August 26th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

In Katrina's Wake: Join the Live Chat

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Five years after Katrina, we're reporting live from New Orleans.  See how the city's schools are being transformed and have become a model for the nation. Plus, we revisit a family that got out of their FEMA trailer and one who is still living in theirs, which is affecting their health.

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Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
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5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Karin Urban from Berlin/Germany

    @ emeiy
    Thanks for your agreement-
    Anderson, Thanks for a great show!

    August 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  2. Jenny

    While I was happy to hear the news that the federal government will reward $1.8 billion to help rebuild New Orleans schools damaged by Katrina, I sincerely hope that some of the money will go towards not only giving the children the newest, most state-of-the-art technology, but also improving the levee and making the school more flood resistant.

    After all, what is the point of spending all this money to rebuild schools when it will get damaged again when the next hurricane occurs?

    August 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Libby

    Awesome show Anderson, CNN crew, NOLA residents, and the "bestest bloggers" on the net! 😀

    August 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Kenya

    5 years..keep rising New Orleans...keep rising. I love you!
    Goodnight bloggers. Goodnight Mr. Cooper, (loved the program! 😉 ), Team 360, Megan, Emily, moderators. Have a wonderful weekend..let's remember to count our many blessings.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Great show tonight, as always love the jazz when you televise from NOLA. Have a great night everyone!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Nicole The Netherlands

    What a great story of hope the Musicians Village
    Looks great. Beautiful wise man Mr Ellis Marsalis, knew only of his son.
    Great night everyone!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Emily

    Good night Anderson, 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David & Isabel, Megan, Nicole, Sree, Nancy, Gloria, & Bloggers!

    See you all tomorrow night! 🙂
    Great show & Blog

    August 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Karen, MN

    Good Night

    August 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Emily, Nicole, Sree, and Megan.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Goodnight Ac360Team and fellow bloggers.
    Great show tonight Anderson.

    Enjoyed the music coming from the Musicians Village.Good job Harry Connick Jr and Ellis Marsalis.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Sharon Hastings

    I love Harry Connick Jr. What a talent. A truly great show tonight Anderson, you did a great job with the interviews.

    Good night everyone and have a great weekend.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. J Brown

    Anderson, I have always felt that your unwaivering support and coverage of the City is beyond words. I'm very happy to see that New Orleans has not been forgotten. I am a former resident of New Orleans, in the Dallas area since Hurricane Katrina. Over the past 5 years I've returned many times. There has been progress, but there is a long way to go. Hardly a mention of the New Orleans East Communities where there were two thriving hospitals and where most of the african american doctors, dentists, and business owners lived. This community was among the first to rebuild, yet five years later, there are no hospitals, no supermarkets, no retail, no parks, etc. Next time, please visit these communities and talk to the people there. New Orleans is truly a special place and will always be in my heart.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Lori, CA

    Good night everyone! Anderson! Sweet dreams!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  14. Karen, MN

    I can't believe I missed Harry Connick Jr. perform. He is such a babe!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good to see Harry. After Katrina I remember seeing him carry a man out of his home to safety.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Excellent stories tonight Anderson! Thanks for being "live" this week. Love the idea of the Musician's Village. Very nice of U2s 'The Edge' to record a message to NOLA. Good night all...

    August 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  17. Heather - Spokane, WA

    That was really cool that the Edge commented on NOLA from so far away. I can't wait to see U2 in Seattle in June! It's also cool that the Marsalis family and Harry Connick, Jr. are helping out still too, both are amazing musicians!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  18. Gregory

    New Orleans, LA. was marked by natural and man-made disasters. The will to live and better ourselves has help us and others. Communities and people are comming together doing more with less. Thank you for showing interest in our story.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  19. charlie

    If the richest countyr in the world taks 5 years to show a partial recovery of one smallish city, just think of the challenge now facing Pakistan or Haiti.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Kelly, Harrisburg, PA

    Yeah! U2 is still the greatest band in the world!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  21. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    WooHoo! Awesome show Tonight Anderson! Thanks for broadcasting from NOLA! Luv it and all that Jazz~

    August 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  22. Emily

    This Village looks like it's going to be great...

    August 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  23. David, Indiana

    Great to hear New Orleans schools making that much progress following the destruction of the storm. That's a tremendous step forward.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  24. lisal -canada

    i found the exchange with mr. brown very interesting. and the comments on rewriting history and selective memory.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  25. Kelly, Harrisburg, PA

    Not all charter schools are performing. I believe there are charter schools that lost their charter because they were not performing. I think we need to focus on public school reform and not develop a patchwork of charter schools... All kids deserve a good education!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  26. Eugenia

    "everything tasted different"

    that statement was beautiful!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  27. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Im glad to hear that the kids are enjoying their schooling more, it helps when the kids arre enjoying school and it will keep them in if they are interested in it

    August 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  28. Vickie

    Loved the kids! They are the future of New Orleans.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  29. sybil

    As a New Orleanian, I was quick to recognize that we are truly on our own in ANY catastrophe. This event could have happened anywhere and the result would be similar. Our government is incapable of responding in a timely manner. Every agency blames other agencies and officials for their flaws. There was NO emergency assistance (medical, fire, police) available for days which turned into weeks. On top of that .... everyone wants a handout. I thought that responsible people took the steps to have the proper insurances in place in the event of a disaster. Contrary to my belief, programs handed out funds to those who failed to protect themselves. Unfortunately, irresponsibility is rewarded. The lesson in this is be prepared, evacuate and don't wait for the troops because they aren't coming.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  30. Sue R. Canton MI.

    It's so good to see the motivation these young people have in wanting to see the NOLA schools rebuilt. I 'm seeing this as a great success story.Education is so important to their future.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  31. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I enjoy listening to the teenagers and children of this disaster. Their stories are fascinating. Glad they want to stay in the area.

    Smart that the schools switched over to charter schools. I'm certain a rough start in the beginning, but it sounds like everything is in full swing. Very exciting!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  32. Kenya

    @ Casey Jones

    Jovann is adorable. This is a great interview.

    I really liked it too. Seeing Mr. Cooper chilling and chatting with the students.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  33. Karen, MN

    That was a very sweet interview with the children of New Orleans.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  34. Nicole The Netherlands

    I really love seeing Anderson with children!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  35. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Jovann is adorable. This is a great interview.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  36. Emily

    @Karin Urban from Berlin/Germany
    "It seems that news about levi Johnson is not really amusing Anderson, me not either"

    I agree...I think that Johnson & Palin are making out of politics.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  37. Libby

    Jo Ann, you're right. Seeing all of the abandoned animals that had to be left behind was heart breaking. 🙁

    August 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  38. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    What happened to all the celebrities. I only hear of a few that are still helping NOLA rebuild, Brad Pitt, Harry Connick Jr., Spike Lee.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  39. Libby

    @Sue.. regarding Levi and Bristol. You're right, they love the spotlight! I live in Anchorage and this evening Levi was interviewed for one of the morning show's to be aired tomorrow a.m. Just like our former governor (Palin) they love soaking up the limelight. Good grief..

    August 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  40. Nicole The Netherlands

    So good to see happy people in New Orleans with Anderson enjoying some nice music!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  41. David, Indiana

    Certainly Fema becoming a push rather than pull organization is a good move. And I hope that what was learned during Katrina does stick as Gen Honore says. But I feel there is a new and much greater awareness about perparedness and emergency response.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    One thing I will always remember from Katrina were those poor animals, many abandoned and left to fend for themselves.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  43. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Casey, I agree, what happened to having people that are famous for actual talent on tv?

    August 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  44. Emily

    @Nicole The Netherlands,

    The Spike Lee documentary was very emotional....
    I think that Hurricane Katrina really exposed what many people were not wanting to look at ... (re. looking like a 'third world')... I really hope that the Gov. did learn many lessons from it, and these new levees that they are building will withstand any Hurricane.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  45. Sharon Hastings

    Anderson, you should have seen the look on your face when you heard about Bristol Palin to be on dancing with the stars. It's a strange world we live in!!

    August 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
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