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Rudolph Giuliani, Dick Cheney to appear in Smithsonian 9/11 special

July 26, 2011 |  1:27 pm

Rudolph GiulianiThe upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11 will set off a spate of programming reflecting on the tragedy. A newly announced two-hour special from Smithsonian Channel, "9/11: Day that Changed the world," aims to put a new spin on the subgenre. In it, the channel said Tuesday, the story of the historic day will be told from the point of view of insiders and those in power.

Among those interviewed are then-First Lady Laura Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card. Also included will be then-New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who will make rare appearance in a 9/11 retrospective, something he often shies away from. Giuliani is to host the evening and offer his views on the day and the anniversary. 

Martin Sheen will narrate the special, which will debut on Sept 5.

The programming, Smithsonian said in a statement, will track the 24 hours of 9/11 "to show how the events of the day developed in the airplanes, offices, bunkers, and military headquarters where the President, advisors, security personnel and military were trying to piece together what was happening, who was attacking, and what might happen next.”

In addition to television, the program will be available free of charge on iTunes and on SmithsonianChannel.com. "Day" joins "Rebirth," Jim Whitaker's Sundance hit about the victims of the attack, which is to air on Showtime in conjunction with the anniversary, as well as what will likely be other broadcast and cable specials.

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Photo: Rudolph Giuliani at the U.N. three weeks after 9/11. Credit: Jeff Christensen / Reuters

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