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24 hours on the Edge of Ground Zero
Produced by: Jad Abumrad
What was life like around the perimeter of Ground Zero in the months following September 11th? Beginning at 7 am on December 12th, 2001, Jad Abumrad and Sesh Kannan collected conversations, stories and sounds between the perimeter and Nino's restaurant, a 24 hour eatery open only to rescue workers. 24 Hours on the Edge of Ground Zero explores the landscape that has become disaster area, tourist attraction and shrine. The program paints a compelling portrait: the rescue workers as they take a break, the visitors and tourists who come to stare and take photographs, the evangelicals, the street vendors, the police officers and those who were left behind. As you travel through the 24 hours, it becomes clear that the situation itself resists summary.

Visit the 24 Hours website for more video and audio clips, personal diaries and images from the trip to Ground Zero.


Audio, Video, Images and Personal Diaries captured on the edge of Ground Zero in New York.

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