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Rebuilding New Orleans

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, this special documentary episode explores the race, class and gender outlines of the reconstruction of New Orleans. The film takes a look, from the grassroots, at systemic changes in housing, education, health care, and policing. From the role of oil companies in Louisiana’ economy and electoral politics; to the firing of the city’s teachers; the closing of Charity Hospital; artists and other cultural workers being pushed out by gentrification; and the federal oversight of the police and jail; the film asks how federal, state and city policies have affected the people of New Orleans. Among the guests: the commander of military relief operations during Katrina, Lieutenant General Russell Honore; former city council president Oliver Thomas; current city council president Jason Williams; developer Sean Cummings; activists and former public housing residents Alfred Marshall and Toya Lewis; Brice White of the Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative; Spoken Word artist Asia Rainey; youth activist Milan Sherry; and Rosana Cruz of Race Forward.

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Laura Flanders Show

This week, two artists expand our ideas about beauty, risk, mobility, and inclusion. Wheelchair dancer and esteemed choreographer Alice Sheppard, and MacArthur Genius Award-winning action architect Elizabeth Streb. What difference does art make? Should art making be a human right? What will it take to disable the limits society puts around “normal”? These questions and more this week on the Laura Flanders Show.

Laura Flanders Show

Our city's economy – what is it for? New York's has been very good at piling up profits and building tall buildings. But all that private profit has come at a cost to public services and public trust. Could it be different? On this week's show, we talk about the new conversations that are happening between labor unions and community members. Between residents, workers, and employers about how everyone's economy can move forward.

Laura Flanders Show

Laura Flanders Show

Laura Flanders Show