Remembering 9/11 Twenty Years Later

A collection of reporting and storytelling that commemorates the tragic events of September 11, 2001

Sep 11 · 4 min read
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As we reflect on how the world has changed in the 20 years since 9/11/2001, we are listening to the depth and context provided by the storytelling of independent producers and journalists over their years of reporting.

Our collection includes:

Maria Hinojosa reflects on Osama Bin Laden’s death and her personal experiences from September 11, 2001.

An American flag flies near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York, Sept. 11, 2001. Planes crashed into each of the two towers, causing them to collapse.

It’s been 18 years since the events of 9/11 rocked the United States and the world. This fall, people born after one of the most defining moments of the 21st century are entering college. Others are joining the military — now able to fight in wars sparked by the attacks in 2001.

James Nachtwey is one of the world’s great war photographers. For more than 3 decades, he’s covered just about every major armed conflict around the world, and he’s been wounded several times on the job. He talks about his harrowing work in Afghanistan, Iraq, and where those wars began — Ground Zero in 2001.

The Peabody Award-winning Sonic Memorial Project is an intimate and historic documentary commemorating the life and history of the World Trade Center and its surrounding neighborhood, through audio artifacts, rare recordings, voicemail messages, and interviews.

Michael Hingson was on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He says the first indication that something was wrong was the sound of a muffled explosion. Then the building began to tilt, and he felt the floor drop like an elevator. But Michael Hingson didn’t panic because his guide dog, Roselle, was calm.

George Bush celebrates the 20th anniversary of 911 with some new ‘dark’ paintings. Your host marks the occasion with some high-stakes performance art. Plus art lessons from the $150,000 banana.

The September 11th attacks left nearly 3,000 dead, many more injured and an entire nation traumatized. The 24-hour news cycle that followed focused endlessly on the identity of the terrorists: non-citizens who had been able to exploit “vulnerabilities” in the system. The United States government responded with harsh policy changes in the name of national security, including the Patriot Act, but it also focused the weight of policymaking on curving immigration, funding astronomical budgets to further tighten borders, and toughening enforcement against non-citizens — including Muslims, Latinos, and others with zero ties to terrorism.

Stories from those affected by the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

As the nation marks the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, the legacy of the terror attacks and their aftermath continues to unfold, from insurrection at the U.S. Capitol to the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Veteran “FRONTLINE” filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team have been chronicling 9/11 and its impact for two decades in multiple “FRONTLINE” films, including “America After 9/11,” an epic re-examination of the decisions that changed the world and transformed the U.S. across four presidencies. The two-hour documentary is now streaming on FRONTLINE’s website, the PBS Video app and YouTube.

Kirk joins “The FRONTLINE Dispatch” to talk about the through-line from Sept. 11 to Jan. 6, as well as ongoing challenges for the U.S. president, the country and the world. “By pulling back, we discovered a lot of dots that could be connected, that actually had a strong relevance to today,” Kirk says in the episode.

Crowd gathers at 9/11 Memorial Service in Lower Manhattan, WTC, New York. (Photo: Flickr user PaulS)

Scientists studying the psychological impact of 9/11 on New Yorkers make a surprising finding on resilience in survivors.

As we recall the two decades since 9/11/2001 and continue to understand more of what lies ahead, journalistic perspectives like these enrich our historical and analytical context.

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