How the World Changed

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Although it seemed like a nightmare, yesterday's drama is all too real. After so many television broadcasts, the unfathomable images are etched on our national psyche. An era of peace and prosperity has been violated by talk of war and the fear of profound economic problems. But wars and depressions happen in other places at other times. Before we decide what to do, what do we think? We talk about the changing consciousness of a people unaccustomed to being under attack, and look at how Americans will learn to accept the unacceptable with authorities on terrorism, history, and religion.
(This broadcast is a special second edition of To the Point.)
  • Newsmaker: Heroism on United Flight 93 - Amid the horrific images and unthinkable devastation come stories of true heroism. Charles Lane, of The Washington Post, shares moving phone conversations from passengers facing certain death to loved ones at home. These valiant travelers, vowing to resist their terrorists, may have actually diverted the plane from its intended target.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Speculation on Suspects in World Trade Center and Pentagon Attacks One of our guests yesterday stated that in asking who might ultimately benefit by the terrorist attacks on US targets, we should include the state of Israel. Salam Al-Maryati, of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, rejoins us to clarify his comments and defend the sanctity of American civil liberties, regardless of one's political ideologies.

United Airlines

The Washington Post

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Center on Violence and Human Survival

Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies

State Librarian of California

Muslim Public Affairs Council



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton