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Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years Later

On TalkPoverty Radio, hosts Rebecca Vallas and Tracey Ross shine a light on the effects of extreme weather, racial inequality, and poverty.

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Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall, revealing the vulnerability of low-income communities and communities of color. To recognize this anniversary, we’re joined by a number of guests to better shine a light on the effects of extreme weather, racial inequality, and poverty. First, we’re joined by Dr. MarkAlain Dery, founder of the New Orleans radio station, 102.3 FM WHIV, which broadcasts TalkPoverty Radio each week. Dr. Dery, a physician at Tulane School of Medicine, discusses leading the Astrodome Health Clinic for evacuees of the storm and how New Orleans has changed. We’re also joined by Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans, who discusses how the recovery efforts are far from complete for the city’s poorest residents. We then hear from Sandy Rosenthal, activist and founder of, who shares insights on the manmade aspect of the disaster. Lastly, Danielle Baussan, Managing Director of CAP’s energy team, discusses how social networks are a critical tool in fighting back against disaster. We also have footage from the Bill Press Show, where Tracey was a guest discussing environmental justice.

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Tracey Ross

Associate Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program

Rebecca Vallas

Senior Fellow

 (Danielle Baussan)

Danielle Baussan

Director of Climate Preparedness

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Residents play dominos at the Riverview Senior Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, a designated cooling center for people seeking relief from the hot weather, on June 9, 2011. (AP/Elise Amendola)

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