August 30, 2011
Anna Christopher, NPR





It has been said that America would never be the same after terrorist attacks took nearly 3,000 lives on September 11, 2001. A decade since the tragedy, how have the attacks affected people's lives and shaped America's collective outlook and future?

Beginning September 5, NPR News offers a week of reports looking back at the events leading up to 9/11 and reflecting on the ways it continues to impact the nation. The comprehensive reporting culminates on Sunday, September 11, with nine hours of special live coverage from 8AM-5PM (ET), capturing the day's events at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, in Shanksville and far beyond, and memorializing the enormity of the human toll through first-person remembrances. Throughout the day NPR will provide rigorous reporting and contextual understanding of this historic event.

Reports, reflections and live anniversary coverage will air across all of NPR’s news programs and be available at, which will offer additional reports, original video documentaries, photography and live concert specials from NPR Music. NPR programs are broadcast on public radio stations nationwide (for local stations and broadcast times, visit Many stations are also producing specials and holding events marking the anniversary; details will be posted at the "This Is NPR" blog.

Highlights from the week, in order of broadcast date, include (all times are ET):

NPR News Reports: September 11
Week of September 5, All NPR News Programs and at

In investigations and in-depth reports from correspondents based around the country and world, NPR News focuses on how life has been affected and in some cases forever changed by September 11, from national security, to politics, to culture, to the businesses, communities and people most affected by the attacks.

Morning Edition in Afghanistan
Month of September, Morning Edition

Morning Edition host Renee Montagne makes her sixth trip to Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. Throughout the month, Montagne travels from Kabul to Kandahar to report on one of the countries perhaps most transformed by the 9/11 attacks – and where it is a decade later. Montagne is contributing to NPR’s live special anniversary coverage from Kabul.

We Remember: StoryCorps Stories from 9/11
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Hosted by NPR's Audie Cornish, “We Remember” is an hour-long special that takes an intimate look at lives forever changed by the attacks on 9/11 – and reconnects with individuals interviewed ten years prior to hear where they are now. These are stories from families and friends who talk about their loved ones and incredible 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.

Under Suspicion: An Investigation from NPR News and Center for Investigative Reporting
September 7-8, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and

Ever since 9/11, the nation’s leaders have warned that government agencies like the CIA and FBI can’t protect the country on their own – private businesses and ordinary citizens have to look out for terrorists too. Popular sites from shopping malls to sports stadiums have hired private counterterrorism firms to identify and then report “suspicious persons” to law enforcement agencies. A two-part investigation by NPR News and the Center for Investigative Reporting suggests that these kinds of programs are disrupting innocent people's lives.

Video Profile: In Colorado, Outdoor Rehab for Injured Soldiers
Available September 9 at, Airing September 8 on Rocky Mountain Public Television

This video from NPR photojournalist David Gilkey, produced in collaboration with Colorado Public Radio and Rocky Mountain Public Television, profiles injured soldiers who joined the military after 9/11, and a Colorado organization working to give them a new lease on life. Gilkey documents the work by “LifeQuest,” a non-profit organization out of Colorado Springs that uses outdoor adventure courses to empower veterans with brain injuries and PTSD to take ownership over their lives. One participant is Tyler Daly, an Iraq war veteran who participated in the program after suffering from a traumatic brain injury in the line of duty.

September 11: Live Special Coverage
September 11, 8AM-5PM

NPR News captures the national memorial ceremonies from ground zero, the Pentagon and Shanksville, with nine hours of live coverage hosted by Weekend Edition host Audie Cornish and Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan. The broadcast includes reporting and reflections from the NPR journalists who covered the events ten years ago, correspondents based around the world, and remembrances and thoughts from listeners.

8AM-2PM: Cornish guides listeners through the day’s events, joined by NPR reporters around the country and the world: Robert Siegel at the World Trade Center site in New York; Tom Gjelten, who was at the Pentagon when the plane hit 10 years ago; John Ydstie in Shanksville; Montagne and correspondent Quil Lawrence in Kabul; foreign correspondent Kelly McEvers in Baghdad; and others. NPR will air the names of the victims as they are read in each location.

2PM-5PM: Neal Conan invites listeners to share their memories and reflections as he continues NPR's special coverage. In each hour, Conan will focus on a different aspect of the nation’s collective experience, beginning by asking listeners what images are seared into their memories from September 11. Next, for many people, it was a day of decisions – large and small. Conan will ask people what personal decisions they made on 9/11, and hear the stories of those who had to act at the local, national and international level. The final hour will examine what changed in people’s lives, and in the life our country. Conan will have lots of company for these hours, including commentator Ted Koppel, newsmakers, thought-leaders, and first responders.

Remembering September 11: Live Concert Webcast
September 11, 3:30-5:30PM, Live at NPR Music and WQXR's Q2

NPR Music and WQXR's Q2 present a live webcast and broadcast of this anniversary concert from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur. Part of the groundbreaking Wordless Music Series, the concert features the world premiere of an orchestration of William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops, as well as music by Ingram Marshall, Alfred Schnittke, and Grammy Award winner Osvaldo Golijov.