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Remembering September 11

KERA Remembers: September 11, 2001

In remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, and in honor of the 9/11 victims, heroes and their families, KERA will air special programming that explores various aspects of the tragedy, its aftermath and the effects on America and the world.


America Remembers: 9/11 – A PBS Newshour Special Report
This special edition of Newshour includes moments from the day’s memorial events along with individuals’ recollections of September 11, 2001, and how the events of that day have shaped their lives. Sunday, September 11 at 7:00pm on KERA TV.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: A Concert for New York
The New York Philharmonic performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, in honor of the victims of September 11, 2001, in a free concert for the people of New York. Sunday, September 11 at 8:30pm on KERA TV.

FRONTLINE: The Interrogator
In a rare interview with Ali Soufan, the FBI agent who was at the center of the 9/11 investigations, FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith uncovers an insider’s view on the “war on terror.” One of only eight Arabic-speaking FBI agents, Soufan explains why he believes the attacks on the World Trade Center could have been prevented and how the use of torture failed to produce actionable intelligence. Also in this hour: Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest investigates the terrorism-industrial complex that grew up in the wake of 9/11. In “Are We Safer?” Priest explores the growing reach of homeland security, fusion centers, battlefield technologies, and data-collecting into the lives of ordinary Americans. Tuesday, September 13 at 9:00pm on KERA TV.

FRONTLINE: Man Behind the Mosque
FRONTLINE goes inside the project with Sharif El-Gamal, the charismatic property developer at the center of the controversy. The film also recounts the press frenzy surrounding the plans; the attacks on its high-profile spiritual leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf; and the enduring pain and anger of some of the 9/11 families who oppose the building. Tuesday, September 27 at 9:00pm on KERA TV.


On Sunday, September 11, 2011, beginning at 7:00 am, KERA FM will provide live anchored coverage of the various 10th anniversary memorial ceremonies commemorating the 9/11 attacks. In addition to this live Special Coverage, KERA FM will also air other special 9/11 programming, including:

We Remember: StoryCorps Stories from 9/11
This special reveals the stories from families and friends who talk 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 and the fireman’s daughter who knew that her dad who perished in the line of duty wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Friday, September 9 at Noon and Saturday, September 10 at 1pm on KERA FM.

The Sonic Memorial Project
The Sonic Memorial Project commemorates the life and history of the World Trade Center and the people who passed through its doors. It was created with audio artifacts, rare recordings, and the input of thousands of people who called in with their personal stories. The Sonic Memorial Project was produced by the Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva. Friday, September 9 at 1pm and Sunday, September 11 at 5pm on KERA FM.

Living Nine Eleven
This program explores New Yorkers’ most visceral and immediate emotional reactions to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and how they are and, are not, still with us today. Through a mix of recordings in the aftermath of the attacks and interviews with people ten years later, WNYC reporter Marianne McCune guides listeners through the stories of people who were directly impacted by what happened and have been struggling for a decade to make sense of it. Saturday, September 10 at 2pm and Sunday, September 11 at 9pm on KERA FM.

The 9/11 Generation Speaks
This program features stories by young people who remember 9/11 as a lived experience. In their own words, they report on the ways the historic event affected them, their families and their communities. Friday, September 9 at 8pm on KERA FM.

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen
This Studio 360 special marks the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, by talking to artists whose work responds to the attack and its aftermath, including composer Steve Reich, illustrator Maira Kalman, novelist Mohsin Hamid and a roundtable of New York comedians describing what it was like to try to make audiences laugh in the days and weeks after the attacks. Kurt Anderson also visits the national 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero with its architect and designer, Michael Arad. Sunday, September 11 at 6pm on KERA FM

All Available Boats
This special captures a rare story from 9/11: the frantic stampede of people in Manhattan to escape the attacks on the towers. On that day, the confusion lead to rumors, fear and a measure of panic as commuters and others raced to the docks to board any boat leaving the city. This powerful program tells what tugboat and ferry captains and crew did, and saw, on that fateful day. Sunday, September 11 at 7pm on KERA FM.

We Were On Duty
This special is a first-person oral history of the 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. Hear the valiant stories of tenacious employees and the physical and psychic toll the attack had on them and their families. Sunday, September 11 at 8pm on KERA FM.

Photo: Sander Lamme

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