Looks like Netflix doesn't have it yet but HBO has it on demand.
I knew there would be footage of people lighting their water on fire, etc, but it seems like such a pervasive problem. Like he could have gone on and on documenting people's stories. Hopefully this has gotten to the point where people can reasonably know what they are getting themselves into when they sign over the use of their land for these purposes. And our friends in the Bush admin made plenty of public land available too, which is even more disturbing. I'm sure the Obama administration is on the case, though .
I watched the first night up until it got to the part where they discussed what the FEMA trailers did to people's health and then I had to change the station. I was actually yelling at the television. I will watch the rest On Demand.
It is a painful thing to watch.
I watched "Meet the Press" this morning (which I rarely do because David Gregory is an egghead) and Brian Williams presided over an excellent discussion of New Orleans. It made me miss Tim Russert something awful and made me wish Brian Williams could host this show every week. Unlike Gregory, Williams actually let his guests finish a complete thought. Plus it was an excellent line up of guests.
By the way, Wendell Pierce of "Treme" and"The Wire" has spearheaded a redevelopment of Pontchatrain, a formerly black middle class section of New Orleans, that city fathers and mothers were going to allow to die. It's interesting that Pierce and Brad Pitt, actors, have played a significant role in rebuilding New Orleans (along with other organizations such as Habitat for Humanity). Pierce grew up in Pontchatrain and this is an amazing example of "giving something back" to your community.
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The Silver Belles, a group of five former Harlem showgirls now aged 84 to 96, who continue to entertain in this documentary by Heather MacDonald. From dancing together in the hottest venues such as the Cotton Club to performing with world-renowned bandleaders Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington, the gallivanting gals were the toast of the town during the 1930s; in 1985, they renounced retirement and reunited to grace the stage once again.
If you like wooden boats and/or Alaska, this documentary is essential viewing. It may be coming to a PBS station near you. I saw it for the 1st time yesterday and am ordering a copy of the DVD because it's such an extraordinary story and well-done film.
Westward in the 21st Century
Here's the lovingly restored M/V Westward. What a beauty! The story of her service and those she served is incredibly rich.
I just discovered a good radio magazine/documentary series called "The Story" that seems very well done. It's on some public radio stations.
The 2 episodes I heard were quite touching. One was about a 95 year old WW2 Vet who always had his trumpet with him, even when he flew in the war, etc. The other was about the Venezualan program for teaching kids to play classical music.