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3:37pm

Sun September 11, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Reporter Recalls 'Reckless Courage' At Ground Zero

A worker looks over the field of debris of the collapsed south tower area of the World Trade Center in March 2002 in New York City. Many workers chose not to wear the respirators provided for them, except in the most extreme conditions. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Spencer Platt Getty Images

It took journalist and author William Langewiesche several days to get to ground zero after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The airports were closed, and he lived in California.

But as soon as he arrived, he and his editors at the Atlantic Monthly began frantically trying to gain access to the highly restricted site where the Twin Towers had stood.

Langewiesche contacted the head of an obscure city agency, the Department of Design and Construction, Kenneth Holden.

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3:20pm

Sun September 11, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Ashcroft: War On Terror Won 'One Day At A Time'

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft speaks at the Heritage Foundation in 2010 in Washington, DC. Ashcroft spoke about the U.S. Supreme Court's second opportunity to review the rights of Guantanamo detainees.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

John Ashcroft's term as attorney general under George W. Bush was redefined by Sept. 11.

And he tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, that the techniques endorsed by his Justice Department were necessary, from warrantless wiretaps to so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."

Defending The Patriot Act

One of Ashcroft's most controversial legacies is the Patriot Act, a piece of legislation that dramatically expanded the surveillance capabilities of law enforcement for monitoring terrorism suspects.

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3:19pm

Sun September 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Honoring The Four-Legged Heroes

Susannah George NPR

NPR's Joel Rose was in New Jersey today, where he stumbled upon another Sept. 11 tribute:

A different breed of heroes from September 11th gathered across the Hudson River from Ground Zero. Dozens of service and therapy dogs from around the country gathered with their handlers at Liberty State Park. The event, billed as "Finding One Another," was intended to celebrate the contributions of search and rescue dogs on 9/11 and since.

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2:15pm

Sun September 11, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEOS: Reading Of The Names, Remembering Those Lost

Originally published on Mon September 12, 2011 7:39 am

12:50pm

Sun September 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Lincoln Letter Read By Bush Has Raised Questions Over Years

Though it is widely recognized as "one of the finest pieces of American presidential prose," as The Associated Press wrote in 2008, the "Bixby Letter" that President George W. Bush read this morning during the Sept. 11 memorial service in New York City has been the subject of several questions over the years.

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11:49am

Sun September 11, 2011
Africa

Rebels Face Resistance From Pro-Gadhafi Forces

A Libyan National Transitional Council fighter keeps watch from atop his rocket launcher during a patrol mission near Wadi Bei, near the western city of Misrata, on Sunday.
Francisco Leong AFP/Getty Images

Libyan rebels are massed Sunday outside two cities that remain in the hands of forces loyal to ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Rebels tried to advance Saturday on the town of Bani Waleed, about 90 miles southeast of Tripoli, but the advance was aborted, apparently to clear the way for NATO airstrikes on loyalist positions.

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11:42am

Sun September 11, 2011
The Two-Way

At Ground Zero, Families Are Exploring The New Quiet Space

Family members of the victims entered the 9/11 Memorial Plaza for the first time today.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

(As we continue covering the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, NPR's Brendan Banaszak tells us that at Ground Zero, families of those killed there are already turning the new memorial into a quiet place of remembrance.)

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11:05am

Sun September 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Musical Moment: Paul Simon Sings 'The Sound Of Silence'

At the World Trade Center earlier today.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

As we continue to follow the ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, here's another musical moment from the ceremony in New York.

Singer/songwriter Paul Simon performed his class The Sound of Silence.

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10:10am

Sun September 11, 2011
The Two-Way

In New Jersey: A Sunrise Ceremony To Remember Sept. 11 Victims

From New Jersey early today, the view across the Hudson River to the World Trade Center.
Joel Rose NPR

(As we continue covering the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, NPR's Joel Rose tells us of an early morning service in New Jersey.)

Across the Hudson River from the World Trade Center, hundreds of people gathered on the New Jersey waterfront for a ceremony to honor the residents of Jersey City who died 10 years ago today.

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9:40am

Sun September 11, 2011
The Two-Way

A Musical Moment Of Reflection: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma At Ground Zero

President Obama looked out at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial in New York earlier this morning.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

As we continue to follow the ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, here's something quiet.

A short time ago at the memorial service in New York, cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed Sarabande from Bach's First Suite for Cello Solo.

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7:55am

Sun September 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Looking Back 10 Years: President Bush's Address To The Nation

At 8:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush addressed the nation about that day's tragic events. Here's what he said:

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6:30am

Sun September 11, 2011
The Two-Way

10 Years Later, The Nation Remembers The Sept. 11 Attacks

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:26 am

The "Tribute in Light" illuminates the sky in New York on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Today was a day of mourning for the country. The 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 was marked by prayers, solemn ceremonies, vows to remember the victims and pledges to never let terrorists fundamentally change the American way of life.

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6:25am

Sun September 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Nearly 80 Americans Wounded, Two Afghans Killed In Attack On Base

A truck bombing at an American base in eastern Afghanistan late Saturday killed two Afghan civilians — one of them a 3-year-old girl — and wounded nearly 80 U.S. military personnel, The Associated Press reports.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

According to the AP:

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6:14am

Sun September 11, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

San Diego Muslims Open Doors Amid Scrutiny

Parents bring their children to school near a mosque at the Islamic Center of San Diego, Sept. 19, 2001. The current head of the center says before Sept. 11 the Muslim community was insular. He now hosts interfaith meetings and participates in community groups.
David McNew Getty Images

Although thousands of miles from ground zero, the Muslim community in San Diego, Calif., drew attention after Sept. 11, 2001. Two of the hijackers lived there. They also prayed at a local mosque, where noted radical Imam Anwar al-Awlaki preached. Recently, several men from the Somali Muslim community were arrested. They've been charged with aiding a Somali terrorist group.

A local imam has been working to open dialogue between Muslims and the larger community in San Diego in part to combat the suspicion that arose after the local ties came to light.

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6:01am

Sun September 11, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Homeland Security Remains An Agency In Progress

The Department of Homeland Security and state governments spend billions of dollars every year on domestic security, helping cities and counties buy up-to-date equipment and strategies for defeating terrorists.

Established in November 2002, the new department absorbed 22 different federal agencies, with the idea of unifying homeland security efforts. But after all this time, have those efforts made us safer?

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5:44am

Sun September 11, 2011
Afghanistan

Bomb Wounds Dozens Of U.S. Soldiers In Afghanistan

At least 77 American soldiers are wounded after a truck bomb targeted a base west of Kabul. Two separate roadside bombs have killed 10 Afghan civilians.

At an American military base in Wardak Province, a truck full of firewood rammed into the main gate before exploding in flames and shrapnel. Military officials said a blast wall absorbed most of the impact, but nearly 100 Afghan and American personnel suffered injuries. Wardak borders the Afghan capital, Kabul, but the province is considered to be partially under Taliban control.

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4:12am

Sun September 11, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

After Burn Injuries, Sept. 11 Survivor Shows 'Strength'

Lauren and Greg Manning stand with their sons Jagger and Tyler (right) at the Central Park Zoo in 2010. Manning became a symbol of survival after the Sept. 11 attacks, where she suffered burns on more than 80 percent of her body.
Courtesy Lauren Manning

No company suffered on Sept. 11 as much as the bond broker Cantor Fitzgerald, which lost 658 people. One of the few employees to survive that day was Lauren Manning, who was in the lobby of the World Trade Center's North Tower when the first plane hit.

Manning had been rushing to an elevator and was instantly engulfed in flames that came into the lobby, leaving her with burns on more than 80 percent of her body.

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3:23pm

Sat September 10, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

After Sept. 11, A 'Missed Opportunity' For America

A man standing in rubble shouts to see if anyone needs help after the collapse of the first World Trade Center Tower in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.
Doug Kanter AFP/Getty Images

The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, have been pegged as the moment that changed everything for Americans. Nothing was supposed to be the same after the attacks, and it was expected to usher in a new era for America.

Writer George Packer remembers having a moment of optimism.

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3:00pm

Sat September 10, 2011
U.S.

Memorial To Flight 93 Dedicated In Pa.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton join current Vice President Joe Biden at a ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 crashed 10 years ago tomorrow.

2:33pm

Sat September 10, 2011
Economy

Corporate Taxes: How Low Can You Go?

Google's Netherlands Office has an indoor bike lane.
Google Press

The idea that America's 35 percent corporate tax rate is stifling U.S. economic growth is almost an article of faith among some politicians.

The sound bites from Republican presidential debates to campaign stops are basically interchangeable: "We need to bring that corporate tax rate down."

But in fact, very few corporations pay taxes on 35 percent of their profits. With the help of complex international tax loopholes, some companies manage to pay almost no corporate tax at all.

'Double Irish, Dutch Sandwich'

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2:32pm

Sat September 10, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Bush Aide Feith: 2 Of 3 Anti-Terror Goals Were Met

Originally published on Sat September 10, 2011 6:40 pm

Doug Feith served four years in the George W. Bush administration as Donald Rumsfeld's undersecretary of defense for policy. He is now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.
Courtesy of Doug Feith

The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, reshaped the U.S. foreign policy agenda, says Doug Feith, who was undersecretary of defense for policy in the Bush administration.

He sees the top two goals of that new agenda as achieved: preventing future attacks and disrupting terror networks. But he says the U.S. failed on the other goal: countering ideological support for terrorism.

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8:16am

Sat September 10, 2011
Simon Says

Thoughts On Nine-Eleven From September 1, 1939

Millions of people, including my children, have been born since September 11, 2001. This year, I find myself wondering how to tell them about that day and those that followed. Maybe the most we can hope for is to pass on a few memories of New York then.

All of the photographs that sprouted on lampposts and walls: smiling faces snapped on vacations and joyous occasions, suddenly underscored with wrenching, urgent words, and question marks that pierced like hooks:

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8:00am

Sat September 10, 2011
NPR Story

Arthur Ashe: A Civil Right Activist Off The Court

NPR's summer road trip series, "Honey Stop the Car!" pulls over in Richmond, Va., where a statue of tennis great Arthur Ashe stands in an unlikely place. It's among statues of major figures from the Confederacy. Allison Keyes

8:00am

Sat September 10, 2011
NPR Story

Sept. 11 A 'Fundamental Turning Point' For Blair

In observance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, host Scott Simon talks with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair about the U.K.'s role in fighting terrorism and Britain's relationship with the U.S.

8:00am

Sat September 10, 2011
NPR Story

Protesters Attack Israeli Embassy In Cairo

Angry Egyptian protesters attacked the Israeli Embassy in Cairo overnight, breaching the building and sending the Israeli ambassador, his family and most embassy staff fleeing. Host Scott Simon gets the latest from NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson in Cairo.

8:00am

Sat September 10, 2011
NPR Story

Libyans Launch Attack On Towns Loyal To Gadhafi

Libya's victorious rebels say they will soon launch operations against the last three Libyan towns still held by forces loyal to ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Corey Flintoff from Bani Walid, in the desert south of Tripoli.

8:00am

Sat September 10, 2011
NPR Story

Letters: FEMA, Boise, Quotations

Host Scott Simon reads listener comments about last week's show.

8:00am

Sat September 10, 2011
NPR Story

As Election Nears, Jobs Are First Priority

NPR's Andrea Seabrook joins host Scott Simon to talk about how Congress — particularly its GOP members — are responding to the president's appeal for stimulus spending to create jobs.

8:00am

Sat September 10, 2011
NPR Story

Passing On Memories Of Sept. 11

In this week's essay, host Scott Simon reflects on his experiences on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York and wonders how he'll tell his children about them.

8:00am

Sat September 10, 2011
NPR Story

NHL Weathers Dark Off-Season

The National Hockey League is mourning more deaths this week. At least six current and former NHL players were killed Wednesday in the crash of a plane carrying a professional Russian hockey team. They were the latest in a series of tragedies involving NHL players in 2011. Tom Cavanagh and Rick Rypien both committed suicide, Derek Boogaard was found dead of a drug overdose, and the future of the league's star player, Sidney Crosby, is uncertain because of injury. Tom Goldman

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