Letters: Online Education, Electric Bikes, DVDs Listeners share their take on the story about online courses, saying they are quicker and easier than real courses. They also say that just as electric bikes are popular in China, they are catching on in the United States too. Some listeners took issue with film director John Waters' interview in which he comments that some DVDs aren't ready for prime time.
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Letters: Online Education, Electric Bikes, DVDs


That series about online learning inspired many of you to e-mail us.

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INSKEEP: Brian Reeter(ph) sent us a note from Morehead, Kentucky. He writes: The truth is that most students take online courses because they are quicker and easier than real courses.

Jesse Finfrok(ph) of San Francisco adds: From personal experience, I know it's much easier to cheat in these classes. I have a friend who gets paid to take online classes for other students.

But Susan Hine(ph) of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, has a different take. I am in the process of getting my MBA online through a division of DeVry University. I work harder in those classes than I ever did in traditional education.

David Wiley(ph) of Longmont, Colorado was juiced about Anthony Kuhn's story on electric bikes catching on in China.

ANTHONY KUHN: Pretty smooth ride here, cruising right along. Now, here's a vehicle for the masses, and for Beijing's gridlocked streets and smog-choked air.

INSKEEP: But Mr. Wiley says we did not have to go all the way to Beijing. He writes: Electric bicycles are gaining popularity in the United States. I switched to electric biking initially as a kindness to my middle-aged knees, and then found it so easy that I sold my car.

A number of you were not amused by our conversation with film director John Waters. He touted some DVDs, including a movie called "Crash," but not the movie "Crash" that most people have heard of.

Mr. JOHN WATERS (Film Director): Not the "Crash" that won the Oscar. I'm talking about...

INSKEEP: Oh, we have - well, we have the wrong thing on the list here then. What...

Mr. WATERS: Well, they stole the title from David Cronenberg, which was an NC-17 rating and it was about people that were sexually turned on by car accidents. It's a great movie.

INSKEEP: Nancy Arts(ph) writes us from Maine. Shame on you. MORNING EDITION gave John Waters airtime to recommend films celebrating violence, sexism and racism. Why not invite Don Imus on for his recommendations? Or is sickness and hate okay when an artist says it?

Finally, Michele Bonacorie(ph) of Roanoke, Virginia says she cringed at an interview with the British chef Nigella Lawson. In an interview, Renee Montagne had one pronunciation of a certain Italian snack and Lawson had another.

RENEE MONTAGNE: Avocado bruschetta.

Ms. NIGELLA LAWSON (Chef): It's both the bruschetta and the bars. You can eat them in a hurry...

MONTAGNE: And if you want to try your hand at making breakfast bruschetta and breakfast bars...

INSKEEP: Maybe you'll tomato, I say tomato, but in Italy and in Britain they pronounce it bruschetta.

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