As the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, the superintendent brought in to revive New Orleans’ troubled public schools is bidding farewell after turning many of the schools into charters. Before his departure, Paul Vallas speaks with John Merrow about where things stand with the city’s school reform efforts. Continue reading
Six current and former New Orleans Police Department officers were indicted Tuesday in the latest in a series of cases looking into questionable police action after Hurricane Katrina. Four officers were charged in connection with the deaths of two unarmed … Continue reading
Margaret Warner speaks with a ProPublica reporter about the charges facing six New Orleans police officers in connection with killing unarmed citizens and covering up their deaths in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading
The oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is taking another toll: the mental health of residents, even as the region is still coping with the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav. Health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser details the problems as seen in the region’s sizable Vietnamese community. Continue reading
In his ongoing look at efforts to turn around ailing schools in New Orleans and Washington, D.C. John Merrow reports on the use of alternative school programs in Louisiana and progress on negotiations between a teachers union and public schools in the nation’s capital. Continue reading
New Orleans is riding high on the momentum of Sunday’s Super Bowl upset by the hometown Saints over the Indianapolis Colts. And for a city still rebuilding from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the championship signifies the spirit of survival in the Big Easy. Continue reading
Fans of the groundbreaking TV drama “The Wire” can expect a new David Simon series about life in urban America next year. HBO has reportedly picked up “Treme,” a new series about musicians in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.