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Scott Simon reads from listeners' e-mails. Among the topics: A commentary on neighborhoods that are being razed in China to make way for Olympic facilities. And a correction on an art exhibit at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York.


Time now for your letters.

(Soundbite of music)

SIMON: Our first correction. Last week, Margot Adler reported on an art exhibit at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York. We called the school a Catholic institution. In fact, it's a Lutheran school. My apologies.

My essay about the neighborhoods that are being razed in China to make way for Olympic facilities brought this letter from Nancy Seldon(ph) of Missoula, Montana, recalling a trip to Qingdao, the sailing venue of the games.

I walked along the coast there through the acres and acres of destroyed homes, she writes, old neighborhoods and villages which have simply been leveled to make room for the Olympics. Amongst the rubble, there were toys, pots and pans, clear evidence of people's lives uprooted. It was terribly sad.

Dale Bales(ph) enjoyed hearing about the return of the band Was, Not Was on our show last week, but he writes: Please warn them, though I've been in California for 25 years - currently Burbank - I still recognize in "It's a Miracle," an (unintelligible) shagging song that will have (unintelligible) sliding on the sandy floors at the bars of Carolina beaches for another 50 years. Anthropology and entertainment indeed.

(Soundbite of song, "It's a Miracle")

Unidentified Man (Singer): (Singing) …it's a miracle, nothing but a miracle, (unintelligible).

SIMON: Give us your comments and corrections on our Web site, And please remember to tell us where you live and how to pronounce your name.

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