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Robert Siegel reads from listeners' emails about our interview with Rep. Paul Ryan and our piece on Turkish democracy.


From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

And it's time now for your comments.

And first, we received many comments about my interview yesterday with Representative Paul Ryan - some positive, some not so positive.

Terry McCarthy(ph) of Racine, Wisconsin, writes this: I have not made up my mind about the competing deficit reduction plans. I was looking forward to learning more about Congressman Ryan's plan directly from him. Unfortunately, Mr. Siegel seemed to think I prefer to hear his interpretation of and objections to the proposal. It felt like a baseball game where the umpire thinks people are there to see him.

Jim Keith(ph) of Winchester, Massachusetts, saw it differently. He writes this: You asked tough questions about the Republican's proposal to end Medicare rather than fix it. As the interview went on, Representative Ryan's answers to your questions went from spin to nonsensical gibberish. And Mr. Keith concludes, keep asking the tough questions.

Well, now to another item from yesterday's program. This one about Turkish democracy.

Daniel Forsythe(ph) of Dallas calls it a marvelous story and writes this: You applied the same nuanced approach to the complicated nation of Turkey that you take with our own country. Thank you for devoting so much time to this important topic.

Well, thank you for taking time to write, and you can do so by going to and clicking on Contact Us at the bottom of the page.

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