To mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Radio Rookies, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning youth journalism program, presents “Our 9/11: Growing Up in The Aftermath”, an hour special hosted by NPR’s Brooke Gladstone.
Last spring, Radio Rookies put out a call for young people to tell us about their 9/11. In this hour, six young people report on the ways that day and what came after shaped who they are now. Some faced deep personal losses and others felt changed because they were so young when the towers fell. Eric’s older brother Paul worked in Tower 1 and never made it home. Jillian lost her father, a New York City police officer. Norhan suddenly found herself the target of other kids’ animosity and fear because she is Muslim. Brendan and Joey weren’t personally affected by the attacks, but they felt called to service. Erin, whose father was a New York City firefighter, spent the months after 9/11 attending funerals and watching her father struggle to recover from injuries both physical and psychological.
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(The working title of this program was "The 9/11 Generation Speaks")