Special Programming from WHYY-TV

WHYY presents these special programs:

NOVANOVA Engineering Ground Zero
Airs September 7 from 9 – 10 p.m., and September 11 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

On the tenth anniversary of 9-11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Engineering Ground Zero follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. NOVA captures the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers to make the buildings safe and highly secure under the pressures of a tight schedule, the demands of practical office space and efficient, “green” architecture, and the public’s expectations of a fitting site for national remembrance. Featuring interviews with 1 WTC architect David Childs; Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Mayor Michael Bloomberg, chairman of the 9-11 Memorial Foundation; and Michael Arad, the man behind the breakthrough concept for the 9-11 Memorial.

America Remembers-9/11
Airs September 11 from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

PBS NEWSHOUR presents this special broadcast commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The PBS NEWSHOUR team examines the significance of the day in many different communities across the nation. Hari Sreenivasan will narrate an account of the three major memorial observances at Ground Zero in New York City, at the Pentagon near Washington, DC, and in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Jeffrey Brown will speak with several contributors to a new book, Legacy Letters; all have written letters, filled with insights gained in the past 10 years, to the family members they lost when the Twin Towers collapsed in New York. Ray Suarez will explore the attitudes of American Muslims, their efforts to get beyond the deep mistrust caused by 9/11 and their perspectives on what the future looks like for them; the story will be shot in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Judy Woodruff introduces viewers to a generation of young Americans who know only a post-9/11 world and visits a small town in California that has made extraordinary contributions, in terms of young lives lost, to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gwen Ifill will explore a decade of war’s impact on hundreds of thousands of soldiers and their families and the nation’s efforts to care for them.

Great performances: A Concert for New York
Airs September 11 from 9:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection is performed in honor of the victims of September 11, 2001.

FrontlineFrontline: The Man Who Knew
Airs September 11 from 11 p.m. – 12 a.m.

PBS Frontline details FBI Special Agent John O’Neill’s efforts to sound the alarms about al Qaeda’s growing reach and threat to the U.S., only to be branded a maverick and roundly ignored. O’Neill elf the FBI in the summer of 201 and took a new job as head of security at the World Trade Center, where he died on September 11th. The 9/11 Commission’s investigation revealed that America’s $30 billion intelligence community, spread over more than a dozen agencies, was disorganized, fractured and impaired by organizational and legal restrictions on the sharing of information.

These disclosures directly relate to John O’Neill’s story. He came tantalizingly close to possibly uncovering the 9/11 plot. But his investigations into the USS Cole terrorist attack and into Al Qaeda’s presence in the United States were both undermined by the CIA and FBI’s failure to share information with each other.

FrontlineFrontline: Top Secret America
Airs September 6 from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

In the years after September 11th, FRONTLINE produced more than 45 hours of award-winning films documenting the 9/11 attacks and America’s response to them. Now on the tenth anniversary of September 11th, FRONTLINE Producer Michael Kirk-Bush’s War, The Torture Question, and Cheney’s Law-teams up with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dana Priest, to investigate the dramatic changes that have reshaped America in the last decade. The program examines the history of the secret side of America’s “war on terror.” From the creation of black site prisons abroad and super-secret facilities here in America, to targeted killings and covert wars waged by special forces, and the creation of a multibillion-dollar terrorism-industrial complex, FRONTLINE and Dana Priest ask how a decade of fighting terrorism has reshaped the country and whether it has made us any safer.

For the Love of their Brother
Airs September 7  from 12:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. and September 12 from 12 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

For the Love of Their Brother is a heartwarming story about a close- knit Staten Island family whose youngest brother perished on September 11, 2001. To honor Stephen Siller’s sacrifice, his six older siblings founded the “Tunnel-to-Towers Run,” an annual road race which re-traces the off-duty firefighter’s route from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center. The Telly Award- winning program is hosted by celebrated actor and Brooklyn native John Turturro.

From the Ground Up
September 12 from 12:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

From the Ground Up is the story of five FDNY widows ten years after 9/11, bonding and triumphing over tragedy. It’s Maureen, single with two autistic sons, creating a foundation and two group homes for autistic children.  It’s Una, building a library to show her children goodness in life and Andrea, traveling to Rwanda to help, but finding strength in the dignity of thousands of Rwandan widows. It’s Sally and her in-laws growing a race that’s raised almost $10 million to help orphans and vets.  Forged by fire, ten years later, they’re looking ahead with hope and love.

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