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Remembering 9/11: Taking Your Calls

9/11 ten years on.  We’re opening up the phone lines and turning the conversation over to you.

A test of the Tribute in Light rises above lower Manhattan, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 in New York. Four World Trade Center, second from left, is under construction. The memorial, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, will light the sky on the evening of Sept. 11, 2011 in honor of those who died ten years before in the terror attacks on the United States. (AP)

A test of the Tribute in Light rises above lower Manhattan, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 in New York. Four World Trade Center, second from left, is under construction. The memorial, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, will light the sky on the evening of Sept. 11, 2011 in honor of those who died ten years before in the terror attacks on the United States. (AP)

Ten years since 9.11.  This Sunday marks the day.

It’s close enough that we remember the shock, the disbelief.  The sorrow.  It’s far enough that we’ve seen lots of history – hard history – since those attacks.  War and more war.  Unity and deep division.  Hope and fear.  Economic near collapse.

After ten years, we hope for perspective.  For deeper insight.  On ourselves and the world.

This hour, On Point:  we want to know what you’ve learned.  Ten years after 9.11, we’re here to talk.  We’re opening the phone lines to you.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The New York Times “Can you remember the last time you felt a national leader looked us in the eye and told us there is no easy solution to our major problems, that we’ve gotten into this mess by being self-indulgent or ideologically fixated over two decades and that now we need to spend the next five years rolling up our sleeves, possibly accepting a lower living standard and making up for our excesses? ”

Brookings Institution “Ten years after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Americans believe they are more safe but have less personal freedom and that the country is less respected in the world than it was prior to September 11, 2001. ”

Salon.com “No small part of the public discourse surrounding Sept. 11, 2001, has been polluted by Truthers — those who believe that the attacks were an “inside job,” or that World Trade Center Building 7 was destroyed in a “controlled demolition,” or that the Pentagon was hit by a cruise missile, despite no compelling evidence for any of these theories.”

USA Today
“My parents knew exactly where they were when they heard about Pearl Harbor. In the same way, all of my contemporaries and I can say where we were when President Kennedy was shot. Today, 10 years after the worst attack in our country’s history, someone still comes up to me to say, “Do you know where I was on Sept. 11?””

The Boston Globe “Something happened on the way to Kabul, Baghdad, and Guantanamo. A generation grew up. Call them the 9/11 generation, those born after 1980 and who came of age in the new millennium. They are, according to a Pew Research Center study of demographic trends, more diverse, more connected, more educated, and more tolerant than the rest of us.”

Listen to the new 9/11 audio collection: the full transcript from Rutgers, and an interactive feature at the NYTimes.

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