Your Letters: Zuill Bailey; 'Blockade Of Hate'

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Host Scott Simon reads from listeners' letters about last week's interview with cellist Zuill Bailey, a story about unemployment in Cleveland and the Week in Review segment with NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr.

SCOTT SIMON, host:

Time now for your letters.

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SIMON: We received many emails from listeners after a Week in Review segment last week, when NPR senior analyst Dan Schorr spoke of a blockade of hate in the confrontation between Israel and pro-Palestinian activists in the Mediterranean Sea.

Ann Rawlins(ph) of Atlanta writes: I have no doubt that Israel is justified in needing to check all cargo entering Gaza for its own protection. Please stop adding to the firestorm against this small country. The rest of the world seems to be handling that role very well.

Uri and Judith Landau((ph) of San Diego add: There may be a blockade of hate but it is maintained by Hamas and its supporters in rockets and military aid from Iran. Perhaps thats what Mr. Schorr was referring to, but that wasnt clear.

Dan Schorr replies: In referring to a blockade of hate, I meant to indicate that the blockade was a result of hate coming from both sides. If it didnt come off that way to listeners, I am sorry.

Many people wrote in about our story about unemployment in Cleveland. Marjorie Garner of Denver writes: I too have been unemployed for one and half years. At first I was embarrassed to say I was unemployed, but the reality is, Im not the only one. Stories like the one this morning put that in front of the people who are employed and really oblivious to the struggle of those who are not.

Several listeners wrote to thank us for the obituary by NPR's Tom Goldman of the legendary college basketball coach John Wooden, who died June 4th.

Steven Scheinman(ph) of Syracuse says: Your reminisce impressed me not just for what it said about the coach himself, but for what it said about the remarkable man who was his father. You made clear that the strength of character and values that Coach Wooden exemplified - hard work, preparation, appreciating each day, the art of friendship - were taught to him by Wooden, Sr.

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SIMON: We also heard from our listeners about our conversation with Zuill Bailey about his new CD of Bach cello suites.

Matt Thest(ph) of New York shares this memory: In high school, my performance of parts of "Suite Number Four" on baritone saxophone was good enough to land me a spot in the 1990 New York State Band as a high school junior and a trip to the Concord Resort in the Catskills. While my days as a performer of music have long passed, the experience helped cement my deep appreciation of music. Your report transported me back to a different time and place.

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