This Weekend's Show

Bob Edwards Weekend Highlights, September 10-11, 2011


Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times joins Bob to talk about 9/11, then and now.

Shortly after the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001 writer Joan Murray read her poem, “Survivors Found,” on NPR’s Morning Edition, the program Bob hosted at the time. Ten years later, she’s back to reflect on that poem, and how it helped people heal from the tragedy.

After years of controversy and debate over how to commemorate the victims of 9/11, the National September 11 Memorial is opening at the site of the Twin Towers in New York on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Over 5,000 proposals from 63 nations were considered for the memorial. The one finally accepted is titled “Reflecting Absence” by New York architect Michael Arad and Californian landscape architect Peter Walker.  Arad joins Bob to discuss the memorial which covers eight acres and includes two pools with 30-foot waterfalls that flow into the footprints of the towers, surrounded by a plaza of almost 400 oak trees. The names of the 2,982 victims are also on display.

In this week’s installment of our series This I Believe, we hear the essay of Helena Marie Carnes-Jeffries.  A few days after the attacks, Carnes-Jeffries attended an interfaith prayer vigil in Chicago. And now, even after a decade of war and increasing religious tensions, her faith tells her that peace remains the ultimate goal.


During the Global War on Terror, former CIA agent Glenn Carle was assigned to interrogate a man the US believed to be a key member of Osama bin Laden’s inner circle.  But as their sessions progressed, Carle began to doubt if they had the right man.  In his book The Interrogator, Carle tells his story as a covert operative in one of our country’s darkest moments and why he refused to employ the “enhanced interrogation techniques” sanctioned by his government.

Matt Taibbi’s writing makes the powerful squirm. In one of his Rolling Stone articles he compared Goldman Sachs to a “great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.” In his book, Griftopia, Taibbi argues it’s a new, powerful grifter class that is creating a redistribution of wealth in this country — taking it out of the hands of the working class and putting it into the coffers of the super rich. His book is now out in paperback.