National Public Radio Stories
Eve Troeh's radio stories, covering many facets of post-Katrina life in New Orleans, aired widely on public radio stations. This set of stories was broadcast on various National Public Radio programs. Follow the links below to listen to them on NPR's website.
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Eve Troeh

Lack of Students, Donors Closes New Orleans School
The Bishop Perry Middle School, which helps poor black boys in New Orleans, is closing after Hurricane Katrina displaced many of its students and donors. Eve Troeh reports on the issues affecting its future. Originally broadcast July 21, 2006, on NPR's News & Notes.

New Orleans's Controversial Public Housing Model
After several New Orleans public housing projects were damaged in Hurricane Katrina, city officials want to demolish the building and replace them with mixed-income units. Many low-income residents, however, do not agree with this approach. Originally broadcast July 22, 2006, on NPR's All Things Considered.

Plans for New Orleans Jazz Center Stir Debate
Plans for a public-private partnership to build a 20-acre performing arts park and National Jazz Center in New Orleans raise questions about whether jazz should or even can be institutionalized. Originally broadcast October 15, 2006, on NPR's Weekend Edition-Sunday.

New Orleans Rebuilds Prisons Amid Calls for Reform
Thousands of prisoners from New Orleans have been held in jails around Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. One year later, they are returning to the city's prison, a temporary holding facility built by FEMA. But many public-safety advocates say New Orleans needs to reform its prison system instead of rebuilding it. Originally broadcast November 7, 2006, on NPR's Morning Edition.

Coming Out the Door for the Ninth Ward
The Nine Times Social Aid and Pleasure Club is an African American marching group based in New Orleans's Lower Ninth Ward. Several members have co-written a book chronicling the group's traditions and life around the Desire public housing project, which sits empty today. Originally broadcast November 26, 2006, on NPR's All Things Considered.

FEMA Wants Payback from Ineligible Aid Recipients
Thousands of people who received money from FEMA after Hurricane Katrina are now being asked to pay it back. While accounts of fraud have been highly publicized, many people facing collection say they gave FEMA correct information and followed its rules, and they shouldn't have to pay. Originally broadcast December 10, 2006, on NPR's Weekend Edition-Sunday.

Thousands Protest Violence, Policies in New Orleans
Hundreds of New Orleans residents march to City Hall to protest a rising murder rate and what they say is a lack of city and police response. People have been galvanized by the loss of two prominent, yet disparate, cultural figures in the city; Helen Hill, a 36 year old white woman and experimental filmmaker, and Dinerral Shavers, a 25 year old black man and brass-band musician and high-school band leader. Originally broadcast January 11, 2007, on NPR's All Things Considered.

Katrina Fails to Halt Louisiana Film Business
Moviemaking is an important part of Louisiana's economy and has continued to expand, undeterred by the hurricanes. The state has even begun positioning itself as the "Hollywood of the South." Originally broadcast January 17, 2007, on NPR's Morning Edition.

Katrina Compensation Case Goes to Court
A federal court in New Orleans is hearing the first of thousands of lawsuits filed by homeowners against their insurance companies after Hurricane Katrina. Most who are suing say they didn't get enough money to cover the damage to their houses. But the insurance companies say they have settled almost all Katrina claims, and their settlements were fair. Originally broadcast February 12, 2007, on NPR's Morning Edition.

Mardi Gras Gives a Smaller Bounce to New Orleans
Mardi Gras wraps up today in New Orleans with the Fat Tuesday festivities. This year's events haven't drawn crowds as large as they were before Hurricane Katrina, or even last year. The city also had trouble finding a sponsor, and some hotels still have vacancies. Originally broadcast February 20, 2007, on NPR's All Things Considered.

Food-Shopping a Challenge in New Orleans
Only a handful of major supermarkets have reopened in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck the city. A lack of grocery stores has left many residents without easy access to food. Originally broadcast March 28, 2007, on NPR's Day to Day.

Homeowners in New Orleans Confront Demolition
Saturday is the last day New Orleans homeowners without insurance can apply for free demolition through FEMA. The city wants people to have the federal government pay now for demolition, rather than have the city or individual homeowners foot the bill later. While demolition represents a clean slate to some, others feel pressured to level houses they're not yet ready to let go of. Originally broadcast March 31, 2007, on NPR's Weekend Edition-Saturday.

Gulf Coast Gets Boost from "Volun-tourism"
Nineteen months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is rebuilding. The Gulf Coast has found help from an unlikely place: tourists and convention-goers. Increasingly, visitors are adding a few days to their vacations or conventions to pitch in and help people get back on their feet. It's called "volun-tourism." Originally broadcast April 26, 2007, on NPR's All Things Considered.

Ponderosa Stomp Festival Returns to New Orleans
Ira Padnos is a New Orleans anesthesiologist with a massive record collection. Dr. Ike, as he's known, has been arranging free and low-cost medical care for his musical heroes—including Barbara Lynn and Lazy Lester—for a number of years. Six years ago, he decided to see what he could do to give their careers a boost. Originally broadcast May 2, 2007, on NPR's All Things Considered.