10 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 • 2.6K 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.

    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.
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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
    Reckoning

    Reckoning

    Part VI: How could the levees have failed?
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    • 36 min
    Exodus

    Exodus

    Part V: A hero arrives. But not the one everyone expected.
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    • 31 min
    The Bridge

    The Bridge

    Part IV: Rumor becomes tragedy.
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

purgatorey ,

Very thoughtfully done

This story is handled with such care and intention, and really seems to hold those involved in abandoning that city accountable. Vann Newkirk is a great host!

Sfs340 ,

Powerful

This podcast is magnificent. All who were involved deserve the highest praise for their work. If I were an English professor I would teach it to demonstrate how much words matter and as an example of the respect words deserve. Leeann’s words especially are exquisite. Thank you.

Taima Ochoa ,

My Favorite Podcast Ever!!

The deep content you cover, the manner you present it in, and your majestic voice made me fall in love with this podcast. This is the podcast that made me a “person who listens to podcasts”- I am always searching for something to compare to Floodlines. Most people have never heard of it when I recommend it and EVERYONE thanks me after they’ve listened to it.

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