445: Ten Years In

445: Ten Years In

Sep 9, 2011
In this show, we return to people who've been on This American Life in the last ten years, whose lives were drastically altered by 9/11, including Hyder Akbar, an Afghan-American teen who moved to Afghanistan after his father was tapped to become governor of Kunar province there.
And Marian Fontana, whose husband Dave was a firefighter who died in the Twin Towers; and Lynn Simpson, who escaped from the 89th floor and made it out of the World Trade Center with about a minute to spare.

Rob Geddis helped with the music in this episode.

  • Host Ira Glass talks to someone who escaped from the twin towers with a minute to spare and someone who lost her husband on 9/11. Both say they try to avoid 9/11 commemorations. If that's true, then who are they for? (3 minutes)9/11DeathTerrorism

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  • Hyder Akbar was a teenager living with his family in the Bay Area when president Hamid Karzai asked Hyder's dad to return to Afghanistan and become an official in the new government. Hyder recorded audio diaries that became two episodes of our show, in 2002 and 2003, both produced by Susan Burton. They also wrote a book. Ira checks in with Hyder, who is now an adult living and working in Afghanistan. (18 minutes)9/11AfghanistanTerrorism

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  • Marian Fontana, whose husband was a firefighter who died on 9/11, originally appeared on our show in 2005. Ira talks with Marian today, about what has changed for her over the last 10 years. Marian wrote a book called A Widow's Walk: A Memoir of 9/11, and is at work on a new book. (10 1/2 minutes)9/11DeathFunnyJobs/EmploymentPoliticsWar

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  • In 2008, reporter Chris Neary told the story of John, a soldier who returned from tours of Iraq and Afghanistan with severe PTSD, and ended up attacking his fiancee and her mother. Chris finds out how John is coping today. (6 1/2 minutes)9/11AfghanistanIraqMental Health

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  • The podcast and stream versions of the show include a story here that is not included in broadcast. It catches us up with an Iraqi translator named Basim, who fled the country to Norway after his life was threatened because he aided the American forces. The original ran in 2007.IraqWar

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  • Alix Spiegel revisits a story she reported in 2006 - which caused more listeners to email us than any other story we've broadcast. It was about a Muslim American girl named "Chloe," who was tormented at school after the students had a lesson on 9/11. Alix is a correspondent for NPR News. (10 minutes)

    A Correction: In this story, we accidentally misreported a statistic. We stated that according to FBI statistics, about 10 percent of hate crimes in 2009 were against Muslims. In fact, about 10 percent of religiously-motivated hate crimes were against Muslims. It was 128 of the 1,376 religiously-motivated hate crimes that year (9.3 percent). In all, there were 7,789 hate crime offenses in 2009, so incidents against Muslims were 1.6% of the total, which is tiny. That same year, there were 2,724 hate crimes against blacks, 798 hate crimes against gay men and 964 hate crimes against Jews, according to the FBI. A table of the data is here on the FBI's website. Our reporter misread this summary. We're grateful to the listener who emailed and pointed this out, Robert Ben Garant. 9/11ChildrenEducationReligion

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  • On 9/11, Lynn Simpson escaped from the 89th floor of the World Trade Center. Ira talks with her about what's changed since she first appeared on the show, just a week after the attacks in 2001. (7 minutes)9/11

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  • Here are some other past This American Life episodes and stories relating to 9/11 and its aftermath:

    Habeas Schmabeas (winner of the 2006 Peabody Award)
    Before and After (our first show post 9/11, about what happened)
    Somewhere in the Arabian Sea
    This American Wife
    Secret Government
    I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help (about private contractors)
    The Arms Trader
    The Prosecutor
    1001 Arabian Nightly Newscasts
    Froggy Goes A-Courtin'

    Some of the many stories and shows we've done about Iraq:

    Why We Fight (on the debate over whether to invade Iraq)
    The Balloon Goes Up (the start of the war)
    Johnny Get Your Mouse
    In Country
    What Happens in Baghdad, Stays in Baghdad
    The Center for Lessons Learned
    Mr. Adam's Neighborhood
    Ask an Iraqi
    Will They Know Me Back Home?
    Iraq After Us

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