Business of Disaster

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Laura Sullivan, published by PBS broadcasted as part of PBS Frontline series in 2016 - English narration

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FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the question of who profits when disaster strikes, focusing on the insurance companies that profited in the wake of the Superstorm Sandy and the government agencies that were supposed to help people rebuild. This major collaboration examines why, more than three years after the storm, thousands of people are still not home--despite billions of dollars spent on recovery efforts. The investigation examines two key parts of the disaster recovery system--the federally backed flood insurance program, and the special housing aid Congress gives to local governments after major disasters--and reveals that private insurance companies working for the government have made hundreds of millions of dollars at the same time that thousands of homeowners are claiming they have been underpaid. Business of Disaster includes revealing interviews with the head of FEMA's flood program, the head of disaster recovery at HUD, and the top official who oversaw Sandy housing recovery for New York City, as well as a top representative from the insurance industry and people who have worked for years in the disaster recovery business. This eye-opening documentary raises troubling questions about whether the government--and the communities it serves--are prepared for the next big storm.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: ~2800 Kbps (CRF 23)
  • Video Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Framerate: 29.970 fps
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC (Nero)
  • Audio Quality: 0.48 (~140 Kbps) - 48KHz - Stereo
  • Run-Time: 55mn 41s
  • Part Size: 1.13 GiB
  • Number of Parts: 1
  • Container: MKV
  • Released: 2016
  • Source: HDTV AVC 1080i
  • Encoder: KarMa
  • Merged Subtitles: English

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