The 20th Anniversary of 9/11: An iHeartRadio Special


20 years after 9/11, Ryan Gorman talks to numerous guests about their experiences during the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and aboard United Airlines Flight 93. From firsthand accounts to big picture perspectives, this 20th-anniversary special looks at the various ways the events of that infamous day changed lives and the course of history. Listen to the podcast version of each interview by clicking on the guest's name.

  • Elvis Duran, the host of the nationally syndicated Elvis Duran Show, shares his experience hosting a morning show in New York City as the September 11th attacks unfolded.
  • Victoria Clarke, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under Donald Rumsfeld, offers a firsthand account of the September 11th attack on the Pentagon.
  • Shelli Sonstein, the host of the 9/11 Stories podcast, highlights the incredible rescue story of former Port Authority Officer Will Jimeno.
  • Donna Gibson, president of the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, discusses the heroes of United Airlines Flight 93 and the national memorial in Shanksville, PA.
  • Thomas Von Essen, the FDNY Commissioner at the time of the attacks on the World Trade Center, recalls the moments that still stand out to him the most 20 years later.
  • Patrick Hruby, Washington Post Magazine reporter, explains the physical and cognitive issues many 9/11 first responders face in the wake of their courageous efforts that day and the days, weeks, and months following the attacks.
  • Jay Weaver, the federal court reporter for the Miami Herald, breaks down what we know and don't know about Florida's 9/11 terror cell, including questions that remain unanswered about connections to Saudi Arabia.
  • Mike Rogers, former Michigan congressman and chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, offers his assessment of the changes America has made to increase safety and security in the two decades following the September 11th attacks.
  • Matt Bocchi, a child of a 9/11 victim, shares his struggles with not knowing exactly how his father died in the World Trade Center attacks, a struggle that became the inspiration for his memoir Sway.
  • Noah Pransky, the political editor for NBC LX, discusses his conversation with former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card, including the story behind how the news of the attacks was broken to President George W. Bush in a classroom in Sarasota, FL.

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