When writer Lawrence Wright heard the news of Osama bin Laden's death, his immediate reaction was one of relief. "This seemed like something that was so long in coming," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "And with all the changes that had been going on in the Arab world right now, real change — in some ways — couldn't come until this moment happened."
Investment banker Richard Pecorella lost his fiancee Karen Juday in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. She worked as a secretary at the financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald on the 101st floor of the North Tower. He talks to Steve Inskeep about how he got the news Osama bin Laden had been killed.
In Saudi Arabia, reaction has been muted to the killing of Osama bin Laden. The Saudi Press Agency carried a bland statement expressing hope that it would be a "step that supports the international efforts against terrorism."
But Saudi bloggers and tweeters are abuzz. One person tweeting is Jamal Khashoggi, former editor-in-chief of the Saudi Newspaper al-Watan. He knew bin Laden and fought alongside other Arabs in Afghanistan during the Soviet era. He last interviewed bin Laden in his home in Khartoum in 1995.
Modern medicines can be lifesavers. But they don't do much good if patients can't get them.
And, these days, drug shortages are a real problem. Turns out that a record number of medicines — to treat conditions ranging from cancer to life-threatening infections — are in short supply, the Washington Postreports.
There were shortages of 211 drugs last year, three times the number in 2006.
I'm pretty sure this is the coolest thing we've ever done behind the Tiny Desk. There was a bit of furniture-moving and finagling, but when all the heavy lifting was done, there it was: A Hammond B3 organ and its sturdy wooden Leslie speaker cabinet sat waiting for its star performer, Booker T. Jones.
To talk about the reaction of the Arab world to Osama Bin Laden's death, Renee Montagne talks to Rami Khouri, an international affairs analyst at the American University of Beirut. He's also the editor-at-large of the Beirut–based Daily Star newspaper