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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was left under water 10 years ago — one of the worst disasters in American history. Today, it's celebrating a historic recovery — but not for everybody.  

Also, the first internationally-run uranium bank aims to prevent nuclear proliferation. On today's Talking Point, David Simon wrote The Wire, Treme and other TV series full of high drama, colorful characters and important insights about America's divided cities. Now he's focused on a 20-year-old battle to integrate housing in Yonkers. We talk to him about Show Me a Hero.

Photo: The Cornstalk Hotel in New Orleans' French Quarter (Bill  Kleiman)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb
Andrea Brody

International Nuke Bank Aims to Prevent Nuclear Proliferation 6 MIN, 24 SEC

The International Atomic Energy Agency has signed a deal with Kazakhstan, a former member of the Soviet Union. It will open the first, internationally-run bank for low-enriched uranium, the fuel for nuclear power plants. James Acton is co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Guests:
James Acton, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@james_acton32)

More:
Carnegie-Stimson report on a normal nuclear Pakistan

Ten Years after Katrina: A Tale of Two Cities 32 MIN, 26 SEC

When Hurricane Katrina churned up the Gulf of Mexico 10 years ago, levees failed, the waves rushed in, and four-fifths of the City of New Orleans was left under water. Some residents were stranded on rooftops, others were crammed into the Superdome, roads and highways leading out of town were gridlocked with evacuees.

That historic disaster has been transformed into historic recovery. Politicians, business leaders and crowds of tourists are celebrating a booming economy. But New Orleans may have lost as much as it's gained. More than 100,000 black residents haven't come home. Old-timers fear that unique traditions of art and music aren't coming back, either. As to the future, can new levees designed by the Army Corps of Engineers provide better protection than those it designed before?


Abandoned houses in the Lower Ninth Ward.
In the distance is a house rebuilt by Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation


Deserted block in the Lower 9th Ward


The Cornstalk Hotel in the French Quarter
Photos courtesy of Bill Kleiman

Guests:
Katy Reckdahl, journalist based in New Orleans (@katyreckdahl)
Monika Gerhart-Hambrick, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (@GNOFairHousing)
Michael White, jazz clarinetist, bandleader and a jazz historian
Harry Shearer, Political satirist (@theharryshearer)

More:
National Urban League on the state of black New Orleans 10 years after Katrina
Road Home Program
GNOFHAC report on discrimination against African American renters in New Orleans upscale seighborhoods

The Big Uneasy

Harry Shearer

David Simon on America's Divided Cities 10 MIN, 49 SEC

David Simon has created enormously successful TV series, including The Wire and Treme. His latest miniseries for HBO is Show Me a Hero. It's about the battle to desegregate housing in Yonkers, New York in the 1980's and 90's. As the drama heightens, a federal judge has ordered public housing projects built in older, wealthier — whiter — parts of the city.

Guests:
David Simon, author, journalist and TV writer/producer (@aodespair)

More:
Andrew Hacker's 'Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal'

Show Me A Hero

Lisa Belkin

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