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Radio Rookies - Eric Leinung

From: WNYC
Series: WNYC 9/11 Anniversary Programming
Length: 10:04

Eric Leinung was 11-years-old when his older brother, Paul, went to work on the 100th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Paul didn't make it out.

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Eric Leinung was 11-years-old when his older brother, Paul, went to work on the 100th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  Paul didn't make it out. When adolescents are faced with a traumatic event, research shows that they often vent their feelings through aggression and rage. Eric spent his teen years fighting, sometimes physically, with his mom.  Now, 10 years after the Twin Towers collapsed, Eric reports on how he found his way through his family's loss.  He has channeled a lot of his grief into being an actor and currently has a weekend gig in the "shadow cast" of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Eric Leinung was 11-years-old when his older brother, Paul, went to work on the 100th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  Paul didn't make it out. When adolescents are faced with a traumatic event, research shows that they often vent their feelings through aggression and rage. Eric spent his teen years fighting, sometimes physically, with his mom.  Now, 10 years after the Twin Towers collapsed, Eric reports on how he found his way through his family's loss.  He has channeled a lot of his grief into being an actor and currently has a weekend gig in the "shadow cast" of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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I have to say that this piece is just so powerful. It even made me tear up a little bit. For Eric and his family, you can tell that 9/11 was one of the hardest times for them. I think that the strongest people are the ones that can go without. Yes it started out rocky but this family has made so much progress. Eric and his mother get along so well and it's just amazing. I don't know what I would do if I were in that situation with my family. However, I am glad things are getting better and better for Eric and his family.

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