A boat is maneuvered past a flooded home on August 17, 2016 in Sorrento, Louisiana.

On Friday, the Red Cross declared the recent flooding in Louisiana the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy. With echoes of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, emergency crews in boats rescued stranded residents and people waded through waist-high water in their homes. The rain has damaged an estimated 60,000 homes and over 100,000 people have applied for federal aid as FEMA officials struggle to supply temporary housing. Both President Obama, who will visit the area on Tuesday, and the media have been criticized for not paying enough attention to the crisis. In this segment, we’ll check in on the disaster and get an update on recovery efforts.

Guests:
Adam Sobel, professor of Climate and Atmospheric Science, Columbia University; author of "Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our
Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future"

Sue Lincoln, reporter, WRKF Public Radio in Baton Rouge
Brad Kieserman, Vice President of Disaster Service Operations and Logistics, American Red Cross

Host

Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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