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Hurricane Katrina Topics


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

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  • Two historically black colleges in New Orleans remain closed after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. Reopening the colleges requires money, which may prove a challenge. We speak with the President of Xavier University about this. [includes rush transcript]
    September 27, 2005 | Story
  • Cynthia McKinney opened the pre-march rally critiquing President Bush for his response to Hurricane Katrina and for the ongoing occupation of Iraq. [includes rush transcript]
    September 26, 2005 | Story
  • Def Jam poet Suheir Hammad reads her new poem on Hurricane Katrina: "Evacuated as if criminal // Rescued by neighbors // Shot by soldiers // Adamant they belong // The rest of the world can now see // What I have seen // Do not look away // The rest of the world lives here too // In America" [includes rush transcript]
    September 26, 2005 | Story
  • Colette Pichon Battle speaks at the massive anti-war protest in D.C. Battle is from Slidell, Louisiana and makes the connection between the response to Hurricane Katrina and the reconstruction process, and the war in Iraq. [includes rush transcript]
    September 26, 2005 | Story
  • 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