Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Sarah Carr paints vivid and sobering portrait of education in 21st-century America. In Hope Against Hope, she talk about three individuals involved with the New Orleans education system: a 14-year-old student displaced from her school by Hurricane Katrina; a Harvard grad hoping to bring change; and a veteran educator who becomes principal of one of the first public high schools to reopen after Katrina.
Monday, March 04, 2013
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
It’s tax season and many residents of New York and New Jersey lost homes, property and paperwork, making this season particularly difficult, but after Sandy, residents aren’t getting the kind of tax breaks that victims of previous national disasters have received.
Friday, February 22, 2013
By Fred Mogul : Reporter, WNYC News
As state panels prepare final recommendations for improving disaster preparedness, advocates and experts point to a series of failures in evacuating and housing some of society’s most vulnerable citizens.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Thursday, April 05, 2012
On the fall of 2005, New Orleans was in the grip of one of the worst natural and social disasters in American history: Hurricane Katrina. And six days after Katrina hit, it became clear the disaster went beyond rising water, poorly constructed levees, and questionable relief efforts. Laura Maggi of the Times Picayune joins us from New Orleans to tell us about the sentencing and aftermath of the Danziger Bridge case.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Thursday, May 12, 2011
The Mississippi flooding heading south into the Delta, the 200 mile stretch of land between Memphis, Tennessee, and Vicksburg, Mississippi. Along the way, river residents are watching the waters and the levees carefully, scared that they won't hold. In Vicksburg, the flood is supposed to crest just under the historic record high — and the Army Corps of Engineers says it is monitoring the situation. But even further south, in New Orleans, it is not just the vision of the Mississippi — but the memory of Hurricane Katrina that haunts residents.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Five years later, as we remember the days running up to Hurricane Katrina, the remaining troubles of the disaster are far from gone. That, and this morning's top headlines.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
It's been five years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast, ripping the footing out from under the residents of New Orleans. Many of those residents were musicians, who not only had to rebuild their homes but find their creative spirit after the devastation of the storm. Terence Blanchard, Grammy-winning jazz musician, says he's learned how to set his ego aside when composing music in the aftermath of the hurricane.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Six current and former New Orleans Police Department officers were indicted yesterday in connection with the Danziger Bridge shooting five years ago, amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The indictment charges that NOPD officers shot at unarmed civilians as they crossed the bridge on September 4, 2005, leaving four people wounded and two dead: 17-year-old James Brissette and Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old mentally disabled man who was shot in the back and, allegedly, kicked and stomped while dying, laid out on the ground.
Friday, November 20, 2009
On Wednesday, a federal judge in New Orleans awarded approximately $750,000 to three plaintiffs who sued the Army Corps of Engineers for damages they suffered as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The ruling addresses only flooding that occurred as a result of poor maintenance of a shipping channel called the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. And while $750,000 doesn’t sound like much money in the context of Hurricane Katrina, the legal consequences of this decision could be enormous: It paves the way for many thousands of residents to sue the government over Katrina, a move that may cost the U.S. government billions. We hear from Joseph Bruno, whose firm is also heading a series of suits involving many thousands of plaintiffs suing over levee breaches and insurance payments in the wake of Katrina. We also talk to Ann Parfaite, a resident of the lower 9th Ward, who lost her house in the hurricane, and is one of thousands of plaintiffs who’ve signed up with Mr. Bruno.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
When Hurricane Katrina roared through Lousiana, the flood waters rose in New Orleans, costing lives and livelihoods. Lost in the devastation were some of the city's biggest tourist attractions and beloved restaurants. Four years after Katrina, we check in with a few of the city's institutions: famed fried chicken purveyor Willie Mae's Scotch House and classic New Orleans restaurant Commander's Palace. Both were closed for months after the hurricane, but with hard work and perseverance their doors have re-opened. We talk to Kerry Seaton, granddaughter of Willie Mae, who now runs the Scotch House, and Tory McPhail, the chef at Commander's Palace, about their experiences in rebuilding. We also have Tom Fitzmorris, a lifelong New Orleans resident and food critic who has made a new hobby of counting the restaurants in the Crescent City.
The resurrection of Willie Mae's Scotch House was a work of love for those involved and it was captured in a documentary produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance called Above the Line: Saving Willie Mae's Scotch House. Watch it below:
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
When Hurricane Katrina hit, the damage to New Orleans devastated the city's health care system. Four years after the floods, one of the city's biggest hospitals is still closed. As the Crescent City continues to rebuild, residents are relying heavily on local community clinics. We talk to Karen DeSalvo, vice dean of Community Affairs and Health Policy at the Tulane School of Medicine; and Patricia Berryhill, clinical director of the Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic.
"25 organizations have opened clinics across the city that are very innovative ... They're taking care of 160,000 low-income people in a very new neighborhood-based way. ... One thing that’s got to be remembered epidemiologically is that a lot of these citizens of New Orleans had only access to emergency room care before the storm."” — Karen DeSalvo, vice dean of Community Affairs and Health Policy at the Tulane School of Medicine
Monday, August 31, 2009
Actor and New Orleans native Wendell Pierce is probably best known for his role as the cigar-smoking, hard-drinking detective William "Bunk" Moreland on HBO's critically acclaimed drama "The Wire." Since the end of that series, though, Pierce has been keeping busy: in between stage performances in New York City and his work on "Treme," a new HBO drama by David Simon, Pierce has been building affordable, eco-friendly, sustainable homes for a New Orleans neighborhood whose residents were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
"The people who come here are very excited about being here. And that's not necessarily the case with folks who move just for some job. When people come and are committed to a place or feel there's a sense of mission, they're more apt to be engaged civically."
— Lolis Eric Elie on people moving into New Orleans
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
According to a new census report, New Orleans is the fastest growing city in the country. Last year its population grew 8.2 percent faster than any other city. And while the population has not yet reached the levels it was before Hurricane Katrina hit, the city is well on its way. Joining us to talk about life in the Big Easy are Allison Plyer, the co-director of the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, and Shantrelle Lewis, the director of the McKenna Museum of African American Art and a longtime New Orleans resident.
For a closer look at the people behind the numbers, check out New To New Orleans: The Saints Who Came Marching In.
Monday, April 20, 2009
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