Letters: Christians in Iraq, Muslim Comedy, Ludden Farewell

Host John Ydstie reads from our listeners' letters. A number of listeners appreciated Jacki Lyden's story on the Christians of northern Iraq, and one expressed disdain for a story about the comedy troupe Allah Made Me Funny.

JOHN YDSTIE, host:

And now your letters.

A number of listeners wrote in to express appreciation for Jacki Lyden's story on the Christians of northern Iraq. Her report recalled the execution of leaders of the Assyrian Democratic Movement, or ADM, who resisted the genocidal regime of Saddam Hussein. Raham bin Yamen(ph), a student in Canada, wrote, `I would like to thank you with all my heart for taking on my people's story. My father was one of the three leaders executed in 1985. I was three months old and I had never met him. We had to flee to Iraq for our own safety and have never been able to return. That is why we become so touched when we know that our stories don't go untold and that our plea for justice doesn't go unheard.'

Not all listeners were so pleased with another story we ran about a Muslim comedy tour in the US. Laurie Recchi(ph) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, wrote this about our story on the stand-up show Allah Made Me Funny. She says, `This segment was in extremely bad taste and totally offensive. No one--and I mean no one--should use the hideous current world terrorism for material.'

Finally, gone but not forgotten. Listener Dan Joel(ph) wrote in to tell us how much he'll miss Jennifer Ludden's hosting of ALL THINGS CONSIDERED on the weekends. Jennifer has gone back to her reporting job. Mr. Joel said, `She has a delightful voice, a bubbly, involved and engaging radio personality and,' he says, `a reporter's sense of the right questions to ask. My weekends will not be the same without her.'

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