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2021-09-09 | 🔗

How did 9/11 the day become 9/11 the idea? That question drives award-winning host Dan Taberski (Missing Richard Simmons, Running From COPS, The Line) to shift his focus to what happened on 9/12, and every day after that. 9/12 is a poignant, surprising, and surprisingly funny seven episode series about people who wake up on 9/12 having to navigate a new, radically altered world. A teenager gets caught up in an out-of-control conspiracy theory that he helped start. A Pakistani business owner finds hundreds of his Brooklyn neighbors are disappearing. Joke-writers at The Onion must figure out just how soon is “too soon”? 9/12 asks what it all means. We know what happened on 9/11. But what happened on 9/12 to alter our memory and our perspective forever? 

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All seven episodes of 9/12 are available to stream now on Amazon Music or Wondery+. Episodes will release weekly everywhere starting September 8th. 

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This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
Hello everyone. I want to tell you about a new podcast from podcast producer and host Dan Taberski called nine hundred and twelve. The series is about what happened the day after September 11th and every day, since nine hundred and twelve addresses had nine hundred and eleven the day, came nine eleven, the idea and how that idea has shaped the world, our culture and our selves. For the past twenty years, you'll meet the teenager, whose personal conspiracy theory spread around the globe and the roller blighting tour guide who tried to take him down. We will follow the staffers for the satirical newspaper, the onion, who will the morning after nine eleven and realize they had to do the impossible right. Jokes, hilarious, headlines about the news of the day now on twentieth anniversary of nine eleven. We finally have enough distance, maybe to see some things that we
couldn't see before and learn some lessons that have gone on learned for the past twenty years. I'm going to play you a preview of nine twelve. Why? listing be sure to follow nine twelve, where you get your podcast or you can be All seven episodes right now on Amazon, music or with wonder plus, the days after nine eleven. It really did feel like nothing would ever be funny again very much welcome to the late show. This is our first trial on the essence of New York and Washington. were attacked. Even the men on late night had abandoned their post, then shuffle back one by one cowed by their lack of words to describe what had happened. Letterman came first watching all of this. I wasn't sure that I should be doing a television show because for four
the years we ve been in the city, making fun of everything, making fun of the city, making fun of my hair, making fun of Paul well Conan came the next night. I will be very honest with you. I have no idea how to do what we ve been doing, and I have no idea how we're gonna get back to doing this again. That's how we all feel and then John Stewart. Two nights later I was a producer on the daily show them standing just off stage with the rest of the staff feeling like someone had pulled the parking break at full speed. Our sense of humour had dropped right out of the bottom of the car. So what we're going to take a break and I'm gonna stop slobbering on myself in the desk and
we're going to get back to this, and it's going to be fun and funny, and it's going to be the same as it was, and I think you will drive back, I just assumed. Well, we can't do humor Todd Hansen was the head writer at the satirical newspaper, the onion at the like everyone on the staff assume that in so we we cancelled it and we just went dark and of course, who cares? It's just comedy right, but here's the problem, the onion isn't just a scrappy college com, anything anymore. They have financial backers, they have payroll, they have advised to fulfil hell, they still have to pay, they might be giants, they can't just stop printing whenever they want. They have to put out there issue a whole newspaper full of topical humor and by the news of the day jokes about whatever every
he's talking about right now, you see the dilemma here. I don't recall at the time. Thinking we stand on the cusp of history. Gentlemen: are jokes: will determine humor fort? wasn't like that onion writer, John Crimson, it was, it was listen. I know it's been a week. just want to go home and curl up in a bar Son Todd Handsome head writer. and so we just assumed well, we'll just have to come up with material. That has nothing to do with the current events. It just like observational humor about life or something but even saying that we'll just not talk about it, it felt absurd. I mean What else was anyone thinking of writer, Karel cold? I mean obviously you're not, thinking of anything else, if you're sitting down to write something you ve reading about this, we decided to do, was come up with ideas and silver getting anywhere and decide from their so,
as the nation, mourns and New York. Steel smoulders, literally ten Their show up at the onion offices to tell each other nine eleven jokes deceive: it's even possible to do this at all. just like a bunch of like stinky, unkempt writer, As you know, with their little no books, everyone wrote just a mountainous stuff, staffer MIKE Low, and then you do. Your onion meeting, where you know you pitcher stuff any pitch in the form of headline pitch in the former headlines that no caveats, you know you can't you like. Now, I think maybe with this. Why would you, Canada, the knob just gimme the headline cause as with the reader gets right and you do in front of the good. So you ever get a laugh and everyone builds on the joke or poor Silence is pretty clear and you move on to the next one and ass. It begins
They can see what a challenge threading this needle is going to be. I remember at the time that there was a particularly good structurally good joke, written by TIM, Arid one of the staff writers then, and It was America stronger than ever say Quadra gone officials week. We didn't use it because it's at the expense of the Pentagon and is an and all those people had died, and so we know, even though that was normally what the onions tone would be. It just didn't feel right for that issue. Does that make sense quadriga, but you just can't we had lost our bite. We had lost all sense of ironic detachment. We had become sincere and that becomes the way forward
Father nine twelve. Wherever you get your podcast sport, you convince all seven of us Right now for free on Amazon, music or with wonder he plus.
Transcript generated on 2021-09-09.