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Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (2015)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-08-26

Duration: 00:57:50

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Hurricane Rita, 2005 | Natural Disasters | Disaster response and recovery | Education | Mental Health | COASTAL RESTORATION | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Poverty


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Reed, Kim Hunter Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Connelly, Kelly Producer
  • Lane, Heather Interviewee
  • Plyer, Allison Interviewee
  • El Koubi, Jason Interviewee
  • Kliebert, Kathy Interviewee
  • White, John Interviewee
  • Guilbeaux, Chris Interviewee
  • Thomas, Elizabeth "Boo" Speaker
  • Armstrong, Judy Speaker
  • Riley, Mark Speaker
  • Jackson, Carle Speaker
  • Kasofsky, Jan Speaker
  • Richard, Scott Speaker
  • Lewis, Eric Speaker
  • Lopez, John Speaker
  • Rossi, Gina Speaker
  • Miles, Tonja Speaker
  • Flynn, Edward Speaker
  • Booth, Joey Speaker
  • Hannon, Rick Speaker
  • Kopplin, Andy Panelist
  • Riegel, Stephanie Panelist
  • Shrinath, Nihal Panelist
  • Rainwater, Paul Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from August 26, 2015, features Dr. Kim Hunter Reed leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Heather Lane, owner of Byrdie’s Café and Gallery in New Orleans; Allison Plyer, the executive director of The Data Center; Jason El Koubi, the executive director of OneAcadiana; Secretary Kathy Kliebert of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White; and Chris Guilbeaux, the deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). The audience members then discuss where Louisiana is now in the areas of education, evacuations, emergency response, and mental health treatment. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Andy Kopplin, the chief of staff to Governor Kathleen Blanco, the head of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, and the current chief administrative officer to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; Stephanie Riegel, the editor of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report; Nihal Shrinath, a research associate with the Data Center; and Paul Rainwater, a member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. They discuss: the major policy changes made after the storms in the areas of coastal restoration and economic development; whether New Orleans can survive the next 100 years; the preparations made for people dealing with mental health issues during a disaster; poverty; the importance of the state’s energy infrastructure; ongoing transportation issues; and how Louisiana is exporting the lessons learned for disaster response. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Kim Hunter Reed