Is There a '9/11 Generation?'
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Ten years after the attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, is there a "9/11 Generation?" Was it a defining experience for young Americans and for youth in the Arab Middle East? Also, poor jobs numbers increase political pressure on the President and Congress. On Reporter's Notebook, so many objects in low-Earth orbit are crashing into each other, they’re multiplying, creating a "tipping point" for space travel and unmanned satellites. What can be done?
Banner image: Kevin Van Orden, whose brother is in the US Army, celebrates outside the World Trade Center site after the death of accused 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden was announced May 2, 2011 in New York City. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images
Jobs Numbers Increase Political Pressure on President, Congress ()
In July, the economy produced 85,000 jobs, and 60,000 were predicted for August. Now the results are in and they're more than disappointing: no new jobs at all for the first time in almost a year. Major Garrett is Congressional correspondent for National Journal.
September 11 and Young People ()
In the days after 9/11, Americans felt a sense of national unity unseen since World War II. Within six months, it was gone, except among the Middle Class young. Members of what's called the "9/11 Generation" are still more politically aware, socially conscious and plugged in than their parents. That's also true in countries now experiencing the so-called "Arab Spring," for very different reasons. We look at causes and consequences today.
- Tom Sander: Harvard University's Saguaro Seminar
- Nick Troiano: senior at Georgetown University
- Chris Wolfe: writer and performer
- Reza Aslan: Middle East scholar and expert on Islam, @rezaaslan
Quantity of Space Junk Reaches 'Tipping Point' ()
In 2009, two satellites — one left over from the Soviet era and another important to current communications — crashed into each other. The result was 1700 pieces of space debris big enough to track from the Earth, so much that NASA is studying cosmic nets, magnets and giant umbrellas to protect satellites and allow for new travel in space. What will it take to retain control of that environment? Ian O'Neill is space science producer for Discovery News.
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