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Katrina: The Debris is stories about what was left behind by the storm and the floods that followed, aiming to pick up some of the narrative threads of the storm and follow them into the present and future.

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Katrina: The Debris is stories about what was left behind by the storm and the floods that followed, aiming to pick up some of the narrative threads of the storm and follow them into the present and future.

    Katrina: The Debris // The R Word: Resilience

    Katrina: The Debris // The R Word: Resilience

    Well, we’ve made it. Almost. It’s been a long, hot summer and this is our last episode as we come up on the tenth anniversary of Katrina. The city is abuzz with journalists and experts and NGOs and politicians. We thought we’d use this last bit of The Debris to explore a word they’re all using to talk about New Orleans: resilience.

    • 24 min
    Katrina: The Debris // Newcomers

    Katrina: The Debris // Newcomers

    Lots of people who visit New Orleans today are surprised to find the city in such good shape. The rebuilding effort has been long, arduous, and largely successful in most areas (with a few notable exceptions, like the Lower 9th Ward ). New Orleans would not be where it is today without the students, church groups, retirees, professional organizations and lone good souls who gave their time and energy to rebuilding. At least a million people, by one count, and likely many millions. Newcomers

    • 25 min
    Katrina: The Debris // The Debris

    Katrina: The Debris // The Debris

    This week on Katrina: The Debris, we're exploring the actual debris — the stuff left behind when the winds died down and the floodwaters receded. Katrina changed our relationship with that "stuff" — the tangible things that make up our modern lives. Some things became much more important, while so much else became just trash to be left on the curb for pickup.

    • 16 min
    Katrina: The Debris // Mental Health

    Katrina: The Debris // Mental Health

    The devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the floods that followed is most visible in pictures of ruined houses and people’s destroyed possessions lying out on city streets. But there’s unseen damage that runs even deeper: the collective emotional trauma experienced by the thousands of people who lived through it.

    • 15 min
    Katrina: The Debris // Missing

    Katrina: The Debris // Missing

    According to numbers from the US Census and the IRS, 236,970 people left Louisiana between the summer of 2005 and the summer of 2006, mostly because of Hurricane Katrina. Census details can’t tell who is a former resident returning and who’s new, but as of last year, the state had only recovered about 100,000 people, less than half of those who left. Whether it's a bandoned houses or empty chairs at the dinner table, New Orleans is rebuilding around a conspicuous absence. This week on The Debris

    • 22 min
    Katrina: The Debris // Education

    Katrina: The Debris // Education

    Of all the changes New Orleans has seen in the ten years since Katrina, the restructuring of the city's public school system is perhaps the most drastic. In place of a traditional school district, most Orleans Parish schools are now governed by a loose confederation of charter operators. What does this new model mean for students, teachers and parents in New Orleans?

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

lucylu6 ,

A gift to the future

I loved this show. Firstly, it was just well done. The host is engaging and real, the reporting feels human and interesting. I learned things I'd never have known about what went on during Katrina. It deals with the minutiae of everyday life, the emotional aspects, and so much more. Plus, this is a gift to the future, a real contribution to the public record, to the archives of New Orleans and our country and to everyone who has experienced or will experience a natural disaster.

SteamFangPalin ,

Surprising conversations about what's left behind, a decade after 80 percent of a major city flooded

At New Orleans Public Radio, we have the tools to tell the most intimate, interesting, meaningful stories of our city. Because we are here. Because we live this place. Because for us New Orleans is not just gorgeous old houses and Creole cooking (though it is that), nor is it simply the nation's top murder rate with persistent high poverty levels (though it is that, too). By picking up some The Debris left by the floods of Hurricane Katrina, we hope to better understand this place we love, and share that with you.

jrockballs ,

Important series

This is a really important series produced by a great team in NO. Stay with this.

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