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Responsorium 9/11

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Listen to music written in response to the 9/11 attacks.  Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Steve Reich and John Adams each used an almost documentary approach to the events of 9/11; we’ll hear excerpts from both.  Michael Gordon’s “The Sad Park” is built on recordings of young children in the playground on Chambers Street, two blocks from the World Financial Center, describing that morning.  And Robert Moran’s new “Trinity Requiem” was written for the nearby Trinity Church choir.  We’ll hear excerpts from those pieces as well on this New Sounds. 

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WQXR Features

Bach: Solace and Inspiration

Sunday, September 11, 2011

As the intense emergency of the 9/11 attacks subsided, David Garland turned to the music of 18th Century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Moved by Bach's deep emotion, the beauty of Bach's musical logic, and the profound way Bach's music is able to express the truths and ideals of humanity, Garland created "Bach: Solace and Inspiration," to inaugurate WNYC's return to music programming on September 23, 2001. For this tenth anniversary of 9/11, Garland has assembled highlights from the original program.

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New Sounds

Responsorium 9/11

Sunday, September 11, 2011

WNYC

Listen to Pulitzer-prize winning John Adams’ - “On the Transmigration of Souls,” written for the first anniversary of the attacks.  Then there's Michael Gordon’s “The Sad Park,” made from the electronically manipulated voices of children who witnessed the World Trade Center attack, and premiered in September of 2006.  Plus, an excerpt from Robert Moran’s brand-new “Trinity Requiem,” featuring the Trinity Youth Chorus.   

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New Sounds

Unintended Elegy

Saturday, September 10, 2011

WNYC

For this podcast edition of the program, listen to some of William Basinski's "Disintegration Loops." Finished in September of 2001, the whole series has now become an unintended elegy of sorts.

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Selected Shorts

New York 'Lost and Found': A Special 9/11 Selected Shorts

Saturday, September 10, 2011

This special program recognizes the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the character of New York City. "UFO in Kushiro" by Haruki Murakami will be read by Ken Leung and "Lost and Found" by Colson Whitehead will be read by Alec Baldwin.

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New Sounds

Unintended Elegies

Saturday, September 10, 2011

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Brooklyn composer William Basinski was finishing a project based on some very old tape-loops he’d made.  The tape itself was disintegrating, and Basinski allowed the loops to play continuously while he recorded them digitally, capturing the process of the music’s demise.  The sounds of the music dying accompanied Basinski as he watched the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks from his Brooklyn rooftop.  We’ll hear an excerpt from this extraordinary project, and speak with the composer.

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WNYC News

Measuring Time Playlist: 9/11/11

Saturday, September 10, 2011

WNYC and WQXR want to enhance the spirit of this anniversary for all of our listeners. So we created a special playlist of music of all genres suggested by listeners to mark the occasion.

Listen to the Measuring Time project on air beginning at noon, Sunday September 11, on 93.9 FM, hosted by John Schaefer of WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds. The playlist is below.

You can also listen to a special Measuring Time online stream.

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Soundcheck

'Measuring Time' Picks: Bragg, Turturro, Botstein and Farris

Friday, September 09, 2011

Some recent Soundcheck guests gave us their picks for WNYC's Measuring Time: Music for 9/11 project. We asked them: "What would you want to hear on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001?"

Billy Bragg picked the Bruce Springsteen album, "The Rising." Conductor Leon Botstein chose the works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann. Violinist Ralph Farris from the string quartet Ethel sent us his arrangement of the National Anthem. And actor John Turturro chose a Frank Sinatra classic, "In the Wee Small Hours."

Click above to listen to each of them explain their picks.

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WNYC News

WNYC: September 11, 2001

Friday, September 09, 2011

On the morning of September 11, 2001, WNYC was broadcasting from studios then located in the Municipal Building in lower Manhattan.

Shortly after the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center that morning, WNYC’s FM transmitter, which was located atop the World Trade Center, was destroyed and WNYC FM went off the air. But WNYC continued to broadcast on its AM signal throughout the day.  

The audio above is a recording of what WNYC broadcast throughout the day on September 11, 2001, beginning shortly after the first plane struck the World Trade Center. It includes the first eyewitness account of the attacks recorded and broadcast that day.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Decade 9/11: Lawrence Wright and Fawaz Gerges

Friday, September 09, 2011

Lawrence Wright, staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 and the director of the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics and author of The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda, Fawaz Gerges, discuss the battle against terrorism over the last decade.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Downtown Restaurants After 9/11

Friday, September 09, 2011

Restaurateurs Drew Nieporent, Michael Lomonaco (formerly of Windows on the World), and David Bouley all had restaurants in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001. They describe the impact of the attacks and their aftermath on the restaurant scene in downtown Manhattan, and how it's changed in the last decade.

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Soundcheck

'Measuring Time' Preview

Friday, September 09, 2011

This summer, WNYC and WQXR began asking listeners and guests, “What music would you like to hear as you think about the events of 10 years ago?” The result was a diverse and thought-provoking playlist. Before he hosts this weekend’s “Measuring Time” special (Sunday starting at noon on 93.9 FM) Soundcheck's very own John Schaefer previews some of the music suggestions. Plus: We'll hear what some of our recent guests, like singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, actor John Turturro, composer Ralph Farris, and conductor Leon Botstein picked as their “Measuring Time” picks.

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The Takeaway

Music to Commemorate 9/11

Friday, September 09, 2011

This week has been a time of reflection on the loss, perseverance, and humanity displayed on September 11, 2001. It's also been a time for remembrance of 9/11. We asked our listeners to send us suggestions for songs that helped them cope with and process the events of that day. Here are some of their suggestions.

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The Takeaway

The Man Who Told Bush, 'America Is Under Attack'

Friday, September 09, 2011

Of the many stunning images taken on September 11, 2001 that have become permanently seared into the American psyche, the image of President George W. Bush being told the nation was under attack while in front of a classroom full of children is among the most striking. The man who whispered "America is under attack" into the president's ear was his chief of staff, Andrew Card. Card spoke about his experience that day with the BBC's Mark Mandell.

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Fishko Files

See for Yourself

Friday, September 09, 2011

Over the last 10 years, there has been a steady stream of people –non-New Yorkers, mostly –visiting the site downtown known as Ground Zero.  After the opening of the Memorial this Monday, record-breaking crowds are expected to travel there to see the exact spot.  In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko asks –why? 

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Studio 360

Hip-Hop Reacts to 9/11

Friday, September 09, 2011

Right after 9/11, Davey D, a longtime hip-hop journalist and radio host, remembers rappers throwing benefit concerts for firefighters and cops. “I remember Cannabis joining the army, and Eminem penned some words about Bin Laden, wanting to get him.” But hip-hop ...

Video: Immortal Technique's "Bin Laden"

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Studio 360

Sarah Jones’ Post-9/11 World

Friday, September 09, 2011

Early in 2001, the writer and performer Sarah Jones started working on a one-woman Broadway show called Bridge and Tunnel.  The play, which won a Tony Award, featured Jones playing a diverse cast of characters living in New York – including a middle-aged Pakistani man named Mohammed ...

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Studio 360

Steve Reich’s WTC 9/11

Friday, September 09, 2011

Steve Reich is one of the most acclaimed composers working today.  He was a pioneer in using recorded voices as part of his compositions. Even though Reich is no stranger to difficult subject matter (Different Trains, from 1988, is a meditation on the Holocaust), it took him nearly a decade ...

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Studio 360

Laughing at 9/11

Friday, September 09, 2011

In the days after 9/11, late night talk show hosts like David Letterman and Jon Stewart limped back on screen. A week later, Stewart mused, “They said to get back to work, and there were no jobs available for a man in the fetal position under his desk crying, which I gladly would have taken.” ...

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Studio 360

Artists Respond to 9/11: Michael Stipe, Björk, Jodie Foster

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Over the last several months, Kurt Andersen has been asking guests about their memories of 9/11 and the changes that came after it. Hear responses from Michael Stipe, Jodie Foster, Björk, Suzanne Vega, Robert Lopez, and Miranda July.

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