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Katrina and the Politics of Disaster (2007)

Louisiana Book Talks



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-11-03

Duration: 00:28:35

Subjects: Louisiana Book Festival | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Authors | Horne, Jed, 1948- | Van Heerden, Ivor Ll.


  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Horne, Jed Panelist
  • Van Heerden, Ivor Panelist


This “Louisiana Book Talk” from the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge on November 3, 2007, features Beth Courtney of Louisiana Public Broadcasting moderating a panel discussion on “Hurricane Katrina and the Politics of Disaster” with authors Jed Horne and Dr. Ivor Van Heerden. Horne is the metro editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune and author of “Breach of Faith,” while Dr. Van Heerden is the deputy director of the LSU Hurricane Center and the author of “The Storm.” They discuss why they wrote their books, why they think people ignored the warnings about a big hurricane hitting New Orleans, and the national reaction to their books.