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May 9th Show
U.S. Special Forces
The team that was assigned to capture or kill Osama bin Laden a week ago is part of an elite group of U.S. Special Forces that plays a growing role in military operations around the world. Yet, the public knows very little about these troops and how and where they operate. Navy Seals, Delta Force and other units undergo advanced, intensive training and are considered by many to be the best of the best. Host Neal Conan speaks with Howard Wasdin, author of the book Seal Team Six, and a former sniper for the same unit two decades ago and with Julian Barnes of the Wall Street Journal about the increased use of US Special Forces teams in recent years.
Details continue to emerge of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden and with them come more questions. Slate columnist Glenn Greenwald complains that the U.S. government keeps changing their story and questions whether or not the killing was legally or ethically justified. On today's Opinion Page, Greenwald explains what he calls "the bin Laden exception" and why he believes it creates a slippery slope for the United States' approach to the war on terror.
How NOT To Retire
As baby boomers begin to turn 65 this year, many expect to keep working well past retirement age. More than 1-in-4 working Americans tapped into their retirement accounts in the past year, and some now worry they will outlive their savings. Others may not need to work to support themselves, but choose a second encore career. Marc Freedman, author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Mid-Life, argues that if you're going to work into your sixties and seventies you should do something meaningful. Neal Conan talks with Freedman and New York Times correspondent Steven Greenhouse about the growing number of people planning not to retire — and how to make the most of a second career.
Mississippi River Flooding
The Mississippi River is expected to crest tomorrow in Memphis at the highest level since 1937. Shelby County officials went door-to-door encouraging people to evacuate homes located near tributaries and creeks that branch off of the Mississippi. The Army Corps of Engineers is confident the levees protecting Memphis and the surrounding areas will hold. But downstream areas face potentially devastating flooding as well. Jim Pogue, a public affairs chief with Army Corps of Engineers, joins host Neal Conan to explain how the Corps prepared for the floods, the controversial decision to blow up a levy along the Illinois-Missouri border and what to expect along the river in coming days. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.