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PBS sets slate for 9/11 anniversary

U.S. public broadcaster PBS has unveiled a slate of programming to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, including America Remembers: 9/11 - an hour-long special examining the significance of the day in different communities across the nation.
July 26, 2011

U.S. public broadcaster PBS has unveiled a slate of programming to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, including America Remembers: 9/11 – an hour-long special examining the significance of the day in different communities across the nation.

Beginning at 4 p.m. EST on September 11, the entire PBS schedule will be devoted to special programming. In addition to these broadcasts, PBS.org will feature coverage of the anniversary online, including full-episode streaming of programs the day after broadcast and archival programs chronicling the attacks’ impact on the U.S.

“As America commemorates the anniversary of this tragic event, PBS takes a deeper look at how it has transformed our collective perceptions of everything from our spiritual beliefs to national security, to the impact two wars are having on our military families,” said John F. Wilson, PBS senior VP and chief TV programming executive.

America Remembers, which airs under the PBS Newshour banner, will air on September 11 at 8 p.m EST. In it, Hari Sreenivasan will narrate an account of the three major memorial observances at Ground Zero in New York City, at the Pentagon near Washington DC, and in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The broadcast will also include several pieces of a “video quilt” the PBS audience has been invited to help produce, using PBS Newshour’s social media sites.

At 9 p.m. PBS will present Great Performances: The New York Philharmonic 10th Anniversary Concert for 9/11. The concert performance will be taped at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in NYC on September 10.

Elsewhere, on September 7 at 9 p.m., science strand ‘Nova’ will present Engineering Ground Zero, which follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

In addition, a series of both new and repeat ‘Frontline’ programming is being lined up. In the years since the attacks, ‘Frontline’ has produced more than 45 hours of films documenting the 9/11 attacks and America’s response to them, according to the network.

On September 6, at 9 p.m., the team that produced Bush’s War, The Torture Question and Cheney’s Law teams up with journalist Dana Priest for Top Secret America, which promises to investigate how a decade of fighting terrorism has reshaped America.

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