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Death, Sex & Money: In New Orleans

As the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, Death, Sex & Money travels to New Orleans to talk to people about their lives since the storm. Terri Coleman, an instructor at Dillard University, described Katrina as “erasing the world.” Big Freedia, widely credited with popularizing New Orleans bounce music post-Katrina, remembers it as "a survival time." And Simone Bruni, New Orleans' "Demo Diva," called it "a rebirth."

There is no single story of the storm. Instead Hurricane Katrina is a jumping off point, one which leads in many directions, including political office for a newly elected coroner, finalized adoptions in a growing family, and mixed emotions about what’s been lost in the rebuilding.

  • In New Orleans: How to Get Elected Coroner

    Aug 21, 2015
    Dr. Jeffrey Rouse is the Orleans Parish coroner—a job he describes as the “interface between law and medicine.” A decade ago, he was preparing for a life in academia, not public office. 
  • In New Orleans: A Doctor's Adopted Home

    Aug 20, 2015
    Dr. Kiersta Kurtz-Burke spent Hurricane Katrina inside New Orleans’ Charity Hospital. Now that she's got two kids, she keeps her gas tank full in case they need to evacuate.
  • In New Orleans: Big Freedia Bounces Back

    Aug 19, 2015
    Big Freedia is a reality TV star and fixture in New Orleans' bounce scene. But days after Hurricane Katrina, she was sleeping on the street outside of the city's convention center.
  • In New Orleans: Becoming the Demo Diva

    Aug 18, 2015
    Simone Bruni started her career in hospitality, and dreamed of eventually being a stay-at-home mom. But when Katrina hit, she was 32 and single. So she started a demolition company. 
  • Death, Sex & Money: In New Orleans

    Aug 17, 2015
    There's no single story about Hurricane Katrina or life in its aftermath. This special series looks at the storm's impact on five very different New Orleans residents.
  • In New Orleans: From Raising Hell to Raising Kids

    Aug 17, 2015
    When Katrina hit, Terri Coleman was a troublemaker—burning cars and getting stoned. She recalls, “The storm allow[ed] my weird adolescent destruction to be socially acceptable.”