Saturday, August 26, 2006


As we approach the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devestation of New Orleans and the central Gulf Coast region, the networks plan to pull out the stops to take note of the event, and that includes the Sunday talkers.

ABC / This Week with George Stephanopoulos: Guests will include former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Mike Brown to talk about how things could have gone so wrong for so many people. Also, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D - LA) will tour the area with host George Stephanopoulos to gauge the progress being made in the cleanup. Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding Don Powell will talk about what's ahead for coastal region residents of Louisiana and Mississippi. And Bill Nye "The Science Guy" will discuss stripping Pluto of planetary status this week. Of, and we can't forget the roundtable discussion with Democratic strategist Donna Brazille, Former White House Communications Director Nicolle Wallace, and conservative columnist George Will

CBS / Face The Nation with Bob Schieffer: Is the Gulf Coast prepared for another Katrina should it strike? FEMA Director David Paulison and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour will be this week's guests.

CNN / Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Iraq and remembering Katrina will be the issues of the day. Appearing to talk about Iraq and the threat of civil war will be the nation's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Also appearing: U.S. Senators Richard Lugar (R - IN) and Carl Levin (D - MI), Donald Powell, and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.

FOX / Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace: Lessons Learned from Katrina will be discussed with New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas and Donald Powell, the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Relief. Also appearing: U.S. Senator Joseph Biden (D - DE) and Steve Case.

NBC / Meet the Press with Tim Russert: New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will be the featured guest to remember Katrina and the lessons learned. Also, a check on recovery efforts and prepardness with FEMA Director David Paulison. Then a roundtable discussion with conservative commentator Robert Novak, Bloomberg News Washington Managing Editor Al Hunt, The National Review's Kate O'Beirne, and Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post.

Syndicated / The Chris Matthews Show: This show simply stays on politics, as the discussions this week will focus on the consequences of a possible Democratic takeover of the Congress, and how U.S. Senator John McCain (R - AZ) will deal with the Iraq War as he readies for a possible 2008 run for the presidency. The roundtable will include MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell, Howard Fineman of Newsweek, Michael Duffy of Time and The New Republic, and the New York Times' Elisabeth Bumiller.

Bay News 9 / Political Connections: No moderator, no times answers, only open discussion as Democratic gubernatorial candidates Jim Davis and Rod Smith sit down for an hour interview. For those Floridians who didn't get enough of the debate this week, here's an hour you want to sit down to. Too bad you can't unless you are in Bright House Networks' Tampa Bay service area.


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