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  • Episode 1: Before the Fall

    Sep 2 2021
    The ominous signs of what would happen on 9/11 appeared years earlier. But only a few people at the FBI could see them, let alone piece them together. When al Qaeda bombed the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Osama bin Laden became the FBI’s most wanted terrorist.
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    32 mins
  • Episode 2: Missing Pieces

    Sep 2 2021
    As agents at the FBI’s New York Field Office pursue Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda bombs the USS Cole in Yemen and begins planning a larger operation.
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    29 mins
  • Episode 3: The Attack

    Sep 2 2021
    September 11th, 2001, started like any other day, but quickly turned ominous when multiple hijackings and plane crashes into US landmarks took Americans by surprise and put the FBI on the back foot.
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    26 mins

About the Creator and Writer

Peter McDonnell is a creator and writer of The New York Times best seller Evil Has a Name, as well as Call Me God, selected as one of Audible’s Top 10 Listens of 2019, Shootout, Brooklyn North, The Riddle of Emmon Bodfish, and A Devil in the Valley. He was a co-executive producer of the Emmy-nominated Netflix documentary series Pandemic and the NBC documentary series The Forgotten West Memphis Three. Peter runs the audio department at XG Productions. He’s a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has an MFA from Oregon State University, where he also taught writing. A native of St. Louis, he lives in Los Angeles.

About the Creator and Writer

Bobby Chacon is a former FBI agent who worked out of the New York and Los Angeles Field Offices. Chacon grew up in Long Island, earned a law degree from Hofstra University, and at the FBI worked kidnappings, bank robberies, and violent international drug syndicates, including investigating the Lucchese crime family and providing counterterrorism security at the 2002 and 2004 Olympics. He also led the FBI’s Underwater Forensic Program to collect evidence at the crash scenes of TWA 800 and the Space Shuttle Columbia.
In 2005 Chacon was assigned to Baghdad, Iraq to help form the Baghdad Police Academy, where he taught criminal and counter terrorism investigations. For the next eight years he was the full-time team leader of the FBI’s Los Angeles Dive Team, traveling the globe performing search and recovery operations and training. After a 27-year career, Chacon retired from the FBI in 2014.
In 2015 Chacon became the technical advisor on Criminal Minds Beyond Borders, then for season 14 of Criminal Minds, where he also became a writers’ consultant. Chacon then co-wrote an episode of season 15 of Criminal Minds. He has since worked on series for HBO Max and ABC.

XG Production Credits

Created and Written by: Peter McDonnell and Bobby Chacon
Presented by: Dion Graham
Executive Producers: Peter McDonnell, Jim Clemente, and Tim Clemente, Spencer Gordon, Peter Clemente
Co-Executive Producer: Bobby Chacon
Edited by: Peter McDonnell and Andrea Bruce
Senior Producer: Francey Hakes
Story Producer: Marie Giorda
Production Coordinator: Sydney Sidell
Recording Engineer for Narration: David Turk
Dialogue Editing, Sound Design, Mixed, and Mastered by: Matt Gurgol
Cover Illustration by: Mark Smith
Produced by: XG Productions

About the Performer

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. An award-winning and critically acclaimed actor and narrator, he has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. He's been honored with numerous Audie Awards, the Odyssey Award (and Odyssey Honors), many AudioFile Earphone awards, and multiple Publisher's Weekly Listen Up Awards. He's been named an AudioFile Golden Voice, Booklist's Voice of Choice, and to various other 'Best Of' lists. He's also in the Audible Hall of Fame. Known for excellence across genres his performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid, and full of life.

Dear Listener,

Why should you listen to this story now?
"In the lead-up to the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we asked a couple of dozen current and former FBI agents who were at the attack sites and around the world that day to tell us about the investigation they led, the terrorists they captured and interrogated, and the crime scenes they spent months digging through. The result is an original, sweeping, and active saga of the FBI’s 9/11 investigation—the biggest case in FBI history. Many of the stories had never been told, much less heard together. The news of the Taliban’s sudden return to power in Afghanistan adds an unexpected importance to this story. The war in Afghanistan was a consequence of 9/11. Twenty years ago, the FBI embedded with the military and helped them identify targets to dismantle al-Qaeda and capture suspects. Back then, the Taliban gave Osama bin Laden safe harbor. We hope that history will not repeat itself. We also hope that listeners will find this series not just riveting but also valuable as the history of 9/11 and its aftermath continues to be written and understood." –- Peter McDonnell and Bobby Chacon, creators and writers of After the Fall

Featured Article: In the Oral Histories of 9/11, Grief, Hope, and Heroism Find a Voice


Memories passed down through storytelling have been a vital part of culture since the dawn of civilization, and we've all had moments of pained reminiscence: Where were you on that day? There are few accounts more powerful than audio recollections of the lived histories of 9/11—their words, their voices, their stories all ensure we will never forget, that the passage of time will never erode the memory of those loved, lost, and left behind.

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Excellent

Well worth my time regardless of already being generally familiar with much (but certainly not all) of what is presented here, and in first person. Informative, constructive and just very well done all-around. Thank you.

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Riveting!

We started listening to this and didn’t want to stop. It was fascinating to hear about 9/11 from this perspective. Highly recommend!

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Engrossing, emotional, not to be missed

I could not stop listening. Not a big law enforcement fan, this podcast changed my thinking.

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Enthralling listen!

This was an amazing narrative that offers the most complete picture of the 9/11 investigation to date. Hearing the stories of those who responded to Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and Shanksville in their own words was profoundly moving. I have a greater understanding of 9/11 in the larger context of history and how policies at the FBI and the CIA changed as a result. This is a must-listen for anyone who wants the full story on the 9/11 attacks from people who were knee deep in it.

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Absolutely wonderful!

I as usual really enjoyed this podcast. Enough detail to keep me interested, new voices, flow was great. Highly recommend it.

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A great book.

Enjoyed listening to this fascinating story of what the FBI did not just on 9-11, but what was going on prior to and after the event. i a. proud of them for sticking to their ideals and going at this with intent of prosecuting those behind the attack. Who knows how many lives might have been saved if not for the presidents determination to invade Iraq instead of sticking to the actual goal of getting Bin Laden & those responsible.

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from interesting, to only FBI are good guys

Started with some interesting perspectives and information. Noticed that it was quick to credit the FBI and blame everyone else. Started to take on The feel of a FBI puff piece borderline advertisement. Glossed over any mistakes by the FBI while highlighting everyone else’s. Too much bias to really be useful.

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Extremely well done, even if maybe FBI propaganda

I binged this whole series on a single road trip, which is longer than I've ever paid attention to anything. I learned a lot.

That said, I found myself thinking "wow! if only the FBI were in charge of the investigation instead of those idiots at CIA!"

Whether or not that's fair, I can't say. But that's a weird opinion to have after listening to a podcast!

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A must listen!

As someone alive during the attacks but not old enough to have comprehended everything, this was an amazing deep dive into the investigation. It does a great job of laying out specific facts and perspectives. I hope people listen to it not only to remember and memorialize 9/11, but also to better understand the values and inner workings of our own government in a time of crisis.

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Amazing

I absolutely loved this and thanks for sharing this story. I never thought of how much time and effort, at such a fast pace, was put into this investigation. It was truly amazing to hear how all the pieces were put together.

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  • Vicky Radford
  • 09-05-21

Superb, gripping and sad, wish it were fiction.

Prepare to surrender hours to this, you will
Be right there, chasing the evidence , reliving the fateful day, Afghanistan and beyond .so pertinent in today’s times, wondering what will be next?

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  • Doctina
  • 09-17-21

fascinating

The detail this goes into is remarkable.
like many others I saw the second plane hit live on TV. It was a sickening moment that I'll never forget.
The diligence and dogged determination of the FBI Agents, often in the face of obfuscation from the CIA and others, is testament to their desire to try to get justice for those murdered on 9/11.
Well worth a read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-21

Truth

the truth is hidden in the documents at the White House. Afghanistan was raped. they never did it. Bush and his cronies know the truth, so many usa citizens died as well waste of many lives in Afghanistan's. why blame the desert people

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  • sally, easterton
  • 09-29-21

Thoroughly recommend

Yet another great listen from the Plus Catalogue. Engrossing and informative. An insight into the various departments.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-21

Fantastic

Can't recommend this highly enough. A thought provoking and very gripping production. Definitely worth the time to listen to it.

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  • An Avid reader
  • 09-14-21

An interesting listen

A very sad account told well.

I was very moved by the struggles of the agents involved. The difficulties they had getting intel from the CIA was unacceptable.

Scary to think that the tragedy of 9/11 could have possibly been prevented.

I recommend this podcast highly.

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  • Sue Mant
  • 09-09-21

Excellent!

This fills in a lot of blanks from what we knew at the time. Very informative podcast.

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  • Lynda Craik
  • 10-19-21

I real eye opener about the role of the FBI

brilliant account including many things I didn't know the FBI were involved in great listen

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  • R. Ellis
  • 10-13-21

Amazing and moving - a must listen-to

This is an amazing and moving account of 9/11, the most major tragedy in modern history. It is made so much more amazing and moving because it is so well researched and put together, and narrated first hand by FBI agents involved in the 9/11 tragedy and tracking down those responsible. Truly amazing.

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  • MC
  • 09-24-21

Superb

A fitting and intelligent review of events from 20 years ago. Such a dedicated team of FBI Investigators.

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  • Isabelle McGarvie
  • 09-17-21

Riveting

This is an excellent podcast- from the narration to the sound effects, to the fascinating interviews with the real- life investigation team. Highly recommend.