We take a look at some of your comments, tweets and emails about our recent shows.
Last Wednesday, we spoke with WBUR's David Boeri about his investigation into how the Worcestor police forced a 16-year-old to confess to killing her infant child. Former Superior Court Judge Robert Barton also joined us, and was "very, very upset" by the video tape of the confession.Judge Barton wasn't the only one upset.
Roger Horine commented:
How can we channel our outrage to get some accountabilitty? [...] We can't let this go unanswered." Listener "Benhar" responded, "Thanks for bringing this story to light. Another example of [why] ALL questioning, and certainly ALL 'confessions' should be recorded.
On Tuesday, we discussed a new report finding that income inequality in Boston is worse than in 85% of metro areas in the United States.
Listener cjygudwin objected to the report and commented:
The percentage of working poor within the city limits is very small compared to almost anywhere.
But jeffe68 disagreed, saying:
The reality is, income inequality is rampant in this country [...] it's pretty clear to see that it's not different [in Boston]. In fact it's worse due to the extremely high cost of living.
Earlier this week, we talked about the fading importance of the New Hampshire presidential primary. NPR's political editor, Ken Rudin, commented on the show:
I think it's a good thing that a lot of candidates have their marbles in New Hampshire. A lot of them don't have their marbles altogether.
Listener Bernice Antifonario couldn't even listen after that. She wrote in an email to us:
I am neither a lock step Democrat nor Republican. I do expect an open mind and a certain level of courtesy in political discussion. [...] Comments like these are the reason that I listen to WBUR with great frustration.
Bernice's emailed prompted healthy discussion with Ken Rudin, who responded that his quip wasn't meant to expose any bias on his part - he's an equal-opportunity cynic.
Last Thursday's segment on the 10,000 new words included in the latest edition of the American Heritage Dictionary - including "spaghettification," "backronym" and "babydaddy"- sparked listeners to share some of their greatest lexicographic pet peeves.
Call_Me_Missouri commented that she thinks "pled" sounds much better than the grammatically-correct "pleaded," Listener Lisa hates hearing "impact" used as a verb, and "Jemimah" is annoyed when people use "invite" as a noun.
We invite you to keep those comments coming!
This segment aired on December 16, 2011.