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Welcome to program 322 of Shortwave
I'm Kim Andrew Elliott in Arlington, Virginia USA.
Here is the lineup for today's program, in MFSK modes as noted:
1:41 MFSK32: Program preview (now)
2:49 MFSK32: The boatlift of September 11, 2001*
8:20 MFSK64: US news deserts and the Marion County Record
16:07 MFSK64: This week's images*
28:39 MFSK32: Closing announcements
* with image(s)
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The 9/11 Boatlift: The Unsung Heroes of September 11, 2001
September 11, 2023
In the wake of the tragic events that unfolded on September 11,
2001, when the world witnessed the unthinkable destruction of the
World Trade Center in New York City, a remarkable story of
resilience emerged from the chaos. Amidst the smoke and debris,
merchant mariners commanding a flotilla of ferries, tugboats and
other vessels came together in a spontaneous act of heroism to
evacuate over a half million from Lower Manhattan in what became
the largest maritime rescue in U.S. history.
The short documentary “BOATLIFT: An Untold Tale of 9/11
Resilience” captures this remarkable story of courage, unity, and
Narrated by Tom Hanks, “BOATLIFT” is a powerful and moving short
documentary that sheds light on the lesser-known heroes of that
fateful day – the boat captains, crew members, and ordinary
citizens who embarked on an extraordinary mission to rescue
stranded individuals from lower Manhattan.
As the towers crumbled and the city descended into chaos,
hundreds of thousands of people found themselves trapped below
Canal Street, desperately seeking an escape from the mayhem. With
all transportation networks paralyzed, the waterways surrounding
Manhattan became the only viable means of evacuation.
“BOATLIFT” captures the inspiring efforts of boat owners and
operators who, without hesitation, steered their vessels towards
the burning skyline, defying the understandable fear that gripped
the city. These individuals, many of whom had never participated
in a rescue mission before, took on the role of saviors.
The documentary showcases gripping firsthand accounts of these
boat captains and their passengers, as well as the people who
made a difference on that day. It captures the tension and
uncertainty of the situation, as well as the immense relief that
washed over both rescuers and survivors as they made their way to
It is a poignant reminder of the remarkable acts of heroism that
occurred on that fateful day and pays tribute to the unsung
heroes who sprung into action to save countless lives. “BOATLIFT”
is a story that deserves to be remembered and shared.
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From the Voice of America:
Last of the Watchdogs
As news deserts and disinformation spread, US towns are
missing a vital part of their community
September 12, 2023 9:15 AM
MARION, KANSAS - It was late at night in the Marion County Record
newsroom, but reporter and self-described insomniac Deb Gruver
was still at work.
Her colleagues long gone, Gruver's only company was the glow of
her computer screen, a clock ticking softly on the wood-paneled
wall, and the silence that seems to envelop small towns at night.
At around three in the morning, a motion detector went off,
indicating movement in a back room.
Panicked, the 56-year-old called the weekly paper's publisher and
co-owner, Eric Meyer. They agreed the motion detector was
probably glitching, but Gruver was still worried.
"I was scared," she said. "I was shaking."
So she grabbed a pair of scissors - "the one thing I could think
of" - and searched the back room, filled with old printing
equipment and newspaper archives.
"I did that because I don't feel really that safe anymore here,"
she told VOA one morning in the paper's office. "I don't feel
safe in Marion. I'm not sure I ever did, really, but I certainly
Like her colleagues, Gruver has been on edge since local police
raided the newsroom on August 11. Not much has felt right since
The reporter's fear may seem outsized for a town whose population
measured 1,892 at the last census. But it's an emotional fallout
that the Record staff have been left to contend with.
Since the raid, food and flowers from supporters have been in
abundance in the Record newsroom. But so too have anger and
The raid itself became emblematic of the crisis facing local
media in the United States as the industry faces cuts and
attempts to curtail its role as a public watchdog.
"We rely on the media," said Genelle Belmas, associate professor
of media law at the University of Kansas.
"Even though many local newspapers are closing and there's big
news deserts," she said, "we still rely on it."
On the morning of the raid, Gruver and her colleague Phyllis Zorn
were taking a break in the parking lot, looking at a Facebook
In the since-deleted post, says Gruver, business owner Kari
Newell said she had kicked out some of the newspaper's reporters
from a political event hosted at her restaurant. Newell said in
the post that the newspaper had illegally accessed information
As the reporters chatted, the town's police, led by Chief Gideon
Cody handed Gruver a search warrant, and then grabbed her cell
phone. The newsroom's security cameras captured much of what took
place next as police seized computers, cell phones, hard drives
and other devices.
They also raided the home of the newspaper's 98-year-old co-owner
Joan Meyer, who died the next day. Her son Eric Meyer blames the
stress from the incident for her death.
News outlets and press freedom groups promptly denounced the raid
as a violation of the First Amendment. But police defended their
approach, saying they were responding to an identity theft
complaint filed by Newell.
Marion police have not replied to VOA's multiple emails, calls
and visits requesting comment for this story.
Although the search warrant has been withdrawn and seized devices
have been returned, Eric Meyer said he still plans to take legal
action over the raid - in part to encourage other local outlets
to stand up for themselves, too.
"There's also a lot of people who are pretty easily intimidated,
and they need to understand that they shouldn't put up with this
stuff, and that there are people who will support them," Meyer
Gruver, who in late August sued Cody for taking her cellphone
during the raid, feels similarly. "They violated our rights, and
I won't ever be the same," she said.
Seated at her desk early one Tuesday, the newspaper's busiest day
of the week, Gruver recounted the raid and its consequences in
between the regular peal of newsroom telephones.
With her pixie-cut hair dyed pink, and several cans of lemon
seltzer on her desk - three empty, the fourth about to be -
Gruver wore a shirt with the words "Not Today" emblazoned in big
"Our constitutional rights were violated, and that's not supposed
to happen in our country," Gruver said, still shaken by the raid.
"Journalists are not supposed to have this happen, and it's been
a real eye-opener for me about what journalists in countries such
as Russia have to deal with."
Raids on newsrooms in the United States are rare. Data from the
U.S. Press Freedom Tracker show that of over 90
search-and-seizure cases involving journalists since 2017, only
around a dozen involved search warrants.
But other forms of suppression aren't as rare, especially when it
comes to local outlets. Analysts say that these newsrooms also
often are less likely to have the resources to fight back, and
their cases are less likely to garner international attention and
"Unfortunately, there's an atmosphere that's been created by
public officials that the press is the enemy of the people, that
the press is working contrary to the public good, when, in fact,
the opposite is true," said Tim Franklin, who heads Northwestern
University's Medill Local News Initiative.
Lawsuits are another tactic that are being used as a form of
retaliation against small outlets - like in Wisconsin, where a
local outlet reported on the use of an anti-gay slur and is now
facing financially devastating lawsuits as a result.
Still, a financial model that hasn't really worked since the
advent of the internet is the most pressing issue.
The United States has lost more than one fourth of its newspapers
since 2005 and is set to lose one third by 2025, according to a
report by the Local News Initiative. Economic challenges are
often to blame for the paper closures, which contribute to
so-called news deserts: communities that aren't regularly covered
in the media.
Major corporations have also been buying up and gutting local
news outlets at a rate that concerns media advocates.
"Our amount of dailies has shrunk; the weeklies have sometimes
combined into more regional papers," Emily Bradbury, executive
director of the Kansas Press Association, told VOA. "That being
said, we have been very lucky in Kansas in that we have about 109
print and online-only papers, and we only have 105 counties."
Among them is the Marion County Record, which is an anomaly in
many ways, first and foremost because it exists at all.
"I like being involved in what goes on in the world. I like
thinking that I can help people make up their mind, even if they
make up their mind a lot differently than I would make up my
mind," Meyer said. "Making sure we have information, keeping that
information flowing - extremely important."
The stakes are high for the Record and other local outlets that
remain. Studies show that the fall of local news contributes to a
decline in civic engagement and trust in media, as well as the
spread of misinformation and disinformation, and a rise in
polarization and government corruption.
Marion Vice-Mayor Ruth Herbel, whose home was searched as part of
the same case, said Marion "is just a nice, little country town."
Named after the American revolutionary Francis Marion, it covers
less than three square miles and is dotted with small rhinoceros
statues and dusty cars, the latter a symptom of drought gripping
much of the state.
But in addition to the dizzying heat of the Kansas summer, a
level of division has engulfed Marion, between residents who like
the newspaper and those who think its coverage is too negative.
"I cannot deny that it's a well-run paper, that it's a
well-produced paper," Mike Powers, a Marion resident and former
judge, told VOA after a city council meeting. "But I tend to be
on the side that feels like it is overly critical."
Powers, who is running for mayor in Marion, added that he still
subscribes to the Record.
But those who dislike the Record are just a vocal minority,
several newspaper staffers and residents told VOA.
"If we didn't have this newspaper, believe me, this community
would be so upside down, it would be pathetic," said Marion
resident Darvin Markley. ...
"These are people that are in their communities, that they know
or that they see at the grocery store or the baseball diamond,"
Franklin told VOA. "Local journalism doesn't have a demand
problem. It has a business model that's imploded."
As the U.S. expanded West in the country's early years, said
University of Kansas professor Teri Finneman, you needed three
things to be considered a town: a church, a bar and a newspaper.
"You knew you were a town when you had a paper," Finneman said.
So what happens to a town's identity when there is no paper to
"A lot of these places are really - I don't know if I want to say
ignored, but they don't get a lot of attention from state and
regional outlets. So who's left to tell these stories?" said Tim
Stauffer, president of the Kansas Press Association and managing
editor of the local Kansas newspaper the Iola Register.
Stauffer is the fifth generation of his family to help run the
newspaper in Iola, a town of about 5,400.
"Lives here are important," Stauffer continued. "People matter.
Their relationships are unique."
On Tuesday evenings at the Marion County Record, bellows of "Oh,
sh--!" from Meyer are known to ring throughout the newsroom as
staff work to finish the paper by their midnight deadline.
The first Tuesday after the raid, police still hadn't returned
the equipment they had seized, so staff labored until five in the
morning to finish the paper.
With one hand tied behind their backs, they made it work. The
front-page headline proclaimed, "SEIZED … but not silenced."
"It's proof that no matter how hard you try to squelch the press,
we'll prevail," Zorn said. "By God, we printed."
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This week's images ...
People work on an electric transmission tower near Huai'an, in
China's Jiangsu province, September 7.
A cow stands in a field as the sun rises on September 4, 2023, in
Glastonbury, England. https://tinyurl.com/ytxwemxq ...
Here in the United States, we have quarters (25-cent coins) the
size of hailstones. https://tinyurl.com/yqd47w36 ...
Sunset from Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana, September 10.
A street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, on a rainy Sunday
morning. https://tinyurl.com/ytjfz9je ...
Lightning and streetlight in Northeast Washington DC, September 8.
Watching the sunset at Four Mile Creek State Park in Youngstown,
New York. https://tinyurl.com/ys3w3w4l ...
Our art of the week is a geometric design composition by Frilli
(Iceland). https://tinyurl.com/ym59kv9r ...
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