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9/11 Anniversary Special Coverage

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9/11 Anniversary Special Coverage

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 Life
TEN 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 Coverage
NPR 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.

  • President Obama marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with visits to the Pentagon and Walter Reed on Tuesday. The attack 11 years ago fundamentally restricted the American debate on national security and foreign policy. Those issues traditionally advantaged Republicans, but they've proven to be real assets for the president.
  • As the tallest building in New York City rises at the World Trade Center site, the total cost of the rebuilding project is also climbing fast. An audit of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the project, found the cost has grown to a whopping $14.8 billion dollars. A museum commemorating the victims of the 9/11 attacks was scheduled to open this month. Construction was delayed because of a fight over money, but an agreement last night could pave the way for construction to resume.
  • The 11th anniversary of the attacks is being observed with a moment of silence and speeches by President Obama at the Pentagon and by Vice President Joe Biden at Shanksville.
  • President Obama will mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House.
  • Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock are hosting an event to mark the anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist…
  • While far from the Sept. 11 crash sites, Murfreesboro is embroiled in a debate over the building of a mosque. According to the local imam, the attacks have become a political wedge between the Muslim community and some residents.
  • Just two months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Congress established the Transportation Security Administration, eventually hiring some 50,000 airport screeners. Ten years and $40 billion later, screening has become a routine and often frustrating part of air travel. And some critics say the system still has holes.
  • When Americans are asked what Sept. 10, 2001, was like, many call that Monday "normal" or "ordinary." That all changed on Sept. 11. Nine individuals share their serendipitous experiences, near misses or devastating turn of events from the day before America was interrupted.
  • Ten years ago, the most famous rebel leader in Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Massoud, was killed by al-Qaida as the opening salvo for the Sept. 11 attacks. Revered by followers, Massoud had led the fight against the Taliban.
  • Is America safer today than it was a decade ago? The U.S. now spends more than $70 billion a year on homeland security efforts. The authors of a new book argue that the terrorist threat is too small to justify that level of expense.