Hurricane Katrina

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 Airs Tuesday, July 19, at 7:45 p.m. Dr. Gary Joiner looks at how hurricanes not only have a profound effect on the landscape, but have also altered the course of history.

Airs Friday, February 19, at 9 p.m. Crescent City Blues takes listeners to the hidden world of New Orleans corner joints—bars far from the French Quarter, in neighborhoods like Central City, Treme, and Pigeontown. These clubs, patronized almost entirely by locals, nurture a resilient blues and rhythm-and-blues scene that is often overshadowed by the Crescent City’s legacy as a jazz town. They are an essential part of New Orleans’ cultural history, but they are struggling—because of the recession, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and potentially the BP oil spill.

An English professor from Plano, Texas, will give Friday’s keynote address about the evolution of the Hurricane Katrina literary genre at Northwestern State University’s Louisiana Studies Conference. It runs through Saturday, Sept. 12.

Emily Brauner

The head of the federal agency for volunteering and service says Hurricane Katrina created new ways of thinking about disaster response for volunteer organizations.

Airs Friday, February 20, at 9 p.m. Still Singing the Blues features musicians in New Orleans and South Louisiana who continue to perform both traditional blues and rhythm-and-blues—often despite poverty, ill health, and the impacts of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. The hour-long, music-rich documentary burrows into the lives of three outstanding older performers: Carol Fran of Lafayette, Harvey Knox of Baton Rouge, and Little Freddie King of New Orleans.