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Robert Siegel reads a selection of email from the All Things Considered inbox. Listeners write in about drunk driving, apples and pepper spray.


Time now for your comments, which include some complaints about our story on a recent Internet meme. The image of a campus police officer pepper spraying student protesters has gone viral, Photoshopped into famous paintings such as Edvard M√ľnch's "The Scream."

Well, Paul Kinser(ph) of Galesville, Wisconsin, is among those of you who found our presentation of this story to be in poor taste. He writes this: It sounded to me as though the hosts had smiles on their faces as they describe this apparently cute and clever notion. I was crushed by this. It seemed heartless and like one more dismissal of the injustice that is going on in so many ways in this country.

Well, onto a different story now involving good taste. It was about the business behind a hybrid and trademarked apple called the Sweet Tango. We talked about it last Friday with John Seabrook of The New Yorker.

JOHN SEABROOK: Well, it is sweet, like Honey Crisp, but it also has this great sort of lemony finish, almost a tropical taste that I think cuts the sweetness and really makes it just very memorable.

SIEGEL: Memorable and hard to find in stores. Sandy Eppling(ph), of St. Petersburg, Florida, couldn't wait to get her hands on the elusive Sweet Tango. She writes this: I was crushed when I heard they were not available. I felt robbed. This afternoon, I accompanied a friend to a local fresh market I had never visited, and on a whim cruised past the apple selection. My own beautiful Sweet Tango apple is waiting for me in the fridge, and I'm going to bite into it as I listen to the story one more time.

Well, finally, this correction.


NATALIE WOOD: (Singing) I feel pretty. Oh, so pretty. I feel pretty and witty and gay...

SIEGEL: We, on the other hand, feel pretty stupid. On Friday's program, we included that song from the movie version of "West Side Story," in a report about the reopening of the investigation into the death of actress Natalie Wood. She played Maria in the movie, but many of you reminded us what she did not do: sing.

Ken Portnoy(ph), of Boston, Massachusetts writes this: Aww, come on, ATC. You know as well as I do that is no more Natalie Wood singing "I Feel Pretty" than a walrus singing. It's Marni Nixon. Mr. Portnoy concludes: shame, and adds 55 exclamation points for emphasis.


UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) La la la la la la la la la la...

SIEGEL: Well, whatever your punctuation, we enjoy hearing from you. You can send us your letters at Just click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page.


WOOD: (Singing) (as Maria) Miss America can just resign.

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) La la la la la la la la la la.

WOOD: (Singing) (as Maria) (Singing) See the pretty girl in that mirror there.

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) What mirror? Where?

WOOD: (as Maria) (Singing) Who can that attractive girl be?

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) Which? What? Where? Whom?

WOOD: (as Maria) (Singing) Such a pretty face. Such a pretty dress. Such a pretty smile. Such a pretty me.

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Singing) Such a pretty me. Such a pretty me. Such a pretty me.

WOOD: (as Maria) (Singing) I feel stunning and entrancing, feel like running and dancing for joy.

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