WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show" to Begin "Decade 9/11" Coverage with Live Radio Broadcast from Montclair State University on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 10am

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WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show to Begin its “Decade 9/11” Coverage with a

Live Broadcast from Montclair State University


Show to Examine the New Jersey Experience of 9/11, along with other NJ topics


Tuesday, August 30, from 10am-noon


Event is Free and Open to the Public, Tickets Must Be Reserved at www.wnyc.org/events



(New York, NY, August 22, 2011) -- New York City understandably receives a great deal of attention when thinking about the tragedy of September 11, 2001, but New Jersey and its residents were deeply affected as well.

On Tuesday, August 30 from 10am-noon, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning public affairs and news program The Brian Lehrer Show will begin its series of “Decade 9/11” conversations with a live broadcast event from the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University.  The program will air live on 93.9FM and AM 820, and its audio will stream live at www.wnyc.org.

This special event will feature a range of guests from New Jersey and will consider 9/11 through various lenses, including politics, education, and community.  In addition, the program will dedicate a segment to a town hall-style conversation on the idea of “town” and the particular meaning that concept has in New Jersey.  Listeners are invited to share thoughts on their town prior to the live event by visiting www.wnyc.org/blshow.

Segments of the program will include:

  • TOM KEAN, former Governor and head of the 9-11 Commission, will join Lehrer to talk politics and re-examine the work of the 9-11 Commission.
  • A panel of New Jersey leaders, thinkers and residents to reflect on how September 11th affected their communities.   

Confirmed panelists:  REVEREND BILL HOWARD, Bethany Baptist Church, Newark

JOEY RIZZOLO, Youth Reporter with WNYC’s Radio Rookies program, who is producing a radio piece about the Annual Freedom Walk he founded in Paramus to honor the victims of 9/11

  • Teaching 9/11  

Ten years ago, students were in classrooms when the 9/11 attacks occurred, and teachers led the very first conversations young people had about that day.  This year, for the first time, there is a free K-12 curriculum available to educators entitled, “Learning from the Challenges of Our Times: Global Security, Terrorism, and 9/11 in the Classroom,” written by a volunteer group that includes members of the Families of September 11, Liberty Science Center, and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.  Lehrer and guests will discuss the curriculum and explore what teachers have learned from talking to children about 9/11 for 10 years.  

Confirmed guest: MARY ELLEN SALAMON, Co-founder of Families of September 11

  • 5 Reasons You Love Your Town.  5 Reasons You Don’t

WNYC Senior Reporter BOB HENNELLY, NJ Spotlight’s JOHN MOONEY, and Baristanet’s DEBBIE GALANT will lead a town hall segment about New Jersey towns. Lehrer and guests will explore what the state’s hundreds of municipalities mean to New Jersey hearts and minds, and what they mean for governance and economics.

This special live radio broadcast is free and open to the public. Reservations are mandatory and can be made at www.wnyc.org/events.

New York Public Radio is New York's premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC, WQXR, and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, as well as www.wnyc.org, www.wqxr.org and www.thegreenespace.org.  As America's most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. Classical 105.9 WQXR is New York City's sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city's rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC and WQXR produce content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station's street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. For more information about New York Public Radio, visit www.nypublicradio.org.

Montclair State offers the advantages of a large university -- a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a broad variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body -- combined with a small college's attention to students. montclair.edu.

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