Letters: The Political Left And Driving Cabs

Host Neal Conan reads listener comments on previous Talk of the Nation show topics including the whereabouts of the political left, the reality of life as a fashion model, and what taxi drivers learn about human nature while on the job.

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NEAL CONAN, Host:

It's Tuesday, and time to read from your comments. Our conversation with Katrina vanden Huevel and Michael Kazin about the perceived demise of the political left generated this tweet from ShockValue(ph), who wrote: Do you know how odd it sounded when you interviewed the establishment progressives to talk about the failure of the left? And Jay Lynn(ph) responded, also with a tweet: What happened to the left? We're here, but the media doesn't cover our protests.

CONAN: In my youth, I worked as a model, but today I work with both runway models and models for photography. I am aware of what today's fashion industry asks of the fashion models, but I make sure they know all I need is a toned, proportioned figure. And yes, please have a donut. The women I design for have real bodies, and to show clothes on models that border on anorexic is as good as showing clothes on a hanger.

CONAN: A friend who worked in The New York Times photography department attended a wedding out of town and shot a dozen rolls of 35 mm film. She took a taxi from the airport and left the bag full of film in her taxi. For weeks she tried to track down the film with the taxi company's help and finally gave up. More than a year later, she was taking a cab across town and driver said, weren't you in my taxi about a year ago? He then reached under the seat and pulled out the bag with her film. Needless to say, the bride was very happy.

I: I worked with a guy who drove a cab part time. One night he had a fare who told him he didn't have any money once he brought him to his destination. So the driver hit the gas and drove the guy 12 miles out of town and made him get out. I wouldn't recommend it, but it made me laugh when he told his story.

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