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Thursday, September 9, 2021

#SmallScreenScenes PBS Commemorates the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with Special Programming

New Documentaries Include GENERATION 9/11,

FRONTLINE’s America After 9/11 and a Live Concert of Verdi’s Requiem

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, PBS presents a special lineup of new and encore programs that offer insight into the events and their aftermath as well as a special concert performance of Verdi’s Requiem from GREAT PERFORMANCES and The Metropolitan Opera.

Premiere programs include:

GENERATION 9/11 – Encore, Friday, September 10 (check local listings); Now streaming on and the PBS Video App
Among the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 were more than 100 expectant fathers. Two decades later, their children are coming of age. GENERATION 9/11 focuses on the stories of seven children whose fathers died that day and reveals how an entire generation was shaped by the attacks and their ongoing impact. Born at the dawn of the 21st century, they arrived in a world where the events of 9/11 initially drew the nation together. But by the time they entered high school, America was more divided than ever. Now entering adulthood, they carry a new sense of responsibility- and their stories hold a mirror up to the world that came after that momentous day.

FRONTLINE: America After 9/11 – Tuesday, September 7, 9:00 p.m. ET; Streaming on, YouTube and the PBS Video App beginning 9/7
From veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker and chronicler of U.S. politics Michael Kirk and his team, this documentary traces the U.S. response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the devastating consequences that unfolded across four presidencies. Drawing on both new interviews and those from the dozens of documentaries Kirk and his award-winning team made in the years after 9/11, this two-hour special offers an epic re-examination of the decisions that changed the world and transformed America. From the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the January 6 insurrection, America After 9/11 exposes the legacy of September 11 — and the ongoing challenge it poses for the president and the country.

GREAT PERFORMANCES Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11 – Saturday, September 11, 8:00 p.m. ET; Streaming live in select markets and available on and the PBS Video App on 9/12.
GREAT PERFORMANCES and The Metropolitan Opera present a special live performance of Verdi’s Requiem commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Conducted by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the concert features performances by the Met orchestra, chorus and soloists Ailyn Pérez, Michelle DeYoung, Matthew Polenzani and Eric Owens. Hosted by world-renowned ballerina Misty Copeland from nearby the site of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the special includes footage from the archives of the museum as well as New York City’s Tribute in Light, a commemorative public art installation featuring two beams of light that reach up to four miles into the sky, echoing the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers, every year from dusk to dawn on the night of September 11.

PBS NEWSHOUR – Monday-Friday, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET
Beginning Monday, September 6th and each night that week leading up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11, PBS NEWSHOUR will cover the cultural, historical and political impacts of 9/11 on America as well as its impact on the Muslim American community and the post-9/11 generation, among other topics. NEWSHOUR will also stream several ceremonies in New York, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania on its digital and social platforms on Saturday, September 11th.

Encore programs now streaming on, the PBS Video App and PBS Passport:

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, FRONTLINE will stream 17 of the series’ documentaries that probe that fateful day, investigate the cascade of decisions that followed and trace the lasting impact on America and the world.

Learn what happened behind the walls of one of America’s most secretive buildings on 9/11. This program tells the rarely told stories of the attack that took place at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, in which 184 people died. (Available on PBS Passport).

Join Ann Curry for dramatic reunions between people whose lives intersected on 9/11. Patrick searches for the stranger who comforted him after the disaster, and Tim hopes to thank the fellow chaplain who gave him the strength to carry on. (Available on PBS Passport).

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