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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.

Obama, Romney Pull Campaign Ads On Sept. 11


From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.


And I'm Melissa Block.

Blue skies, a late summer day with hints of fall: The weather in New York and Washington today felt eerily similar to September 11, 2001.

CORNISH: At ground zero in New York City, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon here in Washington, people stood quietly today under those blue skies and remembered the dead. And the presidential campaign was also quieter. As NPR's Mara Liasson reports, the candidates took a break from their most fierce partisan battles.


MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: A Marine bugler played taps at the White House as the president and first lady observed a moment of silence. Later, Mr. Obama spoke at a memorial service at the Pentagon.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Most of the Americans we lost that day had never considered the possibility that a small band of terrorists halfway around the world could do us such harm. Most had never heard the name al-Qaida. And yet it's because of their sacrifice that we've come together and dealt a crippling blow to the organization that brought evil to our shores.

LIASSON: Both the Obama and Romney campaigns said they pulled all their political ads today in observance of the September 11th anniversary. But politics wasn't very far offstage. The Obama campaign sees foreign policy as an advantage this year. During their convention, speaker after speaker reminded voters about the meticulous attention the Obamas have paid to returning vets and their families, how the president ended the war in Iraq and is now winding down the war in Afghanistan. And just in case you forgot...


SENATOR JOHN KERRY: Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago.

LIASSON: Romney gave the Obama team an opening when, in his convention speech, he failed to mention the troops or utter the word Afghanistan. He had to explain himself on Fox News.


MITT ROMNEY: When you give a speech, you don't go through a laundry list. You talk about the things that you think are important, and I described in my speech my commitment to a strong military unlike the president's decision to cut our military. And I didn't use the word troops. I used the word military. I think they refer to the same thing.

LIASSON: But that wasn't good enough for the Obama campaign. Retired Army General and Obama surrogate Wesley Clark continued to bash Romney in a conference call yesterday.

GENERAL WESLEY CLARK: Mitt Romney's failure to mention Afghanistan, it's more than an omission. It reveals a severe lack of understanding about the job as president. Frankly, it's just unbecoming of someone who wants to become commander in chief.

LIASSON: Romney still enjoys the Republicans' traditional advantage among voters who are veterans, but the Obama campaign is confident it can chip away at that. Why? Because, says Dan Drezner, professor of international politics at Tufts University, this year, for the first time in 40 years of presidential campaign polling, voters trust the Democrat more than the Republican on national security. And, Drezner says, Romney's credentials have slipped since the primaries when he did not have to debate anyone with serious foreign policy credentials.

DR. DANIEL DREZNER: Since then, Romney has gone on a trip overseas in July that I think could best be described as not going terribly well. And then he went to the Republican National Convention, and for the first time since 1952, a Republican nominee failed to mention anything with respect to the war.

LIASSON: And there's the actual policy debate before the broader electorate. Romney is promising to increase military spending and to be more confrontational with Iran and China. Drezner says a new poll, released by the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, suggests that stance may not sell.

DREZNER: If you look at those poll results, that's pretty much the opposite consensus of what most Americans want. And independent voters want an even lower American profile overseas than either Republicans or Democrats, and also millennials, sort of young voters, which also increasingly want to have the United States focus much more on repairing its economy at home rather than focusing overseas.

LIASSON: National security isn't anywhere near the top of the list of issues for voters this year, but it is an important consideration as Americans choose a commander in chief. So this argument will continue. On October 22nd, the third and final presidential debate will be devoted solely to foreign policy. Mara Liasson, NPR News, the White House. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.