Letters: On The 'Other' Jeremy Lin

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about segments on the 'other' Jeremy Lin and the Academy Award for 'Best Original Song.'

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.


I'm Melissa Block. And it's time now for your letters. On Monday, we heard about the two Oscar nominees for this year's Best Original Song, The Muppets' "Man or Muppet" and Rio's "Real in Rio." For a bit of background, we played a few songs that snagged the award in years past, including "Dirty Dancing's" "I've Had the Time of My Life."


BILL MEDLEY AND JENNIFER WARNES: (Singing) I had the time of my life. I've never felt this way before.

BLOCK: We said that it was a great song in an OK movie. Well, John Seerick(ph) of Concord, North Carolina took exception. He writes this. "Dirty Dancing" was a very good movie that had many other good songs, great dancing, innocence and it was overall a love story with a happy ending. Shame on you for referring to it as just OK. Nobody puts "Dirty Dancing" in the corner.

CORNISH: Also, this week, we talked to Jeremy Lin, New York City dweller, graduate of Harvard University and more than a foot shorter than the Jeremy Lin now making headlines with the New York Knicks. This other Jeremy Lin plays cello, not basketball.

JEREMY LIN: I've never been all that interested in basketball.

BLOCK: Well, during our story, we told you that the other Jeremy Lin may cultivate an interest in the game of basketball, but until he does, he's going to focus his studies in the field of linguistics. Well, that prompted Mark Hagen(ph) of San Antonio, Texas to send us this note. I guess even the venerable Lin-PR had to get into the act with Li-nane puns about Jeremy Lin. That's just simply Lin-conceivable.

CORNISH: Well played, Mr. Hagen. Well played. We welcome your letters, praise, pans and puns. Just go to NPR.org and click on Contact Us.

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