Blog Of The Nation
May 2nd Show
The Operation To Kill Osama Bin Laden
The U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in a heavily fortified compound in Abottobad, Pakistan was the final act of an intelligence and military operation that began last summer. NPR's Tom Gjelten provides a breakdown of the secret operation. Also, an update from Pakistan and discuss the implications of bin Laden's death on the operations and future of al-Qaida.
Politics And National Security
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell joins host Neal Conan and NPR Commentator Ted Koppel to talk about the ramifications of Osama bin Laden's death. And NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson and senior Washington editor Ron Elving will talk about the changing roles of the national security community and how today's news is playing out in Washington.
Families Of 9/11 React
Crowds gathered at Ground Zero and outside of the White House after news of Osama bin Laden's death spread, waving flags and singing the national anthem. Host Neal Conan talks about the reaction to the killing of the world's most wanted terrorist. Families of 9/11 victims talk about the significance of his death and NPR foreign correspondent Deborah Amos will discuss reactions across the Middle East and what this development means for U.S. relationships in the region.