May 5th Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, spouses of wounded vets, and should we celebrate Bin Laden's death. In our second hour, the 50th anniversary of The Freedom Rides, and remembering 9/11 in a new light.
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May 5th Show

New Yorkers react to news of the death of Osama bin Laden at the intersection of Church Street and Vesey Street at Ground Zero on the morning of May 2, 2011 in New York City. Jemal Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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Military Spouses
Being the spouse of a soldier, airman, seaman or Marine involves sacrifices. Military spouses — most often wives — contend with frequent moves, long separations, and the stress of managing a household and family alone while their partner is on the front lines. But when a soldier is injured while serving, many military spouses find they must suddenly become the primary breadwinner — and in many cases, a caregiver, as well. Gina Rinder, whose husband was injured while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq, and Judith Markelz, director of the Warrior Family Support Center at San Antonio's Fort Sam Houston, discuss the lives of military spouses and the unique challenges of spouses of wounded soldiers.

Should We Celebrate Bin Laden's Death?
President Obama visits Ground Zero in New York today to honor those who died in the 9/11 attacks. The visit has been described by the White house as "somber and quiet", with no speech or press conference planned. Yet, some Americans have circled around the World Trade Center site to continue a celebration that started Sunday night with the news of Osama bin Laden's death. Host Neal Conan talks with syndicated columnist Clarence Page about what Americans are actually celebrating and why.

50th Anniversary Of The Freedom Riders
Fifty years ago this month, seven black and six white people boarded two buses from Washington, D.C., and took the fight for civil rights to the Deep South in what would become the Freedom Rides. In the months that followed, more than 400 Americans — black and white — risked their lives, endured savage beatings and months in prison for deliberately violating Jim Crow laws — all while remaining non-violent. The Freedom Riders are credited with accomplishing what two Supreme Court decisions could not — the end of racial segregation in bus terminals. In a new documentary, filmmaker Stanley Nelson talks with the people who witnessed the rides first hand: the Riders, state and federal government officials, and journalists. Neal Conan talks with Nelson and Ernest "Rip" Patton, one of the original Freedom Riders, about they achieved and about the PBS documentary, "Freedom Riders".

Remembering 9/11
President Barack Obama lays a wreath at Ground Zero today in remembrance of the victims who were killed on September 11, 2001. He does not plan to speak, opting instead for a moment of silence days after the death of Osama bin Laden. Today, host Neal Conan will play interviews from the archives of StoryCorps with people whose lives were forever changed by the events of 9/11.