Saturday, February 11, 2006

2/11/06 Community Gumbo

2/12/06 update: The problem uploading the Lauren Anderson interview has been resolved by bypassing the Indymedia site and uploading instead to another host server.

2/13/06 update: Back to Indymedia -- technical staff there appear to have corrected the upload problem, which is good, because Indymedia does a better job streaming media files than the fall back server did.

In this edition of Community Gumbo, a conversation with Lauren Anderson (2/07/2006), the Director of Neighborhood Housing Services, and a member of "Women of the Storm." Anderson talks about her trip to Washington, D.C. with Women of the Storm to urge members of Congress to travel to New Orleans to witness the destruction from Hurricane Katrina, the array of challenges confronting home owners, the Baker bill, home owners who didn't have flood insurance, the plan to reduce the city's footprint, and the federal government's obligation to homeowners.

Listen to the archived audio at (35 min, 14.5 MB, 56 kbps).

Lauren Anderson, Director of Neighborhood Housing Services

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Also, an excerpt from the Thursday 2/09/06 "After the Storm" forum, “New Orleans & Its Environment Before and After Katrina." The panelists heard in this excerpt are (in order heard):
  • Maura Woods (Senior Louisiana Representative, Sierra Club)
  • John Barry (author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America)
  • Mark Schleifstein (Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental reporter, Times-Picayune)
  • Carlton Dufrechou (Executive Director, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation)
Also present at the forum, but not heard in this excerpt, were:
  • Richard Campanella (Tulane-Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research and author of Time and Place in New Orleans)
  • Craig Colten (Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography & Anthropology at Louisiana State University and author of An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature)
  • Robert Thomas (Loyola Chair in Environmental Communications)
  • Craig Hood (professor of biological sciences, Loyola University New Orleans)

Listen to the archived audio at


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