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Democracy Now! (6 am) – September 2, 2005

Nightmarish Scenes at New Orleans Convention Center
We begin our special coverage of Hurricane Katrina by going to New Orleans
to hear the voices of refugees stranded outside the city’s Convention Center.
As camera crews passed by on Thursday hundreds of stranded people started
chanting for help.

Daily News Reporter in New Orleans: Scope of Destruction Much Worse Than
9/11

We go to New Orleans to speak with New York Daily News reporter Tamer El-Ghobashy.
He reports from outside one of the main refugee centers in New Orleans –
the Super Dome, where as many as 30,000 people sought shelter.

White House Response to Gulf Coast Disaster Sparks Criticism
President Bush is coming under increasing criticism for his slow response
to what is now being described as one of the worst natural disasters in the
country’s history. We play some of the president’s remarks as well as excerpts
from a White House news conference.

Race in New Orleans: Shaping the Response to Katrina?
Race and class loom large in the critical discussion of the federal response
to the impact of hurricane Katrina. We speak with two African-American activists
about the poor communities that have been hit hardest by the hurricane.

Desperately Seeking Loved Ones Missing in New Orleans
With communication lines down in the areas hit by the hurricane, there are
thousands of people with no word about their loved ones in the area. We hear
the voices of worried family and friends broadcasting their messages to those
missing.

Historian: Government Relief Efforts to 1927 Mississippi Flood Faster Than
Katrina
We go back to the spring of 1927 when the Mississippi River flooded after
weeks of incessant rains. While the federal government response was well-coordinated,
African Americans were rounded into work camps by land owners and prevented
from leaving as the waters rose.

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