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Flowers and memorabilia are left by a reflecting pool during the eighth anniversary remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. (AP)
Flowers and memorabilia are left by a reflecting pool during the eighth anniversary remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. (AP)

9/11 Anniversary

On this anniversary of the terrorist attacks, we have a conversation about the war that traces its origins to this date. Yesterday, top Congressional democrats urged President Obama to outline a plan for winning the war in Afghanistan or he will risk their support if he has to ask for even more troops. We speak to the BBC's security and defense correspondent, Nick Childs in London.

The Tender Bar: A Memoir

In the book, "The Tender Bar", Pulitzer Prize winning writer J.R. Moehringer recalls growing up fatherless in the Long Island town of Manhasset, where he was raised primarily by a a group of men hanging out in a bar. On September 11, 2001, 50 people from Manhasset died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, and suddenly Manhasset had many more fatherless children.

Businesses Unprepared for Swine Flu

Two-thirds of American businesses, including those in critical industries like food and energy, are unprepared for a possible major outbreak of swine flu this fall. We speak with Dr. Gillian SteelFisher, research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Night Owl Classes

A follow up to a story we reported on earlier. Late night classes get underway at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. We hear from some of the night owls studying there.

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A Gate At The Stairs

Author Lorrie Moore knits together the shadow of 9/11 and a young girl's bumpy coming-of-age in a luminous, heart-wrenchingly story. She joins us to talk about her first novel in 15 years, "A Gate At The Stairs".

Music from the show

  • Sun-Kil Moon, "Carry Me Ohio"
  • Freddie Hubbard, "Gibraltar"
  • Frank Sinatra, "Someone to Watch Over Me"
  • Art Blakey, "C.O.R.E."
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
  • The Wee Trio, "About a Girl"
  • Jaco Pastorius, "Portrait of Tracy"

This program aired on September 11, 2009.

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