Sept. 11

Tenth anniversary coverage of the terrorist attacks.

Oil For Security? It’s Time to Reevaluate America’s Alliance With Saudi Arabia

April 27, 2016
President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Salman stand together at the Diriyah Palace during the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, April 21, 2016. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Saudi Arabia has long been a cornerstone in America’s Middle East strategy. Should it still be?

Trending: #MyMuslimNeighborhood — Patrolling Bigotry, And A Dangerous Idea

March 24, 2016
Nas Juma, 22, left, and Omar Ghanim, 23, enjoy Lebanese pizza at Forn Al Hara restaurant in Orange County's Little Arabia in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Earlier that day, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said that surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S. must be intensified following the deadly bombings at Brussels. (Gillian Flaccus/AP)

GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz urges stepped up vigilance in so-called “Muslim neighborhoods,” and a Twitter hashtag conveying indignation, humor and humanity is born.

The Problem Of Attributing Motive In Politics

February 10, 2016
L: Sen. Marco Rubio is pictured during a Republican presidential primary debate, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. R: Activist Gloria Steinem speaks in Beijing, China, May 19, 2015. (Both photos, AP)

Speculating about the malevolent motives of our ideological opponents is increasingly common these days, on both left and right.

Have We Reached A Tipping Point In The Fight Against ISIS?

November 20, 2015
Rich Barlow: By embracing global terror, the Islamic State may have rushed into a bigger fight than it can handle. In this photo, an Indian Muslim man holds a banner during a protest against ISIS in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Multiple attacks across Paris on Friday, Nov. 13 left more than one hundred dead and many more injured. (Manish Swarup/ AP)

By embracing global terror, the Islamic State may have rushed into a bigger fight than it can handle.

Vive La Résistance: Defying Terror, One Small Act At A Time

November 18, 2015
Holly Robinson: Our military leaders are carrying out their own plans for aggressive action against the perpetrators of terrorist acts. Meanwhile, what about us? What can we do? In this photo, a woman observes a moment of silence for the victims of Friday's attacks in Paris, in front of the French Embassy in Berlin, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. (Markus Schreiber/ AP)

The most immediate way to fight terrorism is to not give into it.

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)

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

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)

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.

How Would You Teach 9/11?

September 09, 2011
Patrick Foley has incorporated 9/11 into his curricula since 2001. (Adam Ragusea/WBUR)

Around the country schools are already incorporating 9/11 lessons into their curricula. But what are the lessons of that day, and where do they fit in the overall understanding of our country’s history?

Sept. 11 Places And Memories: The Boxing Gym

September 09, 2011
MK Boxing in Woburn, where Christopher Mello's coach now trains other prospective boxers. (Dan Mauzy/WBUR)

Christopher Mello was at times many things: an athlete, a son, a student — and a boxer.

Logan Airport Won’t Forget 9/11

September 09, 2011
Logan Airport's 9/11 Memorial sits just next to the airport's Hilton hotel. (Meghna Chakrabarti/WBUR)

Two of the planes used in the 9/11 attacks were hijacked from Boston’s Logan Airport. Now, people remember the victims at a memorial there.

First Responders Recall 9/11 Rescue Efforts

September 09, 2011

We talk with two local first responders, who rushed from Massachusetts to help out in Manhattan.

9/11 Stories: A Child’s Memory Through Music

September 09, 2011

Lev Mamuya was just a little kid when the country was attacked on 9/11. Now he’s 14 years old and a cello prodigy. For the 10th anniversary of the attacks, he’s been asked to compose a piece remembering the day.

9/11 Stories: The FBI Agents Who Gathered Clues

September 09, 2011
Massachusetts State Police troopers stand in front of the closed entrance to American Airlines gate area as passengers are evacuated at Logan International Airport in Boston on Sept. 11, 2001. A team of law enforcement officials quickly gathered at Logan that day to begin a criminal investigation. (AP)

After authorities realized two of the hijacked planes had taken off from Boston’s Logan Airport, FBI agents turned the airport into a crime scene.

Looking In The Right Place: Security At Logan, Then And Now

September 09, 2011
A passenger receives a pat down at a security checkpoint at Logan International Airport in Boston. (AP)

The two planes that crashed into New York City’s World Trade Center on 9/11 departed from Logan International Airport. Since then, Logan has become the front line of experimentation with new security measures.

9/11 Taught Differently Around The World, Tufts Grad Finds

September 08, 2011
People all over the world remember the 9/11 attacks. Here, mementos are left at the September 11 Memorial Garden in Grosvenor Square, London, in September 2009. (AP)

Tufts University graduate Elizabeth Herman, now a Fulbright scholar, says she’s found that a country’s relationship with the U.S. often influences how it teaches about Sept. 11.

9/11 Stories: Hate Crime Victim Doesn’t Hate Attackers

September 08, 2011

Two years after 9/11, Saurabh Bhalerao, a Hindu from India, was nearly killed in a brutal hate crime in Dartmouth. But falling back on his faith, he was able to accept the attack and move on.

Boston Youth Orchestra Chosen For World Premier Of 9/11 Music

September 08, 2011
The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra rehearses "Illuminesence." (Delores Handy/WBUR)

The New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra will premiere “Illuminessence,” commissioned by the Vatican in the wake of Sept. 11.

Sept. 11 Places And Memories: Crocker Park

September 08, 2011
One of the last places Kim Trudell saw her husband was at Crocker Park, overlooking Marblehead Harbor. (Dan Mauzy/WBUR)

The night before he died on 9/11, Fred Rimmele shared a romantic evening with his wife.

9/11 Rescue Dogs Now Need Caring For Themselves

September 08, 2011

Just after the collapse of the twin towers, FEMA put out the call to its national network of volunteer search-and-rescue teams.

Cambridge Co. Keeps Founder’s Spirit Alive After 9/11

September 08, 2011
Daniel Lewin, co-founder of Akamai Technologies, died aboard American Airlines Flight 11. Today, Lewin's portrait greets visitors in the Cambridge company's main lobby. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

When its co-founder died trying to stop the terrorist attack aboard Flight 11, Akamai Technologies was in trouble. But Akamai rallied around the memory of its tenacious executive, growing into a $1 billion software company.

9/11 Stories: Loving A Grieving Husband

September 08, 2011
Jeff, Stephanie and son XX (Courtesy)

Stephanie Galvani shares the story of her relationship with her husband Jeff Gonski, who lost his fiancee in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

9/11 Rescue Dogs Serve As Tools, Companions

September 07, 2011
Moxie, 13, next to her owner, Mark Aliberti, in Winthrop's Coughlin Park (Kathleen McNerney/WBUR)

Urban Search and Rescue dogs from Massachusetts were among the first to arrive at the World Trade Center and played a crucial role in the initial response to 9/11.

Sept. 11 Places And Memories: Lake Cochituate

September 07, 2011
Judy Larocque loved to spend time at Lake Cochituate in Framingham. (Dan Mauzy/WBUR)

Judy Larocque loved to spend time at Lake Cochituate in Natick. Her family still feels a connection to here there.

Remembering 9/11 With Former Guests And Enduring Friends

September 07, 2011
A woman places a small flag in a circle of remembrances at ground zero left by family members and friends of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on the one year anniversary of the attacks Wednesday, September 11, 2002. Thousands of family and friends gathered at the site throughout the morning and into the afternoon. (AP)

Voices of 9/11. Old friends and guests return, and remember.

9/11: Menino On Leading Boston Through Chaos

September 07, 2011
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino talks to WBUR's Bob Oakes about the events of Sept. 11, 2001. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Thomas Menino has been mayor of Boston for 18 years. On the morning of Sept. 11, 10 years ago, he was at a fundraising event at a florist shop in Brighton.

9/11 Stories: The Fighter Pilots Who Got The Call

September 07, 2011
Lt. Col. Dan Nash, left, and Col. Tim Duffy, at WBUR (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

When word of a hijacking came, two fighter pilots flew at supersonic speed from Otis Air Base on Cape Cod to New York City. They say they couldn’t have stopped the attacks, even if they responded faster.

9/11 Stories: A Hijab And Fatigues

September 06, 2011

U.S. Army reservist Shareda Hosein thought becoming a chaplain would bring her Muslim life and her military life together. But she encountered personal and organizational hurdles after Sept. 11.

Sept. 11 Places And Memories: The Federal Street Bus Stop

September 06, 2011
Jeffrey Gonski used to meet his fiancee, Amy Toyen, at the Federal Street bus stop downtown every day. (Dan Mauzy/WBUR)

Before she died on Sept. 11, 2001, Amy Toyen took the Newton Corner express every day with her fiance.

George Packer: The Decade Since 9/11

September 06, 2011
Construction continues on the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in New York. On the left is 1 World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower. (AP)

The New Yorker’s George Packer on the decade since 9/11, and how it has changed the world.

9/11 Stories: A Flight Attendant’s Calm Final Call

September 06, 2011
Betty Ong's name is seen on the Sept. 11 memorial in the Boston Public Garden. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Betty Ong, a flight attendant from Andover, was on board the first of the two planes from Boston to hit the World Trade Center. Her sister and brother remember that day and their battle to present the public with an accurate picture of Betty.

10 Years Later, Boston’s 9/11 Wounds Still Felt

September 06, 2011
A portion of the Sept. 11 memorial at Logan International Airport is seen. American Airlines Flight 11, one of the two planes that departed Boston and crashed into the Twin Towers, left Boston at 7:59 a.m. that morning. (File/AP)

In Boston, there are no physical reminders of the Sept. 11 attacks. But the city’s wounds are deep because the first attacks originated from Logan International Airport.

Remembering 9/11: A Poet On Star Island

September 05, 2011
Steven Ratiner, in Star Island's Gosport Chapel (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

On Sept. 11, Arlington poet Steven Ratiner was in a small chapel on the remote Isles of Shoals, off New Hampshire’s coast. He takes us back to that day and the poem that came out of it.

Sept. 11 Places And Memories: Jeff’s Beach

September 05, 2011
The beach in Pocasset is dedicated to Jeff Coombs. (Dan Mauzy/WBUR)

Jeff Coombs died on Sept. 11, 2001, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. Now, his family has a special place they go to remember him.

9/11 Stories: A Harvard Grad’s Call To Duty

September 05, 2011
Jim Meeks, at right (Courtesy)

Unlike his father, Jim Meeks had never thought of joining the Army. Then Sept. 11 occurred, and the Harvard student drove down to the recruiter’s office and signed up.

Slideshow: A Downtown NYC View Of The Attacks

September 05, 2011
I turned on my roommate's little TV and hopped in and out of the window, trying to watch the real thing and the TV at the same time. My view from the balcony was larger and clearer, but the TV might tell me what I was seeing.

WBUR’s Rachel Rohr was living 10 blocks from ground zero on Sept. 11. She retells the experience through photos she quickly captured.

Conspiracy Theories And The Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks

August 25, 2011
An aerial view of the World Trade Center is shown this undated photo. (AP)

Nearly ten years on, 9/11 conspiracy theories–about the Twin Towers– just won’t go away. We’ll look at the facts, and the conspiracy theorists.

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