Nat Geo marks 9/11 with day of tribute programming

The 15th anniversary programming event features encores of past Nat Geo specials, followed by a new, two-hour special, 9/11: The Longest War (pictured).
August 25, 2016

National Geographic Channel (NGC) is dedicating a day of special programming to mark the 15th anniversary of the 2001 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Virginia, and Pennsylvania that left nearly 3,000 people dead and spurred the U.S. into an ongoing “war on terror.”

The programming event is set to begin Sunday, Sept. 11, at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT with encores of 9/11-oriented content that previously aired on NGC, including Giuliani’s 9/11; CIA Confidential: Hunt for Bin Laden; CIA Confidential: 9/11 Mastermind; Witness: D.C. 9/11; 9/11: The Firemen’s Story; the Emmy-nominated miniseries Inside 9/11; and an encore presentation of George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview.

The line-up will be capped off at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT by the world premiere of a two-hour special, 9/11: The Longest War. The program is a compilation of Nat Geo’s own coverage of 9/11, providing a look at the past 15 years — from the buildup to the attacks as the events unfolded, to the military response in the years that followed — leading up to the present day. It draws from a range of sources, including over 40 original Nat Geo interviews with 9/11 survivors, first responders, experts, journalists, politicians and military leaders; news footage and eyewitness videos culled from a 400-hour archive; and audio recordings from on board the four planes that were used as weapons in the attacks, and inside air traffic control.

The special is produced by National Geographic Channel, with Erik Nelson on board as executive producer.

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