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On TV, 9/11 was last huge story for ‘Big 3’ network anchors

By DAVID BAUDER, September 7, 2021

Fire and smoke billow from the north tower of New York’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, after terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center. Both towers collapsed within hours of being struck. (AP Photo/David Karp)

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NEW YORK (AP) — “Turn on your television.”

Those words were repeated in millions of homes on Sept. 11, 2001.

Friends and relatives took to the telephone: Something awful was happening. You have to see. Before social media and with online news in its infancy, the story of the day when terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people unfolded primarily on television.

Even some people inside New York’s World Trade Center made the phone call. They felt a shudder, could smell smoke. Could someone watch the news and find out what was happening?

Most Americans were guided through the unimaginable by one of three anchors: Tom Brokaw of NBC News, Peter Jennings of ABC and Dan Rather of CBS.

Source: On TV, 9/11 was last huge story for ‘Big 3’ network anchors

3 Books — And 3 Lessons — 20 Years After 9/11 | BPR

By Greg Myre, Sep 8, 2021

These three books provide a detailed accounting of events that have largely defined the U.S. role in the world in the first part of the 21st century.
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So what have we learned in the 20 years since 9/11?

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan encapsulated much of the past two decades. A war that began remarkably well for the U.S. had long since turned messy, frustrating and complicated, expanding to include a sprawling mix of goals and aspirations that never really went according to plan.

The global war on terror. The invasion of Iraq. Nation building. Black site prisons and Guantanamo Bay. Drone strikes across the Islamic world. Feuds over domestic surveillance and privacy. The rise of bitter partisan politics in the United States.

Many books have documented these developments, and more are on the way. Here we point to three strong new offerings that provide a detailed accounting of events that have largely defined the U.S. role in the world in the first part of the 21st century: The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden by Peter Bergen, The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War by Craig Whitlock, and The Recruiter: Spying and the Lost Art of American Intelligence by Douglas London.

None makes for cheery reading, but all offer sobering lessons.

Source: 3 Books — And 3 Lessons — 20 Years After 9/11 | BPR

What Structural Engineers Learned from 9/11 – Scientific American

By Donald Dusenberry, on September 8, 2021

Members of the profession study such tragic events to try and ensure that something similar won’t happen again

Credit: Donald Dusenberry

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The events of 9/11 shook the world.

Before that day, we could not imagine that someone would be bold and cruel enough to enact such violence. We could not imagine that two iconic 110-story skyscrapers would collapse in the middle of a U.S. city, gouging and crushing other buildings for hundreds of feet in all directions.

We asked ourselves, “How could this possibly happen? How could they collapse?” These are natural questions that express the scope of the loss we felt on that day.

Structural engineers asked these questions, too, but they also asked the contrasting question: How did the World Trade Center towers manage to stand up to the attack at all, even for a short while? The damage was extensive. Commercial aircraft flying at nearly top speed crashed into the buildings, cutting wide swaths through the exterior walls and inflicting extensive interior damage. Shouldn’t that have been enough to cause immediate collapse?

Source: What Structural Engineers Learned from 9/11 – Scientific American

17 new 9/11 documentaries to commemorate 20th anniversary | EW.com

What to watch, when, and how you can watch them.

By Jolie Lash, September 06, 2021 at 10:00 AM EDT

Trailer, YouTube, for one of the documentaries…

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

It was a day that changed America, and this year, more than any other, there are a host of documentaries and specials reexamining September 11 and its aftermath from different perspectives.

Some look back historically through the lens of first responders and government officials, while others reflect on questions of how and why the attack happened.

Additional films explore the lives of children who lost parents to the tragedy, and the heroes who continue to battle for funding for their healthcare needs.

Source: 17 new 9/11 documentaries to commemorate 20th anniversary | EW.com