Sept. 11

Tenth anniversary coverage of the terrorist attacks.

Our Crazy Security State: Good At Secret Searches, Lousy At Real Safety

September 20, 2013
American flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half-staff on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, a day after the deadly shootings at the Navy Yard. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

National security officials offer general, unsubstantiated assurances that they’re keeping us safe without unduly invading our privacy. Does anyone actually believe that?

The Tipping Point: When Conspiracy Theories Become Dangerous

June 07, 2013
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, shows videos on an iPad she says show her sons could not have been involved in last month's Boston Marathon bombings. Authorities accuse Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was slain in a shootout with police, and his younger brother Dzhokhar of organizing the attacks, which killed three. (Musa Sadulayev/AP)

What explains the widespread belief in conspiracy theories? And can it help account for the Boston Marathon suspects’ turn to terrorism? Research in social and cognitive psychology offers some insight.

The Best Cure For Fear? A Little More Trust

May 30, 2013
Ethan Gilsdorf: After acts of random or senseless violence, our natural instinct is to retreat. But what we really need is to come together. (smileham/Flickr)

After acts of random or senseless violence, our natural instinct is to retreat. But what we really need is to come together.

The War On Terror Has Changed – Now The Rules Should, Too

May 16, 2013
In this April 10, 2013 photo released by the U.S. Army, U.S. Soldiers with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division cross the Tarnak river in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan on a two-day mission to clear the area of explosives caches. (Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, U.S. Army/AP)

The law that forms the foundation of the war on terror is almost obsolete, undermining the legal basis of U.S. counterterrorism operations.

9/11 Should Bring Us Together

September 11, 2012
This day is always painful for victims’ families – but, says Carie Lemack, it’s also a time to remember our common goals. In this photo, Lemack, center, and her sister Danielle Lemack, left, observe a moment of silence at the Garden of Remembrance, a memorial dedicated to the 206 Massachusetts victims of September 11, 2001. Also pictured, Christie Coombs, right, who lost her husband Jeff Coombs in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (AP File Photo)

The anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 is always painful for victims’ families. But, says Carie Lemack, who lost her mother, it’s also a time to remember our common goals.

Through United Front, Mass. Residents Mark 9/11′s 10th Anniversary

September 12, 2011
A police color guard stands in front of 3,000 American flags, symbolizing the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, during ceremonies in the Boston Public Garden Sunday. (AP)

BOSTON — On Sunday, residents across the Boston area remembered the 206 Massachusetts 9/11 victims by attending memorial services, bicycling in road races, listening to original music inspired by that day and praying.

Boston Artists Will Mark The 9/11 Anniversary

September 10, 2011
A firemen's memorial is seen in "Deutsche Bank Building," in “The Witness Project." (Courtesy)

BOSTON — Boston artists from all genres will gather Sunday to share works inspired by the events of Sept 11. We preview a couple.

Runners Remember 9/11

September 10, 2011
Ann Sommerlath Pizzi, who shared her story in Runner's World Magazine this month, immediately began running again after the 9/11 attacks as a way to cope with the emotional trauma of that day. (Runner's World Magazine)

The current issue of Runner’s World magazine includes personal stories of runners who were affected by 9/11. Bill Littlefield speaks with the executive editor, as well as one of the runners featured in this month’s issue.

Boston High School Kids Learn About 9/11 — For The First Time

September 09, 2011
Patrick Foley in his classroom (Adam Ragusea/WBUR)

High school sophomores were only 5- or 6-years-old on 9/11. It’s part of the (recent) past for them.

Children’s Picture Book Helps Explain 9/11

September 09, 2011
An illustration from the children's book "America Is Under Attack" (Courtesy Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)

BOSTON — For children who don’t remember 9/11 or weren’t yet born, there’s now a picture book for kids that details the tragic events. The author/illustrator discusses the process.

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