Katrina: The Debris

Series produced by WWNO

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As the 10th hurricane season begins since the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, 89.9 WWNO — New Orleans Public Radio is launching a new weekly podcast and radio feature: Katrina: The Debris, stories about what was left behind by the storm and the floods that followed.

Combining archival material with new interviews and long-format feature stories, Katrina: The Debris aims to pick up some of the narrative threads of the storm, and follow them into the present and future.


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11 Pieces

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Well, we’ve made it. Almost. It’s been a long, hot summer this is our last episode as we come up on the tenth anniversary of Katrina. The city is a...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2015
  • Length: 24:45
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Lots of people who visit New Orleans today are surprised to find the city in such good shape. The rebuilding effort has been long, arduous, and lar...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 25:34
  • Purchases: 2
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According to numbers from the US Census and the IRS, 236,970 people left Louisiana between the summer of 2005 and the summer of 2006, mostly becaus...

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2015
  • Length: 23:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Of all the changes New Orleans has seen in the ten years since Katrina, the restructuring of the city's public school system is perhaps the most dr...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2015
  • Length: 23:20
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Honduras native Brenda Murphy hosts a daily morning show for the Latino community on Radio Tropical Caliente
According to a study by the Data Center, the Hispanic population of the New Orleans metro area has nearly doubled since the year 2000. Many people ...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2015
  • Length: 19:36
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Nearly a quarter of a million people evacuated to Houston from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and in 2006 there were still...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2015
  • Length: 25:05
  • Purchases: 2
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This week on Katrina: The Debris, getting around New Orleans, during and after the storm.

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  • Added: Jun 29, 2015
  • Length: 20:00
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Caption: Katrina evacuee Stasia Davis with her kids and grandkids outside their home in Houston., Credit: Kate Richardson
New Orleans is a family city. Grandparents and grandkids, cousins, aunts and uncles often live in the same house, share the same traditions. When K...

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2015
  • Length: 26:53
  • Purchases: 1
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The root of the word “restaurant” is in fact the French verb "restaurer," to restore. And New Orleans restaurateurs, the proprietors, were seen as ...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2015
  • Length: 19:09
  • Purchases: 1
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The first map for rebuilding New Orleans after the floods included half a dozen ominous totems: Green Dots. To New Orleans native Wendell Pierce, s...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2015
  • Length: 17:47
  • Purchases: 1
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New Orleans is a weather town. As hurricane season begins, hear the most emotional federal weather bulletin ever written. Plus, more on how the Nat...

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2015
  • Length: 17:53
  • Purchases: 1