Five at 8 – 9/11/09: When the towers stood

1) It’s September 10, 2001, and the two big buildings in New York are still there, just as — it seems — they’ve always been. The Lens blog (link fixed) has an impressive series of images of the World Trade Center as they stood 8 years ago yesterday.

At the Camera Planet Archive today, there’s this collection of once innocuous images:


In many ways, the 24 hours after the attacks 8 years ago showed us at our best. In many ways, it showed us at our worst.

Meanwhile, some educators are reminding us today that a lot of us don’t remember 9/11.

2) Sign of the times? In Boston, a community college has so many people coming through the door, it’s shoehorning classes in that run from 11 at night to 2 in the morning.

A sign of the time closer to home: Enrollment of full-time students at Minnesota West Technical and Community College in Worthington is up 11 percent.

3) I’ll bite. How on earth do you lose a bra at the Minnesota State Fair? One high-heel shoe? How do you lose just one high-heel shoe?

4) If you point a finger at something, most everyone will be able to tell what you mean. Besides us, there’s only one other species in the animal kingdom that can do that, according to researchers at Duke.

5) I can’t play Guitar Hero and sing at the same time. How do you play, say, a trombone while — essentially — dancing?


Today’s the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Back then, Americans feared that another such event might happen any day. Eight years later, do you worry about another terrorist attack?

Another question (unrelated, of course): President Obama speaks at Target Center on Saturday. The doors at Target Center open three hours beforehand. If you’re going, how on earth are you going to kill three hours inside Target Center?


I’ll have a News Cut Quiz ready by mid-afternoon.

Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) – First hour: How much poverty is there in America? Really?

Second hour: Spirituality and the films of Joel and Ethan Coen.

Midday (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – First hour: House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller will be in the studio to answer questions about this week’s “leadership” summit about state finances.

Second hour: Highlights from this week’s memorial service for CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite.

Talk of the Nation (1-3 p.m.) – It’s Science Friday! Effects of climate change in the Arctic, the musical ability of monkeys, and who wants a one-way trip to Mars?

All Things Considered (3-6:30 p.m.) – Officer Richard Crittenden is being laid to rest today in St. Paul. MPR’s Tim Nelson is covering the North St. Paul police officer’s funeral.

Chris Roberts gets inside the heads of the actors portraying iconic singers Ella Fitzgerald and Patsy Cline on Twin City stages.

NPR has plenty of September 11 stories this afternoon, including how the New York Police Department is reaching out to the Muslim community, the people who volunteered on 9/11, and the tracking of foreign students.

The Friday night lights series from NPR continues with a stop at a small school in Vermont, the football capital of…. the Green Mountains.