Letters: 'Bobby McGee,' Sour Cherries, Rapper Feud

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Steve Inskeep and Linda Wertheimer read from listeners' comments about a story on Washington cherries, a comparison of a rappers' feud with international politics. They also make a correction about a Janis Joplin song.


It's time now for your comments.

(Soundbite of music)

WERTHEIMER: We'll start with a clarification.

Mr. KRIS KRISTOFFERSON (Singer, Actor): If it sounds country, man, that's what it is. It's a country song. Yeah.

WERTHEIMER: In a recent story, we referred to "Me and Bobby McGee" as a Janis Joplin song. While her version is certainly famous, the song was written by Kris Kristofferson.

(Soundbite of song, "Me and Bobby McGee")

Mr. KRISTOFFERSON: (Singing) Busted flat in Baton Rouge and heading for the trains.

WERTHEIMER: Also, this: We reported that Amazon's e-books are only readable on the Kindle digital reading device. In fact, they can be downloaded and read on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.


Some listeners in the Midwest were left with a sour taste after a story in our Farmer's Market series. We said that Washington State grows more cherries than any other place. Washington produces more sweet cherries, but if you add in tart cherries as well, then Michigan is the nation's cherry capital.

WERTHEIMER: Many listeners were big fans of our interview yesterday with Mark Lynch. He talked about his article on foreignpolicy.com comparing a feud between rappers Jay-Z and The Game to international politics. In his case, Jay-Z would be the U.S. and The Game would be Iran or North Korea.

Jennifer Kork(ph) commented online: This story made me wish that I was a high school social studies teacher. What a great way to illustrate what's going on in the world.

INSKEEP: And then there was Phyllis Covelli(ph) of Pittsburgh who wrote: I just had to comment about the ridiculous piece you just did about rap and rappers comparing their craft to international powers moving within the realm of power politics. In addition to the silliness of two grown honkies breathlessly talking rap and rappers, you made an error in the entire premise of your piece. Rap and rappers, she says, do not operate within the context of the international power politics paradigm which you attempted to superimpose on them. They operate, she says, within the context of organized crime.

WERTHEIMER: One NPR listen wrote on our Web site: Jay-Z and The Game are like foreign policy? I can't wait to see how Britney Spears and the Pussy Cat Dolls are like cancer research, or how the reunion of New Kids on the Block parallels how Russia is again consolidating power. Can I search your archives for a story about how Bobby Sherman mirrored the Tet Offensive?

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