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Learning to Laugh After 9/11: A Reservist's Perspective

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Today on the show, we covered what many would argue is a difficult topic: how the terrorist attacks on 9/11 changed comedy, and how comedy changed the way we've dealt in our own lives with that tragedy. We received a listener's thoughtful take that we had a share with you. Like so many, Air Force reservist Theresa Mickelwait lived out days after the attacks in shock, but she learned to laugh again in a strange venue: entering the wars as part of the military response to the attacks. Below is Mickelwait's take: we hope you'll take a few minutes to read it. —Ben Johnson, interim digital editor

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WNYC News

Lawmakers Want Compensation for 9/11 Cancer Victims

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

WNYC

Local lawmakers said federal overseers of the September 11 health program should add cancer to the list of illnesses that qualify people for victims compensation.

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Features

Despite 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Fashion Week Marches On

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be on the minds of many New Yorkers this weekend. But fashionistas, designers and labels will have their eyes on the Lincoln Center runways for New York's annual Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which runs from Thursday through Sept. 15.

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WNYC News

Q&A | Interview with World Trade Center Site Architect Daniel Libeskind

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Daniel Libeskind won the competition of the master plan architect for the World Trade Center site in 2003. There have been much political wrangling, changes and debate, but construction of the site is well underway. Libeskind spoke to WNYC about the 10th anniversary, what the term "sacred ground" means to him and the musicality of the site.

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WNYC News

Revisiting the City's Lone And Unsolved Homicide on 9/11

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

It was the only homicide in New York City recorded on September 11, 2001. And it remains unsolved. Ten years later it’s hard to reconstruct Henryk Siwiak’s last day and even harder to find a motive for his killing.

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WNYC News

Two Aspiring Politicians Draw Upon 9/11, But in Opposing Ways

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

WNYC

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is located several miles from Ground Zero, but it's in this neighborhood where two strikingly different visions of post-9/11 America are taking shape. Two activists from the area were deeply influenced by the World Trade Center attacks and took away different lessons from that day. Both hope to get elected to public office.

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WNYC News

Defense Secretary Panetta Visits Ground Zero

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

WNYC

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta traveled to New York City to visit the National September 11 Memorial Park and museum on Tuesday. The visit starts a series of events mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

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WNYC News

Mayor Says Lower Manhattan Has Made a Comeback

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Tuesday that Lower Manhattan has transformed into a vibrant business and cultural center since the 9/11 attacks.

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WNYC News

How They Spent It: Recipients Reflect on 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

What if someone you cared for vanished forever, and you were handed a check for their expected lifetime earnings? In effect, that’s what happened to thousands of people whose loved ones died in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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WNYC News

Ten Years Later, Medical Examiner Continues to ID Remains from 9/11

Sunday, September 04, 2011

A decade after the September 11 terrorist attacks, scientists with the city's medical examiner continue matching remains to DNA samples from victims.

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Q2 Music

Olivia Giovetti on Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Saturday, September 03, 2011

On September 11, 1992, my father wrote a letter to his friends and family, entered the waters of the Massachusetts Bay off Revere Beach and never emerged. Because no body was found, I was not told of this until shortly before September 11, 1999. The time delay both harshened and dulled the news, removing the immediacy while nevertheless leaving a void one can only gain from the loss of a parent. I was entering high school that year, which added to the internal chaos surrounding this, and was still making sense of the news two years later when the planes hit the towers. 

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WNYC News

City Principals Get New Curriculum for Teaching 9/11

Thursday, September 01, 2011

WNYC

Just in time for the tenth anniversary, the city's public schools will now have a new curriculum for teaching about the 9/11 attacks.

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Q2 Music

What Remains

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Eighteen years ago, with whole chunks of my address book gutted by AIDS, I attended the first Broadway production of Angels in America. I emerged from the Walter Kerr Theater, the closing scene still lingering in my mind, to face a bitterly cold February night and a sky brilliant with stars. For a moment, like Kushner’s lost housewife, I imagined every friend I had lost as a separate constellation, mapped for me, forever, in a private welkin.

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WNYC News

Report Examines How 9/11 Money Was Spent

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WNYC

A new report out Wednesday examined how the more than $20 billion of federal money intended to help lower Manhattan after the September 11 attacks was actually spent.

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Q2 Music

Memorial Music: One Expected, One Not

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In the days immediately after 9/11, our regular programming on WNYC 93.9 FM was suspended and we were doing wall-to-wall news coverage from NPR’s New York studio in midtown. I had been on the scene that Tuesday morning and was badly shaken by the events; and staying at home with nothing to do was definitely not helping me. So when NPR called to ask if I’d cover a live performance of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, and gather some sound from people at the church, I was relieved and grateful.

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Q2 Music

Robert Moran on Trinity Requiem

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

When Robert Ridgell (organist at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York) asked me for a new work to be commissioned by Trinity Wall Street and for his wonderful Trinity Youth Chorus, I said "Yes." Then Robert told me that this new work would be part of the 9/11 Anniversary and he would appreciate having a requiem.

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Q2 Music

The Ambiguity of Excerpting

Monday, August 29, 2011

As we take all the generous musical suggestions you've provided and strive to channel them into a cohesive, fluid stream of music for the 9/11 weekend, we acknowledge a complicated, but inevitable, decision. We have an idea how to proceed; however, we want to hear your thoughts as to the most appropriate, respectful course of action.

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Q2 Music

To Score or Not To Score

Monday, August 29, 2011

As part of Q2's Requiem Project, we're collecting stories from the  New York Public Radio archives to augment the music stream — voices that expand upon the themes in the music, and vice versa.  We recently wondered: what if we blended the two?  We've put together a little audio experiment and we'd like you to evaluate the results.

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Q2 Music

Annie Bergen on Johannes Brahms's German Requiem

Friday, August 26, 2011

The requiem that stands out for me is the performance I heard of Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The performance was by the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Kurt Masur at Avery Fisher Hall. A collective feeling of wounded angst could be felt as audience-goers entered the auditorium.

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Q2 Music

Toby Twining on Chrysalid Requiem

Thursday, August 25, 2011

It is twelve years since I finished composing Chrysalid Requiem — a setting of the Latin funeral service, plus the "Libera me" and "In paradisum" from the burial service. Rather than the commemoration of someone’s death, I found other reasons for the project. The Latin words sing beautifully, cry for a wildly imaginative setting and resonate with layers of metaphor that suggest a complex musical fabric.

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