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Katrina, 10 Years After: A Second Life, A Second Chance (2015)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-08-23

Duration: 00:56:13

Subjects: Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricanes | Natural Disasters | Disaster response and recovery | LEVEES | Port of New Orleans | Health Care | Education | Charter schools | Music | MARDI GRAS


  • Pierce, Wendell Narrator
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Richard, C.E. Writer
  • Brinkley, Douglas Interviewee
  • Landrieu, Mitch Interviewee
  • Green, Robert Interviewee
  • Robison, Allison Interviewee
  • Paul, Laura Interviewee
  • Whitfield, Brea Interviewee
  • Cotlon, Burnell Interviewee
  • Milling, Anne Interviewee
  • Turner, Robert Interviewee
  • St. Pe, Kerry Interviewee
  • LaGrange, Gary Interviewee
  • Uddo, Connie Interviewee
  • Millan, Danny Interviewee
  • DeSalvo, Karen Interviewee
  • Gibson, Gail Interviewee
  • Gueringer, Vanessa Interviewee
  • Cowen, Scott Interviewee
  • Dobard, Patrick Interviewee
  • Royal, Karran Harper Interviewee
  • Johnson, Korbin Interviewee
  • Bazzle, Germain Interviewee
  • Jordan, Edward Interviewee
  • Spitzer, Nick Interviewee
  • Chase, Leah Interviewee


This documentary from August 23, 2015, focuses on the resurrection of New Orleans in the ten years since Hurricane Katrina. It covers: the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee breaches; the obstacles to rebuilding homes; the importance of the return of services, like grocery stores and restaurants, to the recovery of neighborhoods; the city’s new levee system; the significance of the Port of New Orleans to the nation’s economy; the importance of neighbors helping neighbors and volunteer groups to the recovery effort; the difficulty in receiving government assistance; the changes to the health care and education systems in New Orleans through community clinics and charter schools; and the importance of the city’s cultural identity to the recovery, including music and Mardi Gras. It includes interviews with: Douglas Brinkley, historian and former New Orleans resident; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Robert Green, resident of the Lower 9th Ward; Allison Robison, property owner in the Lower 9th Ward; Laura Paul, executive director of; Brea Whitfield, community liaison; Burnell Cotlon, owner of Makin’ Groceries in the Lower 9th Ward; Anne Milling, community activist; Robert Turner, regional director of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East; Kerry St. Pe, director emeritus of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program; Gary LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans; Connie Uddo, Lakeview resident; Danny Millan, owner and chef, CAVA Restaurant; Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health for the United States Department of Health and Human Services; Gail Gibson, statewide nurse for the Louisiana Office of Public Health; Vanessa Gueringer, community activist; Scott Cowen, president emeritus of Tulane University; Patrick Dobard, the superintendent of the Recovery School District; Karran Harper Royal, community activist; Korbin Johnson, principal of the Central City Primary School; Germain Bazzle, instructor, and Edward “Kidd” Jordan, artistic director, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Jazz Camp; Nick Spitzer, folklorist and host of “American Routes”; and Leah Chase, chef and Treme resident. Narrator: Wendell Pierce