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This Week: New Orleans and Katrina
This Week
September 2, 2005

This week on NOW:

With the death toll rising and the damage estimates in the billions, NOW examines why New Orleans was virtually defenseless against hurricane Katrina. The report explores how one of the biggest civil engineering projects in U.S. history-the leveeing of the Mississippi River-set off an environmental chain reaction that helped destroy the natural barrier protecting New Orleans from catastrophic storms.

Rafe Esquith is a remarkable teacher at Hobart Elementary in a tough part of Los Angeles who may be demonstrating a way forward for America's beleaguered public education system. For years he has been inspiring children by introducing them to the great works of literature. Esquith's uncommon commitment and passion for helping "disadvantaged" students achieve has opened up worlds of opportunity for them. "My students can achieve great things because I believe they can achieve great things," he tells David Brancaccio. Rafe Esquith is profiled in a P.O.V. documentary, THE HOBART SHAKESPEAREANS.

In Depth

Mississippi River Delta

New Orleans and the Disappearing Delta

New Orleans Resources

Environment and Community

Rafe Esquith and the Hobart Shakespeareans

Shakespeare Knowledge Quiz

Exploring Inspiration


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Aftermath (15:50 )

Rafe Esquith and the Hobart Shakespeareans (6:52)

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Losing Ground
Producer: William Brangham
Correspondent: Daniel Zwerdling
Editor: Larry Goldfine

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