How 9/11 Shaped Us: Special Podcast Coverage


National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York on Friday.


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The events of Sept. 11, 2001, fundamentally reshaped our relationship with the government, the international community, and each other.

Wall Street Journal Podcasts explore the impact of 9/11 on individuals, the markets and more. Listen to the episodes in the players below or by downloading them wherever you get your podcasts.

Cantor Fitzgerald and the Legacy of Loss

Of the more than 2,700 people killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11, 658 worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, a financial firm that occupied five floors near the top of the World Trade Center.

Howard Lutnick,

the chief executive and chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald, survived because he was taking his son to school. “What’s News” host Marc Stewart spoke with Mr. Lutnick about the 20th anniversary of the event and how Cantor Fitzgerald has changed in the years since. Listen here:

The Long-Term Health Impacts for Survivors

The personal impact of 9/11 didn’t stop with the people who died in the attacks. More than 6,000 people were injured that day—and the list of survivors is even longer. Many first responders have suffered from short- and long-term health effects. But they aren’t alone: Many New Yorkers who lived, worked, and went to school near the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan have developed conditions ranging from cancers to post-traumatic stress disorder. “What’s News” host Annmarie Fertoli spoke with Journal reporter Julie Wernau and one of the nearly half a million people who are still suffering. Listen here:

How 9/11 Changed the Stock Market

Computer systems in New York’s financial district were yanked offline after 9/11, leaving investors unable to access their stock portfolios for four trading days as panic rippled across the world. Since then, stock markets have undergone a security overhaul. On “Your Money Briefing,” Journal reporter Alexander Osipovich joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss the protections for investors that have been put in place in the last 20 years—and the vulnerabilities that some feel still exist. Listen here:

The Business of Homeland Security in the Wake of 9/11

9/11 also reshaped U.S. national security and the surveillance of American citizens. In the aftermath of the attacks, policy makers embarked on one of the largest spending binges in federal government history, swelling the defense sector and spurring a network of private companies that collect information on individuals. “Tech News Briefing” host Zoe Thomas spoke with Journal reporter Byron Tau about the transformation of the surveillance industry and the fierce debate over the line between privacy and security. Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold also shares his thoughts on how the government and individuals should approach privacy. Listen here:

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