Slate on Hurricane Katrina.

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Sept. 22 2005 1:05 PM

Hurricane Katrina

Slate's take on the natural disaster.

Politics and Economics

"Hurricane Relief? Or a $200,000 Check?: I'd take the check, and so would most of Katrina's victims," by Stephen Landsburgh. Posted Sept. 22, 2005.

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"Pity the Poor Fiscal Conservative: Because no one else cares if the government busts the budge," by John Dickerson. Posted Sept. 20, 2005.

"Low Morale at Homeland Security: Only the Small Business Administration has unhappier employees," by Tim Noah. Posted Sept. 14, 2005.

"The Worst-Laid Plans: Why was emergency planning so awful?" by Fred Kaplan. Posted Sept. 13, 2005.

"Enter Slate's Presidental Speech Contest: Bush is going to New Orleans to give an address to the nation about Katrina. Guess where he delivers it," by John Dickerson. Posted Sept. 13, 2005.

"The Katrina Science Test: Hint—the answer isn't global warming," by Paul Recer. Posted Sept. 12, 2005.

"Storm Warning: How the flood compromises U.S. foreign policy," by Richard N. Haass. Posted Sept. 9, 2005.

"Dangling Man: Michael Brown twists slowly in the wind," by John Dickerson. Posted Sept. 8, 2005.

"It's So Fine To Be a Refiner: Who you should really hate when you fill your tank," by Daniel Gross. Posted Sept. 8, 2005.

"Where's My Motivation: The Department of Homeland Security is doomed to failure without a structural overhaul," by Fred Kaplan. Posted Sept. 7, 2005.

"Joe Allbaugh, Disaster Pimp: 'I don't buy the "revolving door" argument,' said Bush's former FEMA chief," by Timothy Noah. Posted Sept. 7, 2005.

"An Imperfect Storm: How race shaped Bush's response to Katrina," by Jacob Weisberg. Posted Sept. 7, 2005.

"No Relief: Why we shouldn't aid Katrina's victims too much," by Steven E. Landsburg. Posted Sept. 7, 2005.

"Pump It Up: Don't worry about price gouging now. Worry later," by Austan Goolsbee. Posted Sept. 7, 2005.

"Political Hurricane: Bush's efforts to recover from Katrina," by John Dickerson. Posted Sept. 6, 2005.

"Whopper: George W. Bush: They've been 'anticipating' a levee breach since 1832," by Timothy Noah. Posted Sept. 6, 2005.

"Iraq and Katrina: The war hasn't kept us from fighting the flood," by Christopher Hitchens. Posted Sept. 6, 2005.

"Pennies From Heaven: Why Katrina won't flood insurance companies," by Daniel Gross. Posted Sept. 6, 2005.

"The Thin Line Blew:  How a hurricane turned citizens into criminals," by William Saletan. Posted Sept. 4, 2005.

"Ray Nagin:  Mayor on the verge of a nervous breakdown," by Josh Levin. Posted Sept. 2, 2005.

"$41 Billion, and Not a Penny of Foresight: Why is the New Orleans recovery going so badly? Just look at the DHS budget," by Fred Kaplan. Posted Sept. 2, 2005.

"Department of Homeland Screw-Up: What is the Bush administration doing?" by Tim Naftali. Posted Sept. 1, 2005.

"The Katrina Premium: Why the hurricane may hurt the economy more than 9/11," by Daniel Gross. Posted Sept. 1, 2005.

History and Culture

"Tom Joyner: The voice of Hurricane Katrina," by Bryan Curtis. Posted Sept. 21, 2005.

"Dispatch From New Orleans: What it smells like," by Josh Levin. Posted Sept. 9, 2005.

"A Confederacy of Lunches: New Orleans' best meals, and how to make them," by Sara Dickerman. Posted Sept. 9, 2005.

"There's No Place Like Home: The historical problems with emergency housing," by Witold Rybczynski. Posted Sept. 7, 2005.

"When Chicago Baked:  Unheeded lessons from another great urban catastrophe," by Eric Klinenberg. Posted Sept. 2, 2005.

"The Jewel of the South: Can New Orleans recover its cultural richness?" by Witold Rybczynski. Posted Sept. 2, 2005.

"City of Nature: New Orleans' blessing; New Orleans' curse," by Ari Kelman. Posted Aug. 31, 2005.

First-Person

"Beyond the Astrodome: Helping the evacuees in Houston," by Karen Olsson. Posted Sept. 16, 2005.

"My Year of Hurricanes: Three weeks after Katrina—missing cats, Wal-Mart, and a search for day care. Posted Sept. 16, 2005.

"Dispatch From New Orleans: The holes in the house I grew up in," by Josh Levin. Posted Sept. 12, 2005.

"The Spirit of New Orleans: What hasn't washed away," by Nancy Lemann. Posted Sept. 9, 2005.

"Dispatch From New Orleans: What the rescue workers find," by Josh Levin. Posted Sept. 10, 2005.

"Dispatch From New Orleans: The people who won't evacuate," by Josh Levin. Posted Sept. 8, 2005.

"My Year of Hurricanes: Going back to work after losing everything," by Blake Bailey. Posted Sept. 8, 2005.

"Down on the Bayou: The lucky escape of one Louisiana town," by Mike Pesca. Posted Sept. 4, 2005.

"My Year of Hurricanes: I lost everything in Katrina," by Blake Bailey. Posted Sept. 2, 2005.

"Mourning My New Orleans: Our family has lived there for a century. Where will we go now?" by Josh Levin. Posted Aug. 31, 2005.

Media

"Don't Refloat: The case against rebuilding the sunken city of New Orleans," by Jack Shafer. Posted Sept. 7, 2005.

"News You Can Lose, Part II: The readers give their gripes about cable news," by Jack Shafer. Posted Sept. 5, 2005.

"News You Can Lose: What I hate about cable TV journalism," by Jack Shafer. Posted Sept. 4, 2005.

"The Rebellion of the Talking Heads: Newscasters, sick of official lies and stonewalling, finally start snarling," by Jack Shafer. Posted Sept. 2, 2005.



"Lost in the Flood: Why no mention of race or class in TV's Katrina coverage?" by Jack Shafer. Posted Aug. 31, 2005.

Explainer and Medical Examiner

"What's so Great About Ice? Why they bought 200 million pounds of it for Katrina victims," by Daniel Engber. Posted Sept. 20, 2005.

"Dead Man's Float: Why are bodies in the water always facedown?" by Daniel Engber. Posted Sept. 14, 2005.

"Louisiana's Napoleon Complex: The French influence on Pelican state jurisprudence," by Daniel Engber. Posted Sept. 12, 2005.

"Why Do People in New Orleans Talk That Way? The origins of the accent," by Jesse Scheidlower. Posted Sept. 8, 2005.

"Why New Orleans Cell Phones Aren't Working: You might want to change your number," by Daniel Engber. Posted Sept. 6, 2005.

"Sick City: The diseases that Katrina unleashed," by Sidney Spiesel. Posted Sept. 6, 2005.

"How Do They Estimate Hurricane Damage?:  Why do the Katrina numbers vary all the way from $25 billion to $100 billion?" by Daniel Engber. Posted Sept. 2, 2005.

"What Is Martial Law?:  And is New Orleans under it?" by Keelin McDonell. Posted Sept. 2, 2005.

"Homeless: How do you pay for a house that no longer exists?" by Avi Zenilman. Posted Sept. 2, 2005.

"The Oil Price Roundup: Slate readers ask about rising fuel costs," by Daniel Engber. Posted Sept. 1, 2005.

"Are Dead Bodies Really Dangerous?: The effects of the deceased on the living," by David Plotz. Recycled Sept. 1, 2005.

"What Happens to Flooded Houses?: Can their owners ever move back in?" by Daniel Engber. Posted Aug. 31, 2005.

"What's the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?  And where do they keep it?" by Brendan I. Koerner. Posted Aug. 31, 2005.

"How Do You Measure Sea Level?  Plus, how did New Orleans get below sea level in the first place?" by Daniel Engber. Posted Aug. 29, 2005.

Slate's Bloggers

"Hack of a Job: The president learns that a good hack is hard to find," by Bruce Reed. Posted Sept. 10, 2005.

"Now, the Bushies Blame Federalism! Plus--Judy Miller, looking for an out?" by Mickey Kaus. Posted Sept. 9, 2005.

"The Case Against States, Part II: Blame federalism for the Katrina snafus," by Mickey Kaus. Posted Sept. 7, 2005.

"Faster Katrina Recriminations: Blame federalism!" by Mickey Kaus. Posted Sept. 5, 2005.

"Miracle Worker: Bush longs for James Lee Witt, the Clinton man he should have kept," by Bruce Reed. Posted Sept. 4, 2005.

Today's Papers

"Redux in Rita," by Eric Umansky. Posted. Sept. 22, 2005.

"Raising 'Cane," by Eric Umansky. Posted Sept. 21, 2005.

"A New-Clear Deal?" by Eric Umansky. Posted Sept. 20, 2005.

"Atomic Relief," by Jay Dixit. Posted Sept. 19, 2005.

"Back to Business," by Emily Biuso. Posted Sept. 18, 2005.

"Tax Cuts Weather Storm," by David Sarno. Posted Sept. 17, 2005.

"Wizard of GOZ," by Eric Umansky. Posted Sept. 16, 2005.

"More Bombs in Baghdad," by Eric Umansky. Posted Sept. 15, 2005.

"The Buck Stops, Hear," by Eric Umansky. Posted Sept. 14, 2005.

"Blackout and Brownout," by Eric Umansky. Posted Sept. 13, 2005.

"Remembrance Amid Recovery," by Emily Biuso. Posted Sept. 12, 2005.

"What Went Wrong," by Lea Rappaport Geller. Posted Sept. 11, 2005.

"You're Out, Michael Brown," by Telis Demos. Posted Sept. 10, 2005.

"Fudge 'Brownie,'" by Eric Umansky. Posted Sept. 9, 2005.

"Force Out," by Eric Umansky. Posted Sept. 8, 2005.

"Illusory Inquiry," by Eric Umansky. Posted Sept. 7, 2005.

"A Higher Justice," by David Sarno. Posted Sept. 6, 2005.

"Appoint Blank," by Jay Dixit. Posted Sept. 5, 2005.

"He's Gaveling the Angels Now," by Jesse Stanchak. Posted Sept. 4, 2005.

"Operation Relief," by Daniel Politi. Posted Sept. 3, 2005.

"Left Behind," by Eric Umansky. Posted Sept. 2, 2005.

"New Orleans' Nightmare," by Eric Umansky. Posted Sept. 1, 2005.

"The Flood," by Eric Umansky. Posted Aug. 31, 2005.

"Katrina Catastrophe," by Eric Umansky. Posted Aug. 30, 2005.

"Bracing for Disaster," by Emily Biuso. Posted Aug. 29, 2005.

Today's Blogs

"A Disarming Announcement," By Darren Everson. Posted Sept. 19, 2005.

"What Bush Said," By David Wallace-Wells. Posted Sept. 16, 2005.

"A Slobbering Slugfest," by Bidisha Banerjee. Posted Sept. 14, 2005.

"Balls and Strikes," by Zuzanna Kobrzynski. Posted Sept. 12, 2005.

"Ask and Ye Shall Receive," by David Wallace-Wells. Posted Sept. 9, 2005.

"No More Horsing Around," by Darren Everson. Posted Sept. 8, 2005.

"A Katrina Commission?" by Bidisha Banerjee. Posted Sept. 7, 2005.

"Shoes to Fill," by David Wallace-Wells. Posted Sept. 6, 2005.

"Pointing Fingers," by Darren Everson. Posted Sept. 2, 2005.

"Riding on the City of New Orleans," by David Wallace-Wells. Posted Sept. 1, 2005.

"New Orleans, Looted," by Bidisha Banerjee. Posted Aug. 31, 2005.

"Into the Breach," by Rachael Larimore. Posted Aug. 30, 2005.

"Eye of the Storm," by David Wallace-Wells. Posted Aug. 29, 2005.

Today's Cartoons

"Mother Nature's Abuse Continues." Posted Sept. 22, 2005.

"Cleaning up Katrina." Posted Sept. 2, 2005.

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