaker describe their roles in a revival of Clifford Odets’ historic masterpiece Awake and Sing!, a drama about a Depression-era Jewish family living in the Bronx.


Down in the Mines

Coal miner Jerry Johnson remembers the violent 1973 strike against the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky, and the landmark 1976 documentary about the struggle: "Harlan County, U.S.A."


A Hurrricane Researcher's Fight to Be Heard

LSU disaster specialist Ivor van Heerden warned of an impending catastrophe in New Orleans for a decade. He was ignored, and his worst fears came true with Hurricane Katrina. Now, he’s fighting to protect the city against future storms. In The Storm, he examines what went wrong, and explains what ...


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