Letters: Iraq and Vietnam Comparison, Urban Bears Day to Day senior producer Steve Proffitt joins host Alex Chadwick to share listeners' reactions to recent stories, including the comparison between the Iraq and Vietnam wars, and bears invading urban centers.

Letters: Iraq and Vietnam Comparison, Urban Bears

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Senior producer Steve Proffitt joins us again now to help share some of your letters. Steve?

STEVE PROFFITT: First comments about an interview we aired on Friday with Robert Brigham, the author of the book called "Is Iraq Another Vietnam?"

CHADWICK: Right. Madeleine talked to him about just that subject, and he pointed out some similarities and a number of differences.

PROFFITT: Such as the fact that there were roughly three times as many troops committed to the war in Vietnam, and well, here's a couple of other differences, according to Robert Brigham.

Mr. ROBERT BRIGHAM (Author, "Is Iraq Another Vietnam?"): United States dropped 8 million tons of bombs in Vietnam. There's no air war at Iraq at all. There's no anti-war movement.

CHADWICK: No anti-war movement? Listeners such as Phillis Engelbert(ph) of Ann Arbor of Michigan, took issue with that.

PROFFITT: She writes, as the executive director of a large, vibrant peace organization, I can say that we, and others across the country, are quite real.

CHADWICK: Listener Sue Dunn(ph) heard out stories last week about dozens of brown bears who have taken up pretty much permanent residence in Anchorage, Alaska.

PROFFITT: Ms. Dunn lives in southern New York State. And she bears are plentiful there too these days, less of a novelty all the time, as she puts it.

CHADWICK: Boy, and that's in some southern New York state. Great job, Luke, that compliment from Francy Hangkinson(ph), Boise, Idaho. She liked the way our reporter Luke Burbank treated the story about the then planned, and now cancelled O.J. Simpson book and TV special.

PROFFITT: Rosemarie Wright(ph) of Wichita, Kansas, was not so pleased. If O.J. listened to NPR, she writes, I'm sure he'd appreciate the publicity.

CHADWICK: Finally, Hunter Elenbas(ph) wrote to say she liked our story about the band Barenaked Ladies encouraging their fans to remix one of their songs.

PROFFITT: But she says the group, Jim's Big Ego, did the same thing two years ago when it released the component parts of this song. Alex, it's called "Mix Tape."

(Soundbite of song, "Mix Tape")

JIM'S BIG EGO (Band): (Singing) So, (unintelligible) into your favorites, in the middle of the beat, of your makeup tape. You got it off of the web, burned it on to a disc. Bounce it on a cassette, just like the old times.

CHADWICK: Well, I kind of like that, Steve. What if we're going to offer listeners to the DAY TO DAY remix opportunity?

PROFFITT: Great idea. I'll take that under advisement, Alex.

CHADWICK: If you have comments, dear listener, visit our website, click on the contact us link. Steve Proffitt, thank you again.

PROFFITT: You're welcome.

(Soundbite of song Mix Take)

JIM'S BIG EGO (Band): (Singing) You don't know what band is playing. And you made up a name and named this song. You've lost that piece of paper. Now it looks the same and make those happy thoughts. Mix tape. You could set play us on the way you could go to. You only keep it now and listen to your mix tapes. Some of your CDs sound so sterile and clean. All those squeaky little ones and zeros.

CHADWICK: Stay with us on DAY TO DAY.

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