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AETN and PBS Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11th

AETN and PBS will commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th with a special series of new and encore programs leading up to and continuing beyond Sunday, September 11. Programs in news and public affairs, science and the performing arts are planned as part of the remembrance.

Objects and Memory What things mean the most to us? How do otherwise ordinary items come to symbolize experiences, aspirations, and identity? "Objects and Memory" is about the otherwise ordinary things in our homes and museums that mean the most to us because of their associations with people and experiences. The film shows how we preserve the past and speak to the future through objects that have been transformed into irreplaceable conveyers of experience, aspiration, and identity. Guided by Frank Langella's narration and set to the music of Philip Glass, the film examines items recovered or offered in response to 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Vietnam War, along with stories of people who find them important. Without the objects the stories would lack vibrancy; without the stories the objects would lack significance. Taken together, images of the objects, the stories they evoke, and the stories of their collection lead the viewer on a journey where the commonplace is transformed into the remarkable and where the stuff of history is highly personalized. Objects and Memory airs Sunday, September 11 at 3 p.m.

Frontline: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero It’s been ten years since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and still the questions linger.  FRONTLINE explores how the spiritual lives of both believers and nonbelievers have been challenged since September 11th by difficult questions of good and evil and the potential for darkness within religion itself.  Through interviews with a cross section of Americans impacted by the attacks, FRONTINE explores and illuminates the many spiritual questions that have come out of the terror, pain, and destruction at Ground Zero. Frontline: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero airs Sunday, September 11 at 4 p.m.

NOVA: Engineering Ground Zero On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, “Engineering Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. NOVA captures the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers to make the buildings safe and secure under the pressures of a tight schedule, the demands of practical office space and efficient “green” architecture, and the public's expectations of a fitting site for national remembrance. The program features interviews with 1 WTC architect David Childs; Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Mayor Michael Bloomberg, chairman of the 9-11 Memorial Foundation; and Michael Arad, the man behind the breakthrough concept for the 9-11 Memorial. NOVA: Engineering Ground Zero airs Sunday, September 11 at 6 p.m.

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America Remebers PBS Newshour presents a one-hour special broadcast commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The PBS NEWSHOUR team will examine the significance of the day in many different communities across the nation. Hari Sreenivasan will narrate an account of the three major memorial observances at Ground Zero in New York City, at the Pentagon near Washington, DC, and in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Jeffrey Brown will speak with several contributors to a new book, Legacy Letters; all have written letters, filled with insights gained in the past 10 years, to the family members they lost when the Twin Towers collapsed in New York. Ray Suarez will explore the attitudes of American Muslims, their efforts to get beyond the deep mistrust caused by 9/11 and their perspectives on what the future looks like for them; the story will be shot in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Judy Woodruff introduces viewers to a generation of young Americans who know only a post-9/11 world and visits a small town in California that has made extraordinary contributions, in terms of young lives lost, to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gwen Ifill will explore a decade of war’s impact on hundreds of thousands of soldiers and their families and the nation’s efforts to care for them. America Remembers airs Sunday, September 11 at 7 p.m.

Great Performances: The New York Philharmonic 10th Anniversary Concert for 9/11 The New York Philharmonic performs Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, in honor of the victims of September 11, 2001, in a free concert for the people of New York. Music Director Alan Gilbert will leads the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, with soprano Dorothea Roschmann, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and the New York Choral Artists. A host, yet to be determined, frames the performance with remarks on the tragic losses 10 years ago and the spirit of remembrance and renewal of the piece.  Great Performances: The New York Philharmonic 10th Anniversary Concert for 9/11 airs Sunday, September 11 at 8:30 p.m.

Frontline: The Man Who Knew As we approach the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, FRONTLINE rebroadcasts the extraordinary saga of FBI special agent John O’Neill. As the bureau’s top counterterrorism agent, O’Neill—who investigated the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole—joined then national security counterterrorism co-coordinator Richard Clarke in believing that the United States should kill Osama bin Laden before Al Qaeda launched a devastating attack on America. Richard Clarke, then speaking in his first major interview, talks about O’Neill’s battles with the FBI top brass who found O’Neill’s James Bond style an anathema. Forced out of the job he loved, O’Neill took a new position in the private sector—as head of security at the World Trade Center, where he was killed on September 11. The story of O’Neill’s life and death provides a rare glimpse inside the FBI and helps answer the question: What did the government know? Frontline: The Man Who Knew airs Sunday, September 11 at 10 p.m.

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