11:41am

Tue May 3, 2011
Author Interviews

The 'Singular Woman' Who Raised Barack Obama

In 1990, Barack Obama became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. A year later, he was approached by a literary agent, who asked if he would be interested in writing an autobiography about his life.

Obama said yes, and in 1995, his book Dreams from My Father was published. As the title suggests, it focused mainly on the relationship he had with his father, Barack Obama Sr. When articles about the book started coming out, they referred to his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, as simply "a white anthropologist from Kansas."

Read more

9:38am

Tue May 3, 2011
Around the Nation

Developer: Plans For N.Y. Mosque Moving Forward

It's been about a year since the controversy over the so-called Ground Zero mosque erupted with harsh rhetoric, demonstrations and a threat to burn a Quran.

Now, many of the names formerly associated with the proposed Islamic Cultural Center two blocks from Ground Zero are no longer involved.

And there's been a split between the owner of the building and original imam who was involved.

But the owner — real estate developer Sharif El-Gamal — is moving forward with his plans for a mosque.

How The Controversy Started

Read more

9:02am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Ahmed Rashid: What Did Pakistan Know?

Pakistan's leaders have said they didn't know that Osama bin Laden was living in a large house in Abbottabad, close to the nation's capital. Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, who has written extensively about the Taliban and al-Qaida, discusses what officials might have known about bin Laden's presence, and what impact his death may have on jihadist groups, the war in Afghanistan and the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations.

Read more

7:49am

Tue May 3, 2011
Around the Nation

Naked Marathon Runner Tased By Police

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

It's easy to criticize Brett Henderson, but you could praise his determination. Mr. Henderson ran a marathon through downtown Cincinnati. And according to his mom, he was wearing a pair of borrowed shorts, which kept slipping as he ran. He was determined to finish, so he took them off and proceeded naked. Police ordered Mr. Henderson to stop, but still he kept running. He might even have finished that marathon, except for the cop finally shot him with a stun gun.

Read more

7:42am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

On Word Of Bin Laden's Death, Teacher Shaves Beard

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Ten years ago, a schoolteacher in East Wenatchee, Washington vowed a mighty vow. He would not shave until Osama bin Laden was captured or killed. Gary Weddle kept that promise, much to his wife's chagrin, growing a scraggy, waist-length beard. But as the Daily Astorian reports, on Sunday night, he whipped out the razor. His wife says he looks 10 years younger - nice smile, too.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

4:00am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Oscar Winner's New Project: Osama Bin Laden

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business is art meets life.

It should come as no surprise that there are movies in the works about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. One project involves Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, who directed the movie "Hurt Locker."

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Read more

4:00am

Tue May 3, 2011
Business

Congress Gets More Time To Debate The Debt Ceiling

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

NPR's business news starts with more time for a debt deal.

(Soundbite of music)

Read more

4:00am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Neighbors Didn't Question Pakistani Compound

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

The compound where Osama bin Laden was killed has been sealed off since yesterday by Pakistani troops. News reporters were kept several hundred yards from the building until just a short time ago.

NPR's Julie McCarthy managed to reach the outer perimeter of the compound. After spending the day speaking with neighbors, she joins us now.

Julie, can you tell us what you're seeing?

Read more

4:00am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Military Families Relieved Bin Laden's Dead

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Let's hear what some members of the military and their families are thinking about the death of Osama bin Laden. Some are feeling proud, others excited, others relieved, and still others worried. There's still a lot of concern about friends and loved ones in harm's way. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.

CARRIE KAHN: It's a pretty typical day in Laura Crawford's house on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base just north of San Diego. She's just put her four year old son down for a nap and is now feeding her 15 month old twin girls.

Read more

4:00am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Bin Laden's Death Reminds Port Authority Of Sept. 11

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Other reactions from among the first responders to the World Trade Center. On 9/11, members of the Port Authority Police Department rushed to help rescue thousands of people. Port Authority was in charge of the towers. Thirty-seven Port Authority officers were killed that day, the largest loss of any police department in the nation's history. Back then, NPR's Chris Arnold reported on the department and he returned yesterday following the news of Osama bin Laden's death.

Read more

Pages