Patty Hearst
Patty Hearst in Her Own Words

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Granddaughter of a newspaper tycoon, victim of a kidnapping and a member of the FBI’s most wanted list–Patricia Hearst’s life is one of the most bizarre and unpredictable in American history. In her own words, Hearst talks about the time between her kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) in … Continue reading

Ted Kaczynski
Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s Codes Finally Cracked


Ten years after American domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski–known as the “unabomber”–was arrested on April 3, 1996 in Montana, FBI agent Max Knoll discusses finally unscrambling the coded journal discovered among Kaczynski’s belongings. Knoll says the U.S. National Security Agency described the code as “one of the most sophisticated codes they … Continue reading

September 11 Attacks
Widow of 9/11 Victim Reflects on the Tragedy

Widow of 9/11 Victim Reflects

Rory Murray’s husband John worked in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, he was running late for work and almost missed the ferry from Hoboken, New Jersey to Manhattan. Later that morning, the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 was flown into … Continue reading

September 11 Attacks
Questlove on 9/11 & His Feelings in Its Aftermath


Grammy-award winning artist and New York city resident Questlove, born Ahmir Khalib Thompson, speaks about hearing the news on the morning of September 11, 2001, and its impact on him. During the first couple of weeks following 9/11, he says he “never felt like a third class citizen.” Weeks later, … Continue reading

September 11 Attacks
Amer Ahmed on Being Muslim After 9/11

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Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks began, Amer Ahmed remembers thinking, “I hope this wasn’t a Muslim.” As the spokesman for the Muslim Student Union at Indiana University, Amer recounts the harrowing experience of being a voice for a community that instantly made him a target of suspicion. Since 9/11, … Continue reading

September 11 Attacks
Reflections on World Trade Center Attacks During 9/11

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In this compilation video, Witnify interviewed witnesses and other victims of the September 11 attacks in New York City. In 2001, Al-Qaeda-affiliated hijackers flew two planes into each of the two towers of the World Trade Center complex–an act of terrorism that killed 2,753 people. Check out our featured page … Continue reading

1972 Summer Olympics
Jim McKay on Covering News of the Munich Massacre

Jim McKay on Covering News of the Munich Massacre

Sportscaster Jim McKay recalls being off-duty from covering the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, when he was quickly ushered back on air to report live on the Munich massacre. He shares stories on what reporting on the crisis was like for him and his crew. To this day, … Continue reading

Canal Hotel Bombing
Samantha Power on Sérgio Vieira de Mello’s Death

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Author and diplomat Samantha Power discusses the legacy of Sérgio Vieira de Mello, a Brazilian United Nations (UN) diplomat, who was killed in the Canal Hotel Bombing on August 19, 2003 while serving as the UN’s Special Representative in Iraq. Specifically, Power addresses what lessons one can learn from de … Continue reading