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Response, Relief, and Rebuilding in the Wake of Disaster

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The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

September 11, 2001 changed a lot about America, including many changes that, by now, you barely notice. So did the Hurricanes and tropical storms --Katrina, Irene, and Sandy -- all of which reshaped how and where we live.

The shooting spree that left 26 dead at Sandy Hook Elementary school was the most focused of tragedies, but we’re still adapting and coming to terms with what that disaster means to us.

This hour, a conversation about responding and rebuilding, preparing and planning for disaster. We talk about what we’ve learned from these natural and man-made events. And we look at where people go when their homes are destroyed, how some are determined to rebuild, and how others use the opportunity to start fresh.


  • James Kendra - Director of the Disaster Research Center and Professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware
  • Asad L. Asad - Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Harvard University
  • Dana Cuff - Director of cityLAB and Professor at the Architecture and Urban Design School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA
  • Julia McFadden - Sandy Hook School Project Manager with Svigals + Partners Architects

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