The January 8 editions of Harry Shearer's radio program "Le Show" featured a number of locals from New Orleans talking about the state of their city in recovering from hurricane Katrina -- what is almost normal again, what is terribly in need of fixing, what kinds of difficult decisions are still to be made. They point out that news organizations aren't giving this much coverage around the nation -- because we've moved on to more exciting current news (Alito! wiretapping!), because the stories are complicated, and because the mix of optimism with devastation is hard to capture. But this discussion does a pretty good job, and I recommend giving it a listen.
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I recommend this show generally, for its mix of news with biting satire ("Apologies of the week," installments of "Clinton-something," invented discussions among national leaders) and great music along the way. Live on NPR, or streaming audio on the web.