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Playlist: Remembering 9/11

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The Lessons of 9/11

From WHYY | Part of the The Pulse Specials series | 59:00

The passing of 20 years since the 9/11 terror attacks has meant that some of the wounds cut by that day have closed — others have not. Thousands of families lost loved ones in the attacks, and their grief became part of a national tragedy. Many more have since gotten sick or even died from illnesses related to exposure to dust and debris. The attacks changed how we think about the long-lasting impact of environmental hazards, what we know about grief and trauma, and how we build. On this episode, we explore some of the lasting effects of the 9/11 attacks, and what we’ve learned from them.

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What 9/11 taught us about fire engineering, and the lessons that got lost 
One question that emerged quickly after the attacks was: What would make skyscrapers safer? How could more people escape in case of an emergency? It was a problem that dogged architects, city planners, developers, and office workers. From fireproofing to alarms to stairway width — Jad Sleiman investigates what changes should have been made in the aftermath of the attacks and where we are 20 years later. 
The lasting health effects of the World Trade Center collapse
When we think of who suffered the greatest health effects of 9/11, most of us think of first responders — the brave police officers, firefighters, and volunteers who risked their lives rushing to Ground Zero. In the years since, many of those first responders have become sick and died from illnesses related to the toxic dust and debris. Stories of their heroism and sacrifice helped fuel the creation of a victims’ compensation fund to help with medical costs. But as it turns out, first responders weren’t the only ones affected — scores of others in Lower Manhattan have also suffered consequences, ranging from cancer to autoimmune diseases. Alan Yu reports on their fight for recognition — and access to government help.
How stress of 9/11 led to poor birth outcomes for Arab women
The aftermath of the September 11 attacks gave way to a very defined period of sudden violence and discrimination against Arab and Muslim Americans. One epidemiologist wanted to know: did this acute period of violence have any negative impact on Arab women’s birth outcomes? Sojourner Ahébée investigates the research during this time and the link between exposure to racism and birth outcomes.
Honoring Flight 93
Journalist Tim Lambert’s professional life became intertwined with the story of Flight 93, the hijacked plane that crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers and crew attempted to take back control. His family owned part of the land where Flight 93 crashed before it became a national memorial. He joins us to discuss his connection to the land and to the family members of Flight 93, and how they have grieved over the years. Lambert and NPR reporter Scott Detrow have produced an audio documentary for the 20th anniversary called Sacred Ground.

2136: 9/11 Immigration Legacy, 9/10/2021

From Latino USA | Part of the Latino USA series | 54:00

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Twenty years ago, the events of September 11th shocked the world and forever changed life in the US, including the future of immigration in this country.

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The tragic events of September 11 have resonated across time and borders. From the creation of DHS, to Real-ID and the Dream Act, Latino USA delves into the multi-faceted repercussions on immigrant communities in the US.


A Shortcut Back to 9/11-The 20th Anniversary Mix

From Peter Bochan | Part of the All Mixed Up series | 59:25

A look back on September 11, 2001 on the 20th Anniversary with new music and additional material on Afghanistan, small and just wars and "The War On Terror."

Img_2318_small A Shortcut Back to 9/11-With sounds from the street, the eyewitnesses and the air, also features material that gathers up actualities from that election morning and mixes in the first music that I was able to play-- days after the event. Featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama, John Cale, Crowded House and others, "9/11-- The 20th Anniversary extended remix also features Eddie Vedder & Glen Hansard, Alex Uhlmann, Lorde, Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine, Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse feat. Gruff Rhys, EmiSunshine And The Ruin, Ringo Starr, and The Firesign Theatre with ""Oh, Afghanistan"" featuring Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Howard Zinn and JFK 

The Lost and the Living: Composers Respond to 9/11

From Interlochen Public Radio | 59:29

A number of composers reacted to the events of 9/11 in their music, and on this program, we listen to just a few examples of how composers responded musically.

4980764611_b556026ac4_q_small Americans were profoundly affected by the events of September 11, 2001.

Many of us remember exactly where we were that day, what we were doing as we watched the horror unfold on our televisions.

A number of composers reacted to the events of 9/11 in their music, and on this program, we listen to just a few examples of how composers responded musically.  

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Alexandre Desplat, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: the Swings of Central Park; Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011)

Eric Ewazen, A Hymn for the Lost and the Living; Larry H. Lang/US Air Force Heritage of America Band (2008)

Joan Tower, In Memory; Tokyo String Quartet (2005) 

Trevor Weston, Ashes; Julian Wachner/Choir of Trinity Wall Street (2002)

Karen Walwyn, Reflections on 9/11 (That Day) (2009) 

John Corigliano, One Sweet Morning; Alan Gilbert/New York Philharmonic (2011)

Steve Reich, WTC 9/11; Kronos String Quartet (2011) 

The End of the War

From Open Source | Part of the Open Source with Christopher Lydon series | 59:00

Conversations with William Dalrymple, Jonathan Neale, and Nancy Lindisfarne about war in Afghanistan.

Screen_shot_2021-08-26_at_3 The war for Afghanistan is over: the Taliban won in a walk. We’re shocked, more than surprised, but then what? Is this our American empire at sundown we’re seeing? And how would we feel about that? Is it the end of a collective delusion of world dominance? And who fed that fantasy?  Was Joe Biden’s exit planning really worse than George Bush’s entry plan, invading Afghanistan after 9/11?  Was it as bad as Barack Obama’s notion of “the right war,” compared to Iraq, back in 2009? The US labels itself the keeper of a liberal world order. In the chaos of Kabul we could look more like a military empire, ever in denial, losing our way.

An Army chaplain summed up defeat in Afghanistan this way: the war was “begun,” he wrote, “for no wise purpose, carried on with a strange mixture of rashness and timidity, brought to a close after suffering and disaster, without much glory attached either to the government which directed, or the great body of troops which waged it. Not one benefit, political or military, has been acquired with this war.”  The writer was an English reverend, noting what he had seen of the First Afghan War and the rout, and deaths, of 14,000 British invaders in 1842—the beginning of the end of the British Empire. Our guest William Dalrymple has the story for today. He’s the Scotsman gone half-way native in India, who wrote the dazzling, depressing history of that first modern battle for Afghanistan, and he autographed copies of his book at the White House in 2013, for President Obama, who was extending the US war in Afghanistan, and for his successor Joe Biden, who has just now ended our engagement. 

Living Nine Eleven

From WNYC | Part of the WNYC 9/11 Anniversary Programming series | 59:00

Ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, as part of WNYC's "Decade: 9/11" coverage, this special explores people's most visceral and immediate emotional reactions to the attack on the World Trade Center and how they are - and are not -- still with us today.

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Wtc_jurfon_small Ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11th,  as part of WNYC's "Decade: 9/11" coverage, this special explores New Yorkers' most visceral and immediate emotional reactions to the attack on the World Trade Center and how they are - and are not -- still with us today.

Fear and shock, grief and guilt, anger, gratitude and solidarity -- these emotions overwhelmed many New Yorkers along with the billowing cloud of smoke and debris after the Towers collapsed.

WNYC's award-winning news team spent days, months, and then years reporting on the attacks and their aftermath. Through a mix of their recordings at the time and interviews with people ten years later, WNYC reporter Marianne McCune guides us through the stories of people who were directly impacted by what happened and have been struggling for a decade to make sense of it.

For more on WNYC's "Decade Nine Eleven" project, please visit our website:
http://www.wnyc.org/series/911-tenth-anniversary/

All Available Boats: Harbor Voices From 9/11

From David Tarnow | 59:00

This documentary is based on a series of interviews conducted by David Tarnow in the early fall of 2001 with members of New York's maritime community recounting the events of the morning of September 11th and their role in the subsequent evacuation of Lower Manhattan. Since the authorities closed off all the bridges, tunnels and subways, the water became the only way out.

Boats_medium_small "All Available Boats: Harbor Voices from 9/11" is based on a series of interviews conducted by David Tarnow in the early fall of 2001 with members of New York's maritime community recounting the events of the morning of September 11th and their role in the subsequent evacuation of Lower Manhattan. Since the authorities closed off all the bridges, tunnels and subways, the water became the only way out. So the Coast Guard  put out the call for all available boats to bring in rescue crews and supplies and evacuate hundreds of thousands of wounded and severely  shaken office workers. What emerges is the story of a collective effort of selfless dedication on the part of these previously invisible waterfront hands.

Radio Rookies - Our 9/11: Growing Up in The Aftermath

From WNYC | Part of the WNYC 9/11 Anniversary Programming series | 58:59

To mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Radio Rookies, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning youth journalism program, presents “Our 9/11: Growing Up in The Aftermath”, an hour special hosted by NPR’s Brooke Gladstone.

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To mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Radio Rookies, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning youth journalism program, presents “Our 9/11: Growing Up in The Aftermath”, an hour special hosted by NPR’s Brooke Gladstone. 

Last spring, Radio Rookies put out a call for young people to tell us about their 9/11.  In this hour, six young people report on the ways that day and what came after shaped who they are now.  Some faced deep personal losses and others felt changed because they were so young when the towers fell.  Eric’s older brother Paul worked in Tower 1 and never made it home.  Jillian lost her father, a New York City police officer.  Norhan suddenly found herself the target of other kids’ animosity and fear because she is Muslim.  Brendan and Joey weren’t personally affected by the attacks, but they felt called to service.  Erin, whose father was a New York City firefighter, spent the months after 9/11 attending funerals and watching her father struggle to recover from injuries both physical and psychological. 

For more on WNYC's "Decade Nine Eleven" project, please visit our website:
http://www.wnyc.org/series/911-tenth-anniversary/

(The working title of this program was "The 9/11 Generation Speaks")

 

The Sonic Memorial Project

From The Kitchen Sisters | 59:01

Updated for 2011: To commemorate the tenth Anniversary of 9/11 we bring you the Peabody Award-winning Sonic Memorial Project, narrated by New York writer Paul Auster. The Sonic Memorial Project is an intimate and historic documentary commemorating the life and history of The World Trade Center and its surrounding neighborhood, through audio artifacts, rare recordings, voicemail messages and interviews.

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To commemorate the tenth Anniversary of 9/11 we bring you the Peabody Award-winning Sonic Memorial Project, narrated by New York writer Paul Auster. The Sonic Memorial Project is an intimate and historic documentary commemorating the life and history of The World Trade Center and its surrounding neighborhood, through audio artifacts, rare recordings, voicemail messages and interviews. 

Ten years ago, in the months following 9/11, a collaboration of producers, listeners and public radio stations across the nation came together to create a Sonic Memorial to the people and history of the World Trade Center. We opened up a phone line at NPR and asked people to share their stories. We put out the call for audio artifacts that captured the sounds and voices of the World Trade Center neighborhood. Some thousand people called in creating a remarkable archive of personal recordings and remembrances. From this material and hundreds of hours of interviews and archival recordings gathered by producers around the country The Sonic Memorial Project was crafted.

Artists, bankers, office staff, elevator and maintenance workers—each tower had a thousand sounds; every floor had a thousand stories. The Sonic Memorial Project gathers some of these in a reflection and richly textured document of this moment in our history. We hear from the architect and engineer of the Towers, the piano player from Windows on the World, aerialist Philippe Petit who walked on a high-wire between the buildings 105 floors up. We hear from artists who had studios in the World Trade Center, creators of music and soundscapes based on recordings from the Towers. We hear the stories and remembrances of some of the many who died. 

The Sonic Memorial Project also features stories that focus on little known aspects of the life and history of the World Trade Center and surrounding neighborhood, including Radio Row: The Neighborhood Before The WTC, the district of electronic shops displaced by the building of the WTC. The Building Stewardesses: Construction Guides at The WTC and Other Little Known Tales of The Creation of The Towers 1968-1971: stories of the politics and public opinion surrounding the Towers are told by the man who masterminded the construction of the buildings and by the young college co-ed construction guides he hired to educate the public and put a friendly face on the project.  

The Sonic Memorial Project was produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) in collaboration with NPR, independent radio producers, writers, archivists, historians and public radio listeners throughout the country.

 

The Stories of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

From Scott Gurian | 52:41

An unnarrated documentary collage of relatives of September 11th victims describing what they remember from the day of the terrorist attacks and how they came to work for peace.

Peacefultomorrows_small A few months after September 11, 2001, I covered a DC-NY "Walk for Healing and Peace" by several people whose family members were killed in the attacks. I also had the opportunity to sit down with several of them and conduct a series of in-depth, hour-long interviews about their experiences and motivations.  Using those interviews, I assembled a 2-part, hour-long radio documentary. It features the voices of four people whose relatives were killed on that day. Their stories are woven together with a bit of music, as they describe what happened to them on that morning and how they came to commit their lives to working for peace.

We Were On Duty

From Richard Paul | 53:37

A first-person oral history of the September 11th attack on the Pentagon. One hundred eighty-four people died at the Pentagon, but because the Pentagon attack was dwarfed by the tragedy at the World Trade Center, much of America has yet to hear the stories of the valiance and tenaciousness of the Pentagon employees.

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Duty_small A first-person oral history of the September 11th attack on the Pentagon. One Hundred Eighty Four people died at the Pentagon while hundreds more crawled through choking smoke and over burning wreckage to safety. But because the Pentagon attack was dwarfed by the tragedy at the World Trade Center, America has yet to hear the stories of the valiance and tenaciousness of the Pentagon employees; about the horrendous physical and psychic toll the attack has taken on them and their families -- and about how they have overcome and are moving on. This hour-long program tells these stories in the voices of the people who lived them. Without narration. Many of these survivor stories are devastating. Many are inspirational. And as America looks to move forward from the trauma of 9-11, they offer important lessons. ------------------------ Voted Best Radio Documentary by The Society of Professional Journalists. Recipient of 2002 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism.

"109 on 9/11"

From Esther Regelson | 58:29

"109 on 9-11" tells the tale of 109 Washington Street, a tenement building located two-and-a-half blocks south of the World Trade Center.

Default-piece-image-2 109 On 9-11 SYNOPSIS "109 on 9-11" tells the tale of 109 Washington Street, a tenement building located two-and-a-half blocks south of the World Trade Center. Nine residents relate their stories from the mundane (finding a decent laundromat in the Wall Street area) to the extreme (finding a hiding place as the South Tower collapses). Hear Eddie Metropolis, apartment # 13, lifetime resident, talk about the morphing of Lower Manhattan from Little Moravia (a working class immigrant neighborhood) to a ghost town in the shadow of the financial district. To quote Eddie: "I’ve seen the Trade Center being built, now I’ve seen it all destroyed." The other tenants narrate equally descriptive tales: - Jim Pedersen, apartment 9: the horror of a front door that won’t open as the South Tower collapses. - Roxanne Yamashiro, apartment 10: what it felt like being trapped on the subway underneath the twin towers. - Nancy Keegan, apartment 1: walking seven miles with a dog and cat—just to get to a place to sleep for the night. - Lesley McBurney, apartment 7: on the guilt of leaving behind two cats. - Erwin Silverstein, apartment 6, witnesses fallen bodies…and then goes to work. - Flavio Rizzo and Veruska Cantelli, apartment 15, play back for us frantic answering machine messages from Italy and elsewhere. "109 on 9-11", first and foremost, demonstrates how the September 11th tragedy helped transform a building. Conducted in the months following the disaster, these interviews capture the fear and trauma that forced these once-anonymous apartment dwellers to turn to one another for help and solace. Today, 109 Washington Street has become a closely-knit group of concerned friends and neighbors. The program closes one year later, on September 11, 2002, with a rooftop chamber concert, led by professional cellist, Jim Pederson (apartment 9). This story was distributed in August/September of 2003 by PRI, and was aired on approximately 30 stations nationwide.

Peace Talks Radio: 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows (59:00 / 54:00)

From Good Radio Shows, Inc. | Part of the Peace Talks Radio: Weekly Hour Long Episodes series | 59:00

Three people who lost family members in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. talk about turning their grief into action for peace. They also tell the moving stories about learning the fate of their family members.

911familiesb_small As the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the U.S. approaches, PEACE TALKS RADIO checks in with members of the organization "9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows," founded by family members of those killed on September 11th. We'll hear from people who have united to turn their grief into action for peace. By developing and advocating nonviolent options and actions in the pursuit of justice, the organization says its aim is to break the cycles of violence engendered by war and terrorism. By acknowledging their common experience with all people affected by violence throughout the world, these survivors of tragedy work to create a safer and more peaceful world for everyone. Carol Boss hosts the discussion with Terry Kay Rockefeller, Bruce Wallace and Anne Mulderry, all members of "9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows." In addition to sharing their moving stories about that tragic day, our guests discuss their process of transforming their grief into action for peace, and describing some of their peace actions and projects. Note: A 29 minute version of the program is available at PRX. http://www.prx.org/pieces/20272


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Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

From National Endowment for the Arts | Part of the Art Works Podcast series | 29:01

Ford’s Theatre commemorates the anniversary of 9/11 with Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial. We speak with Producer Sue Frost and Director of Ford’s Theatre Paul Tetreault about it!

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In Washington DC, the evening of September 10 promises to be momentous: at 6 pm Ford’s Theater is presenting Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial. It’s hard think of more appropriate play than Come From Away to mark this occasion:  the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical was inspired by the aftermath of 9/11 when a small town in Canada welcomed some 7,000 people whose flights had been diverted when the US airspace was closed.  The free non-ticketed concert is the brainchild of Sue Frost of Junkyard Dog Productions, the lead producers of Come From Away, and Paul Tetreault director of Ford's Theatre. In this music-filled podcast, Sue Frost and Paul Tetreault talk about the origins of the play Come From Away, its inspiring story and glorious music, their hopes for the concert, and the power of art to give voice to tragedy and to shine light on possibility. We also discuss the significance of the return of live performance for Ford’s Theatre, for Come From Away, and for theaters across the country.

What's the Word? Remembering 9/11 (Series)

Produced by Modern Language Association

Two half-hour programs commemorating September 11th.

Shakespeare after 9/11: A look at how the events of September 11th changed the way we read Shakespeare's plays about politics and leadership.

Seeing 9/11: Three representations of the events of September 11th.

Most recent piece in this series:

What's the Word? Seeing 9/11

From Modern Language Association | Part of the What's the Word? Remembering 9/11 series | 28:58

Wtw-logo-brown_anna_preferred_small The sights and sounds of September 11th and its aftermath are indelibly etched in our minds. How do we represent this event?  What narratives get told? How do we commemorate those who died? And what role does art play in helping us come to terms with grief and trauma? On this program Josh Charlson talks about Art Spiegelman’s In the Shadow of No Towers, Nora Alter discusses the film United 93, and David Simpson shares his thoughts about the New York Times’s Portraits of Grief.

Fifteen- and thirty-second promos available.

This piece has a companion, What's the Word? Shakespeare after 9/11.



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The Sonic Memorial Project: 5 Stories (Series)

Produced by The Kitchen Sisters

The Sonic Memorial Project's stories about the World Trade Center as aired on NPR's All Things Considered.

Most recent piece in this series:

Walking High Steel: Mohawk Ironworkers at the Twin Towers

From The Kitchen Sisters | Part of the The Sonic Memorial Project: 5 Stories series | 15:18

Twintowers_small The Empire State Building, the George Washington Bridge, the World Trade Center—for over a hundred years Mohawk ironworkers have traveled to New York City to help shape the city's skyline. As part of the Sonic Memorial Project, producer Jamie York visited the two Mohawk reserves to gather sound and stories about the legacy of Mohawk ironworkers.


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Fishko Files: See For Yourself

From WNYC | Part of the WNYC 9/11 Anniversary Programming series | 06:58

It seems likely that the 9/11 site and memorial will be among the most-if not THE most-visited sites in the US, with millions expected to pay their respects. In a world in which radio reporters, TV correspondents and now digital adventures can take us virtually anywhere, SARA FISHKO examines the impact of traveling beyond your desktop to stand on the spot where something happened, and see for yourself.

Default-piece-image-0 It seems likely that the 9/11 site and memorial will be among the most-if not THE most-visited sites in the US, with millions expected to pay their respects. In a world in which radio reporters, TV correspondents and now digital adventures can take us virtually anywhere, SARA FISHKO examines the impact of traveling beyond your desktop to stand on the spot where something happened, and see for yourself.

Visiting Ground Zero, 2001

From Jake Warga | 07:10

A personal essay (accented with music) about looking for the perfect place to leave a flower in remembrance at Ground Zero 3mo later.

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9/11: A View from Adolescence

From Ken Cormier | 07:36

On September 11, 2001, Kenzi was eleven years old, Chelsea was twelve, and Iliana was fourteen. This project aims to give voice to those who witnessed the events of 9/11 from the perspective of early adolescence.

Default-piece-image-2 On September 11, 2001, Kenzi was eleven years old, Chelsea was twelve, and Iliana was fourteen. This project aims to give voice to those who witnessed the events of 9/11 from the perspective of early adolescence.

Scream Symphony #1

From Tom Tenney | 05:00

Symphonic audio collage using authentic screams from CVR recordings, taped phone calls and other sources.

Hindenburg-murray-becker_small Scream Symphony #1 is a symphonic audio collage using authentic screams from CVR recordings, taped phone calls from 9/11 recordings from the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake and others.  In other words, screams as media that were never meant to be media, the most unwilling participants in art you’ll ever find. 

Dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks ten-years ago: September 11, 2001

Warning: Some have found the content of this piece to be disturbing. Proceed at your own risk. 

Christmas in New York, 2001, Ground Zero

From Jake Warga | 07:27

Jake Warga spent Christmas day 2001 at Ground Zero. This is his personal essay with music by Brian Eno. "This is Beautiful Radio." -John Dankosky of WNPR.

Wtc_small I spent Christmas day 2001 at Ground Zero. Personal essay (will re-track if interested). Music Brian Eno. Text avbl. on request. "...The new motto of the city is: I LOVE NY?More Than Ever. I kept walking, searching for a place to lay my lily--not so it would be noticed, just not lost..." "...I walked to the water front in a daze. The Statue of Liberty lay the distance. Standing proud, looking outwards, still holding the torch of freedom. Yet it felt like she was looking over her shoulder towards the city, keeping a sad eye on it. It was sunny, but cold and the wind bit at me..."


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20 Years Falling

From KALW | Part of the Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata series | 06:00

After 20 years in Afghanistan Sandip is left with the tragic ghosts of memory.

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Not My Place to Say I Would Change It: 9/11 Birthdays

From Emily Berman | 03:41

Ten years after the attacks on the U.S., September 11th is still a day of mourning. But what if that date is also the day you were born?

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Ten years after the attacks on the U.S., September 11th is still a day of mourning. But what if that date is also the day you were born? Emily Friedman speaks with local residents about what it's like to celebrate your special day on our country's most solemn anniversary.

A sound-rich piece with orignial music by Hudson Branch.

U2's Bono on Playing Music for America Right After 9-11

From Blank on Blank | Part of the Blank on Blank series | 04:43

We have more from Bono, the frontman of U2. And it comes to us from an interview recorded back in 2001, just a few months after 9-11. Bono was speaking with Anthony Bozza. Anthony was at Rolling Stone back then and the magazine was looking back at this horrific year in America. At this point in the tape we get hear Bono talk about his music and playing for a fragile nation just weeks after that tragic September morning, and how U2’s music took on a whole new meaning for both the fans and the band.

Bono240_small This lost interview with Bono comes to us from a conversation recorded back in 2001, just weeks after 9-11. Bono was speaking with Anthony Bozza--then a writer at Rolling Stone. The magazine was looking back at that horrific year in America. At this point in the tape we get hear Bono talk about his music and playing for a fragile nation just weeks after that tragic September morning, and how U2’s music took on a whole new meaning for both the fans and the band. INTERVIEW NOTES - The Scene: By phone - The Source: Minidisc recorder

Talking 2 Sophia: A Child Speaks about 911

From Michael Johnson | 03:54

A 2 year-old child's view of September 11, 2001.

Sophia2001_small Sometimes we find the opinions and feelings closer than we realize. I hade been thinking about how world events are perceived by children, so I decided to inteview my 2 year old, between nursery songs. This was the result. Produced for and special thanks to Dmae Roberts' Stories1st.org

This I Believe - Kenneth Feinberg

From This I Believe | Part of the This I Believe series | 04:00

Lawyer Kenneth Feinberg believes people's lives should be valued equally, not based on their wealth.

Tiblogosmall_small HOST: Today's This I Believe essay comes from Kenneth Feinberg, an attorney specializing in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He is best known for his role as Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Here's Kenneth Feinberg with his essay for This I Believe. FEINBERG: What is an individual life worth? Do our lives have equal value? Struggling with these questions led me to my belief. After September 11, I confronted the challenge of placing a value on human life by calculating different amounts of compensation for each and every victim. The law required that I give more money to the stockbroker, the bond trader and the banker, than to the waiter, the policeman, the fireman and the soldier at the Pentagon. This is what happens every day in courtrooms throughout our nation. Our system of justice has always been based upon this idea-that compensation for death should be directly related to the financial circumstances of each victim. But as I met with the 9/11 families and wrestled with issues surrounding the valuation of lives lost, I began to question this basic premise of our legal system. Trained in the law, I had always accepted that no two lives were worth the same in financial terms. But now I found the law in conflict with my growing belief in the equality of all life. "Mr. Feinberg, my husband was a fireman and died a hero at the World Trade Center. Why are you giving me less money than the banker who represented Enron? Why are you demeaning the memory of my husband?" My response was defensive and unconvincing. At first I gave the standard legal argument-that I was not evaluating the intrinsic moral worth of any individual. I was basing my decision on the law, just as juries did every day. But this explanation fell on deaf ears. Grieving families couldn't hear it. And I didn't believe it myself. I was engaged in a personal struggle. I felt it would make more sense for Congress to provide the same amount of public compensation to each and every victim-to declare, in effect, that all lives are equal. But in this case, the law prevailed. Last year, however, in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings and the deaths of 32 victims, I was again asked to design and administer a compensation system, this one privately funded. And I realized that Feinberg the citizen should trump Feinberg the lawyer. My legal training would no longer stand in the way. This time all victims-students and faculty alike-would receive the same compensation. In the case of September 11, if there is a next time, and Congress again decides to award public compensation, I hope the law will declare that all life should be treated the same. Courtrooms, judges, lawyers and juries are not the answer when it comes to public compensation. I have resolved my personal conflict and have learned a valuable lesson at the same time. I believe that public compensation should avoid financial distinctions which only fuel the hurt and grief of the survivors. I believe all lives should be treated the same.


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