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9/11: THEN & NOW


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On the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, host Rafael Pi Roman explores how the city has changed since 9/11. The show includes documentary reports on the health of the workers involved in the cleanup at ground zero, a look at the politics of rebuilding at the site, and a discussion of the effectiveness of U.S. counterterrorism tactics over the past five years. This one-hour special also checks in with an assortment of New Yorkers who were affected by the attacks, including victims' family members, a construction worker who helped cleanup the site, and a Muslim woman who five years ago decided to put her career on hold.

The Mood and Character of New York

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Rafael Pi Roman sits down with authors Pete Hamill and Roger Rosenblatt to talk about how the city has changed over the past five years. Rosenblatt is the author of Where We Stand: Thirty Reasons for Loving Our Country, which was inspired by the country's reaction to 9/11. Hamill is a longtime NYC newspaper man and novelist. His post-9/11 columns published in the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS can be found on his website.

The Most Contentious 16 Acres in the World,

There has been an epic battle over what to build at ground zero and who should build it. This timeline looks at five years of changing plans and divisive politics as the city and state have deliberated over what should be built at the World Trade Center site.

An Interview with Paul Goldberger

Rafael Pi Roman talks about five years of rebuilding at ground zero with Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Goldberger, who is the architecture critic for THE NEW YORKER, and the author of UP FROM ZERO, POLITICS, ARCHITECTURE, AND THE REBUILDING OF NEW YORK

The Man in Charge

Governor George Pataki has had more power over what will be built at ground zero than any other public official. Rafael Pi Roman met with him at his office to discuss the process and politics of rebuilding over the past five years.

Clearing the Air

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It could become one of the most enduring legacies of 9/11: the health of the some 40,000 responders and volunteers who were exposed to the environmental toxins at ground zero. In the rush to clean up the site, officials may have ignored serious public health risks. And now, according to medical authorities in charge of monotiring the health of those exponsed, tens of thousands are suffering from the toxins they inhaled.

An Interview with Dr. Stephen M. Levin

Rafael Pi Roman interviews Dr. Levin, who is the co-director of the World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program at Mount Sinai Hospital. The program recently issued a report that found a high rate of sickness among WTC responders five years after the attack.

Are We Safer?

September 11th brought home how vulnerable we are as a city and a nation to the threat of terrorism. In the past five years our domestic and foreign policies have been completely revamped in response to that threat. But are we safer? Rafael Pi Roman sat down with Brian Michael Jenkins a counterterrorism expert at the Rand Corporation, and author of UNCONQUERABLE NATION: KNOWING OUR ENEMY, STRENGTHENING OURSELVES

The Other 9/11 Memorials

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While there is still no standing memorial on the World Trade Center site, there are dozens throughout the region. This piece is adapted from
THE LAST FULL MEASURE
, an essay by Steve Malanga.
To see more images of the memorials featured in this story, in addition to many more, visit Sheena Chi's flickr™ photo site.

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The Mood and Character of New York: An interview with authors Pete Hamill and Roger Rosenblatt.View this story
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View this storyThe Most Contentious 16 Acres in the World: A look at five years of plans and poltics at the site of the World Trade Center.
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An Interview with Paul Goldberger: THE NEW YORKER architecture critic Paul Goldberger on rebuilding at ground zero. View this story
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View this storyThe Man in Charge: Governor George Pataki defends his handling of the political process at ground zero.
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Clearing the Air: The chronic health problems of the rescue and cleanup workers.View this story
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View this storyAn Interview with Dr. Stephen M. Levin: Rafael Pi Roman sits down with the director of the World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program.
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View this storyThe Other 9/11 Memorials: A look at some of the local memorials commemorating 9/11 and the people who made them.
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