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Many Americans watched the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 unfold right before our eyes. What happened on 9/11 and how it changed our world is the most important story of the modern age. It’s the hinge on which so much changed. But in the years since the history we've come to tell of that day is incomplete—and sometimes wrong.
Hosted by journalist Garrett Graff, author of the bestselling book THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY: AN ORAL HISTORY OF 9/11, "Long Shadow" examines the questions that linger two decades later and the enduring mysteries that still surround 9/11, the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. This is a different history of September 11th than you likely remember. But it’s one that will help you make sense of the world the attacks left behind.

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Many Americans watched the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 unfold right before our eyes. What happened on 9/11 and how it changed our world is the most important story of the modern age. It’s the hinge on which so much changed. But in the years since the history we've come to tell of that day is incomplete—and sometimes wrong.
Hosted by journalist Garrett Graff, author of the bestselling book THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY: AN ORAL HISTORY OF 9/11, "Long Shadow" examines the questions that linger two decades later and the enduring mysteries that still surround 9/11, the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. This is a different history of September 11th than you likely remember. But it’s one that will help you make sense of the world the attacks left behind.

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    How do we move on from 9/11?

    How do we move on from 9/11?

    When we think about 9/11, we often only think of the tremendous loss of life on that day. But what we sometimes forget about are those who made it; the thousands of people who survived the attacks, but have had to carry it with them every day since. 
    Firefighter Jay Jonas and Port Authority Police Officer Will Jimeno were in the Twin Towers on September 11 — 100 stories of the World Trade Center fell on top each of them. But they got back up and survived.
    How did they move on from this attack? And how should we?

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    • 52 min
    What was the Saudi connection to 9/11?

    What was the Saudi connection to 9/11?

    Fifteen of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia, which was also the home of al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden. In the days after September 11, dozens of his friends, family members and business associates left the U.S. on secret flights bound for The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. That has led to questions that four presidents have avoided answering:
    What role did the Saudi government play in the attacks? What did it know?
    Even worse, did it help?

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    • 30 min
    Who was the 20th hijacker?

    Who was the 20th hijacker?

    Immediately after 9/11, investigators began piecing together the plot. In the flight manifests, they discovered a pattern: A team of five terrorists hijacked every plane that day, except for one. United Airlines Flight 93 had only four hijackers. Investigators believed one person was missing from that group.
    Who was the 20th hijacker — if there even was one? And is there a 9/11 hijacker still on the loose?

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    • 39 min
    Could 9/11 have been stopped before it happened?

    Could 9/11 have been stopped before it happened?

    Before 9/11, FBI Special Agent John O’Neill kept setting off alarms about the emerging terrorist organization al-Qaeda and their mysterious leader Osama Bin Laden. As a result of his warnings the FBI knew terrorists were planning a big attack and the CIA even had eyes on two of the eventual hijackers prior to the attacks.
    So what went wrong? Why didn’t they capture the hijackers? What more could law enforcement have done to stop the attacks? And could they have been prevented?

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    • 46 min
    Was there a “fifth plane” on 9/11?

    Was there a “fifth plane” on 9/11?

    After the first two hijackings, the nation’s air traffic controllers quickly and efficiently grounded thousands of planes flying to and over the continental United States. Their quick thinking is said to have potentially saved countless lives.
    But what if another plane was meant to be hijacked that day, and never made it off the ground? What if there was a fifth plane on 9/11?

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    • 34 min
    Who issued the order to shoot down Flight 93?

    Who issued the order to shoot down Flight 93?

    With the Capitol under attack, the President on Air Force One, and the Defense Secretary missing, Vice President Dick Cheney was the most powerful man in the country on the morning of 9/11. From a bunker beneath the White House, he gave fighter pilots flying above the Capitol permission to shoot down hijacked commercial planes.
    But did Cheney actually have the authority to issue this order? Did he and President Bush connect before or after Cheney ordered the fighters into battle? And was the U.S. even ready to shoot down any hijacked flights?

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    • 39 min

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537 Ratings

WBON22 ,

Gripping

From the first minute to the last. A great telling of the unknown and little known stories and clarifying of some of the miss understood.

Sad estate ,

Very well done.

The host does a great job with this podcast.

Cmun2468 ,

Fascinating!

Congratulations on presenting a compelling and riveting anthology on a day we all thought we understood. The audio clips, the narration and the episode themes were all wonderfully curated. This is such a fitting piece for the 20th anniversary. You really took me on an intellectual and emotional journey spanning two decades in a few impactful episodes. Great job!

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