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Letters: Perry And Capital Punishment; Steve Jobs

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Melissa Block and Guy Raz read emails from listeners.


It's time now for your letters. And we begin with a correction to a story about Texas Governor Rick Perry and capital punishment. Our report said a Texas governor may only grant a 30-day reprieve to an execution if the board of pardons and parole recommends it. But, in fact, it is up to the governor who possesses an absolute power to grant a one time 30-day stay of execution.


Next, your reaction to a remembrance of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Yesterday, we heard from people at Apple stores about their relationships with Apple products.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Like, I came down today because my phone stopped working. And it's like, absolute panic to not have it. It's just like, an Apple product is an extension of yourself.

RAZ: Well, some of you felt the Steve Jobs' story deserved more critical distance. Lance Doyle, of Walla Walla, Washington, writes: While I feel for his family, I find it very peculiar that so much time has been spent on Steve Jobs in the last couple of days. Mr. Doyle adds: I heard one gentleman this evening comparing him to Edison, Tesla and Ford - maybe. Another gentleman stated that all technologists revere him - baloney.

BLOCK: Other listeners offered their own Apple tales. Gina Deal(ph), of East Wenatchee, Washington, writes: During our 26 years of marriage, we have owned countless Apple computers, iPods, iPads and iPhones. As I washed the dishes and listened to your broadcast tonight, I had tears in my eyes. Thank you, Steve Jobs.

RAZ: Thank you for your letters. Please keep them coming. Go to and click on Contact Us.

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