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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

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  • Hurricane Katrina, One Year Later: Democracy Now! Looks Back to the Days After the Disaster


    Today marks the first anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The storm was the most powerful and expensive natural disaster to hit the United States and one of the deadliest hurricanes recorded in the country. We play a medley of Democracy Now!’s coverage of the disaster. [includes rush transcript]

  • Breach of Faith: Times-Picayune Editor Jed Horne on "Neoconservative" Ray Nagin and "Federal Oppression" in the South


    On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina we speak with Jed Horne, an editor at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and author of "Breach of Faith." Horne says, "Louisiana is part of the old south...The mayor is a Democrat but could probably be called a neoconservative. He’s as much a believer in the kind of free market, less-is-more approach to government as Karl Rove, one of his mentors." [includes rush transcript]

  • One Year After Katrina, New Orleans Public Housing Projects Remain Closed


    New Orleans activists and residents have condemned the federal government’s refusal to re-open the city’s public housing projects and point out that while tourist areas are being developed, affordable housing is not being built. Many of those who have been unable to return home are poor and African American. We speak with lifelong New Orleans resident and civil rights lawyer, Tracie Washington. [includes rush transcript]

  • New Orleans Judge Slated to Release Prisoners Citing Breakdown in Criminal Justice System


    New Orleans judge Arthur Hunter has pledged to begin releasing prisoners today whose cases have been delayed since Hurricane Katrina. Many prisoners jailed in New Orleans for over a year haven’t talked to a lawyer or had a day in court. Some have yet to be charged with a crime. We speak with Katherine Mattes of Tulane University’s Criminal Law Clinic. [includes rush transcript]