August 30, 2010 In the city's public schools, test scores are climbing, charter schools are opening all the time, and facilities are being upgraded. But the population of the schools is overwhelmingly African-American. The head of one charter school network says it takes a long time to break old patterns.
August 30, 2010 Five years after Hurricane Katrina, trauma and stress still play a part in the emotional lives of New Orleans residents. The evidence: In 2008 and 2009, the suicide rate in Orleans Parish was twice as high as it was the two years before the levees broke.
August 29, 2010 When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans five years ago, more than 5,000 families lived in the city's public housing developments. Now, only a third of them are back in public housing. While some who are in the new developments are struggling with the different community, others are over the moon with the shiny new units.
August 28, 2010 Five years ago, just after Hurricane Katrina hit, Scott Simon traveled to Bay St. Louis, Miss., where the eye of the storm came ashore. The town was devastated. He now returns to find out what's happened to the people and the place he profiled at the time.
August 27, 2010 When the thousands of people fled New Orleans after the storm, they scattered all over the country, with Houston receiving the biggest influx of evacuees. For some families the transition to a new city was easy though bittersweet. Still, others struggled to plant roots.
August 26, 2010 Five years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans isn't the city it used to be. The Census Bureau estimates there are 100,000 fewer people living there than before the storm. But many in New Orleans say things may actually be better — from its sense of community to a greater appreciation of the city's food and music.
August 25, 2010 Getty Images photographer Mario Tama thought he was on his way to cover the Burning Man festival in Nevada when Hurricane Katrina started approaching the Gulf Coast. His editor redirected him to New Orleans, where he stayed throughout the storm. He returned to New Orleans more than 15 times in the past five years to show the rebounding spirit of the Crescent City. His images are now collected in a new book — Coming Back: New Orleans Resurgent.
August 24, 2010 Telling Their Stories is an emotional and moving retrospective of the powerful images made in the aftermath of Katrina.
August 24, 2010 For many children of New Orleans, their world was turned upside down five years ago when Katrina swept through the city. Since their return, one misfit became a star, while another teen struggles to get the attention he needs. Meanwhile, the school system continues undergoing major changes.
August 23, 2010 When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast five years ago, it sent a 30-foot-high wall of water ashore the coast of Mississippi. Sharon Hanshaw, who lost her home and beauty shop in Biloxi, says she's fighting for equitable development for her impoverished community.
August 23, 2010 This week marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall in the Gulf region, devastating the area and leading to levee breaches that flooded most of New Orleans. TV critic David Bianculli says that television was all over the story then — and five years later, is all over it again now.
August 12, 2010 Much of New Orleans has been rebuilt since the hurricane swept through. And the city is attracting more young professionals than at any time in memory. But many of the problems exposed by Katrina remain, including crime, income inequality and reliance on struggling industries.
August 12, 2010 In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, lawlessness engulfed the city and police leadership was absent. Five years later, a continued perceived police impunity and persistently high murder rate have led to an increasing mistrust in the city's officers.
January 25, 2010 NPR first met Donald and Colleen Bordelon when they were rebuilding their home after Hurricane Katrina. Over time, they captivated Morning Edition listeners with their wit, their honesty and their hope. Donald died last week in his rebuilt home. He was 53.
November 18, 2009 Flood victims argued that the widening of a navigation channel maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers and subsequent loss of protective wetlands turned the channel into a speedway for the hurricane's storm surge. A federal judge in New Orleans agreed and awarded damages of about $720,000 to four people and a business.