To mark the 10th anniversary of September 11th, Radio Rookies partnered with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum to share the stories of six young people from New York City, New Jersey and Long Island who are part of the last generation of young people who remember 9/11 as a lived experience, rather than a historic event.

The stories give voice to grief, pain, and loss, but also resilience, altruism and courage.  Eric's big brother Paul worked in Tower 1 and he never made it home.  Jillian lost her father, a New York City police officer.  Norhan also sees her life split between before and after 9/11, when she became a target of other kids' hatred and fear because she is muslim.  Brendan and Joey feel called to service, in the military and police respectively.  And Erin, whose father was a New York City fire fighter, spent the months after 9/11 attending funerals and watching her father struggle to recover from devastating injuries he sustained from falling debris.

(Air Dates: September 1-9 on WNYC 93.9 FM during Morning Edition.  You can also tune in to the hour special:"Our 9/11: Growing Up In the Aftermath", hosted by On The Media's Brooke Gladstone, on Friday, September 9 at 8pm on 93.9FM, Saturday, September 10 at 9pm on 93.9FM and Sunday, September 11, 7pm, on 820 AM)

Our 9/11: Growing Up In The Aftermath


I'll Heal In Time

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Jillian Suarez’s father, a New York City police officer, didn't come home on September 11th and for three months her mother held out hope he would be found alive.

Freedom Walk

Friday, September 02, 2011

Even though he had no personal connection to 9/11, Joey Rizzolo decided to initiate a Freedom Walk to help residents of his town, Paramus, NJ, remember and honor the victims of 9/11.

The Last To Remember

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Brendan was a first-grader on September 11th, 2001. Brendan reports on whether or not his peers and younger siblings feel that 9/11 impacted their world view.

Daughter of a Survivor

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

When the first tower fell on September 11th, Erin Reeg's father was hit by falling debris and all the coping strategies Erin learned from her parents kicked in. 

Speaking for Islam

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Norhan Basuni divides her life before and after September 11th. For her, it is the day that she, an ordinary 7th grader, became a symbol of Islam, of "them", and to some, of terrorism.

No Roadmap for Recovery

Friday, September 09, 2011

Eric Leinung's big brother went into work in the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, and didn't make it out. Eric reports on how he found his way through his family's loss.