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Americans Still Feel Impact of 9/11 on Life, Politics

On the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, memories of the destruction and victims remain fresh in people's minds. Eight Americans talk to Jim Lehrer about how the day's events have impacted their lives.

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    Now, a fifth anniversary discussion of the impact of 9/11. It's among eight Americans we invited to our studio last Friday afternoon.

    I began by asking them to introduce themselves.

  • CHARLES MITCHELL, Recent Graduate, Bucknell University:

    My name is Charles Mitchell. I work in Washington. And I was a freshman in college when 9/11 happened.

    ANNE NELSON, Playwright & Screenwriter: I'm Anne Nelson. I teach at Columbia University. And I wrote a play about September 11 called "The Guys."

  • REVEREND JIM FORBES, Senior Minister, New York City Riverside Church:

    I am Jim Forbes, the senior minister at the Riverside Church in New York City, and a radio host on Air America, "The Time Is Now."

  • DEAN OBEIDALLAH, Comedian:

    My name is Dean Obeidallah. I'm from New York City. I'm an Arab-American comedian. I used to be a lawyer.

    JEAN BETHKE ELSHTAIN, Professor of Ethics, University of Chicago: I'm Jean Bethke Elshtain, author: from Nashville and Chicago. I teach political philosophy. And I, too, have written a book called "Just War Against Terror," concerning the events of 9/11.

    LUIS RODRIGUEZ, Poet & Social Activist: My name is Luis Rodriguez. I'm an author of 10 books, including "Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A." I'm also a co-founder of Tia Chucha's Cafe Bookstore, Cafe and Cultural Center in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles.

  • REVEREND RICHARD LAND, Southern Baptist Convention:

    I'm Richard Land. I'm from Nashville, Tennessee. I'm a Southern Baptist theologian and ethicist, and head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics Commission, and have authored a book called "Real Homeland Security."

  • GINA GALLO, Clinical Psychologist:

    I'm Gina Gallo. I'm a clinical psychologist and author of two books, including "Armed and Dangerous: Memoirs of a Chicago Cop." And when 9/11 occurred, I was just ending my 17-year police career in Chicago.