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17 years after Hurricane Katrina, a new documentary shares stories of children who survived it

Katrina Babies, a new documentary available on HBO Max
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Katrina Babies, a new documentary available on HBO Max

On today’s episode of Louisiana Considered, we hear about a new film that chronicles the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the children who survived it. We also hear why New Orleans bus routes are getting revamped and learn about attempts to censor library books in Lafayette. This episode originally aired on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. To hear the full episode, click the “play” button above.

Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans 17 years ago. More than 1,800 people lost their lives, and many survivors still grapple with the trauma of evacuation, relocation and loss.

Now a new documentary explores how the storm impacted the youth who survived it. Filmmaker and New Orleans native Edward Buckles Jr. tells us more about his new HBO Max documentary, Katrina Babies.

On Sept. 25, bus routes in New Orleans will get revamped. From shorter wait times and later hours, almost every route will change in some fashion. WWNO metro reporter Carly Berlin sat down with the CEO for New Orleans RTA, Alex Wiggins, for more.

Librarians, long thought of as public servants, are now the latest being dragged into America's culture wars. Conservative Christian activists are demanding the removal of an expanding list of books, while free speech defenders are crying censorship. NPR’s John Burnett traveled to Lafayette, Louisiana to learn how this battle is playing out.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Patrick Madden. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Patrick Madden joined WWNO in 2019 as its first-ever Regional News Director, overseeing news reporting at WWNO, as well as our partner station WRKF Baton Rouge. Madden also serves as one of the hosts of Louisiana Considered, and co-hosts Friday's Politics Roundtable on Louisiana Considered with Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Times-Picayune | The Advocate.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.