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Poetic Reflections On 9/11

Former poet laureate Robert Hass discusses the power of poetry, particularly during times of great loss and confusion.


Novelist Joseph O'Neill Revisits 'Netherland'

Recently issued in paperback, Joseph O'Neill's novel Netherland emerged to immediate acclaim in 2008, and many critics — including Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan — placed it on a footing with The Great Gatsby.


Mayer Reveals 'Dark Side' Of War On Terror

The New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer discusses The Dark Side, her nonfiction account of the Bush administration's anti-terror policies. Mayer has been nominated for a 2008 National Book Award for the work.


Canadian Citizen Imprisoned By U.S. Speaks Out

Maher Arar, a telecommunications engineer with dual Canadian and Syrian citizenship, was detained during a stop-over in JFK Airport in 2002 and deported to a Syrian prison, where he was locked up and beaten for almost a year.


Ari Fleischer On 'Taking Heat'

Ari Fleischer served as White House press secretary under president George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003, acting as the administration's primary spokesperson during and after the events of September 11th, and at the beginning of the Iraq War.


Terror And The Unraveling Of America's Moral Fabric

According to investigative journalist Jane Mayer, the war on terrorism may have done as much political and social damage to the United States as terrorism itself. Mayer writes for The New Yorker, and she recently published The Dark Side.


The Pentagon on Sept. 11: One Survivor's Account

Now a military expert for Human Rights Watch, Marc Garlasco was a Pentagon analyst for seven years — and he was there when terrorists attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. He tells Fresh Air about his experiences that morning.

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