Hurricane Katrina Topics

Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to Hurricane Katrina

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  • Race and class loom large in the critical discussion of the federal response to the impact of hurricane Katrina. We speak with two African-American activists about the poor communities that have been hit hardest by the hurricane. [includes rush transcript]
    September 02, 2005 | Story
  • With communication lines down in the areas hit by the hurricane, there are thousands of people with no word about their loved ones in the area. We hear the voices of worried family and friends broadcasting their messages to those missing. [includes rush transcript]
    September 02, 2005 | Story
  • We go back to the spring of 1927 when the Mississippi River flooded after weeks of incessant rains. While the federal government response was well-coordinated, African Americans were rounded into work camps by land owners and prevented from leaving as the waters rose. [includes rush transcript]
    September 02, 2005 | Story
  • The New Orleans Times-Picayune wrote three years ago, "It’s only a matter of time before south Louisiana takes a direct hit from a major hurricane. Billions have been spent to protect us, but we grow more vulnerable every day." We look at the lack of infrastructure preparedness in the Big Easy. [includes rush transcript]
    September 01, 2005 | Story
  • The Department of Homeland Security is spending billions on domestic spying and counter terrorism — is disaster relief getting sidelined? We look at the first major test of the massive homeland security bureaucracy with Matthew Brzezinski, author of "Fortress America." [includes rush transcript]
    September 01, 2005 | Story
  • As the Bush administration promotes regulations that allow more pollution from power plants, we look at the increased impact of human-induced global warming in the form of extreme weather events such as Hurricane Katrina. [includes rush transcript]
    September 01, 2005 | Story
  • As the devastation left in the wake of hurricane Katrina continues to unfold, we go to New Orleans to speak with law professor Bill Quigley of Loyola University. Quigley, who is volunteering at Memorial Hospital, said, "The people who are in New Orleans are–in all honesty–dying and there could be a lot more casualties unless there’s a lot of help, real fast." [includes rush transcript]
    August 31, 2005 | Story
  • Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast with devastating force Monday morning leaving at least 55 people dead and more than a million people in three states without power. We speak with David Helvarg of the Blue Frontier Campaign about extreme weather and Damu Smith about who gets hit the hardest. [includes rush transcript]
    August 30, 2005 | Story
  • We speak with Robert Shimek of the Indigenous Environmental Network about the toxic pollution of the Mississippi River with various industries using it as a "sewer dump" to get rise of dioxins, PCBs and various heavy metals. [includes rush transcript]
    August 30, 2005 | Story
  • With search and rescue operations underway in multiple states and many communities facing massive reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, state governments are relying significantly on aid from the National Guard. But with the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the number of Guard members available at home has been slashed. [includes rush transcript]
    August 30, 2005 | Story