202: The Long Shadow: What if you ran the ER five blocks away?

“The world looks like it’s coming to an end, and another cloud comes over…Everything goes dark, and the world is covered in dust.”


Producers: Whit Missildine, Andrew Waits

Episode Summary: On September 11th, 2001 an ER Doctor finds himself in charge of the closest emergency room to the Twin Towers.

Today's episode featured Tony Dajer. Tony was born in New York City, grew up in Puerto Rico, and has been practicing as an ER Doctor in New York for 30 years. You can read one of Tony's articles called "Vital Signs" featured in Discover Magazine at www.discovermagazine.com/health/vital-signs-37.

This episode is part of a special, four-part series called The Long Shadow. Twenty Years after the attacks of September 11th changed the world as we knew it, this month the This Is Actually Happening podcast dives deep into the stories of four survivors whose jobs brought them face to face with the unthinkable. For those called to manage an impossible tragedy up close, the events of September 11th represented a uniquely horrifying challenge. Among the harrowing details of that day, we explore the long shadows of trauma and resilience that continue to inform the looming uncertainties that remain with us today.


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Content/Trigger Warnings: violence, graphic bodily injury, terrorism, explicit language


Intro Music: "Illabye" – Tipper

Music and Sound Design by: Marcelino Villalpando



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