MARY REICHARD, HOST: Today is Friday, June 29th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from member-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Mary Reichard.
NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. We’ve been doing most of the talking, so now we want to hear from you.
It’s time now for listener feedback, and we begin by doing our own feedback: Owning up to some errors we made.
REICHARD: Yes, in our report on the latest Triple Crown winner, we mistakenly cited Secretariat as the only other undefeated horse to win the Triple Crown. But it was actually Seattle Slew (1977).
EICHER: I should have known that from watching the movie. Of course Secretariat lost!
REICHARD: I guess that’s what we get for trying to cover horse racing. Clearly, none of us around here is an expert.
EICHER: One other correction to make as well: During June 25th’s History Book, we said that North and South Korea were technically still at war until earlier this year, when they set the end of this year as the official end of the Korean War.
But we got a little ahead of ourselves, as listener Kirk Hunter pointed out in a comment online at worldandeverything.org.
The two sides are technically still at war, because they have not entered into a peace treaty. They merely set a goal for a peace treaty by the end of the year.
REICHARD: And before we go to the listener feedback line, we want to make one clarification. Amber Wredberg is a homeschooling mom in Raleigh, North Carolina, who said she appreciates the program. But she wrote to point out a problem with J.C. Derrick’s interview with the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, J.D. Greear. She thought that in one of our questions, we shouldn’t have lumped together one resignation with two others. She writes, and I’m quoting here, that we mentioned
David Platt stepping down from the International Mission Board, along with Frank Page and Paige Patterson leaving their posts. It would have been helpful for the sake of Platt’s reputation to give a quick reason why he stepped down. To quickly lump him in with two others who are out for moral failure, especially with the highly-publicized Patterson debacle, seems unfair to David Platt, who merely missed being behind the pulpit.
EICHER: Agreed. The question could have been worded better, which is why we’re clarifying here.
David Platt is returning to preaching. Frank Page stepped down due to an unidentified moral failing. And Southwestern Seminary fired Paige Patterson for the way he handled two rape allegations reported to him as president.
REICHARD: Let’s go to the listener feedback line at 202-709-9595. Our first caller is Patty Palmer, from Huntsville, Alabama. She had a criticism about our June 12th story about a Georgia ministry that teaches refugees how to sew.
PALMER: This lady said something about one of the refugee ladies having a deep Lauren Bacall voice and called it sexy. I don’t consider that appropriate, particularly considering some of the situations from which the refugees come. Thanks for taking comments. Thanks for your great work in the Kingdom of Christ, and we look forward to hearing the broadcast every Monday through Friday. Bye.
REICHARD: Our stories about immigration continue to generate a lot of feedback. One listener called us all the way from Honduras, where he serves as a missionary. After thanking J.C. Derrick for his recent commentary about his great, great, great, great grandmother’s immigration from France, Uriah Martin addressed what he described as a common misconception about today’s Central American migrants.
MARTIN: I’ve been living here in Honduras for about six years and most all the neighbors and friends that I know that have gone to the States go for economic reasons. There might be some from the big cities who go for refugee status. But yeah, I don’t really understand that because from our region of Central America, things are very peaceful. So I think there’s a lot of misinformation about the actual crisis here in Central America. So, thanks a lot, and thank you for what you do. Goodbye.
EICHER: Next we go to listener Rachel Gage, who appreciated Mary Coleman’s Father’s Day commentary, and thanked us for running it. The commentary was “spot on,” Rachel said, “especially about the double standard in criticizing men from the pulpit.” She said she’s held the same convictions for a long time and has tried her best not to speak ill of her husband in front of her children.
REICHARD: Most listeners who reach out to us want to share their perspective on our work—both kudos and criticisms. But we do get the occasional query, like this one, from Jason of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
JASON: I just have a question. I’m wondering when Johnny Franklin will be joining the commentary team. I really enjoyed hearing his accent. Thank you.
EICHER: Johnny has an accent?!
REICHARD: Now, you’re making fun.
EICHER: I’m paying tribute! It’s a wonderful accent.
REICHARD: He’s clearly referring to Johnny’s Spring Giving Drive promo. Wasn’t that a lot of fun, playing some of our out-takes?
EICHER: Fun, but to me, Mary, it was a bit of a relief, with the number of mistakes I make that he leaves on the cutting room floor. He had plenty to choose from to put that promo together.
REICHARD: He surely did! But from both of us, I’ll add.
EICHER: Well, speaking of the Spring Giving Drive, this is our last weekday, and we’ll see how we do today and tomorrow. But I’ve got two more pieces of feedback related to it:
The first came in an email from Erica Miller, who became a first-time donor this month. And thank you, Erica, for your gift. But she wrote in to say how much she enjoyed hearing so many of our office staff, board members, and other voices introducing the program this month. She said meeting all the different people really prompted her and her husband to become World Movers for the first time!
REICHARD: That’s awesome. I appreciate hearing that. We work with such a great team, all across the organization. I’m still pumped up about our retreat that we had this month, getting to connect with people I don’t get to see enough and people I met for the first time.
Well, hey, Nick, you’ll love this. We’ve recommended listeners literally set up their friends’ phones to receive The World and Everything in It, and, well, I’ll just let this good listener tell her own story:
OREM: This is Jean Orem from Toledo, Ohio. And I deeply appreciate ‘The World and Everything In It’. I have no other options for direct reporting and analysis of world news and events from a Christian perspective. And now I want to give a shout out to my friends. Many of you have handed your phones over to me and have let me show you how to use podcast and have let me help you subscribe to World radio. And I know many of you are enjoying it and now it’s time for you to get behind it and help support it because you know that this doesn’t happen for free. Thanks a lot!
EICHER: Jean tells it straight up! This doesn’t happen for free, and it means a lot more when someone else says it!
REICHARD: Well, this’ll have to be the last word, because now’s the time to throw the spotlight on our WORLD Radio team!