New Orleans

After the Deluge
June 25, 2015

Building climate justice from the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina.

If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come
March 13, 2013

Brad Pitt's beautiful houses are a drag on New Orleans.

No Southern Comfort For Wishful Liberals
November 20, 2012

Southern liberals say the region isn't as severely Republican as it seems. But they're ignoring reality.

Worst-Case Scenarios: The Problem of Neglect
October 31, 2012

The three reasons people ignore warnings about disasters.

The Big Infrastructure Question Posed by Sandy
October 31, 2012

In light of this week’s storm, one big question post-Sandy is what could have been done to prevent the devastating damage to the city of New York, its infrastructure, and its economy? Monday morning quarterbacking, for sure, but it’s the question on everyone’s mind now. And for obvious reasons, that’s tough to answer. After all, what is the proper way to prepare for a once-in-a-century event? (Whether 100-year storms now happen every year is another, but related, discussion.) In comments after the storm, New York Gov.

Sandy’s Lesson for the Voters: Government Matters
October 30, 2012

Sandy should remind us why we need a big, strong federal government

Blood and the Ballad: Bob Dylan’s Macabre New Album
September 07, 2012

Soon after I first listened to Bob Dylan’s intense new album, Tempest, a friend who’d also heard it wanted to know what a historian made of its line, early on, about the British burning down the White House. I replied that I had no idea. And many listenings later, I still don’t.

Post-Isaac, This Is What New Orleans Looks Like
August 30, 2012

In a hurricane party you cook what's left in your freezer.

New Orleans Dispatch: Last Call
August 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS—Just after we ordered two Abita beer drafts last night at the Golden Lantern bar in New Orleans, an emergency response team enters asking “Who Called 911?” They eventually figure out that the pay phone out front blew over pre-Hurricane Isaac. Travis Tritt’s “I’m a Member of the Country Club” plays in the background, as responders check out the downed pay phone. It’s Country night. Patrons are initially worried that officers are in the bar to close it down, but since that’s not the case, they’re invited to stay for a beer. With a long night ahead of them, they don’t.