September 11

1:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Kansas Citians More Worried About Local Violence Than International Terrorists

Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. This 9/11 tribute appeared in New York on the anniversary in 2010.
Credit A. Strakey / Flickr--CC

In the days leading up to the 13-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Thursday, Kansas Citians took to Twitter, speculating about whether the day would bring more violence, given recent anti-American killings in the Middle East.

We decided to ask our listeners, “How safe do you feel in Kansas City, 13 years after 9/11?”  

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4:52 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Tell KCUR: How Safe Do You Feel In Kansas City, 13 Years After 9/11?

How safe do you feel in Kansas City 13 years after 9/11? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
Credit File photo / KCUR

As we approach the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, terrorism aimed at Americans is still at the forefront of international news.

In recent months, the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, referred to as ISIL or ISIS, has released videos showing the beheadings of American journalists. The incidents follow threats of violence from ISIS if the United States didn’t cease air strikes and other military intervention in Iraq.

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Visual Arts
1:54 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Philip Heying, Taking Portraits On Sept. 11

courtesy of the artist

There are probably certain images that come to mind when you remember the September 11th terrorist attacks: the approaching plane, the two towers of the World Trade Center in flames, clouds of smoke, and people walking en masse across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photographer Philip Heying is now based in Lawrence, Kan., and works as an adjunct instructor in the photography department at Johnson Community College.

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The Two-Way
11:33 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Military Proceeds With Guantanamo Trial Of Sept. 11 Mastermind

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 1:24 pm

The U.S. military announced today that it was ready to proceed with the war crimes tribunal of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other Guantanamo prisoners suspected of orchestrating the Sept. 11 attack on the United States.

NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports this is important because it means that Mohammed must be arraigned within 30 days. This step is basically a military grand jury agreeing that there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.

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Visual Arts
8:17 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Kemper ARTcast: June Ahrens

June Ahrens, Still Standing, 2010; reclaimed jars, glass, aluminum, 24 x 72 x 30 in.;
Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Artist June Ahrens sits with Chief Curator Barbara O'Brien to discuss her works relating to September 11, in the exhibition Acquisitions in Context: June Ahrens.

Kansas City, Mo. – Acquisitions in Context: June Ahrens
September 9-December 24, 2011
Kemper Museum

From the Kemper's website: "Artist June Ahrens's work addresses issues of loss, pain, fragility, danger, and survival. Her work is obsessive in spirit and uses reclaimed or repurposed everyday objects."

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Visual Arts
10:55 am
Wed September 21, 2011

June Ahrens: Tapping Memories through Material

June Ahrens, Hiding in Plain Site, 2008; site-dependent installation, acrylic mirror and light, 174 inches diameter.
Courtesy of the artist

Artist June Ahrens draws on a wide range of materials, from rusty razor blades and air conditioner filters to insulation foam and pillows.

Kansas City, Mo. – The latest series by the artist uses broken acrylic mirrors, broken jars, and bottles to create works inspired by the events of 9/11.

KCUR's Laura Spencer caught up with Ahrens recently during the installation of two of her pieces, Hiding in Plain Site and Still Standing, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Visual Arts
1:35 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

CNN's "9/11 Ripple" Project: Peregrine Honig

Peregrine Honig's "Twins" commissioned artists from around the world "to create or choose work to illustrate the ripple effect of 9/11." Here, Kansas City's Peregrine Honig describes her work called "Twins," and recalls where she was on September 11, 2001.

Kansas City, Mo. –

Peregrine Honig's artist statement for's 9/11 Ripple project:

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10:55 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Two Plays Explore Themes of 9/11

Chris Roady (as Ben) and Crystal Gould (as Abby) in "The Mercy Seat."
photo: courtesy of MD Photography, LLC

Along with journalists and historians, playwrights can serve an important role in helping people make sense of national tragedies. And the results can weave narratives other sources might miss.

Kansas City, Mo. – This week, two Kansas City theater companies are staging plays coinciding with the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, yet they utilize that historic day in very different ways.

Sound: (ringing phone: "Brring...")

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