“We’ll never be the same” was a sentiment shared by many Americans after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Ten years later, we are the same, on many levels. The way we recovered as a nation speaks to how we as humans deal with trauma, which is something we have learned a lot about in the years following the attacks, and with the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Post-Traumatic Stress has become a buzz word. Mental health professionals, politicians and policy makers vow to address our emotional response to tragic events and crises better and more quickly.
This hour-long documentary, hosted and produced by WHYY’s Behavioral Health reporter Maiken Scott, examines the issue of trauma through several lenses, and takes a look at how we cope as individuals, institutions, and communities. Read more of Out of the Shadows and view a photo slideshow on Newsworks.
Listen to Out of the Shadows on WHYY-FM:
Monday, September 5, from noon to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, September 7, from 10 – 11 a.m.
Sunday, September 11, from 6 a.m. – 7 a.m.
For most Americans, recent history can be clearly divided in two eras: before and after 9-11. The attacks translated into a sense of vulnerability, grief and anger. They redefined our national sense of self, and how we understand our place in the world. To this day we see constant reminders of the events, which brought about war and conflict. We all remember where we were on September 11th, 2001. Since this day, our world, our country and our lives have been transformed. How are we different today? How are we coping with the aftermath of 9-11?
In the Shadow of 9-11 is a WHYY radio documentary, about the lives of Americans six years after the terrorist attacks. These are the stories of people whose lives were dramatically alterd, or who made big changes themselves. This one-hour documentary is hosted and produced by Maiken Scott, Elisabeth Perez-Luna is the executive producer.