13 episodes

Some call it Hurricane Katrina. Some call it the Federal Flood. Others call it the day the levees broke. On August 29, 2005, the city of New Orleans was submerged. That story of hubris, incompetence, and nature's wrath is now etched into the national consciousness. But the people who lived through the flood and its aftermath have a different story to tell. A story of rumors, betrayal, and one of the most misunderstood events in American history. Hosted by Vann R. Newkirk II.

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    • 4.8 • 2.9K Ratings

Some call it Hurricane Katrina. Some call it the Federal Flood. Others call it the day the levees broke. On August 29, 2005, the city of New Orleans was submerged. That story of hubris, incompetence, and nature's wrath is now etched into the national consciousness. But the people who lived through the flood and its aftermath have a different story to tell. A story of rumors, betrayal, and one of the most misunderstood events in American history. Hosted by Vann R. Newkirk II.

    Presenting: "Some of My Best Friends Are" from Pushkin

    Presenting: "Some of My Best Friends Are" from Pushkin

    Here's a sneak peek of a Pushkin podcast called Some of My Best Friends Are. As in, "I'm not a racist, some of my best friends are..."
    The show is hosted by Khalil Muhammad and Ben Austen, two best friends who grew up together on the South Side of Chicago in '80s. Khalil is Black; Ben is white. They met as teenagers bagging groceries for $3.25 an hour. Now Khalil is a Harvard historian and Ben is an award winning journalist. 
    Khalil and Ben invite listeners into their conversations about the absurdities and intricacies of race in America. Mixing anecdotes, entertaining storytelling, and thoughtful debate, Some of My Best Friends Are... helps listeners make sense of our deeply divided country.
    In the preview, Khalil and Ben are reeling from a terrible string of crimes that happened recently in their Chicago neighborhood. They wrestle with the question of how to respond to violence so people can feel safe, without over-policing communities.

    You can hear more, by searching for Some of My Best Friends Are wherever you get your podcasts.
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    • 42 min
    Presenting: The Review, a new podcast from The Atlantic

    Presenting: The Review, a new podcast from The Atlantic

    Hello Floodlines listeners — a new podcast is here just for you. On The Review, The Atlantic's writers and guests discuss how we entertain ourselves and how that shapes the way we understand the world.
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    • 2 min
    Introducing: How to Build a Happy Life

    Introducing: How to Build a Happy Life

    Hello Floodlines listeners, we'd like to introduce you to a new show!
    In this series, host Arthur Brooks digs into research and offers tools to help you live more joyfully. Join us for deep conversations with psychologists, experts, and friends of The Atlantic's Chief Happiness Correspondent. For more info, visit www.theatlantic.com/happy, or search for How to Build a Happy Life on your podcast app.
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    • 2 min
    Introducing: The Experiment

    Introducing: The Experiment

    A new podcast from The Atlantic and WNYC Studios, The Experiment, tells stories from our unfinished country. On this episode, Vann R. Newkirk II tells the story of his mother's life. Marylin Thurman Newkirk grew up as part of the first generation of Americans who lived in what Vann calls "true democracy" — but that democracy is now at risk.
    Listen and subscribe to The Experiment: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher| Google Podcasts
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    • 29 min
    The Wake

    The Wake

    Part VIII: Water, like history, repeats itself.
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    • 55 min
    Destiny

    Destiny

    Part VII: People try to come home. But does home want them anymore?
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

DDSTREET04 ,

Please Listen!

I'm not even the guy that writes reviews unless I feel it's absolutely necessary. I couldn't help but to take the time out of my day to write a review for such an amazing podcast. The show is very informative and it provided perspectives of people who I knew existed but never heard their point of view. Do yourself a favor and take the time to listen! Thank me later lol

newhitaker ,

insightful listen with bias

Born and raised Louisianian. My city was hit with catastrophe one month after Katrina. This podcast is excellent to a degree. I enjoyed it very much, but the political racial bias was astounding. The elected officials of Orleans parish, who’s people voted in, FAILED them. No one else. This blame fell on a lot of people that had never been in that situation. This is very eye opening but a lot could’ve been left out.

gkelly10 ,

MUST LISTEN!!

I binged the entire podcast on a car or a trip with my parents. No I was not home enough to remember Katrina in the way that many others did, My parents were obviously live to serve for sheer chaos and injustice occurring down in New Orleans while watching the news. They noted that they heard some of the bogus stories and taken them at face value. So this podcast promoted them to do you valuate what I understood about Katrina and the wreckage it has left behind - even decades later. Beautifully constructed and I applaud the addition of interviewer survivors. Those tragic, unspeakable events definitely had me in sobs. Please, please give it a listen.
VANN IS AN AMAZING HOST!!!

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