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The Politics of Natural Disasters

Flooding in Baton Rouge has left at least 13 people dead and 60,000 homes damaged or destrotyed.
Flooding in Baton Rouge has left at least 13 people dead and 60,000 homes damaged or destrotyed.

Political analyst Dr. Chris Whitt from Augustana College talks about political reactions to the historic flooding in Baton Rouge — the worst natural disaster to hit the United Stance since Superstorm Sandy four years ago. 

Dr. Whitt's mom, Judy Whitt, lives in Baton Rouge and her home flooded. He has set up a GoFundMe account to help his mom's recovery efforts.

Dr. Whitt talks with Jay Pearce about his mother's experience and how politicians can help in the aftermath of natural disasters. 

In part two of their conversation, Dr. Whitt and Jay Pearce talk about the presidential nominees' strategies to appeal to black voters, and what's missing from their campaigns.


Every other Friday or so from now until the November election, we'll talk with Dr. Whitt about the national and local races from a Quad Cities perspective. You can hear all our conversations here.

Dr. Christopher Whitt is an Associate Professor and the Chair in the Political Science department at Augustana College. He also is the Director of Augustana College’s Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity. His Ph.D in Government & Politics (Political Science) was earned at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Whitt is Augustana’s expert on American government and politics, the Presidency, political behavior, minority politics, and gender politics. He is also a leader at the college in community, faculty, and overall workforce diversity efforts. In addition to his roles at the college he is also the Political Analyst for KWQC, the Quad Cities’ NBC television affiliate. He also provides political analysis and commentary on the Quad Cities’ NPR affiliate, WVIK. Over the years, Dr. Whitt has taken on the role of one of the most prominent voices of political analysis in the Quad Cities region and even provides analysis internationally for France24’s English broadcast.
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