9/11

Sharon Wheatley, Rodney Hicks, Geno Carr and Come From Away cast
Matthew Murphy

On September 11, 2001, the air-space over the United States was closed after two planes flew into the the Twin Towers in New York City, another into The Pentagon, and a fourth (headed for D. C.) into a field near near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Thirty-eight planes were diverted from their original paths and forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. The airport at Gander is larger than makes sense in terms of the size and population of Gander. It’s a relic from the pre-jetplane era -- when flying to or from Europe commercial and private flights stopped there to refuel.

The 38 planes that landed on 9/11 carried passengers from all over the world. Scared, confused, and all-but cut off from their loved-ones, the accidental visitors - or “come-from-aways” as the Newfoundlanders call them - nearly doubled the population of the region for the better part of a week. The locals opened their doors, pantries, hearts, and minds until the airspace was reopened.

Those friendships - formed in upsetting and stressful circumstances - are the heart at the center of Come From Away - a new musical now running on Broadway The Schoenfeld Theatre.

The book, music, and lyrics are by married Canadian writing team Irene Sankoff and David Hein - who created the show by interviewing the real people involved in the events of that day and week. The show is directed by Christopher Ashley with musical staging by Kelly Devine. The cast of 12 plays both - and various - Gander-ites and Plane people.

Cast member Sharon Wheatley joins us now. Her previous Broadway credits include Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera. She is the author of the memoir, Til The Fat Girl Sings: From an Overweight Nobody to a Broadway Somebody.


  Off-Broadway at The Laura Pels Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company is currently presenting Steven Levenson’s If I Forget. The play is the latest in Roundabout’s ongoing devotion to producing new plays by young playwrights with bold creative voices. Levenson is the acclaimed writer of Dear Evan Hansen and Roundabout’s The Language of Trees.

 

The show is directed by Daniel Sullivan and co-stars Kate Walsh. Walsh is best known for her television role as Dr. Addison Montgomery first on the Shonda Rhimes helmed hits, Grey’s Anatomy and then its spin-off, Private Practice.Walsh began her acting career in Chicago where she studied at the renowned Piven Theatre Workshop. She went on to star in multiple theater productions at the Shakespeare Repertory. She’s worked primarily in film in television in recent years and joins us now to discuss If I Forget and what about it made her want to get back on stage.

If I Forget runs through April 30th. 13 Reasons Why premiers on Netflix on March 31st.

  Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales shares his account of grappling with the critical decisions that helped navigate the Bush Administration through national crisis, politics, and war in his new book: True Faith and Allegiance, A Story of Service and Sacrifice in War and Peace.

Gonzales is the former Attorney General of the United States and former Counsel to the President and is the only lawyer and only Hispanic to hold both these positions.

Numerous ceremonies are scheduled for this weekend marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And while Westchester County will hold such a ceremony, it also offers residents the opportunity to serve and remember.

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A Connecticut veterans park will be receiving some of the last remaining artifacts from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.

  In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life—his days were too safe, too routine. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. His life entered a different realm—one of blood, violence, and amazing grace.

Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. But in his downtime, Kevin reflected on how people’s facades drop away when catastrophe strikes. As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things.

Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery. And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each—as he termed them—as “a tourist,” “true believer,” or “killer.”

His new book is A Thousand Naked Strangers.

 Scott Shane is a national security reporter for The New York Times, based in Washington DC where he has worked for more than a decade. His new book is, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President, And The Rise Of The Drone. The book tells the story of Anwar al-Awlaki, the once celebrated American imam who called for moderation  after 9/11, but ultimately directed his talents to the mass murder of his fellow citizens. 

  September 11th marks the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks when four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists - charged with the mission of flying them into buildings on U.S. soil.

In his new book, Base Nation, author David Vine examines how the existence of U.S. bases abroad, particularly in Saudi Arabia, were part of Osama bin Laden’s professed motivation for the 9/11 attacks.

Furthermore, Vine looks to demonstrate that America’s sprawling network of overseas bases imposes costs— not only financial but also political, environmental, and moral— that far exceed what the Pentagon is prepared to acknowledge. David Vine is an associate professor of anthropology at American University in Washington, D.C.

  The impacts of 9/11 are still felt 14 years later.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his work to keep first responders in good health.

  The Odyssey Bookshop is hosting the book launch for Ellen Meeropol's new novel this coming Tuesday in South Hadley, MA. The new novel is called: On Hurricane Island.

Told over the five days approaching the anniversary of 9/11, by varying voices on both extremes of the political divide, the novel is both a fast-paced political thriller and a literary examination of the sociopolitical storm facing our society.

How far should government go in the name of protecting our national security? What happens when governmental powers of surveillance and extra-legal interrogation are expanded? How free are we?

  The First American-Afghan War, a CIA war, was approved by President George W. Bush and directed by the author, Robert Grenier, the CIA station chief in Islamabad. Forging separate alliances with warlords, Taliban dissidents, and Pakistani intelligence, Grenier launched the “southern campaign,” orchestrating the final defeat of the Taliban and Hamid Karzai’s rise to power in eighty-eight chaotic days.

Grenier writes about the war - what happened and what is meant - in his book, 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary.

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SUNY Plattsburgh’s annual 9-11 commemoration was held at noon today. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was there.

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Ceremonies around the country today marked the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and the memories of that day remain vivid for the nation’s leaders.

Philip Shenon is an investigative reporter formally with the New York Times, and author of the best selling book on the 9/11 Commission. His new book is an exposé on the warren commission in the aftermath following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago.

Ultimately it’s a work that begs the answer- what have we learned from the years between Dallas on November 22, 1963 and September 11, 2001 about communications between our most powerful government agencies.

His new book is A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination.

College Remembers 9/11

Sep 11, 2013
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SUNY Plattsburgh held a memorial service at noon today to remember the events of 9/11 and two alumni who died when the towers collapsed 12 years ago.

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The Champlain Port of Entry commemorated the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks with a ceremony at the border between the U.S. and Canada this morning.