Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
A new PBS FRONTLINE/NPR investigation, "Business of Disaster," examines why thousands of residents of New Jersey and New York are still struggling more than three years after a huge East Coast storm devastated their communities.
Watch the trailer:
NPR reporter Laura Sullivan teamed up with the PBS FRONTLINE production team — writer-producer Rick Young and associate producers Emma Schwartz and Fritz Kramer — based at the Investigative Reporting Workshop and the School of Communication to take a deep dive into the nation’s disaster-recovery system. Their reporting reveals major problems with the flood-insurance program and efforts to build more resilient communities.
This is the ninth co-production between Young and his team and the Workshop, through which four students contributed additional reporting, research and production assistance.
More stories in the package include:
• Patrice Taddonio on whether and how insurance companies profit after a natural disaster and whether the government tracks their costs and profits.
• Sarah Childress on how states and cities are bracing for the next big disaster.
• Priyanka Boghani on FEMA's announcement of reforms to the flood-insurance program.