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Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel read letters from listeners about the Mexican War of Independence and responses to the claim that American parents are too overprotective.


Time now for your letters, and we received some email about this. On Wednesday, we checked in with MORNING EDITION's Steve Inskeep. He'd been traveling along the U.S.-Mexico border - from the mouth of the Rio Grande, on the Gulf of Mexico; all the way to Tijuana, on the Pacific Coast.


During our conversation, you may have heard us refer to Mexico's revolution in 1810. That revolution is more commonly called Mexico's War of Independence, to distinguish it from a different Mexican revolution a century later.

SIEGEL: Also earlier this week, we ran a review of Israeli author David Grossman's book "Falling Out of Time." As some of you pointed out, we neglected to mention that it was translated from Hebrew to English by Jessica Cohen.

CORNISH: And finally, we posted an informal poll at asking parents: Are today's kids overprotected? It was in response to an interview Robert did yesterday with Hanna Rosin. She's the author of an article for Atlantic Monthly, called "Hey Parents, Leave Those Kids Alone." Her contention - that kids these days don't have the opportunities to take enough risks, risk that might help in their overall development.

SIEGEL: Well, more than 2,300 of you chimed in. Again, this is unscientific, but here are our results so far. Some 74 percent of the fathers say they are not overprotective, and 78 percent of the mothers said no as well. You can take our poll, too. Just go to

CORNISH: And while you're there, send us an email. Go to the bottom of the page, and click on "contact."


SIEGEL: There's more to come on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, from NPR News.

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