Voices of Reflection: NPR Special Coverage

To mark the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, NPR News provides comprehensive coverage on the air and online.

more icon NPR Special Report: Sept. 11, 2002
Linda Carter hugs her son Lane at a ceremony near the site of the former World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2002Hear the special programming that NPR broadcast live from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET on Sept. 11, 2002, including commemorations in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa. Coverage is anchored by Neal Conan in Washington and Scott Simon in New York City.
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more icon Images from Ground Zero
Exhausted firefighter pauses in his search for survivors on 'the pile.' Photo by Andrea Booher, FEMA.NPR's Eric Westervelt covered the terrorist attacks in New York City and their aftermath. A year later, the world he briefly inhabited -- the smoldering, subterranean rubble of the World Trade Center towers -- no longer exists. Three photographers Westervelt met at Ground Zero share their photographs and memories in a multimedia slideshow, exclusively for npr.org.

more icon Codrescu Reads 9/11 (with Allen Ginsberg in mind)
Andrei CodrescuAs part of our Voices of Reflection coverage on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, frequent NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu read aloud a poem to remember the day. Due to tremendous demand from our listeners, npr.org presents the text version of the poem, along with the audio of the author reading it.

more icon America Remembers Sept. 11: Discussion
Thousands gathered on Sept. 11, 2002, to remember and reflect on the events of a year earlier. In homes, offices, schools and streets, across America and around the world, millions upon millions paused in tribute to those who are gone and to those who still grieve. Share your thoughts and memories on the NPR online discussion.

more icon Artists Look Back
Quilt squareAs part of its coverage of the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, NPR invited a range of artists -- actors, poets, musicians, visual artists -- to talk about works they've created in response to the tragedy. NPR Online presents a sampling.

more icon Musical Voices of Reflection
On the evening of Sept. 11, 2002, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET, Performance Today Host Fred Child and NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg host a live broadcast revisiting their experience of the last year through music. Coverage includes memorial performances by The St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra in Central Park and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Liberty Island, as well as interviews with Yo-Yo Ma, John Adams, and Wynton Marsalis.

more icon Sonic Memorial Project: 'A September Story'
Sonic Memorial ProjectFor three months this summer, a coalition of audio artists led by the Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson) collected remembrances, poems, music, on-site recordings and small shards of sound related to the World Trade Center. The result is "A September Story," an intimate documentary. Explore the online sound archive, and make your own contribution.

more icon The Last Normal Day
Most Americans remember exactly what they were doing on Sept. 11, 2001. But what about the day before? No one could know, of course, that Sept. 10 was the last day of an era -- the day before America was permanently altered. NPR's Andy Bowers reports on the last normal day.

more icon After Sept. 11: The New War on Terror
Host Susan Stamberg examines the war on terrorism's impact on U.S. foreign policy, surveillance technology and domestic FBI tactics. Mike Shuster reports on a growing U.S. commitment to "go it alone." Christopher Joyce reviews the government's push for technology to prevent future terrorist attacks. And Barbara Bradley studies the impact of post-Sept. 11 FBI tactics on civil liberties.

more icon As It Happened
The worst terrorist assault in U.S. history shattered the World Trade Center, tore a gash in the Pentagon, crashed a hijacked jet into a Pennsylvania field -- and sent America careening through grief and rage. This America Transformed archive compiles NPR's early coverage, from Sept. 11 through Oct. 8, 2001.

more icon The Year Since
As the nation moved beyond the immediate aftermath of the attacks, new threats and issues arose: war in Afghanistan, anthrax in the mail, aftershocks throughout the economy, and homeland security concerns everywhere. Throughout the year, NPR chronicled the countless ways life was changed.

more icon NPR Remembers: Personal Stories
From hosts on the air and reporters in the field to professionals throughout the public radio system, the people who put NPR on the air were as riveted as the rest of America by the events of Sept. 11. Here, some of their personal recollections of the day.