We knew life in America would never be the same after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but no one knew exactly how it
would change. How has our society and country come to terms since
then? Public radio tackles this question with Understanding America
after 9/11, a week of special coverage on stations nationwide.
Stories and programs from Understanding America after 9/11 were broadcast on public radio stations nationwide September 3 through September 10, 2002. Many of the stories are archived on this site.
You're invited to participate in an online chronicle of how our lives have changed and remained the same a year after the terrorist attacks.
Share your answer and read others' responses.
Planes overhead make me anxious now. It heightened my sensitivity to sound, before I never really heard the airplanes...
After getting past the initial shock, anger and sadness, what remains is a renewed love for life, and a heightened sense of compassion and tolerance...
NPR's Lost and Found Sound and the public broadcasting community are collecting audio traces of the World Trade Center, its neighborhood and the events of September 11th. Explore the archive, contribute your own sounds and stories, and immerse yourself in the Sonic Browser, an interactive soundscape of stories and audio fragments at www.sonicmemorial.org
NPR Special Coverage:
Living with Terror: The World Speaks a Year After 9/11|
WAMU - Washington, D.C. and BBC - London
Award-winning journalists Robin Lustig and Deborah Amos hosted a two-hour live event featuring call-outs to top foreign correspondents, comments from dignitaries, and questions from around the world.
Living with Terror: America Speaks a Year after 9/11|
WBUR - Boston, MA, Minnesota Public Radio - St. Paul, MN, KPCC Los Angelos, CA
Ray Suarez, now with PBS, and Stephen Sackur from the BBC in London hosted live roundtable discussions in L.A., the Twin Cities, and Boston. Audiences compareed views about how 9/11 has changed their lives and the country, and how the fear of terrorism will influence the future.
Lost and Found Sound's
Sonic Memorial Special
In this intimate, historic, sound-rich documentary, narrator Paul Auster weaves
together voicemails, on-site recordings, oral histories, remembrances and
stories collected from NPR's Sonic Memorial phone line. (59:00)
Navajo Reflections on 9/11|
KUER - Salt Lake City, UT
This is an audio portrait of Native American reflections on September 11 and its aftermath. Jenny Brundin allows Navajos to share the spiritual and life lessons they gained from the 9/11 tragedy. This portrait with no narration is steeped in the sounds indigenous to the reservation. (8:10)
Defending the Future|
WAMU/Soundprint - Washington, DC
When American Airlines Flight 77 flew into the Pentagon on September 11, it attacked the heart of this
country's armed forces. From Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the greenest recruit at Parris Island,
Defending the Future examines the outlook for America's fighting forces a year after the terrorist attacks
of 9/11. (59:00)
WBUR - Boston, MA
WBUR's documentary on aviation security starts at Logan Airport where two of the hijacked planes took off on September 11. Since that day, air travel has changed forever, but questions remain whether government and the travel industry have taken the right steps to protect passengers and the country. (58:59)