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Measuring Time: Music for 9/11 Stream

WQXR and WNYC want to enhance the spirit of 9/11's Ten Anniversary. For the past several weeks, we've asked listeners to propose music that evokes the occasion. We've compiled works spanning many genres -- everything from Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Notorious B.I.G., to Bach, Ravel and Vaughan Williams -- in a special 24/7 audio stream. You can also hear the stories behind listeners' selections in their own words. Find the entire playlist here.

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

The World Trade Center in Tampa

Friday, September 09, 2011

During the clean up of Ground Zero, 700 million pounds of steel were removed. Some pieces were shipped, like relics, to be used in memorials all over the country. One piece — measuring about 17 inches wide, 43 inches tall, and an inch thick — ended up in Tampa, Florida ...

Slideshow: A Memorial Under Construction

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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

The New National 9/11 Memorial

Friday, September 09, 2011

Ten years ago, Lower Manhattan was the epicenter of the most shocking, upsetting day in many Americans' lifetimes. But today Ground Zero is bustling with construction workers, cranes, and other building equipment. The site is still a work in progress, except for the new national memorial ...

Video: Kurt Andersen Visits the 9/11 Memorial with Designer Michael Arad

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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

The Little Fireboat That Could

Friday, September 09, 2011

Maira Kalman has written and illustrated more than a dozen books, for children and adults. In the months following 9/11, when a friend suggested she write a book about the attacks, she said, “Absolutely not. I'm in the world of humor. This is a very sad story and it's very intense ...

Slideshow: Scenes from Maira Kalman’s Fireboat

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Studio 360

Returning Home on September 11, 2001

Friday, September 09, 2011

On the morning of September 11, I was in midtown Manhattan, so I walked south – downtown.  There I encountered the wave of refugees walking north, people still wearing white breathing masks, people in suits covered head to toe in dust and soot. And finally, after an eight mile hike, I arrived home to my wife and kids Brooklyn, where our little backyard ...

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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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Civil Liberties After 9/11

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Nadine Strossen, former head of the ACLU, joins us to talk about how civil liberties have changed since 9/11, from domestic surveillance, body scanners, and indefinite detention to an expansive national security establishment that remains largely hidden from view.

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Arts

Bach: Solace and Inspiration

Thursday, September 08, 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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Q2 Music

David Del Tredici Performs Missing Towers

Thursday, September 08, 2011

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There are only a few, fleeting moments when one feels instantly thrust in to history. How does a seasoned artist react to such ephemera? In the video below, New York composer David Del Tredici shares Gotham Glory: Missing Towers, his musical mirage of the two ghosts of 9/11 that loom over Ground Zero.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dust

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Paul Lioy, professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and one of the first scientists to take samples from Ground Zero after the destruction of the Twin Towers, shares his personal and professional perspectives on the World Trade Center dust. In Dust: The Inside Story of Its Role in the September 11 Aftermath, he investigates what the material was that rained down after the disintegration of those buildings and answers questions about the environmental effects, public policy initiatives, health outcomes and scientific findings that played a critical role in the aftermath of 9/11.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Decade 9/11: Suketu Mehta and Pete Hamill

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Suketu Mehta, New Yorker contributer, professor of journalism at NYU, and author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found talks with Tabloid City author and former editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News Pete Hamill about how New York and the world have changed since September 11th, 2001. 

 

EVENT: Suketu Mehta and Pete Hamill along with dozens of other journalists will be taking part in a day-long discussion on the Journalism of 9/11 tomorrow at NYU.   

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The Takeaway

Listener Responses: Your Memories of 9/11

Thursday, September 08, 2011

All week we've been talking about 9/11, and how we're remembering the events of that day a decade later. We've asked listeners across the country for their memories and recollections of September 11, 2001, and received many stories and experiences.

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Q2 Music

William Basinski on The Disintegration Loops

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

In the process of archiving and digitizing analog tape loops from work I had done in 1982, I discovered some wonderful, sweeping pastoral pieces I had forgotten about. Beautiful, lush, cinematic, truly American pastoral landscapes swept before my ears and eyes. During the transfer process, as each of the loops played round and round on the tape deck, I soon realized the tape loops were disintegrating.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

InSite: Art + Commemoration

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Kay Takeda, Director, Grants & Services, at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which was displaced from the World Trade Center after 9/11, and Nadine Robinson, a 2001 LMCC artist-in-residence at the World Trade Center, discusses the program InSite: Art + Commemoration, ten artistic responses to mark the ten-year anniversary of September 11—on view online through October 11.

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Know Your Neighbor

Eric, The 9/11 Brother

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Eric was 12 years old when his older brother, Paul, went into work at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Paul didn't make it out. And things at home turned ugly.

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Features

Why I Didn't 'Heart NY More Than Ever' and What I Did About It

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

In late September 2001, WNYC aired a piece by one of our producers, Jule Gardner (now Banville) about her decision to leave New York just after the attacks. We checked back with her recently and found out her life’s changed more than a little since that move.

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WQXR Blog

Composer John Adams Reflects on Pulitzer Work, Public 'Overreaction' to Sept. 11

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Composer John Adams, looking back at On the Transmigration of Souls, his 2002 piece remembering Sept. 11, expresses satisfaction with the work's success, but also concerns about the public's "orgy of self pity."

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The Takeaway

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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