A federal judge in New Orleans Wednesday sentenced five former police officers for killing and covering up the deaths of two unarmed people on the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Jeffrey Brown and Gordon Russell of The Times-Picayune discuss the legal proceedings and Justice Department aims to reform the city’s police. Continue reading
“Salvage the Bones,” a new novel by Jesmyn Ward, tells the story of a Mississippi Gulf Coast family in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall in the U.S. now six years ago this week.
Five current or former New Orleans police officers were convicted Friday in connection with a deadly shooting on Danziger Bridge in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. New York Times reporter Campbell Robertson discusses how the convictions are being viewed in a city and police department still grappling with storm aftermath. Continue reading
Terrance Hayes, a poet and professor at Carnegie Mellon University, won the National Book Award earlier this week. Here, he reads a poem from his award-winning volume called “Lighthead.” Continue reading
Betty Ann Bowser reports from the Crescent City on one doctor’s success in establishing clinics for the underinsured after Hurricane Katrina wiped out the city’s main charity hospital. Continue reading
In September 2005, News Orleans’ Charity Hospital was evacuated due to flooding from Hurricane Katrina. Patients were moved out of the hospital by military truck, airboat, and any other means possible. Mooney Bryant-Penland, a nurse at the hospital, took these photographs as the evacuation unfolded. Continue reading
In the days following the flooding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, approximately 1.5 million people throughout the Gulf Coast were displaced from their homes, including 163,000 children. Some of those were young people who became separated from their siblings and … Continue reading
Poet Natasha Trethewey’s latest book, “Beyond Katrina,” is a personal account of how the people of the Gulf Coast region, including her family, have lived with the threat and consequences of natural disasters for generations.
As government officials prepare for the possible landfall of Hurricane Earl along the East Coast, Jim Lehrer speaks with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate about the storm. Continue reading