Letters: Sen. John Danforth And Bluesman Paul Thorn

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about interviews with former Senator John Danforth and the bluesman Paul Thorn.

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Time now for your comments. First up, my interview yesterday with John Danforth, a Republican and former senator. He talked about the dwindling number of moderate conservatives in the Senate and insisted that politics requires compromise regardless of party. Audrey Cruz(ph) of Weisberg, Virginia, called the interview refreshing. She writes: Former Senator Danforth's rationale position gives me some hope that in the future both parties could come together and actually cooperate on a few issues.

BLOCK: Now, another voice many of you also found refreshing.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WALK IN MY SHADOW")

PAUL THORN: (Singing) You make me hungry. You make me weak. You're like a hot biscuit I want to eat. Walk in my shadow.

BLOCK: That's musician Paul Thorn, and I talked with him about this song, "Walk in My Shadow," a cover song from his new album.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)

THORN: I'm more tongue in cheek with what I do. And so that's when I said you make me hungry, you make me weak, you're like a hot biscuit I want to eat. Now, that's what a guy from Mississippi would say.

BLOCK: Have you used that line before?

THORN: I use it on my wife all the time.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

THORN: I sneak up behind her while she's washing the dishes and...

BLOCK: And how does that go over?

THORN: Well, it depends on if she's ovulating or not, you know...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

THORN: ...because that's when they really seem to like that kind of thing the most, you know?

BLOCK: Natalie Landry of Kinder, Louisiana, writes that that line almost made her drive off the road.

CORNISH: Whoa, Jake K. posted at npr.org, now, that is an interview you don't hear every day.

BLOCK: Wow wee from Monty Baust(ph) of Columbus, Ohio. He wants Thorn to write a book, a book, Baust says, that would be as good as a hot biscuit.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

CORNISH: But sadly, biscuit love was not universal. Tom Hutchison of Springfield, Missouri, thinks we wasted his time. Great, he writes, another blues singer with a foul mouth and a trailer park attitude. Yay.

BLOCK: Well, biscuits or brickbats, we do enjoy your comments. Send them to us at npr.org, just click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page.

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