In remembrance of the 10th anniversary of September 11, public radio and television stations across the country are engaging with their communities to explore the local impact that day had on every aspect of American life, and how it continues to affect us all a decade later.
The weight of 9/11 reaches much further than the boroughs of New York City, the landmarks of the nation's capital and the wings of an airplane. Member Stations across the country are hosting community discussions, memorial concerts and days of service as a living record of how Americans continue to heal from 9/11.
We've compiled a list of original programming offered by NPR Member Stations across the country this week, and the Sunday anniversary. Remember to visit your station's website for their latest broadcast plans.
Highlights from the week, in order of broadcast date, include (all times are ET):
THROUGHOUT THIS WEEK
WITF (Harrisburg, PA)
Starting on the first day of September, the station will air a 10-day special reflecting on how people have changed and healed since the 2001 attacks. Through online participation at their website and through Facebook and Twitter, WITF will generate discussion and collect feedback from the community centering on education, faith, media, government, travel, diversity, security and worldview.
KWMU (St. Louis Public Radio)
The station's week of programming commemorating the 9/11 anniversary includes:
- a story on how St. Louis-area educators are teaching their students about the attacks of 9/11
- an interview with a researcher at Washington University's anti-bioterrorism center
- a story on how local municipalities have put federal terrorism training dollars to use over the last decade
- a story on the health issues faced by Missouri search and rescue workers who worked at the World Trade Center site in the days following 9/11
- a commentary from Rabbi Mark Shook on the lasting spiritual impact of 9/11
- a webpage devoted to archiving all KWMU's 9/11 coverage as well as listing area events/memorials scheduled for the anniversary
Marketplace and Marketplace Report
Throughout the week, both programs will air stories focused on the economic legacy of 9/11 including the impact the attacks on regulations around shipping security, business travel, banking and charitable donations to Muslim organizations.
WUKY (Lexington, KY)
Starting Monday, September 5, the station will air five days of locally-produced 9/11 remembrances from Lexington residents. These will include students on the University of Kentucky campus, who were very young the day of the attacks and local media professionals who discuss the difficulty of reporting on a tragedy while experiencing it yourself.
Vermont Public Radio
VPR has teamed with the Vermont Folklife Center to record Vermonters' reflections on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. You can hear feature stories throughout the week, as well as excerpts from our 9/11 Memory Quilt during All Things Considered. Join a conversation about 9/11 this Friday on Vermont Edition at noon and 7 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
On Being's Krista Tippett will speak with The New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg, author and journalist Pankaj Mishra, and Union Theological Seminary president Serene Jones to gather diverse perspectives about what 9/11 meant then and moving forward. The show will host a live event in collaboration with Trinity Wall Street/Ground Zero beginning 6:00 pm. Submit personal reflections to the show here.
WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio)
Beginning Tuesday, Eight Forty-Eight will ask listeners to share some of their memories from 9/11 and reflections on how that day changed people's lives forever. The show will air listeners' thoughts and memories throughout this week. Friday, the phones will be open to hear more reflections from listeners. Join the show for a special 9/11 call-in right after Eight Forty-Eight, from 10-11 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
KPLU (Tacoma, WA)
From September 7-12, the KPLU News team will present a series of retrospectives from a number of people about their 9/11 experiences, on-air and at KPLU's website. Coverage includes:
- A three-part Q&A from the viewpoint of a statesman, a student, and an activist.
- Business & Labor reporter Vanessa Romo's first-person account of 9/11 and its aftermath.
- Voices from the 9/11 "Day of Reflection" at Seattle Center's International Foundation where hundreds of people gathered 10 years ago.
- A Q&A with former KPLU reporter Gerry Hadden about being a foreign correspondent pre- and post-9/11.
- Humanosphere journalist Tom Paulson's coverage of 9/11 from the perspective of its impact on NGO's, and international development and global health.
KWMU (St. Louis Public Radio)
St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh will have a conversation with local young people about coming of age in a post-9/11 world. The segment, "Growing Up Post 9/11" will include guests Simone Bernstein, founder of StLouisVolunteen.com and Katherine Dearing, a senior at Northwestern University.
WGCU Public Media (Fort Meyers, FL)
With a live studio audience, the station will host their regular call-in talk show, incorporating audience participation through interviews, call-ins, Facebook, blog, photos and video clips. The show will air live at noon.
WNYC (New York, NY)
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space will host two days of live WNYC events.
- A City Re-imagined: New Yorkers Remember September 11 and the Years that Followed is a selection of ten years of testimonials from New Yorkers read by noted local actors and narrated by writer and performer Carl Hancock.
- The mural exhibit featured at The Greene Space designed by artist Cey Adams. The mural is a compilation of public-submitted photographs, sketches, paintings and quotes that speak to how we re-imagine our city over the 10 years since 9/11.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
KQED (San Francisco, CA)
KQED's Perspectives feature asked Bay Area residents to submit essays about the impact of 9/11 on individual lives, neighborhoods and broader communities in the region. Dozens of residents responded, and many will read their essays during a half-hour special that premieres Friday at 6:30 p.m. (PST). The special will re-air at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday (both times Pacific). Individual essays as well as the special also can be found at kqed.org/911anniversary.
WAMC-FM (Albany, NY)
Over the three days leading up to 9/11, WAMC morning show, The Roundtable, will air an interview with the director and board members of the New York Council for the Humanities about the goals and expected outcomes of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, interviews with members of the 9/11 Day of Service Advisors and call-in conversations with radio listeners. Additionally, the station is airing feature radio pieces covering community conversations around the 10th anniversary.
WDET (Detroit, MI)
Starting Thursday, WDET will host four days of special programming around the 10th anniversary of 9/11 starting with The New Legal Landscape, a moderated panel discussion on the post-9/11 legal landscape featuring ACLU representatives and U of M Professor Juan Cole. This panel will take place from 9:30-11 a.m.
WFAE (Charlotte, NC)
As part of their Public Conversations Series, WFAE will hold a special discussion around local homeland security issues and initiatives for the anniversary of 9/11. The station's Julie Rose will moderate a talk between panelists and audience members. The event will take place from 7–8:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Police & Fire Academy. More information about Homeland Charlotte: How Secure Today? is available at the above link.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Marketplace Tech Report
The program will focus on developments in communication for emergency responders since 9/11.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Arizona Public Media (Tuscon, AZ)
In addition to NPR programming airing on KUAZ, Arizona Public Media is sponsoring the Remembrance and Renewal Concert and hosting a web page where people can share their experiences.
Throughout the day, the program will feature contemplative pieces, with an hour dedicated to the memorial at 8 a.m., the hour when the attacks occurred.
The show will air a 9/11-themed broadcast, highlighting "An American Requiem" by composer Richard Danielpour.
KBYU (Provo, UT)
The station has partnered with the United Way of Utah County's Day of Caring to highlight the efforts of local volunteer groups who will be providing service at nonprofit organizations in the area.
The program will feature two hours of music dedicated to the 9/11 anniversary.
Texas Public Radio (KSTX, KPAC AND KTXI)
TPR commemorates the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a day of reflection and remembrance. Tune in to KSTX, KPAC and KTXI for a series of special programs, including StoryCorps and the Sonic Memorial Project, and analysis from NPR news.
WAMU (Washington, DC)
- 6 a.m. – Latitudes Afghanistan Special will feature voices and sounds of Afghanistan.
- 11 a.m. – The Kojo Nnamdi Show will take an in-depth look at security issues prior to and after 9/11.
- 12 p.m. – Couscous and Cultural Diplomacy focuses it's 9/11 coverage on the efforts and struggles of an openly gay Algerian man and his partner as they create an Algerian-American restaurant on Main Street in Elkader, Iowa, a town named after the Algerian jihadist and anti-colonialism fighter Abd al-Qader in 1846.
- 12:30 p.m. – A Shortcut Back to 9/11 features music mixed with sounds from the street, eyewitness news reports and actualities from September 11, 2001.
- 4 p.m. - Interfaith Voices offers a compassionate look at strengthening relationships between Christians and Muslims.
WDET (Detroit, MI)
The station will continue its weekend of original programming with a 9-11 a.m. event: How 9/11 Shaped Our Voices. Craig Fahle moderates this conversation about how the challenges of 9/11 shaped individuals' personal journeys. Throughout the weekend, WDET shows will devote coverage to the anniversary, and on Sunday, the station with air a mixture of NPR programming, live coverage and WDET original features.
WFIU (Bloomington, IN)
Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission and Former Representative Lee Hamilton (D-IN) will lead a discussion among many of the commission's members around their 2004 report and their reflection on that time ten years later. The conversation will stream in a live radio broadcast.
WNYC (New York, NY)
- 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Live coverage of the World Trade Center Ceremony
- 9 a.m. – The Brian Lehrer Show special will provide New Yorkers with an opportunity to share and reflect on the anniversary
- 12 p.m. – Measuring Time will give listeners the chance to submit their musical selections to commemorate the day
- 1 p.m. – The Selected Shorts 9/11 Anniversary Special will feature a reading of Colson Whitehead's "Lost and Found" essay by Alec Baldwin and a reading of Haruki Murakami's "U.F.O. in Kushiro" by Ken Leung.
- 4 p.m. – Living Nine Eleven reporter Marianne McCune will walk listeners through 10 years of stories from people who were directly impacted by what happened in September 2001 and have been working to make sense of it since then.
- 6 p.m. – Music of Reflection and Resilience: The Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, a broadcast of the performance lead by Kent Tritle, will feature a capella works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Tallis as well as The Best Beloved by Chris Deblasio.
For details about television programming and a schedule of coverage, visit PBS.org or read this press release.