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The Takeaway

New Testimony Renews Attention On Saudi Arabia's Role in 9/11

Friday, February 06, 2015

Twenty-eight pages of the Congressional report on 9/11 were classified by President George W. Bush. Sources say the pages implicated Saudi Arabia, and new testimony affirms that claim. 

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The Takeaway

KSM's Defense Has Questions For VP Cheney

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In light of the Senate report on CIA torture, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's lead defense attorney describes what questions he would ask former V.P. Dick Cheney if he took the stand at Gitmo.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Didn't Change After 9/11

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Some New Yorkers still duck when they hear a plane, but the uptick in praise for the NYPD didn't last. Our "25 Years in 25 Days" series looks at 9/11's impact on our daily lives.

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On The Media

September 11th Online

Friday, September 12, 2014

In spite of our belief that the internet is forever, there are very few primary documents online from the moment of the September 11th attacks.
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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Willow Smith, Pixar, Simpsons nerds, and a satirical documentary about skating win the internet this week. 
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WNYC News

Annual 9/11 Ceremony Carries on with Subtle Differences

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and many are making their annual journey to Ground Zero — but this year's commemoration is a little different.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Seeking Spiritual NYC

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lee Kravitz, former editor-in-chief of Parade magazine and author of Pilgrim: Risking the Life I Have to Find the Faith I Seek, talks about his post-9/11 spiritual quest -- all within 100 miles of New York City. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Inside the September 11th Memorial Museum

Friday, May 16, 2014

The National September 11th Memorial Museum opens its doors to survivors and victims’ families this week and to the general public next Wednesday. New York Magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson takes us through his conflicting experience touring the museum.

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The Takeaway

The Psychology Behind the 9/11 Museum

Thursday, May 15, 2014

As the September 11 Memorial Museum opens, The Takeaway talks to a psychologist who consulted with the museum designers on how to create a tribute to a traumatic event that doesn’t exacerbate the feelings of trauma.

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WNYC News

Photos: First Look at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The National September 11 Memorial Museum is preparing to open its doors to victims' families starting Thursday. The Museum, situated below the original Twin Towers, features hundreds of artifacts from ground zero, as well as audio recordings of 911 phone calls, voice mails and oral histories of survivors.

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WNYC News

Only 112 People Have Received Payouts From 9/11 Bill — Out of 55k

Friday, November 22, 2013

About 55,000 emergency responders and others have applied for financial help from the James Zadroga September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.

But according to a new report, only 112 people have learned whether they will be getting any money to help with their medical treatments.

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WNYC News

In Pictures: Firefighters Converge to Remember Fallen Brothers

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Firefighters from around the city and the world came out for the annual ceremony at the Firemen's Memorial on Riverside Drive. Participants read aloud the names of all the firefighters killed on 9/11 and sang Amazing Grace. 

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New Jersey News

Why Hoboken Doesn't Have Its 9/11 Memorial Yet

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Twelve years after the September 11 attacks, Hoboken still has not built a permanent memorial to commemorate the 57 residents who died in the attacks.

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On The Media

Tragedy + Time = Advertising

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

AT&T tweeted a 9/11 themed ad today designed to celebrate the majesty of a recovered New York while subtly reminding social media users about AT&T's elegant,affordable smartphones. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Permanent Memorials to 9/11

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sylvia Laudien-Meo, art historian and tour leader with the Municipal Art Society, discusses the permanent memorials in remembrance of September 11, both within the city and throughout the tri-state area.

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New Jersey News

12 Years Later, 9-11 Remains Still Making Their Way to Families

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Twelve years after the September 11th attacks, the loved ones of 9/11 victims are still getting calls from the New York City Medical Examiner's Office about identified remains.

Sandra Grazioso from Clifton, N.J., said her family got one of those calls last week. Two more body parts belonging to one of her sons had been identified.

“An upper arm and shoulder and a tooth,” Grazioso said. “A molar.”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Something in the Air

Monday, December 31, 2012

On today's show: We're replaying some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Kurt Eichenwald looks at how some of the decisions made in the first 500 days that followed the 9/11 attacks have dramatically reshaped the world in the years since. Junot Diaz talks about his new book of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her. Luis Rodriguez tells us how he escaped from gang life. And William Bryant Logan talks about air—life would not exist without it, yet we take it for granted.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Kurt Eichenwald on the Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars

Monday, December 31, 2012

Kurt Eichenwald recounts the first 500 days after 9/11, looking closely at the decisions, deceptions, and delusions of the 18 months that changed the world forever, as leaders raced to protect their citizens in the wake of 9/11. In 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars, he moves from the Oval Office to Number 10 Downing Street, from Guantanamo Bay to the CIA headquarters, from the al-Qaeda training camps to the torture chambers of Egypt and Syria.

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Transportation Nation

Port Authority Board Gets an Earful from Public Over 9/11 Memorial, Community Relations

Thursday, September 20, 2012

One World Trade Center (photo by Kate Hinds)

(New York, NY -- WNYC) The day after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey released a consultant's report lauding the agency's newfound zeal for transparency and accountability, the public showed up at the agency's monthly Board of Commissioners meeting with a very different assessment.

It was a full house.

A contingent of 9/11 family members used the public comment period to urge the Commissioners to reject a Memorandum of Understanding entered into last week between the bi-state agency and the National September 11th Memorial and  Museum. The deal, reached a day before the eleventh anniversary of the terror attacks, cleared the way for work to resume. Construction at the site had halted last year after a funding squabble.

Sally Regenhard, who lost her firefighter son on September 11th, took the Port Authority to task for not sufficiently involving the 9/11 families in the process. "Do not approve this MOU until we can have full public disclosure involving the 9/11 families as well as the community."

Richard Hughes of the Twin Towers Alliance told the panel it was being expedient with their deal with the Memorial and Museum that calls for passing ownership of the former site of the Twin Towers to the non-profit in exchange for adjacent land where the Deutsche Bank building once stood.

"You have eight acres of prime important downtown real estate -- a site that is sacred to all of us  -- and you are giving it away or swapping it, but it is really giving it away, without public debate, behind closed doors," Hughes said.

Under the agency's public comment period protocol, Commissioners don't respond directly to the public. But speaking to reporters afterwards, officials defended the deal as breaking a lengthy impasse and insuring the project stays on budget while guaranteeing the site remains a memorial.

Of particular concern to family members at the hearing were the plans to place several thousand of the unidentified remains from the attack in the museum. Boosters of that plan say it will permit work to continue on identifying the remains. The 9/11 families want the surviving families to be polled.

The full board approved the MOU over their objections -- but after the vote, Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye reminded reporters the agency had lost 84 employees in the attack. He said he understood the families' concerns about the remains. "Given the grievous loss those family members experienced that is an issue that resonates with me," Foye said.

But it isn't only how the Port has handled Ground Zero that had members of the public fuming.

Casandra Dock came with residents of of the city of Newark. She chastised the Commissioners for not holding public meetings of the board west of the Hudson in New Jersey.

"I come before this board today -- since this is the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey  -- to ask this board to have some of these board meetings over in Newark, New Jersey," Dock said.

In the board's brief public meeting it did move on some items without controversy. John F. Kennedy International Airport will host a animal handling facility that the Port Authority says will be the most comprehensive facility of its kind in the nation. The board also approved the deal with ARK Development LLC to convert a vacant building at JFK into what Foye says will be a state-of-the-art facility that will handle everything from household pets to horses.

"And this facility will provide animal daycare and kenneling services, more efficient animal transport services--a full service veterinary hospital. The facility is expected to serve approximately 70,000 wild and domestic animals a year,"Foye said.

The deal will net the agency more than $100 million dollars in rent over the next 20 years.

The Port also funded a study looking at the feasibility of taking over Atlantic City International Airport. It will also take a look at running its existing PATH train from where it currently ends -- in Newark Penn Station --  out to Newark Liberty Airport.

The latest board actions come as the agency grapples with how to fund some $44 billion dollars in upgrades it says the region's transportation infrastructure will need by 2020.

 

The World Trade Center construction on 3/8/12 (photo by Kate Hinds)
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Kurt Eichenwald on 500 Days

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Kurt Eichenwald recounts the first 500 days after 9/11, looking closely at the decisions, deceptions, and delusions of the 18 months that changed the world forever, as leaders raced to protect their citizens in the wake of 9/11. In 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars, he moves from the Oval Office to Number 10 Downing Street, from Guantanamo Bay to the CIA headquarters, from the al-Qaeda training camps to the torture chambers of Egypt and Syria. He reveals new information from the terror wars, including never before reported details about warrantless wiretapping, the anthrax attacks and investigations, and conflicts between Washington and London.

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