August 27, 2007

Anna Christopher, NPR


New Show Tell Me More to Devote Two Episodes to
Reconstruction Efforts and Interview with John Edwards;
News & Notes Offers Four Days of Special Segments

August 27, 2007; Washington, D.C. – NPR News continues its longstanding commitment to coverage of Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts with a week of special programs, reports and interviews marking the second anniversary of the storm, airing August 27-September 1, 2007. The tragedy and the aftermath will be explored across all NPR News programming and at

Highlights of NPR News’ coverage include special programming on two daily programs, Tell Me More – a talk show hosted by Michel Martin that made its premiere in April – and News & Notes, the news and information program hosted by Farai Chideya.

Tell Me More will devote two shows to Katrina coverage on Wednesday-Thursday, August 29-30. Segments will focus on the status of reconstruction efforts, including interviews with Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Wednesday, August 29, and the mayors of Houston, TX, and Jackson, MS, on Thursday, August 30. Martin also talks with Lieutenant General Russel Honore, who was responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Katrina, and New Orleans blues vocalist Irma Thomas.

Over four days, News & Notes will feature segments examining the recovery efforts and the people affected by the disaster. Among those are a follow-up with victims of Katrina who were interviewed by the show two years ago; a snapshot of New Orleans’ Desire Street, where many residents still live in FEMA trailers; and an analysis of politics in the wake of Katrina. News & Notes’ regular Black Bloggers Roundtable will feature contributors from New Orleans.

NPR News will examine the state of recovery efforts two years later through a series of reports, interviews and commentaries from across the Gulf region throughout the week on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Day to Day, and Weekend Edition.

Other programming highlights include:

Monday, August 27
All Things Considered: Two years after Hurricane Katrina, more than 90,000 refugees remain in Houston. Wade Goodwyn reports how New Orleans transplants are acclimating to life in the city.

Tuesday, August 28
Morning Edition: Teacher Matt Roberts moved with his family back to his native New Orleans after Katrina to make a difference, but never found a rapport with his students and couldn’t discipline the class. He’s since quit, and shares his experience in this commentary.

Wednesday, August 29
Day to Day: Young people in New Orleans see education as a cornerstone of a better life in the city. Reporter Molly Peterson speaks with high school students who have founded the Fyre Youth Squad to push for better education, and with young adult activists working on charter schools opportunities.

Thursday, August 30
Morning Edition: Paul Vallas, credited with turning around struggling schools in Chicago and Philadelphia, has taken on one of the most challenging jobs in American public education: rebuilding the New Orleans school system. Larry Abramson reports.

Friday, August 31
All Things Considered: Among all the broken systems in New Orleans, the criminal justice system is arguably the most dysfunctional. Justice Correspondent Ari Shapiro has this story.

Saturday, September 1
Weekend Edition Saturday: During Katrina, the Times-Picayune became a lifeline for the New Orleans region as reporters and editors neglected their own destroyed homes to continue publishing. David Folkenflik reports on how Katrina affected what the paper is today.

NOTE: Airdates and show assignments are subject to change. Please check for NPR News’ complete coverage of Hurricane Katrina. For stations and broadcast times, visit

Since Hurricane Katrina hit, NPR News has distinguished itself with comprehensive coverage from New Orleans and affected areas and has maintained a bureau in the Gulf Region. In addition to its extensive reporting from the area, NPR programs All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition Saturday, Weekend Edition Sunday, Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered Weekend have broadcast full episodes on-location from the Gulf; All Things Considered later devoted an entire week to live programming from there. NPR’s complete coverage is available at