By Marianne McCune, Emily Botein, Karen Frillmann, Chris Bannon, Courtney Stein, Sanda Htyte, Kaari Pitkin, Eric Leinung, Jillian Suarez, Erin Reeg, Norhan Basuni, John Ellis, Fred Mogul, Beth Fertig, Andy Lanset, Paul Schneider, and Jim Briggs III
This radio special uses a mix of archival recordings and interviews with dozens of ordinary people to help listeners understand the emotional impact of the traumatic event, ten years later. Originally broadcast by WNYC and presented by PRX in August, 2011.
Photo: Stephen Nessen:
On the the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the Tribute in Lights Memorial can be seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Ten years after the World Trade Center attacks, WNYC's 10th Anniversary Special 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. WNYC’s 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.
Living 9/11 was produced by Marianne McCune and Emily Botein and edited by Karen Frillmann. Chris Bannon was the Executive Producer. John Ellis composed the music. Engineers Paul Schneider and Jim Briggs III mixed the special. Fred Mogul, Beth Fertig, Courtney Stein and Radio Rookies Eric Leinung, Jillian Suarez, Erin Reeg and Norhan Basuni recorded interviews for Living 9/11 (with help from Rookies producers Courtney Stein, Sanda Htyte and Kaari Pitkin). Thanks to Andy Lanset and WNYC's archives.
Marianne McCune is a senior reporter for New York Public Radio. She was with WNYC when the World Trade Center was attacked in 2001 and spent years reporting on the aftermath. She thinks of the New York Metropolitan Area as the center of the world because that's how she covers it: more than a third of New York residents were born in another country and Marianne has spent much of the past decade reporting on the resulting cultural, economic, and political links between New York/New Jersey and almost everywhere else on earth.
Emily Botein is a Peabody Award-winning independent radio producer based in New York, with a focus on documentaries and cultural programming. She has launched national shows; produced pilots and selected series; and edited and produced individual pieces. Her work has aired on a range of shows and institutions, including American Routes, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Metropolitan Opera, National Public Radio, The Next Big Thing, Studio 360, Weekend America and WNYC Radio. Emily was a producer at WNYC in 2001 when the World Trade Center was attacked.
Karen Frillmann is WNYC’s managing editor for news. She works on the many and varied stories that emerge from the microphones and recorders of the reporting staff.
Chris Bannon is the program director for WNYC AM and FM, as well as for New Jersey Public Radio. Since 2006, he has also managed a portfolio of award-winning local and national programs, including the Brian Lehrer Show, the Leonard Lopate Show, Soundcheck, Freakonomics Radio and Studio 360.
Courtney Stein is an associate producer for Radio Rookies, a New York Public Radio initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world. She assists in teaching radio and multimedia workshops and works alongside Rookie Reporters to produce stories for air on WNYC Radio.
Sanda Htyte is associate producer at Radio Rookies, a New York Public Radio initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world. She has been with Radio Rookies since interning with the program in summer of 2005.
Kaari Pitkin is senior producer for Radio Rookies, a New York Public Radio initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world. Pitkin first became interested in radio at the age of thirteen, when a radio host told her she had a good voice for the air. Now, of course, it’s not her voice on the radio but the Radio Rookies, and she loves nothing more than helping them tell their stories.
Eric Leinung was on the Dart Award-winning team behind WNYC's "Living 9/11"