2003-08-22 / Community

Thirteen Remembers 9/11 Anniversary

Thirteen Remembers 9/11 Anniversary


Thirteen, WNET New York, will commemorate the horrific events of September 11, 2001 and the victims who lost their lives that day with a week of new and encore presentations devoted to the building and demise of the World Trade Center, the city’s remarkable rescue efforts in the wake of disaster, and the impact of the attack’s on New Yorkers.

"American Experience: The Center of the World," premiering on Monday, September 8 at 9 p.m. (and encoring on September 13 at 4 p.m.) is the eighth episode of Ric Burns’ award-winning series "New York." In it, the acclaimed documentarian traces the history of the World Trade Center from its conception in the post-World War II economic boon, through its controversial construction in the 1960’s and 1970’s, to its unimaginable destruction two years ago.

Just how did those steel behemoths, a pair of buildings so massive they required their own zip code, end up a pile of dust and rubble? What in their design kept them from withstanding the impact of the attacks? On Tuesday, September 9 at 8 p.m., "NOVA" looks into the reasons "Why The Towers Fell." This installment of the science series follows a team of forensic engineers as they investigate the collapse.

Then, early Wednesday, September 10 at 12 midnight, "Heroes Of Ground Zero" documents the aftermath of the attacks for those who were hardest hit – New York City’s fire department, which lost 343 of its members at the World Trade Center. The program captures the shock, despair, determination, professionalism, and hope of the surviving firefighters in two houses – one on west 31 Street in Manhattan and one on Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights – in the weeks after September 11, and touches on their struggle, even a year after the attacks, to push forward.


"9/11: Clear The Skies," on Wednesday, September 10 at 9 p.m., is a minute-by-minute account of the ways America’s air defenses responded to the attacks, from the FAA’s phone call to one sergeant in upstate New York about a "possible: hijack to the emergency declaration of "Condition Air Traffic Control Zero," during which every commercial and private plane must land immediately. "9/11: Clear The Skies" encores Saturday, September 13 at 3 p.m.

Survivors from the eighty-seventh floor of the North Tower and the eighty-fourth floor of the South Tower talk about the harrowing things they experienced before escaping the World Trade Center in "9/11: A Tale Of Two Towers," on Wednesday, September 10 at 10 p.m., with an encore early Friday, September 12 at 12 midnight.

Frontline reports on "Faith and Doubt At Ground Zero," on Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m., exploring the ways in which September 11 challenged the spiritual lives of both believers and atheists by posing difficult questions about good and evil, the culpability of a higher being, and the potential for darkness within religion itself.

And on Friday, September 12 at 10 p.m., "New York Voices," the series created to cover the impact and aftermath of the attacks, presents "Lessons of September: One School Remembers 9/11." This program, hosted by actor John Turturro, is a portrait of a year in the life of Brooklyn Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School (Poly Prep), a non-denominational private school hit particularly hard by the tragedy of September 11. From Poly Prep ten young alumni died in the Trade Center, a recent graduate lost his father, a teacher lost her brother, and a current student lost her aunt. Emotional interviews tell the story of a community that banded together to help its members heal.


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