9/11 anniversary coverage on CBC

Highlights of CBC News television, radio and online coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

For 10 years, the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. have reverberated around the world, changing our politics, our economic well-being and our sense of security.

Beginning on Sept. 4, CBC News offers Canadians a week-long schedule of programming leading up to live coverage of the Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony from New York City.

Throughout the week, CBC News will explore the consequences of Sept. 11, the continuing impact of that fateful day on Canadians and on people around the world and what we have learned in the decade that has followed. Led by chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge on television and Alison Smith on radio, CBC journalists across Canada and abroad will examine these questions and collectively paint a picture of where we, as Canadians, stand 10 years later.


Live coverage from New York City – Begins Sept. 8 and 9 with special editions of CBC News Network's Connect with Mark Kelley and CBC Radio One's World at Six with Alison Smith, who will stay on to contribute to The World This Weekend Sept. 10 and 11. CBC News Network and will feature live coverage of the commemoration ceremony on Sept. 11. The National, anchored by Wendy Mesley, will broadcast from New York City that same day.

CBC Television's The Fifth Estate launches its season on Sept. 9 with Truth and Lies – The Last Days of Osama bin Laden, a revealing program that takes viewers beyond the spin and propaganda to learn what really happened in the days leading up to the attack on the bin Laden compound in Pakistan. A special immersive, multimedia experience,, launching Sept. 7, complements the documentary by giving users the ability to navigate through the events of bin Laden's death.

Border Stories – CBC News looks at the post-Sept. 11 border and how Canadians' sensibilities about cross-border business and security have shifted. Several stories will examine the commercial and personal impacts of a border that has become increasingly focused on security.

Muslims in North America – Throughout the week, our coverage will look at the lasting impact of the 9/11 attacks on individuals. Reporters Nahlah Ayed and Muhammad Lila will showcase a series of portraits of North American Muslims on The National, World Report and World at Six. Plus, visit for a special multimedia co-production with Radio-Canada that looks at how life has changed for 10 Muslim-Canadians since Sept. 11

The Future of Terrorism – In a two-part series on The National and World at Six, Adrienne Arsenault looks at the cost of counterterrorism and travels to the Philippines, the birthplace of the early Sept. 11 plot.


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THE NATIONAL Sept. 4 to 11, 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) (Saturday at 6 p.m. ET) on CBC TV; 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT (Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT) on CBC News Network. Peter Mansbridge leads special coverage on The National, which investigates the state of counterterrorism efforts today. Are we any safer than we were 10 years ago? And at what cost? On Sept. 4, Nahlah Ayed's Red, White and Muslim feature about the Muslim experience in North America; Sept. 6 and 7, Adrienne Arsenault's two-part series on the Future of Terrorism, that takes her to the Philippines. She details how decentralization of terror groups has made it more difficult to identify and eliminate them. On Sept. 9, Rex Murphy tells the story of how a piece of steel from the World Trade Center travelled to Gander, N.L. And Sept. 11, The National broadcasts from New York City, with host Wendy Mesley.

DOC ZONE (season premiere) Thursday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) The documentary My Life After 9/11 is a series of deeply personal accounts by people directly affected by the devastating attacks on Sept. 11. For survivors, rescuers and families of the victims, Sept. 11 was more than just a tragic point of history — it was, and remains, a defining moment of their lives and a legacy with which they have struggled for 10 years.

THE FIFTH ESTATE (season premiere) Friday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT) The eyeopening Truth and Lies – The Last Days of Osama bin Laden. From the White House Situation Room to bin Laden's Pakistan compound, we experience first-hand the story of what happened in the days and hours prior to bin Laden's death. Bob McKeown travels to Pakistan to meet face-to-face with some of the central figures in this real-life drama: Military spokesman Maj.-Gen. Athar Abbas; former president Pervez Musharraf and a witness to the events in Abbottabad. CBC-TV rebroadcasts The Fifth Estate on Sundays at 11 p.m. (11:30 p.m. NT). CBC News Network rebroadcasts The Fifth Estate on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET; and Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

UNITED 93 Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) The acclaimed real-time movie dramatization of events on United Flight 93 and the heroic passengers who foiled the plot, at the cost of their own lives.

DIVERTED Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) This movie tells the story of the 38 planes diverted to Gander, N.L. on Sept. 11, 2001. The town of 9,000 people took in 7,000 passengers for the four days until U.S. airspace reopened.

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SEPT. 11 COMMEMORATION CEREMONY from New York City. Sunday, Sept. 11, coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET The ceremony will also stream live on Hosted by Nancy Wilson, with contributions from Peter Mansbridge, Henry Champ and Susan Bonner, coverage will also include memorials in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Ottawa and Gander, N.L.

POWER & POLITICS WITH EVAN SOLOMON Weekdays at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT Evan Solomon has a series of feature interviews leading up to the anniversary of Sept. 11, including former prime minister Jean Chrétien (Sept. 6); U.S. Ambassador David Jacobsen (Sept. 7); ex-CIA and author of Hunting bin Laden, Michael Scheuer (Sept. 8); and Conservative MP and former Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan Chris Alexander (Sept. 9).

THE LANG & O'LEARY EXCHANGE Weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT From Sept. 7 to 9, Amanda Lang interviews Dick Grasso, chief of the New York Stock Exchange in 2001; Howard Lutnick, head of brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald, which lost nearly its entire staff in the World Trade Center attacks; and Paul Martin, who was Canadian finance minister on Sept. 11.

CONNECT WITH MARK KELLEY Weeknights at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Sept. 8 and 9, Mark Kelley travels to Ground Zero and the streets of New York City with the unique perspective of a reporter who covered the events of Sept. 11 live, on air — a reporter who shared the horrific experience with all of us. Connect will go beyond the anniversary commemorations to examine the real impact the day had on all of us. 

THE PASSIONATE EYE On Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the new documentary 9/11 Conspiracy Files: Ten Years On investigates the conspiracy theories that, with the help of the internet, continue to gain momentum 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. The documentary analyzes the phenomenon and the evidence, separating fact from fiction. It repeats Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and Sunday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. ET. Kicking off The Passionate Eye's week-long documentary programming, on Saturday Sept. 3, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, is the award-winning The Secret History of 9/11, and on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, 9/11 State of Emergency. Then on Monday, Sept. 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, 9/11 Conspiracy Files: The Third Tower; Thursday, Sept. 8, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, 9/11 Phone Calls from the Towers; and on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the Emmy Award-winning 102 Minutes that Changed the World

9/11 UNTOLD STORIES WITH PETER MANSBRIDGE Saturday, Sept. 10 at 11 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. ET Some of Canada's most senior political leaders, including Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, John Manley and former transport minister David Collenette talk to Peter Mansbridge about what was going through their minds and the decisions they were forced to make as events unfolded around Sept. 11.

Feature content includes Muslims in Canada, a special multimedia co-production with Radio-Canada that looks at how life has changed for 10 Muslim-Canadians since Sept. 11; an interactive look at terrorism around the world in the decade since the attack on the World Trade Center and the American capitol; and Border Stories — Canadians tell their stories of how the thickening border between this country and the U.S. has changed their lives in some surprising ways. will also house CBC News' current Sept. 11 coverage, as well as coverage from the archives.

Plus, launching on Sept. 7, is a special co-production with The Fifth Estate — an immersive, multimedia look at the last days of Osama bin Laden. This innovative site puts the user in the White House Situation Room and on the ground with the U.S. Navy SEALS at the compound in Pakistan. Navigate through the events of bin Laden's death sequentially or by zeroing in on key questions. Each screen takes the user into the decision-making behind the operation and how it unfolded on the ground.

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WORLD REPORT Weekdays, beginning at 5 a.m. (6 AT, 6:30 NT) Peter Armstrong leads special coverage on World Report, as James Fitz-Morris examines joint U.S.-Canadian plans to create a mutual Perimeter Security Strategy (Sept. 5, also airing on World at Six); Mike Hornbrook looks at how "border thickening" has complicated the heavy flow of trade between the borders of Canada and the U.S. (Sept. 6, also airing on World at Six); Muhammad Lila looks at what it's like to be Muslim in Canada (Sept. 7); and Jacques Poitras visits Forest City, Maine, across the New Brunswick border, to tell the tale of an American community that seemed to go against the grain by nixing plans for a big new border security building (Sept. 8). Other stories will look at how the new border situation is affecting small Canadian businesses, how border security is taking a toll on tourism and how personal privacy is being invaded in the name of national and international security.

WORLD AT SIX Weeknights at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) Alison Smith leads coverage. Plus, Sept. 5, Adrienne Arsenault begins a two-part look at the price of protection in the years since Sept. 11, David Common on the thousands of New Yorkers diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder in the wake of Sept. 11, and Havard Gould on how Sept. 11 has drastically changed the nature of cross-border business along the world's longest undefended border.  On Sept. 7, Nahlah Ayed looks at the lasting impact of the attacks on American Muslims. And on Sept. 8 and 9, Alison Smith hosts live from New York City with contributions from Washington correspondent Michael Colton, who will explore, among other things, Sept. 11 fatigue in the U.S. Also, Smith will talk with Brian Clarke, a Canadian and one of only a handful of people who was above the 82nd floor in the second tower and survived.   

THE CURRENT Weekdays at 8:30 a.m. (9 NT) On Thursday, Sept. 8, Anna Maria Tremonti's feature Living in the Shadow of 9/11, a documentary profile of New Yorker Helaina Hovitz, whose life was forever changed on Sept. 11. And on Friday, Sept. 9, from New York City, the guest host is Nelofer Pazira, an award-winning Afghan-Canadian journalist and author. Pazira grew up in Kabul, where she lived through 10 years of Soviet occupation before escaping with her family to Pakistan. She will explore the personal, cultural and global ripple effects set in motion a decade ago — from personal lives to global politics. This special edition of The Current will feature an interview with Lawrence Wright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.   

DISPATCHES Thursday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. (1:30 p.m. NT); Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. (8 a.m.  AT/8:30 a.m. NT) Rick MacInnes-Rae interviews the author of The Kingdom and the Towers, which looks at Saudi connections to Sept. 11 and beyond. Plus, an Iraqi-Canadian who spends most of his time as a Human Rights Watch researcher in Iraq

THE HOUSE Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. (9:30 NT) Guest host Susan Lunn talks to Tom Ridge, former U.S. secretary of homeland security, about the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and their impact on Canada-U.S. relations.

DAY 6 Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. (10:30 NT) Brent Bambury talks with Lewis Lapham, former editor of Harper's Magazine, who wrote a series of profound and controversial pieces following the Sept. 11 attacks. They polarized his readership and subscriptions were dumped en masse. He asked if countries the world over have experienced mass civilian death, why not America? Ten years on, Lapham reflects on and defends those arguments.

THE WORLD THIS WEEKEND Weekends at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. AT, 7:30 p.m. NT) On Sept. 4, David Common looks at the rebuilding of Ground Zero. The next weekend, with Alison Smith co-hosting from New York City, Michael Colton has a story on the Shanksville Memorial in Pennsylvania on Sept. 10, and reports on the commemoration ceremony in New York City on Sept. 11. Plus, Vik Adhopia reports on Sept. 11 events and ceremonies from Gander, N.L., and across Canada. 

THE SUNDAY EDITION Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. (9:30 a.m. NT) Join host Michael Enright as he hears from novelists, philosophers and security experts about how events a decade ago have changed the way we live and the way we think today. Enright speaks with Muslim scholar and writer Tariq Ramadan and with Arab American Institute president and prominent pollster James Zogby. Author Johathan Kay will reflect on the conspiracy theories that have become more widespread during the past 10 years and Muslims from across Canada will describe some of their own personal experiences.

CROSS COUNTRY CHECKUP Sunday, Sept. 11, live at 4 p.m. ET Join Rex Murphy from Gander, N.L., where on Sept. 11, 2001, plane loads of people, diverted after U.S. airspace was closed, started landing, almost doubling the town's population in a matter of hours. Murphy asks listeners, "What were you doing then ... what are your memories of Sept. 11?"

SPARK Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. (1:30 NT) The 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero in New York City will be dedicated on Sept. 11, 2011, and opens to the public on Sept. 12. On it, the names are laid according to where people were and who they were with when they died. Jer Thorp had the difficult task of designing an algorithm for placement of the names, and he talks to Nora Young about the challenges of using math and computer science to tackle a very, very sensitive problem.

WRITERS & COMPANY Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. (3:30 p.m. NT, 5 p.m. PT/MT/CT) A panel discussion to mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. Host Eleanor Wachtel will lead a roundtable of American and Arab writers on how the events of Sept. 11 have influenced literature over the intervening years, both in the west and in the Arab and Muslim world. 

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The 9/11 concert of hope and remembrance Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. On Sunday, Sept. 11, CBC Radio 2 will broadcast an open-air concert featuring the National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra and the Christ Church Cathedral choir of men and boys. Hosted by Peter Togni, the hour-long concert will take place on the outdoor terrace of the NAC and coincide with the time the first plane crashed into New York's World Trade Center. Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the NAC Orchestra, with works by Mozart, Brahms, Elgar and Barber.