We are back and will be broadcasting live tonight from the Upper Ninth Ward, just across the water from the Lower Ninth Ward, the site of our last visit.
This trip is all about music and renewal. At least that was our stated goal... but as we travel more of these streets, we realize it's also about the continuing paralysis we see. I just now spoke to two members of the board of education who both nodded and agreed. Visitors here all say, "it looks like Katrina happened yesterday."
Now about that music and renewal: we are with Branford and Ellis Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and a host of other musicians, along with the good folks at Habitat for Humanity. They have chosen to build an entire neighborhood. We will highlight their efforts on the broadcast tonight, and we'll update the situation here and in neighboring Mississippi.
Also in the news tonight: the thunderclap out of Michigan, where Ford now follows GM in announcing massive cuts and in doing so prepares for a new era in the automotive industry. We'll have all aspects of the story and its impact covered tonight. The President made some newsworthy remarks today as you may know, and we'll follow up on the mining tragedy that took place over the weekend. All in all a full broadcast...
And if you could only see where we are: a phalanx of trucks and cars, we have overtaken a street corner in a mud-encrusted neighborhood. Still achingly sad, all the homes continue to bear the spray paint scars that tell the narrative of what went on inside. By our reckoning, one victim died in the home adjacent to our live location, and in another, a dog was left alone for 15 days. And everywhere, the holes in the roof make you wonder: was this one of those helicopter rescues we watched? Does this mean someone lived? I conducted an interview with a local man today that was so profound (his view of the storm and what the response said about the value of human life), we'll wait and air it tomorrow night to let it stand alone for maximum impact.
We hope you'll join us from New Orleans tonight.