On Sept. 11, 2001, a nation wailed, police officers cried, heroes prevailed and a poem from the dawn of World War II rang true: "Defenseless under the nightOur world in stupor lies;Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light."
On Sept. 11, the American diaspora all over the world watched the horrific day unfold. NPR foreign correspondent Michael Sullivan experienced it from a hotel room in Islamabad — a city at the center of a conflict that was both perilously near and achingly far.
NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel details what it's like to report from some of the more dangerous war zones on the planet. He also discusses his recent dispatches from Egypt and Libya, where he was subject to tear gas attacks and artillery fire.
The death of Father Mychal Judge, a chaplain to the Fire Department of New York, took on iconic status after a photographer captured an image of rescuers carrying the priest from the World Trade Center. Two men share their thoughts about that day: a cop who helped carry Judge and the priest's best friend.
Scary landscapes and spirit creatures appear in many ghost stories. But author Alan Heathcock knows that for the best of them, only the writings of Algernon Blackwood will do. These spooky tales will have you shivering with fright and delight.
In his novel Anatomy of a Disappearance, Hisham Matar tells the tale of a father kidnapped — much like his own. Matar's father, a vocal opponent of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, disappeared 20 years ago. No one knows if he is dead or alive. "Living in hope is a really terrible thing," Matar says.
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, linger in our thoughts, but not so much in our speech. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says "it's striking that 9/11 and its aftereffects have left almost no traces in the language of everyday life."
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