Hurricane Katrina Topics

Katrina

Archive of Democracy Now coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the devastation in New Orleans and efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast.

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  • 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]
    September 23, 2005 | Story
  • 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 CorpWatch.org, about his latest article titled "Big, Easy Iraqi-Style Contracts Flood New Orleans." [includes rush transcript]
    September 23, 2005 | Story
  • We speak with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson about the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and why he is calling for Congress and President Bush to investigate price gouging at the gas pumps. [includes rush transcript]
    September 22, 2005 | Story
  • In an exclusive interview in the firehouse studio, Ricardo Alarcon, President of the Cuban National Assembly, talks about the US government’s handling of the hurricane and talks about Cuba’s effective hurricane response system, saying, "Our Entire National Defense, Our Entire Army, And Our Entire Society Is Prepared To Defend Itself, Not To Attack Others, Not To Occupy Foreign Lands." [includes rush transcript]
    September 21, 2005 | Story
  • As President Bush says he’ll rebuild New Orleans, we speak with Hip Hop activist and independent journalist Rosa Clemente about the crackdown in the shelters. She describes being harassed by a New Orleans police officer while doing interviews at a Red Cross shelter. [includes rush transcript]
    September 16, 2005 | Story
  • We go to Louisiana to speak with Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill who has been in New Orleans this past week. He has been looking into how the city has changed to a militarized zone and what that means for the residents who left. [includes rush transcript]
    September 16, 2005 | Story
  • We play an excerpt of a fiery debate Wednesday between British antiwar MP George Galloway and columnist and author Christopher Hitchens discussing the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina. [includes rush transcript]
    September 16, 2005 | Story
  • We speak with emergency medical worker Lorrie Beth Slonsky who was in New Orleans attending a conference when hurricane Katrina hit. She describes how she spent most of the next week in New Orleans trapped by the flooding–and the police. [includes rush transcript]
    September 16, 2005 | Story
  • It is estimated that 120,000 Hondurans lived in the New Orleans area. Many were refugees from Hurricane Mitch, which devastated Honduras in 1998 killing up to 10,000 people. While many Honduran immigrants were granted temporary legal status, others are undocumented and fear deportation. Democracy Now! travels to Louisiana to speak with some of the Honduran survivors there. [includes rush transcript]
    September 13, 2005 | Story
  • A makeshift prison has been set up in the Greyhound bus and train station in downtown New Orleans. The nearby prison, was flooded after hurricane Katrina. What happened to the prisoners there and in other parish prisons in New Orleans? A writ of habeas corpus was recently filed for an accounting of the prisoners. We speak Louisiana defense attorney Phyllis Mann. [includes rush transcript]
    September 13, 2005 | Story