9/11 - Cultural Impact

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We also explore artistic responses to 9/11 and speak with commentators and creators who have different ideas about whether the arts have adequately addressed the tragedy.



Part Three of The Current

9/11 - Cultural Impact

This Sunday will be the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the world is still trying to make sense of what happened that day. Barriers, is a play that is running again this week in New York about 9/11. It takes place four months after 9/11 and deals with the Chinese/Pakistani Abbas family, and the loss of their oldest son Nabhil at the World Trade Center. Originally mounted in 2002, Barriers is returning to the stage this week to look back on the ten-year anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy.

We dedicated this last half hour to talk about the impact that 9/11 has had on the culture and arts. And while some believe the response by artists to 9/11 in terms of film, literature and music - has been inspiring... others think it has been more disappointing.

To discuss whether artists have risen to the occasion since 9/11, we were joined by three people.

Rehana Mirza is a playwright, film-maker and co-director of the Ma-Yi Theater's Writer's Lab. Her play, Barriers, is showing this week in New York.

Patrick Graham is an award-winning Canadian journalist and the co-writer of Afghan Luke... a film premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. He was in Toronto.

Nick Gillespie is Editor in Chief of Reason Magazine and the author of Declaration of Independents. He was in Oxford, Ohio.

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Last Word - Pentagon Widow

The world's attention will be on New York City this weekend ... as people there mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11th. But, of course, there were two other planes hijacked that day.

Less than an hour after the first plane slammed into the North tower of the World Trade Centre... United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania. Half an hour after that -- at 9:37 AM -- American Airlines Flight 77 was approaching the west wall of the Pentagon at 500 miles an hour. 125 Defense employees were killed at the Pentagon that day. Lt. Darin Pontell was one of them. We ended the program today with reflections from his widow, Devora Wolk Pontell.

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