Letters: Walnut Theft, Md. Secessionists, Less-Orange Cheese

We read from a sample of listener letters. They include a correction about which part of the state of Maryland has people who wish to break away from the state, complaints about our joking treatment of a theft of walnuts, and a happy little girl who listened to a story about macaroni and cheese.

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From pecans now to walnuts and your letters. We received several complaints about our attempt at humor while discussing the theft of three trailers full of walnuts from a California orchard.

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CORNISH: If Hollywood were to make a screen version, it would be called the Nut Job. Like how many jokes do you have to endure about stolen nuts? The case has yet to be cracked.

Michelle Johnston of Sacramento was not amused. She writes, the theft of portions of our food supply is a serious story. Your reporter only seemed to be covering the issue so that she could make as many nut jokes as possible. And Lori Shein in San Diego writes, if I just lost $400,000 dollars worth of product, I don't think I'd find that very funny. Would you?

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We also fielded complaints about a word.

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NICK BILTON: I use Twitter obsessively. It's one of the...

ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: Twitter can be addictive.

CORNISH: Twitter is expected to start selling shares to the public.

BILTON: And then eventually the word Twitter and...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Twitter...

STEVE HENN, BYLINE: Twitter's begun selling ads. Clearly, Twitter is still in the process of...

CORNISH: So let's talk more about Twitter's pitch to investors.

BLOCK: Listener Michael Tonn of Burlington, Vermont, has had it with stories about Twitter. He writes, I love you guys and keep up the good work. But from now on, whenever you mention Twitter, I am turning off my radio. He goes on to ask, are they paying you guys or something? Well, Michael, we can report that that company is not paying us. And with its initial public offering well underway, you'll likely hear less from us next week about, well, them.

CORNISH: We also have a correction. Earlier this week, we brought you the history of secessionist movements in the U.S., beginning with one happening now in Colorado. Well, in that discussion, we mistakenly said that Maryland's Eastern Shore had aspirations of breaking away. But listener Adam Laye of Baltimore points out the secessionist movement is actually in several rural, western counties.

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