Professors Blomberg and Pei on NPR To Discuss the Decade Since 9/11

Just as professor Minxin Pei was asked to weigh in on a conversation this week about 9/11 for National Public Radio, so, too, was CMC’s S. Brock Blomberg P’13 asked by NPR to comment on the national tragedy’s place in history.

Blomberg, dean of the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance and the Peter K. Barker ’70 Professor of Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow, was on NPR’s Marketplace Sept. 6 for the broadcast, “The Economic Legacy of 9/11.”

Blomberg can be heard at the end of the segment (click here for both transcript and audio file), with a poignant close to the discussion.

“There’s probably never going to be a way to calculate the true costs of September 11th,” NPR’s Kai Ryssdal notes. “We talked to a lot of people for this storyeconomists, politicians, analysts, journalistslooking for that defining piece of tape about September 11th and its economic legacy.

“We finally got it from Brock Blomberg,” a professor of economics at Claremont McKenna College, he says.

Says Blomberg: “Our generation asks, What were you doing where the Twin Towers fell, in the same way that a generation ago we asked, What were you doing when Kennedy was shot? So to me, I think that impact is so much greater than any economic impact: how it affects our soul. And that’s funny for an economist to use that word, but to me, I think that’s what I think of when I think of September 11th.”

Meanwhile, Minxin Pei P’11, the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government at CMC, and director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, was a guest on The Diane Rehm Show for NPR on Thursday, Sept. 8. Pei was part of a panel discussion on perceptions of America 10 years after the 9/11 attacks.

Listen to the segment.