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As Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans on August 29th 2005, singer, Charmaine Neville, niece of legendary recording artist, Aaron Neville, found herself trapped in the Lower Ninth Ward. As the flood waters rose, she took refuge on the roof of a school. But in the middle of the night, that safe haven became a nightmare when a figure appeared out of the darkness. She managed to wade to safety and began to organize relief efforts, eventually commandeering a city bus to take people to safety. Traumatised by her experiences, and ignored by the American media, she eventually confided her story exclusively to me.

Remembering Hurricane Katrina


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Talking from her home in Palo Alto, California, Adrienne Mayor explains what Johnny Depp has in common with Amazons, why the Amazon spirit is breaking out all over pop culture, and who invented trousers.

Amazons Rock!


The Greeks had myths about them. Koreans eat them alive. James Bond tangled with one. They have three hearts and skin that can change color 177 times an hour. They can open childproof jars and help find shipwrecks. They check us out with eyes that are like ours—but better designed. They're playful, curious—and cannibalistic. Share Share on emailEmail More » But scientists and robotics engineers are only just beginning to come to grips with these enigmatic creatures of the deep. Katherine Harmon Courage tells us about a journey of octopus discovery that took her to Greece, Italy, and New York City.

Octopus!