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In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, KUNC presents a day of special programming from NPR News, StoryCorps, The Sonic Memorial Project, and independent radio producers and reporters nationwide. All coverage will be collected in this archive.6:00 AM – 12:00 PM: NPR Special Coverage“To mark 10 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon on September 11, NPR will air coverage leading up to September 11 and on the day itself. The overarching theme of coverage is: How has America changed? NPR will air rigorous reporting on everything from national security to politics to our culture, and also reflecting on the human toll -- the impact of September 11th on people's lives and our country. Hosted by Audie Cornish”12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: StoryCorps: We Remember“An intimate look at lives forever changed by the attacks on 9/11. These are stories from families and friends who tell us about their loved ones and their loss: the father who recalls the last words he shared with his son, the recovery worker who discovers a new meaning for normal, the fireman's daughter who knew that her dad who perished in the line of duty wouldn't have wanted it any other way. On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, host Audie Cornish checks in with StoryCorps families to find out how they make their way today.”1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Our 9/11: Growing Up in The Aftermath“WNYC's Radio Rookies and PRX, in partnership with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, looks at the 9/11 attacks through the eyes of young people who were just kids when the towers fell: a girl whose dad never returned from police duty, two families ripped apart by trauma, a Muslim girl who coped with the angry reaction to her faith, and a young man who has helped one community remember. Hosted by On the Media's Brooke Gladstone.”2:00 PM – 3:00: The Sonic Memorial Project“On the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, we re-visit The Sonic Memorial Project, which commemorates the life and history of the World Trade Center and the people who passed through its doors. A collaboration between The Kitchen Sisters Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, PRX, NPR, independent producers, and stations and listeners nationwide, the project was created with audio artifacts, rare recordings, and the input of thousands of people who called in with their personal stories.”3:00 PM: Bob Edwards Weekend Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times joins Bob to talk about 9/11, then and now. Shortly after the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001 writer Joan Murray read her poem, “Survivors Found,” on NPR’s Morning Edition, the program Bob hosted at the time. Ten years later, she’s back to reflect on that poem, and how it helped people heal from the tragedy.4:00 PM: This American LifeTEN YEARS IN: In this show, we return to people who've been on This American Life in the last ten years, whose lives were drastically altered by 9/11, including Hyder Akbar, an Afghan-American teen who moved to Afghanistan after his father was tapped to become governor of Kunar province there; Marian Fontana, whose husband Dave was a fireman who died in the Twin Towers; and Lynn Simpson, who escaped from the 89th floor and made it out of the World Trade Center with about a minute to spare.6:00 PM: NPR Special CoverageNPR will offer live, anchored coverage of A Concert for Hope, which will be held at The Kennedy Center at 8pm ET. President Obama will speak during the concert, which will also feature performances by Patti Labelle, Alan Jackson and Denyce Graves.

Construction Still Slow At World Trade Center Site


This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.


And I'm Audie Cornish.

Thousands gathered today at the World Trade Center site in New York. They marked the 11th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks. Family members of the victims took turns reading the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Janice Marie Ashley.


UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Manuel O. Asitimbay.


CORNISH: Looming above the solemn ceremony was a new skyscraper known as One World Trade Center. The 104-story building now fills part of the hole in the skyline left by the Twin Towers.

But NPR's Joel Rose reports the rest of the site is still very much a work in progress.

JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: I'm standing at the foot of One World Trade Center, which as you can hear behind me is still under construction. When it's finished, it's supposed to be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. It is already the tallest in New York City. Officials here held a press conference when it surpassed the Empire State Building earlier this year.

SCOTT RECHLER: This is more than a job for this team. It's been an act of passion and an act of patriotic duty.

ROSE: Scott Rechler is the vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the World Trade Center site.

RECHLER: It's a symbol of determination and ingenuity, of the men and women who've worked tirelessly to build perhaps what is the most complex construction project in our history.

ROSE: Besides the country's tallest skyscraper, the project includes several other office towers, a major train station, and cultural centers, none of which are even close to completion. One building that was supposed to open this year is the National September 11th Museum, but construction was halted for months because of a dispute involving some of New York's most powerful politicians: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is chairman of the 9/11 Memorial Foundation; and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who shares control of the Port Authority.

The standoff was mostly about who should pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in disputed construction costs. Here's Cuomo speaking yesterday to a radio interviewer.

GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO: Everybody agrees we want to build the museum. We also have to do it in a way that is financially feasible. The Port Authority is not rolling in money, as you know. And we just did a toll increase and I don't want to do another one.

ROSE: But last night, on the eve of the anniversary, the two sides announced an agreement, one Cuomo says will not force the Port Authority to raise tolls on New York bridges and tunnels, as it did last year.

Here's Mayor Bloomberg speaking to a local TV news reporter today.

MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: Everybody understood that we had to get this done. There was never an issue as to whether we should do it or whether it would happen.

ROSE: The memorial foundation agreed to cover at least $24 million of past and future construction costs, not an insurmountable sum for an organization that's raised more than 450 million in private donations. Construction could resume by the end of the month. That's a relief to the museum's president, Joe Daniels.

JOE DANIELS: Those precious artifacts that we've been entrusted with, they need a home. That's why we're doing this. I mean, the stories of those people who died, the story of this country's sacrifice, needs to get told, and the museum is going to be the place to do it.

ROSE: For those who've been following the reconstruction at Ground Zero from the beginning, turf battles and political infighting are nothing new. Architecture critic Paul Goldberger is the author of the book "Up From Zero." He's not shocked at the slow pace of reconstruction or the rising price tag, now approaching $15 billion. But in the long run, Goldberger says none of that is likely to matter much.

PAUL GOLDBERGER: When something is done and people like it, they never turn to each other and say, gee, what a shame it took so long. I mean, people will respond to the experience they have when they go there and when they see it. They don't care how long it took to build.

ROSE: People seem to like the National September 11th Memorial. More than four and a half million people have visited since it opened a year ago.

Joel Rose, NPR News New York. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Joel Rose is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk. He covers immigration and breaking news.