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A Snapshot of the City: New Yorkers Reflect on 9/11

Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Yorkers throughout the city marked the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks in myriad ways — crowding into coffee shops, attending church services, sitting in the park. Here are three snapshots from the the city where many reflected on the events that forever changed the world.

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New Sounds

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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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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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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WNYC News

Park Service Prepares Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania

Friday, September 09, 2011

On Saturday, September 10, a new national memorial will be dedicated in Shanksville, PA, at the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001, killing all 40 passengers and crew aboard, as well as four hijackers.

A new visitor center will also open, replacing the makeshift museum that currently houses information about the memorial, as well as biographies and tributes to the victims.

In July, workers were busy at the site, preparing it for the dedication. View a slideshow of the site below.

 

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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 Takeaway

The Economic Cost of 9/11

Friday, September 09, 2011

The events of September 11, 2001 amounted to unfathomable costs, in terms of lives and families forever torn apart, not to mention the physical and emotion after effects that continue to haunt the survivors of 9/11. In addition to that, there was an economic cost to 9/11 — one that is almost equally unfathomable.

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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

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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WNYC News

For Minorities Hardest Hit by 9/11, A Queens Support Group Brings Comfort

Thursday, September 08, 2011

On a recent evening, 19 Latino immigrants who worked on the clean-up efforts at Ground Zero squeezed into the office of Queens-based psychotherapist Jaime Carcamo. He is a proponent of so-called exposure therapy, when patients describe in detail the memories that haunt them.

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Features

Photographer Richard Drew Remembers 'The Falling Man'

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Richard Drew worked as a photographer for the Associated Press for 32 years before he took his most powerful image on Sept. 11, 2001. Drew has called "The Falling Man" “the most famous photograph no one has seen,” since many outlets refused to publish the photo in the wake of 9/11.

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WNYC News

Behind the Post-9/11 Transformation of the Financial District

Thursday, September 08, 2011

WNYC

The September 11 attacks destroyed 13 million square feet of office space in Lower Manhattan. That, and two recessions, led to a loss of 16,000 jobs south of Chambers Street, according to a report from the Alliance of Downtown New York. And yet the area has remained lively, as more and more people have chosen to make their homes there.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Impressions of 9/11: Billy Collins

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

This week we’ll be playing short conversations we had with recent guests of the show about what 9/11 and the last decade have meant to them. Billy Collins was poet laureate of the United States on 9/11 and we spoke to him about the attacks after his appearance on the program last April.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Impressions of 9/11: James B. Stewart

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The events of 9/11 have had a profound effect on all of us. This week guests we’ve had on the show over the past year reflect about what the attacks and life in New York this past decade have meant to them. New Yorker contributor James B. Stewart was on the program back in April, we asked him about 9/11 after the show. Here’s what he had to say.

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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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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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