There was a huge response to a piece last week by NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty, who reported that a group of Christians believe May 21 will be the biblical Judgment Day. NPR's Greg Allen also reported that Florida is expected to be the first state to ban doctors from asking their patients if they own a gun. We also spoke with Shania Twain about her new memoir. Host Scott Simon reads listeners' e-mails and comments.
The U.S. Department of Commerce reported today that retail sales are up for the tenth straight month. Sales in April rose half a percent. Host Michel Martin and NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax discuss what these retail sales figures mean for the economy this summer and for the country's long term fiscal health.
The killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces is aggravating already strained relations with Pakistan. His death is also raising questions from some lawmakers about the continued U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan. Host Liane Hansen speaks with Seth Jones, senior political scientist with the Rand Corporation, about how the killing of Osama bin Laden may affect the United States' relationship with Pakistan.