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Hurricane Katrina

The Takeaway

Retro Report: Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath

Monday, October 28, 2013

This week, as we mark a year after Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern Seaboard, our friends at the documentary team Retro Report are looking back at another major storm, and the lessons from its recovery. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005, it caught the state of Louisiana complete off-guard. James Perry, director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, examines the lessons from Hurricane Katrina.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sheri Fink on Five Days at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink investigates patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and tells the story of the quest for truth and justice following the storm. As floodwaters rose, the power failed, the heat climbed, and exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately hastened the deaths of some patients. Fink’s book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, the culmination of six years of reporting. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sheri Fink on Five Days at Memorial; Rick Hall and "Muscle Shoals"; Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winner Sheri Fink reveals the shocking story behind patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. We’ll take a look at Muscle Shoals—Rick Hall describes putting the small Alabama town on the map with his FAME studios where some of the greatest pop music hits of the past 50 years have been recorded. Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard on her work “Ona,” a 19-and-a-half foot tall piece that’s been permanently installed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Plus, a look at the military commission that will soon hear the trial of Abd al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind behind the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.

Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: A Richard Ford Odyssey

Sunday, April 14, 2013

David Strathairn reads a post-Katrina tale of family and friendship by Richard Ford

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WNYC News

Ret. Admiral Thad Allen Talks Disaster Response, Recovery

Friday, November 30, 2012

Retired Admiral Thad Allen, who led federal recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina, is now co-chairing a New York commission to review the state’s response to weather-related emergencies.

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WNYC News

Should Gov. Cuomo Compare Hurricane Sandy to Katrina?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come under fire in recent days for comparing the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy as being "more impactful" than Hurricane Katrina. What do you think?

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WNYC News

Cuomo Seeks $30 Billion in Extra Storm Aid from Feds

Monday, November 12, 2012

Citing massive economic losses to the state of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking Congress for $30 billion in additional funding for Sandy recovery.

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The Takeaway

'Treme' Enters Third Season, Continues the Story of New Orleans

Friday, September 21, 2012

David Simon and Eric Overmeyer, co-creators of "Treme," have been working for years now to figure out how to tell the story of New Orleans in a way that isn't voyeuristic or cliched. The HBO series begins its third season this Sunday, and the show is evolving in its portrayal of post-Katrina New Orleans.

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The Takeaway

Withstanding a Hurricane: Lessons in Resilience

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Daniel Aldrich and his wife had moved to New Orleans in 2005 and was caught off guard by Hurricane Katrina. The experience inspired the political science professor, to study how communities respond to natural disasters. This has taken him on a journey around the world, researching resilience in India and Japan.

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The Takeaway

Riding Out Isaac in the Shadow of Katrina

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

For many in Louisiana, Hurricane Isaac arrives in the shadow of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the region exactly seven years ago. While some residents have evacuated, others have ignored orders and chosen to ride out the storm in their homes.

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The Takeaway

As New Orleans Remembers Katrina, Isaac Approaches

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On the advent of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, tropical storm Isaac is heading towards New Orleans. Isaac revives the memory of both the devastation and reconstruction of Katrina, and poses the question of how New Orleans will handle its next big storm.

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The Takeaway

How to Bounce Back

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The first decade of the 21st century saw an untold number of crises and disasters, and they seem to be coming harder and faster than ever before. Andrew Zolli, author of "Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back," tells us what we can learn from these crises.

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It's A Free Country ®

Who's in Charge of FEMA? Ex-Firefighter and Disaster Expert Craig Fugate

Friday, August 26, 2011

Remember “Heckuva job, Brownie?”

A botched response to a devastating storm can catapult a anonymous midlevel Washington administrator to household name status. And despite a series of crippling storms during his tenure — including the tornado in Joplin, the Midwest’s massive flooding, and 65 major disaster declarations in all this year — Craig Fugate has avoided getting much attention since he was confirmed as FEMA administrator in May 2009. For example, his Wikipedia entry as of Friday afternoon was just three sentences long.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama on Irene Invites Bush, Katrina Comparisons

Friday, August 26, 2011

“All indications point to this being a historic hurricane,” President Obama said in remarks about Hurricane Irene on Friday morning from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation.

He emphasized that coordination with local agencies has already begun. “Although we can’t predict with perfect certainty the impact of Irene over the next few days, the federal government has spent the better part of last week working closely with communities that could be affected by this storm to see to it that we are prepared.”

That’s what President Obama said publicly, and for a window into what the private briefings might look today and tomorrow, it’s worth looking back at video of President George W. Bush’s briefing with FEMA and National Hurricane Center officials less than a day before Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. The Associated Press obtained video of that briefing six months after Katrina.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Investigating in New Orleans: Five Years after Katrina

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

We’ll take a look at New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina. Frontline correspondent and Pro-Publica reporter A.C. Thompson discusses the documentary “Law & Disorder:” a special report on a number of incidents in which police shot civilians in the hurricane’s aftermath. Also, Pro-Publica contributor Dr. Sheri Fink, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for her story, “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” a joint effort between the New York Times Magazine and Pro-Publica, discusses hospital abuses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. “Law and Disorder” airs Wednesday, August 25, at 9 pm ET on PBS.

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Studio 360

Katrina Cottage

Friday, October 27, 2006

Last week the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum awarded Marianne Cusato the first ever People's Design Award for her work on The Katrina Cottage. With its peaked roof and front porch, the Katrina Cottage is designed to be a permanent, dignified alternative to the FEMA trailer. Kurt ...

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