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And it's time once again for your comments.

Yesterday we heard from David Walsh about his new book about cycling, doping and Lance Armstrong. Walsh alleges that Lance Armstrong was guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs. Now, when we asked Armstrong to weigh in on the interview before it aired, he said he had no comment.


But after our interview aired yesterday, Lance Armstrong issued a statement through his manager. He says, quote, "I raced clean. I won clean. I am the most tested athlete in the history of sports. I have defended myself and my reputation and won every court case to prove I was clean. Yet another Walsh book with baseless, sensational and rejected allegations will not overcome the truth."

INSKEEP: Our story on filmmaker Michael Moore and his new movie, "Sicko," brought criticism from some of you after Moore aired his frustrations with NPR.

Mr. MICHAEL MOORE (Director, "Sicko"): This is the typical, you know, NPR afraid of being accused of having liberal bias so let's make sure we attack him enough in this piece.


INSKEEP: That's our reporter Kim Masters inviting your feedback.

MONTAGNE: To respond to the last question in your story, yes, writes listener Dean Talkington(ph). He goes on: You seem to be more interested in tearing down Mr. Moore than reporting about the points his film makes about the sad state of affairs in our health care system.

INSKEEP: Last week we broadcast a series on water in the West. And in one story about Las Vegas, an executive with the MGM Mirage Corporation showed off a water-saving, low-level flush toilet. Listener Jonathan McClellan(ph) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama was struck by that example - that a dual-flush toilet should be considered innovative in 2007? In a desert-city like Las Vegas? It's a bit like marveling at the presence of an elevator in modern-day Manhattan. He continues: the thing's been around for a while now.

MONTAGNE: And he goes on, I'm pleased that some in Vegas are beginning to take water conservation seriously. But the fact that such a minor step is newsworthy is symptomatic of just how far behind we are as a nation.

Many of you were delighted by reporter Nell Boyce's story about cleaning dirty computer keyboards in the dishwasher. Some experts in the piece advised against it.

INSKEEP: But Larry Bady(ph) of St. Petersburg, Florida writes, I've been in manufacturing for 30 years and often we washed PC boards in a dishwasher with no harm. Draining is the key, he says. I have even washed my keyboard in the shower with me - soaped it up, rinsed it off, let it dry.

Jim Hatton(ph) in Massachusetts writes, I've worked on medical equipment for more than 25 years and washing a dirty keyboard in a dishwasher has been around since at least 1980. Thanks for bringing one of the tricks of the trade to public light.

MONTAGNE: And on this subject, sort of, listener and WEEKEND EDITION producer Ned Wharton let us know about his experience combining dishwashers and computers. He composed this song using his laptop and the sounds of his dishwasher.

(Soundbite of music)

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