History in the US has commissioned a new podcast called Blindspot: The Road to 9/11, based on the Left/Right TV documentary for History, Road to 9/11.
The eight-episode podcast, which premieres on September 9, is to commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US.
Hosted by WNYC reporter Jim O’Grady and co-produced in partnership with WNYC Studios and with involvement from Left/Right, the podcast series will draw on interviews with more than 60 people – including FBI agents, high level bureaucrats, journalists, experts, and people who knew the terrorists personally – and weaves them together with original reporting to create a gripping, serialized narrative audio experience.
Left/Right’s original 2017 documentary, which is the basis for the new podcast, provided for the first time, a 360 degree overview of events that led to the attack. It featured more than 50 interviews, and the story was told by the people who were there: the investigators and officials who understood and warned of the threat, but were unable to imagine the magnitude or foil the deadly plot conceived by Osama bin Laden and Khalid Sheik Mohammed.
In 2019, Left/Right produced two-hour documentary 9/11: Inside Air Force One for History, that took viewers aboard Air Force One and into the cockpits, command centers and underground bunkers across the country on one of the most challenging, confusing and terrifying days in American history.
Left/Right has also taken a number of successful podcasts and turned them into compelling TV documentaries, including two TV series with Leon Neyfakh, both for EPIX: Slow Burn, which adapted the award-winning podcast series of the same name for TV, and examined the Watergate crisis; and Fiasco, a new podcast documentary about politics, power, and uncertainty. Left/Right is also currently developing a new TV docuseries about the Houston Astros baseball team and their 2017 World Series-winning season sign-stealing scandal, based on a new sports documentary podcast franchise from Cadence13.