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News & Notes Web producer Geoffrey Bennett talks about reaction on our blog, "News & Views," to the interview with Rep. Tom Tancredo and weighs in on the other stories getting attention on the Internet.

FARAI CHIDEYA, host:

This is NEWS & NOTES. I'm Farai Chideya.

In just a minute, we've got our weekly Bloggers' Roundtable. But first, a quick look at what you, our listeners, are posting on our News & Views blog.

Here to help out is Web producer Geoffrey Bennett. Hey, Geoff.

GEOFFREY BENNETT: Hey, Farai.

CHIDEYA: So what are our listeners talking about online?

BENNETT: Well, they're talking about your interview with Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo.

CHIDEYA: I saw that.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BENNETT: Yeah. You know, and though he was the first Republican candidate to answer the show's call for an interview that didn't win him any sympathy with our listeners. I mean, people are finding fault with Tancredo's views in immigration, multiculturalism, and his overall vision for America.

There's also some talk in the blog about the legal problems of pro football player Michael Vick who is mixed up in this dogfighting allegations.

There's some mention of the recent CNN/YouTube debate, and we continue this talk about soccer player David Beckham embracing black culture, you know. Some in the U.K. consider him a, quote, "honorary black man." And though we hashed that issued out in the blog, and our listeners aren't buying it.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHIDEYA: No matter how many times he cornrows his hair…

BENNETT: Yeah.

CHIDEYA: …which is now short, I guess he just doesn't fit.

BENNETT: Right.

CHIDEYA: Now, we've been asking listeners for questions about topics we cover on the show like news from Africa and personal finance. How's the response been?

BENNETT: Well, we got a number of good questions. We got one this week from a guy who was interested in climbing out of credit card debt. And we asked Dr. Julianne Malveaux to weigh in. She gave us some sound advice so the call for questions still stands, and people can go to our blog and find out how to give us more.

CHIDEYA: Now, for the uninitiated, what exactly can folks find on our blog, and I should mention that I love posting video.

BENNETT: Yeah.

CHIDEYA: And why should listeners who've never blogged before check it out.

BENNETT: Well, for a lot of the stories that we cover on the show, we continue that conversation online. We also have a daily roundup of headlines of news and issues that affect black life. And there are behind the scenes accounts from people who produce live segments that are heard on the show. But most importantly, it's a meeting place for our listeners to interact, to weigh in about the news of day and to tell us what they think of the show. And starting…

CHIDEYA: And folks can be some harsh critics, let me tell you.

BENNETT: They definitely can, but we appreciate all the comments, good and bad.

CHIDEYA: Absolutely.

BENNETT: And in addition to the blog, we're going to be starting a newsletter. So it's All Things NEWS & NOTES sent to people's inboxes every day.

CHIDEYA: So how do folks sign up for the newsletter?

BENNETT: It's really, really simple actually. They can go to our blog, nprnewsandviews.org. You'll see a box at the top right of the page. Type in your e-mail address, hit submit and that's all there is to it, really.

CHIDEYA: All right. Well, I expect everyone to sign up for the newsletter because it will be very exciting. Thanks, Geoff.

BENNETT: Thank you.

CHIDEYA: Geoff Bennett is the Web producer for NEWS & NOTES.

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