Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Don't miss these documentaries on Katrina and N.O.

You can feel Katrina's devastation from all angles in two strong documentaries airing Tuesday in unfortunately simultaneous time slots.

One provides the close-up immediacy of a "Cops" ride-along, tracking two New Orleans street officers trying to keep order in what looks like some post-apocalyptic landscape, with no supplies, no police facilities, no homes of their own, and no time off to process it all.

The other is a documentary distillation of the entire event, laying out a two-hour blow-by-blow account of what happened where at every step of the storm. "Inside Hurricane Katrina" is another of National Geographic's just-the-facts-ma'am roundups. Like August's "Inside 9/11," it seeks to comprehensively outline a clear understanding of how the hurricane wreaked such destruction, both physical and personal.

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