via press release:




On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana. Starting this weekend, Al Jazeera America will air a week of special coverage looking at what happened, what lessons were learned and the extent of the recovery.  AJAM reporters who were on the ground during the storm and its aftermath revisit some of the people and the issues they covered at that time to see what’s changed.


Special coverage includes:


This Sunday, August 23rd at 10pm ET/7pm PT, Al Jazeera America presents the original documentary “Only New Orleans” by filmmaker Vassili Silovic, exploring the role of music in New Orleans and how the city used its roots in jazz, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, funk, reggae and hip-hop to re-build spirits after Hurricane Katrina. Featuring interviews with musicians Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, James Andrews, Ivan Neville, Davis Rogan, Jon Cleary, Big Freedia and Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill as well as employees from the city’s emergency task forces. Screening link available upon request.



Joie Chen, anchor of Al Jazeera America’s primetime news magazine program “America Tonight” (10pm ET/7pm PT), will host two special programs from New Orleans on Friday, 8/28 and Saturday 8/29. The shows will feature:

·        Reporting from AJAM contributor Soledad O’Brien from two New Orleans neighborhoods hit hard by Katrina: New Orleans East, which sits above in the Lower Ninth Ward, and Lakeview, adjacent to New Orleans East. How are these two very difference neighborhoods recovering?

·        In-depth reporting on New Orleans’ special landmarks and communities, including the historically significant Circle Food Store in the city’s 7th Ward and the city’s Vietnamese community

·        Low-income housing update, featuring interviews with former public housing residents who are hoping to return to New Orleans

·        An update on the young approximately 300,000 school-aged children in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi who were displaced as a result of the storm, and how they are faring today



On Monday, August 24th at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT, Al Jazeera America’s science & technology program, “TechKnow,” investigates the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the results of $12 billion spent to rebuild, re-engineer and re-think the way New Orleans is protected. From the newest super-storm satellites to the latest U.S. Army Corp of Engineers designs, have ten years and billions of dollars can make a difference? Hosted by Phil Torres and Marita Davison.


About Al Jazeera America


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