By Catie Talarski
It’s been a frustrating week for many residents of Connecticut, some who are expected to be without power through the long weekend. I’m hoping this Labor Day holiday brings some respite; whether it’s visiting with family and friends or a trip to the beach. And hopefully by the time you come back to work on Tuesday you’ll be basking in light, hot showers and refrigeration. Stay tuned to WNPR next week for continued coverage of the aftermath of Irene.
Also, take note of WNPR’s special 9/11 coverage (which will start 9/9 and continue through the weekend.) Here’s the rundown:
MONDAY: Labor Day Special
To commemorate the tenth Anniversary of 9/11 we bring you the Peabody Award-winning Sonic Memorial Project, narrated by New York writer Paul Auster. The Sonic Memorial Project is an intimate and historic documentary commemorating the life and history of The World Trade Center and its surrounding neighborhood, through audio artifacts, rare recordings, voicemail messages and interviews.
TUESDAY: Steve Perry
Principal Steve Perry has been hailed for his “tough love and high expectations” at Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford. He’s had success in keeping kids in school and getting them into college. And that’s gotten him into the national spotlight, and onto cable TV shows. But maintaining success is difficult. We’ll talk to Perry about what he’s doing to close the nation’s biggest achievement gap.
THURSDAY: Alzheimer’s Disease
The sad news was released last month that legendary University of Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summit, at age 59, is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Coming up we’ll talk to Yale scientists about new research that could be a game changer for those with the disease.
FRIDAY: 9/11 Special Coverage
“Living Nine Eleven” is a documentary special from WNYC in New York. Ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, as part of WNYC’s “Decade: 9/11″ coverage, this special explores people’s most visceral and immediate emotional reactions to the attack on the World Trade Center and how they are – and are not — still with us today.
1-4PM: 10 Years Later: Connecticut on September 11
September 11, 2001 changed our state in ways we might not even realize. On the Friday before the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, WNPR presents “10 Years Later: Connecticut on September 11” hosted by Colin McEnroe and John Dankosky. We’ll recall what was happening in our world on that day, through interviews, essays and archival recordings; we’ll look at the changes to our notions of privacy, safety and spirituality; and we’ll view how the world is today, through the lens of those who came of age in the last decade. Join us 1 to 4 p.m. for this live call-in special on WNPR – Connecticut’s Public Radio Station.
Sunday, September 11th:
At 7am, Krista Tippett On Being presents a special program from the edge of Ground Zero at St. Paul’s Chapel, the heart and soul of recovery efforts in the days and months after 9/11. She’ll ask: Who do we want to be for the next decade? What wisdom do we want to focus on, and grow more deeply into, as we move forward as a culture and pass on this narrative of 9/11 to generations to come?
From 8am – 2pm, we join NPR special coverage, hosted by Weekend Edition Sunday host Audie Cornish. NPR’s coverage will explore questions of how America has changed. NPR will air rigorous reporting on everything from national security to politics to our culture, and also reflecting on the human toll — the impact of September 11th on people’s lives and our country.
At 2pm, we present a new, expanded version of All Available Boats: Harbor Voices from 9/11, a national award-winning documentary, originally produced in 2002 by David Tarnow and WNPR. It is based on a series of interviews conducted with members of New York’s maritime community recounting the events of the morning of September 11th and their role in the subsequent evacuation of Lower Manhattan.