Hurricane Katrina uprooted Sherri Smothers. Now her stories help her carry on, gaining a wider perspective and creating a bond with other survivors. After Katrina and Sept. 11, can stories help people heal?
Carl Lindahl, co-director of the "Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston Project;" professor of english and folklore, University of Houston
Pat Jasper, independent folklorist; co-director of the "Surviving Katrina" project
Glenda Harris, community activist in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans
Richard Gist, principal assistant to the eirector of the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department; professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; leading authority on response to trauma and catastrophe