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Need to Know, September 9, 2011: 9/11, ten years later

This week’s special edition of Need to Know highlights the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 2001, and how this monumental day transformed the course of American history. Perhaps one of the most profound changes brought about by 9/11 is the new reality faced by military families whose loved ones are deployed to war zones overseas. On this week’s episode, we visit three families to get an intimate view of the sacrifices military children make every day.

Also: We speak with architecture critic Paul Goldberger on the challenges of rebuilding at Ground Zero, and 9/11 Commission Chair Tom Kean discusses where our country’s national security stands ten years after 9/11.  David Potorti, founder of the organization September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, also sits down with Alison Stewart to discuss anti-war efforts from family members of those killed in the World Trade Center attacks.

And: We collaborate with SMITH Magazine to bring six-word memoirs from three people who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks, and Jon Meacham delivers an “In Perspective” essay on the legacy of September 11, 2001.

Check your local listings for details.

Watch the individual segments:

The war at home

The 9/11 attacks resulted in the nation’s longest war effort, although it remains peripheral to most Americans’ lives.  Not so for the military families whose loved ones are deployed to a war zone. Children with a deployed parent are two-and-a-half times more at risk to develop psychological problems than children in general. But we found that military children are also incredibly resilient.  Need to Know profiles three families to get an intimate view into their lives and the sacrifices military children make every day.

Interview: Paul Goldberger

Architectural critic Paul Goldberger of The New Yorker reflects on the 9/11 Memorial and the social, political and economic challenges of rebuilding at ground zero.

Interview: Tom Kean

On the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001, Need to Know host Alison Stewart talks with the Chair of the 9/11 Commission, Tom Kean, about where our country has come since 9/11 in terms of security and what remains to be done.

Interview: David Portorti

David Potorti, a founder of September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, discusses with host Alison Stewart his organization’s anti-war and anti-conflict efforts.

Six-word memoirs

Three people who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks tell how their lives have changed in six words.

In Perspective: A Jon Meacham essay

A decade after one of the most tragic days in America’s history, Jon Meacham reflects on the legacy of September 11, 2001, and wonders how it will be remembered in the years to come.

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  • Roy Burrus

    I Would like to comment on Msnbc,s clip played on Joe,s morning show the clip that was played
    dose not tell the truth in the scenes from the clip not one black face is seen running away from
    the dust and confusion that simple is not the truth people of all races was running for there lives.
    there was no lily white world that morning JOE.

  • Ewa Seiler

    9/11 was and still is to many a horrifying event that has forever changed their lives. I do remember where I was on that day. We all mourned the victims and cried with the families that were affected.
    And now, 10 years later, we still are burdened with the tragedy that this day brought. We were all affected and 9/11 will never be forgotten.

    But, as I watching the tragedies of families that were affected, I was bothered by a thought. There are many other families all over the world that were and are affected by tragedies and the world does not mourn with them. There are no memorials, no remembrances. They suffer in silence.

    What tragedies you ask?  

    Here is a quote from a website:

    …day when we can finally wipe out the anguish and despair mental
    illness brings to a staggering one-in-four of us in the United

    Is this a subject worthy your mention? Perhaps. Will it help to end the stigma, shame and disgrace that many families live with daily.

  • Danny

    what????  you can’t leave!  I love this broadcast and have admired you since you guest-hosted for Rachel so long ago.  Oh my goodness, where will I find you??

    All my admiration, Danny Costello

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  • Elefant

    the year 2001 should not be repeated