Monday, July 28, 2014

Site Navigation

  • News and features
  • Events
  • Membership
  • About Us

From Minnesota Public Radio

A  house in New Orleans
Students from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul went to New Orleans to clean up decaying houses still lining neighborhood streets, more than 18 months after Hurricane Katrina flooded the area. They found rows of empty homes and a community trying to get back on its feet. (03/28/2007)
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, University of Minnesota physician Jon Hallberg went to Louisiana to relieve over-stretched clinics in the area. He ended up treating the health care "disaster" that existed long before the hurricanes hit. He recently went back to see what's changed. (10/11/2006)
Survivors of Katrina arrive at New Orleans Airport
Minnesota welcomed people from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina struck last year. Many of those people have returned to their hometowns, but we talk to one couple who decided to stay in the Twin Cities, and is putting down roots in Minnesota. (08/31/2006)
In the year since Hurricane Katrina, America's attention has been focused on New Orleans -- on how devastating the flooding was there and how slowly the city is picking up the pieces. But 90 miles east, in the city of Biloxi, Mississippi, a dramatically different story is unfolding. (Midday, 08/29/2006)
Mark Folse wasn't in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. He was living in Fargo, N.D. But the Louisana native was so moved by the disaster that he picked up his family and moved 1,500 miles south to help with the rebuilding effort. (Midday, 08/29/2006)
After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast one year ago, more than 800 families from the region ended up taking shelter in the Twin Cities. (08/29/2006)
As President Bush gets a look at reconstruction efforts in New Orleans, critics are saying the Army Corps of Engineers is taking shortcuts in its rebuilding of the city's levees. (Midmorning, 03/09/2006)
One of the biggest stories of 2005 was undoubtedly Hurricane Katrina. And the story continues as the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast rebuilds itself. ( 12/21/2005)
James Lee Witt, who was director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the Clinton Administration, says that if he was in charge during Hurricane Katrina, he would have handled things differently. Speaking at the City Club Forum in Cleveland Friday, Witt also said that FEMA needs to be removed from the Department of Homeland Security. ( 12/19/2005)
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina laid bare the racial tensions that always seem to lie just below the surface. Commentator Jonathan Odell has been thinking about race relations, and just how little the races actually relate. Odell, a native of Mississippi, lives in Minneapolis. He is the author of "The View from Delphi," which explores racial tensions in the South before the civil rights movement. (10/13/2005)
More coverage from MPR

From American RadioWorks

Nature's Revenge
American RadioWorks' 2002 documentary explored hurricane risk in New Orleans and preparations to manage that risk. Now in 2005, is Katrina fulfilling those predictions?

From NPR News

Document Parents Push For Diversity In New Orleans' Schools
In the city's public schools, test scores are climbing, charter schools are opening all the time, and facilities are being upgraded. But the population of the schools is overwhelmingly African-American. The head of one charter school network says it takes a long time to break old patterns.
Document Traces Of Katrina: New Orleans Suicide Rate Still Up
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, trauma and stress still play a part in the emotional lives of New Orleans residents. The evidence: In 2008 and 2009, the suicide rate in Orleans Parish was twice as high as it was the two years before the levees broke.
Document New Orleans' Public Housing Slowly Evolving
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans five years ago, more than 5,000 families lived in the city's public housing developments. Now, only a third of them are back in public housing. While some who are in the new developments are struggling with the different community, others are over the moon with the shiny new units.
Document Five Years After Katrina, A Return To Bay St. Louis
Five years ago, just after Hurricane Katrina hit, Scott Simon traveled to Bay St. Louis, Miss., where the eye of the storm came ashore. The town was devastated. He now returns to find out what's happened to the people and the place he profiled at the time.
Document Some Katrina Evacuees Long For What They Lost
When the thousands of people fled New Orleans after the storm, they scattered all over the country, with Houston receiving the biggest influx of evacuees. For some families the transition to a new city was easy though bittersweet. Still, others struggled to plant roots.
Document New Orleans' Rebound Brings Surprising Riches
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans isn't the city it used to be. The Census Bureau estimates there are 100,000 fewer people living there than before the storm. But many in New Orleans say things may actually be better -- from its sense of community to a greater appreciation of the city's food and music.
Document After Katrina, Photographer Captures New Orleans' Spirit
Getty Images photographer Mario Tama thought he was on his way to cover the Burning Man festival in Nevada when Hurricane Katrina started approaching the Gulf Coast. His editor redirected him to New Orleans, where he stayed throughout the storm. He returned to New Orleans more than 15 times in the past five years to show the rebounding spirit of the Crescent City. His images are now collected in a new book — Coming Back: New Orleans Resurgent.
Document The Legacy Of Hurricane Katrina
Telling Their Stories is an emotional and moving retrospective of the powerful images made in the aftermath of Katrina.
Document Kids Face Differing Realities In New Orleans Schools
For many children of New Orleans, their world was turned upside down five years ago when Katrina swept through the city. Since their return, one misfit became a star, while another teen struggles to get the attention he needs. Meanwhile, the school system continues undergoing major changes.
Document A Hard Fight For A Political Voice In Biloxi, Miss.
When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast five years ago, it sent a 30-foot-high wall of water ashore the coast of Mississippi. Sharon Hanshaw, who lost her home and beauty shop in Biloxi, says she's fighting for equitable development for her impoverished community.
More from NPR