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09/05 - NOW’s “Katrina: The Response”

What were the shortcomings in dealing with the aftermath of Katrina?

The program topic for September's edition of Louisiana Public Square was to have been "Coastal Erosion." The tragic events surrounding Katrina prove that the subject was timely, but the storm and its aftermath, for the time being, overshadow all other discussions. This month, Louisiana Public Square will devote its airtime to the re-broadcast of the NOW special entitled "Katrinia: The Response."

The acclaimed weekly newsmagazine NOW on PBS is devoting all if its programs in September to covering Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and is teaming up with LPB to produce a special one-hour forum broadcast on September 16, entitled "Katrina: The Response." That program, which will be taped at the LPB studio in Baton Rouge, will gather an audience of citizens, experts and officials to concentrate on the rapid response failure and the challenges ahead. The town-hall meeting will be moderated by NOW's host David Brancaccio.

"In the 24-hour coverage of events on the ground, our goal is to provide our audience with an alternative," says Brancaccio. "We're going to be looking analytically at the tough issues: the shortcomings in the emergency response; how our public policy fell short; and the ethical questions raised from the looting and disorder that have followed this disaster. We want to know what the people and the experts closest to this tragedy can tell us about what happened and why." NOW's special coverage is part of public broadcasting's immediate and long-term plans to respond to these tragic events, which include special programming across the schedule.

NOW, which is hosted by David Brancaccio, airs Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. on PBS and is a production of JumpStart Productions, LLC in association with Thirteen/WNET New York.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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