'The Big Uneasy'

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Five years ago, the Washington Post reported that “Louisiana's top hurricane experts have rejected the official explanations for the floodwall collapses that inundated much of New Orleans…and that the city's flood-protection system should have kept most of the city dry.” Those experts have since lost their jobs and Louisiana State University's Hurricane Center has now been shut down. That's just part of what's reported in the documentary, The Big Uneasy. Was Katrina really a “natural disaster” or largely man-made? Were levees built by the Army Corps of Engineers so poorly constructed they made it worse than it needed to be? What about recent efforts to protect New Orleans from future hurricanes? Are they based on sound engineering or pork barrel politics?

 

Credits

Guests:
Harry Shearer - Political satirist - @theharryshearer, Ivor van Heerden - Center for the Study of Public Health Impact of Hurricanes, Michael Grunwald - Politico magazine - @MikeGrunwald, Maria Garzino - Civil Mechanical Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Sonya Geis