Speaking to a Senate committee this week, Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans pointed to the billions being spent in Iraq and said his city is being shortchanged. Seventeen months after Hurricane Katrina, Diane and her guests talk about the recovery efforts — why they are moving so slowly, the fate of the city’s displaced residents, and how best to move forward.


  • Sean Reilly Board member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority and former Louisiana state legislator
  • Thomas Murphy Senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute and former mayor of Pittsburgh, 1994-2006.
  • Judith Browne-Dianis Co-director of the Advancement Project
  • Donald Powell Federal coordinator of the Office of Gulf Coast Rebuilding (DHS)

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