Coverage and commemoration of the events of September 11, 2001 begins at witf on September 5, 2011. In the week leading up to the anniversary, news reports and Radio Smart Talk will look back at the past ten years of interviews with family members, first responders and others. Expect extensive coverage of the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, PA, led by witf news director Tim Lambert. As a journalist and former landowner at the site, Lambert has been deeply involved in the memorial’s development.
That Day In September, Ten Years Later (airs September 10 at 1 p.m. and September 11 at 6 p.m.) an hour-long radio documentary that will review the events of that day, Flight 93’s crash in Shanksville, PA and the impact of those events on 20-somethings who have grown up in the post-9/11 world. The documentary will include an interview with former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, who became the country’s first Homeland Security director in the wake of the terrorist attacks.
Mary Wilson of the witf news team will preview the Flight 93 memorial itself and then report from the dedication ceremonies on September 10th and the remembrance events on the 11th. Tim Lambert will take an exclusive tour of the crash site area with the brother of one of the victims, an area open only to family members.
witf will also return to Elysburg, PA, a town located equidistant from the three 9/11 sites. It could be “Anytown USA.” witf Morning Edition host Craig Layne gathers reflections from residents, following up on a story witf produced on the first anniversary of the attacks.
Other witf-FM specials on September 11th itself include a StoryCorps special edition (airs 7 pm) and a musical tribute from classical music host Cary Burkett (8 pm).
TV Smart Talk (airs September 8 at 8 p.m.) will involve the audience by posing 10 topics over 10 days leading up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Starting September 2, 2011, one question per day will be asked for a total of 11 by September 11—how has 9/11 has changed this country in these areas: Reflection, Education, Faith, Media, Government, Patriotism, Transportation/travel, Diversity, Security and Worldview. Answers will be gathered via blog comments, Facebook and Twitter. Some may be used in TV and radio broadcasts.
Community events related to the 9/11 Anniversary will be posted at witf.org, along with an interactive timeline of the events that led to the creation of the Flight 93 memorial.
On September 11th itself, witf-TV will present a sterling lineup of PBS programming—airing without sponsorship messages from 1:30 pm to midnight on September 11th—including:
3 p.m. Frontline: Top Secret America - Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Dana Priest ask how a decade of fighting terrorism has reshaped the country and whether it has made us safer.
4 p.m. NOVA: Engineering Ground Zero - With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Engineering Ground Zero follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
5 p.m. Frontline: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero - FRONTLINE explores how the spiritual lives of both believers have been challenged since September 11 by difficult questions of good and evil, God's culpability, and the potential for darkness within religion itself.
9:00pm: 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.
10:30pm Frontline: The Man Who Knew - The extraordinary saga of FBI special agent John O’Neill. As the bureau’s top counterterrorism agent, O’Neill--who investigated the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole--joined then national security counterterrorism co-coordinator Richard Clarke in believing that the United States should kill Osama bin Laden before Al Qaeda launched a devastating attack on America.
11:30pm Frontline: Top Secret America - Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Dana Priest ask how a decade of fighting terrorism has reshaped the country and whether it has made us safer.
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