Friday, September 23, 2005

  • Disaster Profiteering: Purging the Poor in the New New Orleans


    We speak with writer and author Naomi Klein about what some are calling the real looting of New Orleans. In this week’s cover story in The Nation magazine, Klein reports on how the city’s poorest evacuees are being kept out of thousands of perfectly livable empty homes. [includes rush transcript]

  • Blackwater Down: Fresh From Iraq, Private Security Forces Roam the Streets of an American City With Impunity


    In this week’s cover story in The Nation, Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill reports on how mercenaries from private security firms like Blackwater USA and BATS are patrolling the streets in New Orleans. [includes rush transcript]

  • Big, Easy Iraqi-Style Contracts Flood New Orleans


    As Katrina’s flood waters recede, government contractors are flowing into the Gulf Coast and reaping billions of dollars in pre-bid, limited bid, and sometimes no-bid contracts. We speak with Pratap Chatterjee, managing editor of, about his latest article titled "Big, Easy Iraqi-Style Contracts Flood New Orleans." [includes rush transcript]

  • Massive Antiwar Protests Scheduled in Washington DC


    Saturday marks the beginning of three days of massive anti-war activities in Washington, DC. We speak with Leslie Cagan of United for Peace and Justice about the upcoming events. [includes rush transcript]

  • Pacifica Station KPFT Weathers Hurricane Rita


    As hurricane Rita bears down on the Gulf Coast, we go to Houston to speak with the staff of Pacifica Radio station KPFT–one of the few radio stations still broadcasting in the city. [includes rush transcript]

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