TV Remembers the Day No One Will Ever Forget

By John Maynard
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 9, 2006

Numerous broadcast and cable networks will present special programs to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Tonight at 8, A&E will air "Trapped in the Towers: The Elevators of 9/11," featuring interviews with survivors who were inside World Trade Center elevators. Tom Brokaw will host NBC's "America Remembers: 9/11 Controllers" (Channel 4 at 8), featuring interviews with 20 air-traffic controllers who dealt with the hijacked planes.

Tomorrow night, CBS will re-air its documentary "9-11" (Channel 9 at 8), in which filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet captured scenes of the World Trade Center collapse. Ted Koppel makes his Discovery Channel debut at 8 with a three-hour special, "Koppel on Discovery: The Price of Security," which includes an interview with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a live town-hall meeting with Sept. 11 family members and Bush administration officials. And at 8 the History Channel compares the collapse of the twin towers to the fall of Pompeii on "American Vesuvius."

On Monday, pay-cable channel Cinemax at 7 p.m. offers the documentary "Brothers Lost: Stories of 9/11," featuring interviews with 31 men who lost their brothers in the terrorist attacks. "ESPN Classic Remembers 9/11" (airing at 8 p.m. on the sports network) recounts how the sports world was affected. National Geographic Channel replays its Emmy-nominated "Inside 9/11" (at 8 p.m.), a minute-by-minute chronicle of that fateful day. PBS's "America Rebuilds, Part II: Return to Ground Zero" (Channels 22 and 26 at about 9:30, after a presidential address to the nation) reports on reconstruction efforts at the World Trade Center site. And at 10 on Sundance Channel, Steve Buscemi narrates "Dust to Dust: The Health Effects of 9/11," which profiles first-responders who now are seriously ill.

All the cable news networks will devote programming to the anniversary with live reports from Ground Zero. Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" (9:30 p.m.) will have a studio audience for its show, focusing on Sept. 11 rescue personnel. CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360 ° " will be live (at 10 p.m.) from Afghanistan, where Cooper will be reporting through Wednesday. MSNBC's Chris Matthews hosts "9/11: The Day That Changed America" (at 10 p.m.), with prominent Americans discussing where they were when the attacks occurred.

C-SPAN's morning show "Washington Journal" (at 7) will have no guests and will open phone lines to viewers for the entire three hours. And throughout the day, BET will air news briefs that focus on African Americans affected by the tragedy.

And on the Web: Beginning at 8:30 a.m., CNN Pipeline ( ) will replay the network's coverage from Sept. 11, 2001, to coincide with how the day's events unfolded.

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