Letters: Gold Farmers, Music and Babies

Listeners respond to a range of issues from online gaming to online music, and an interview with pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton.


It is time once again to hear your comments.

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INSKEEP: We reported this week on a trend in online game in which Chinese gamers earn money by playing marathon sessions. The point is to accumulate enough virtual currency to sell it for real money to other players. These people are nicknamed gold farmers, and some of them said they were targets of online attacks that were racist or xenophobic.


Listener Chris Labronda(ph) of Freehold, New Jersey, asked what if Garry Kasparov bought an extra queen from another Russian for $1000 during a chess match? Would I be anti-Russian if I complained? The fact that the farmers are Chinese and those harmed are Americans is totally irrelevant.

INSKEEP: Many of you responded to an interview with the pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton.

Dr. T. BERRY BRAZELTON (Pediatrician): I wanted to give parents a feeling that they understood what they were doing right from the first. And so I started studying newborn babies and began to realize how much the baby can see, can hear, can respond. None of those were really believed in at that point. And to me, that's the biggest gift I can give to each parent. Watch your baby and trust that baby to tell you when you're on the right track and when you're not.

MONTAGNE: Jules Herby(ph) in Gainesville, Florida, wrote in to say he was moved. My wife is five and a half months pregnant, and I'm going through all the emotions of whether or not I can be a good parent. Dr. Brazelton's honesty this morning choked me up and reminded me that even in my mistakes I'll learn.

INSKEEP: And we have a correction for you this morning. It involves this song played during our business report.

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THE SUBMARINES: (Singing) (Unintelligible)

INSKEEP: Actually, it was our fault. I said the song was composed over the Web by several musicians who had never met each other. It was composed over the Web, but in reality two of the musicians know each other and in fact are now married. John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard are The Submarines. Their music did go on the Web site so that other people who'd never met them could add to it.

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THE SUBMARINES: (Singing) (Unintelligible)

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