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Programming Notes: Remembering 9/11 on KERA TV and FM
by Anne Bothwell 6 Sep 2011

KERA FM and KERA TV are broadcasting lots of programming related to the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. And Art&Seek’s calendar is tracking North Texas events marking the anniversary. Click in for listings.


The tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon is Sunday. This week and through the weekend, KERA television and radio will be broadcasting special live coverage, documentaries, a memorial concert and more.

Of special interest to us at Art&Seek:  On Studio 360, Kurt Anderson talks to a variety of artists, from composer Steve Reich to novelist Mohsin Hamid to a roundtable of comedians about how the attacks and their aftermath influenced  their work  Sunday on KERA FM. Studio 360 is compiling a list of works created in response to 9/11 on its website. You can join that conversation here.

And PBS’ Great Performances broadcasts “A Concert for New York” on Sunday at 8 p.m. on KERA TV.

Closer to home, there are numerous lectures, concerts, exhibits and discussions marking the anniversary this week in North Texas. You can find them all right here, in a special category on the Art&Seek calendar.

For the full schedule:



  • We Remember: StoryCorps Stories from 9/11 – Hosted by NPR’s Audie Cornish, in partnership with StoryCorps and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, We Remember takes an intimate look at lives forever changed by the attacks on 9/11. These are stories from families and friends who tell us about their loved ones and their loss: the father who recalls the last words he shared with his son, the recovery worker who discovers a new meaning for normal, the fireman’s daughter who knew that her dad who perished in the line of duty wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, host Audie Cornish checks in with StoryCorps families to find out how they make their way today.   (Sept. 9, Noon;  Sept. 10, 1 p.m.)
  • The Sonic Memorial ProjectThe Sonic Memorial Project commemorates the life and history of the World Trade Center and the people who passed through its doors. It was created with audio artifacts, rare recordings, and the input of thousands of people who called in with their personal stories. The Sonic Memorial Project was produced by the Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva.   (Sept. 9 at 1pm, and Sept. 11 at 5pm)
  • The 9/11 Generation SpeaksRADIO ROOKIES, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning youth journalism initiative, has partnered with the National September 11 Museum and Memorial to present “THE 9/11 GENERATION SPEAKS,” stories by young people who remember 9/11 as a lived experience In their own words and with microphone in hand, six Radio Rookies from New York City, New Jersey and Long Island report on the ways that historic event affected them, their families, and their communities – then and now. (Sept. 9 at 8 p.m.)


  • Living Nine Eleven – Living Nine Eleven explores New Yorkers’ most visceral and immediate emotional reactions to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and how they are – and are not — still with us today.  Fear and shock, grief and guilt, anger, gratitude and solidarity — these emotions overwhelmed many New Yorkers along with the billowing cloud of smoke and debris after the Towers collapsed. The WNYC award-winning news team spent days, months, and then years reporting on the attacks and their aftermath. Through a mix of their recordings at the time and interviews with people ten years later, WNYC reporter Marianne McCune guides us through the stories of people who were directly impacted by what happened and have been struggling for a decade to make sense of it.  (Sept. 10 at 2pm, and Sept. 11 at 9pm. )


  • NPR will provide live anchored coverage and special programming from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen marks the anniversary by talking to artists whose work responds to the attack and its aftermath. The composer Steve Reich describes how he came to write his new musical triptych WTC 9-11. Illustrator Maira Kalman tells Andersen about the challenges of writing a children’s book about 9/11. Novelist Mohsin Hamid explains how the attacks forced him to entirely rewrite his novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. A roundtable of New York comedians describe what it was like to try to make audiences laugh in the days and weeks afterward. And Kurt visits the national 9/11 memoria at Ground Zero – opening this weekend – with its architect and designer, Michael Arad. (Sept. 11, 6 p.m.)
  • All Available BoatsAll Available Boats captures a rare story from 9/11: the frantic stampede of people in Manhattan to escape the attacks on the towers. On that day, the confusion lead to rumors, fear and a measure of panic as commuters and others raced to the docks to board any boat leaving the city. This powerful program tells what tugboat and ferry captains and crew did, and saw, on that fateful day. (Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.)
  • We Were On Duty – A first-person oral history of the attack on the Pentagon. One hundred eighty-four people died at the Pentagon while hundreds more crawled through choking smoke and over burning wreckage to safety. Hear the valiant stories of tenacious employees and the physical and psychic toll the attack had on them and their families. (Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.)



  • Frontline “Top Secret America” – An unprecedented yet largely invisible legacy of 9/11: the creation of a vast maze of clandestine government and private agencies designed to hunt terrorists and prevent future attacks on the United States including drone attacks, coercive interrogation, domestic spying and secret raids by special ops forces. (Sept 6 at 9 pm)


  • NOVA “Engineering Ground Zero” – This program is an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, “Rebuilding Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of the Freedom Tower and the World Trade Center Memorial. (September 7 at 8 pm)
  • Frontline “Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero” – Exploration of how the spiritual lives of both believers and nonbelievers have been challenged since Sept. 11 by difficult questions of good and evil and the potential for darkness within religion itself. (September 7 at 9 pm)


  • America Remembers: 9/11 – A PBS Newshour Special Report – This Newshour special includes moments from the day’s memorial events along with individuals’ recollections of September 11 and how the events have shaped their lives since. (September 11 at 7 pm)
  • Great Performances “A Concert for New York” – The New York Philharmonic performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, in honor of the victims of September 11, 2001, in a free concert for the people of New York. Music Director Alan Gilbert will leads the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, with soprano Dorothea Roschmann, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and the New York Choral Artists.  (September 11 at 8 pm)


  • Frontline “Man Behind the Mosque” – FRONTLINE goes inside the project with Sharif El-Gamal, the charismatic property developer at the center of the controversy. The film also recounts the press frenzy surrounding the plans; the attacks on its high-profile spiritual leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf; and the enduring pain and anger of some of the 9/11 families who oppose the building. (September 13 at 9 pm)

Outfront photo from 911 Research