Hurricane Katrina Panel

At a fundraising event for Hurricane Katrina relief, Mr. Barry and Mr. Tidwell discussed why the storm was so devastating and… read more

At a fundraising event for Hurricane Katrina relief, Mr. Barry and Mr. Tidwell discussed why the storm was so devastating and what could be done now. They discussed the relevance of their books to Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. Following their presentation, the authors responded to questions and comments from members of the audience.

Mike Tidwell is the author of Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast, published by Pantheon Books. It is a travelogue of Louisiana’s Cajun coast. He discussed the construction of the vast network of levees and explained that they were not equipped to withstand the force of ocean tides.

John Barry is the author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America, published by Simon and Schuster. He explained the devastation of the 1927 flood and how it changed the political culture of the area. Mr. Barry also read a brief passage from his book. close

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Program ID:
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Public Affairs Event
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Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Oct 29, 2005

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  • Oct 29, 2005 | 8:58am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 29, 2005 | 10:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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