Now that I've got my second cup of coffee from NPR's 7th floor commissary, let me tell you about what I found out at the morning editorial meeting, where all the NPR News show and desk editors gather. Not surprisingly, today's news cycle will be dominated by the 5th anniversary commemorations of Sept. 11.
Of course, NPR News is covering the president's remarks, beginning in New York, moving on to Shanksville, Pa., where hijacked United Flight 93 went down, and then to the Pentagon, where American Flight 77 crashed. We'll also cover the president's speech from the White House at 9:00 tonight.
I'm particularly looking forward to hearing a story on Day to Day, one in our series of stories on people who've changed their lives because of Sept. 11. This one's about a family who moved to Maine looking for greater security. They'd dreamed of moving out to the country, and Sept. 11 tipped the balance. But as you'll hear in the story reported by Tovia Smith, the family finds out no matter where you go, it's not possible to be perfectly protected.
On All Things Considered today, Deborah Amos has what promises to be an interesting story on views of terrorism from the Middle East. Deborah has been reporting from the region off and on for the past two decades and has deep insights into this story.
We'll get several looks at the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, where, after Sept. 11, the U.S. deposed the Taliban government which had harbored Osama bin Laden and his terrorist camps. Now the Taliban is having a resurgence in parts of the country. Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered and Morning Edition will all delve into that tangent of the Sept. 11 story today.
And on Morning Edition tomorrow, Steve Inskeep continues his reporting on American Muslims and how they've been affected by Sept. 11. This morning's installment, part of which was reported from the Sears Tower in Chicago, had one fact with a curious resonance. The engineer who designed the tower's internal structure was an American Muslim. On this day five years ago, 19 men used Islam as a justification for murder and destruction. Today, the Sears Tower continues to stand as a symbol of the great contributions the Muslim community has made to America.