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Melissa Block and Michele Norris read letters from listeners.

MELISSA BLOCK, host: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

MICHELE NORRIS, host: And I'm Michele Norris. And now to your comments on yesterday's program. First, my interview with Dr. Steve Miles about the HPV vaccine. Miles is a bioethicist, and he's offering $1,000 for medical proof confirming a story Michele Bachmann has repeated.

BLOCK: The Republican presidential candidate says a woman told her that the HPV vaccine caused, quote, "mental retardation in her daughter." Dr. Miles stresses there's no scientific evidence to support that.


Dr. STEVE MILES: The claim is very important because women will make important health decisions based on the idea that mental retardation may be a side effect of this, which there's no evidence so far that it is.

NORRIS: Well, Herman Stubb(ph) of Miami, Florida, writes this about another vaccine routinely given at birth. He says, why is there no debate with regards to hepatitis B? Hep B is also sexually transmitted. Political propaganda? Maybe.

BLOCK: Now to another story. Our co-host, Robert Siegel, spoke with residents of Chillicothe, Ohio, about the economy.

NORRIS: Businesses there are adding jobs, but people like Mike Miller still feel anxious.


MIKE MILLER: My mother is on a fixed income, Social Security, and she's doing OK. But yet, I go in there, and I say, Mom, how you're doing? And she says, well, I'm doing good. And you open up the refrigerator door, and you don't see the things that you feel like should be in that refrigerator.

NORRIS: Peggy Sapphire of Craftsbury, Vermont, said she was moved by what she heard. She writes this.

BLOCK: These working people whose names we've never heard before who lack the impressive bios of the prominent interviewees so often featured offered the deeply personal circumstances with which they cope.

NORRIS: Sapphire also noticed something else. They ended their interviews with you're welcome.

BLOCK: She writes: So simple, so fundamental, so courteous. Usually, celebrity interviewees offer a thank you for having me or just thank you, as if they've been done a favor.

NORRIS: And we thank you for your letters. You can write to us at, just click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page.

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