Listener Letters: Politicians And Australian Bands

Originally published on July 12, 2013 3:45 pm

Today we read and listen to several comments about our interviews with Congressman Mo Brooks and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and our stories about Bangladesh factory safety and Australian bands.

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Well, now, it's time to look at some of your writing to us.


And there has been a lot of it.

CHAKRABARTI: There has. And let's start with the conversation, Jeremy, you had with Republican Congressman Mo Brooks about immigration reform. He suggested that there should be a test of economic productivity for new immigrants trying to get American citizenship.

REPRESENTATIVE MO BROOKS: Of the hundreds of millions of foreigners who want to immigrate to the United States of America, which ones are going to be producers? And by that, I mean, which ones are going to produce more in tax revenue than they're going to consume in tax revenue?

HOBSON: Well, listener Roy Fuchs(ph) went to, Meghna, and he wrote: I recommend that Congressman Brooks take a look in the mirror before exposing his willful ignorance to the public. His state, Alabama, receives $1.66 in federal allotments for every dollar it sends to Washington. In contrast, he writes, my state, Connecticut, receives just 69 cents.

CHAKRABARTI: And while we're reading notes from listeners who are angry at politicians, here's one from David Ward about my interview with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, who's suspending state lawmaker pay until the state's pension crisis is dealt with. David writes: We pay the highest taxes in the nation, yet we're the biggest deadbeat state in the country. The only possible reason for that is overwhelming systemic corruption. He says: It's time to clean house.

HOBSON: Well, finally, yesterday we heard some music from Australia and New Zealand that Travis Holcombe from KCRW in Southern California brought to us. Here is one of the songs he played. It's called "Bloom" by Gypsy and the Cat.


GYPSY AND THE CAT: (Singing) Should I keep myself ravenous to you? And I feel myself surviving you? And feel myself...

CHAKRABARTI: Well, I liked it, but not everyone did. George from Portland, Oregon, writes: I got to say, I am not impressed with these new bands and these new sounds coming out of Australia. The music is at best generic. Nothing about it is inspiring or moving. George go on to say: It's bland and boring.


HOBSON: Tell us what you really think, George. Well, Jared did like it. He wrote: Love to hear you guys talking about Australian music. I listen to Triple J - that's the Australian radio station that Travis mentioned yesterday - everyday, he says, great way to keep a pulse on new music that hasn't blown up here yet. There's a lot of amazing music coming out of there.

Well, I agree, Jared. I really did like the music that Travis brought us yesterday. And here is a little of it to go out on. This is "The Throw" from Jagwar Ma.


JAGWAR MA: (Singing) Entice my love. Entice my love.

CHAKRABARTI: This is HERE AND NOW from NPR and WBUR Boston. I'm Meghna Chakrabarti. Robin Young will be back on Monday.

HOBSON: I'm Jeremy Hobson. I'll be here on Monday, too. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.