Renowned for its terrific writing and comprehensive coverage of whatever subject it focuses on, characterized by wit and the sharpness of its prose — an institution not only in New York, but across the country — The New Yorker magazine has entered into the realm of television.

Its first foray into the medium is a documentary on 9-11 (video above), the events that led to that day, and whether or not it could have been prevented.

From the pages of The New Yorker online:

In 1925, when The New Yorker first appeared, televisions existed only in the lab. A decade or so later, they entered homes. At first, they were shy, and hid themselves inside hulking wooden cabinets. Then, in the sixties, they got more adventurous. They grew taller, thinner, and flashier; eventually, they colonized the rest of the world. Today, pretty much anything with a screen can be a television. Meanwhile, TV has become a way of seeing, a sensibility, a genre—a method, in short, for telling stories and organizing ideas. And many of these visual stories can be viewed anywhere, at any time.

Today, we’re launching our own “television” show. It’s called “The New Yorker Presents,” and it’s built upon the genres that the The New Yorker has developed for ninety-one years: the humorous fiction of Shouts & Murmurs, the roaming investigations of A Reporter at Large, the on-the-wing curiosity of The Talk of the Town. “The New Yorker Presents” combines these ways of telling stories with the images and modes of television to create something new. The series was produced by the Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney and his production company Jigsaw, and Condé Nast Entertainment, and the first two episodes are available to stream today, on Amazon.

Mark Rossini, who was with the FBI at the time of the attack, has a prominent role in the storyline of the the report.

See the complete New Yorker writeup at: The New Yorker online