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Is What We Talked About Today 'News'?

David Letterman tells his story during a taping of his late-night show, on Oct. 1, that he had sexua

David Letterman tells his story during a taping of his late-night show, on Oct. 1, that he had sexual relationships with female employees and that someone tried to extort $2 million from him over the affairs. A CBS employee has been charged with attempted grand larceny in the case. AP/CBS hide caption

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I can see why it might not be to some people.

We started by talking about office relationships and the conversations that are sparked by the disclosure that late night television comic David Letterman had, by his own admission, a number of relationships with women at his job. It's true the disclosure came out in a particularly ugly way — allegedly the current boyfriend of one of his past flames discovered her diary and decided to blackmail him with it — and there's a lot we don't know. (How many? When? ... The nature of the relationships? Were they all before he was married? Or if Letterman was not yet married, were they before or after his son was born?)

BUT HAVING SAID ALL THAT. It's an attention getting story and it's mundane, and quite common. Work is where a lot of people meet and get together. But should they?

And we talked about hair, specifically, the obsession with so-called "good hair." The conversation is occasioned by comedian Chris Rock's new film, aptly titled "Good Hair."

Is this news?

We think so.

Why? Because it hits us where we really live. It's about real things that we really just contend.

We would like to have followed up on the story of Derrion Albert, the Chicago youth who was killed in a street fight over a week ago, but we were unable to secure the guests we wanted. Stay tuned on that; there is surely more to talk about.

I am going to run because we have to get ready for a visit from MeShell Ndegecello. She and her band are coming in shortly. They are touring in support of her new album, Devil's Halo. I am excited.

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