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Faith and 9/11 – BBC Radio 2

Faith and 9/11 – BBC Radio 2

For the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks we made a reflective anthology for Radio 2 which considers the impact of 9/11, ten years after events in Manhattan stopped the world in its tracks.

The programme combines news archive with personal reflections – past and present – framed with a continuous musical soundtrack. The Presenter, Journalist and ‘Pause for Thought’ contributor, Abdul-Rehman Malik guides listeners through the montage, which includes an interview given by Rowan Williams shortly after the terrorist attacks.

Other contributors include the architect, Michael Arad, who witnessed the attack from the roof of his apartment and won the contract to design the World Trade Centre Memorial, Major Molly Shotzberger, who was the Salvation Army Grief Counselor stationed at Ground Zero and Elizabeth Turner, author of The Blue Skies Of Autumn, who was seven months pregnant when her husband died on a business trip to the World Trade Centre. Former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion also wrote a new poem for the programme.

We also heard from the singer/songwriter Yusuf Islam, country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter, New York born singer-songwriter Gerard Kenny, poet Michael Symmons Roberts, The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, Imam Ahmed Saad of Finsbury Park Mosque and Baroness Neuberger, Senior Rabbi of the West London Synagogue.

The programme was broadcast on Radio 2 on the morning and evening of Sunday 11th September last year.

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