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Nineteen Years Later, Remembering September 11th, 2001

Michael Leland
Iowa Public Radio
3,000 flags are set up at Gray's Lake in Des Moines each year to remember those killed in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

On September 11th, 2001 Evan Renfro was just months into his first job as an Air Force intelligence analyst in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It’s a day that altered the course of his career forever.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer looks back at the single deadliest terrorist attack on the United States, nineteen years later. Kieffer is joined by Renfro and Phil Hopper, who witnessed the impact of the terrorist attack on New York as a commuter heading into lower Manhattan for work.

Earlier in the hour, a look at top news from the week as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and as Election Day draws near. Also, a conversation with Alex Kornya of Iowa Legal Aid. Kornya discusses a troubling spike in evictions in Iowa’s urban centers and what resources may be available for tenants struggling to pay their rent during the pandemic.


  • Natalie Krebs, Iowa Public Radio health reporter
  • James Lynch, Cedar Rapids Gazette political reporter
  • Alex Kornya, litigation director and general counsel with Iowa Legal Aid
  • Evan Renfro, assistant professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa
  • Phil Hopper, assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa