Listener feedback

MARY REICHARD, HOST: Today is Friday, good morning! It’s The World and Everything in It. I’m Mary Reichard.

NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. Well, it’s time to hear from you! Listener feedback.

But before we do that, it’s our turn to…

MUSIC: Face the music / Or turn away / Just face the music / You can run or stay

Yep, we’ve got to face the music!

REICHARD: Yes, indeedy. Part of journalism is fessing up to mistakes, and facing the music, and it’s easy when we have such smart listeners.

EICHER: Definitely! Several of you let us know we needed to face the music with respect to our misidentification of Benjamin Netanyahu. He is the prime minister of Israel, not its president.

REICHARD: We also got several emails about a mistake in our report about a proposed gas tax hike in Michigan. We said Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants to raise the tax to 45 cents, when she actually wants to raise it by 45 cents. That would make Michigan’s gas tax 71 cents per gallon.

EICHER: Right, and this last correction, this one’s mine. Nick Lazos is a captain in the Air Force and he pointed out I said “thermal” instead of “terminal” in describing the THAAD missile defense system moved to Israel. “Terminal” is the phase of flight where enemy missile is engaged.

REICHARD: Oooh, yeah, that’s a really important distinction then! And our in-house expert, science and technology reporter Michael Cochrane also caught that mistake.

EICHER: Speaking of Michael Cochrane, accolades and sorrows came in when you heard he’s leaving the program. Michael returns to work as a systems engineer. A PhD, West Point grad with voice and personality to boot.

REICHARD: Lots of Michael’s fans called in to our listener feedback line to share their disappointment. Here’s Ian McAllister, who listens in North Carolina.

MCALLISTER: I just listened to Michael Cochrane’s final science and technology episode and I’m so sad. As a fellow engineer, I have really appreciated listening to his regular segments. He has a gift for clearly explaining concepts without getting too far in the weeds. And he keeps things simple but not simplistic. … I will miss hearing him on The World and Everything In It. I wish him and his family well in their new life. And hey, don’t sell yourself short. You got a pretty good radio voice, too.

EICHER: And from North Carolina to South Carolina, here is Paul Gebel.

GEBEL: My name is Paul Gebel and I’m calling from Columbia, South Carolina. It was sad to hear the news on the March 12th broadcast that Michael Cochrane was leaving. His reports were always interesting and sometimes downright fascinating. And Michael’s voice on the radio was so relaxing to listen to that he could be announcing the end of the technological world, and you wouldn’t have cared.

Recognize that voice? Paul was one of our original pre-rolls last summer.

REICHARD: Yeah, I do remember. He listens while biking, if I remember correctly.

EICHER: A fellow biker, yes. But let me just take the opportunity to renew the invitation to send in prerolls. We still have several we haven’t gotten to, and some of you we’ve gotten in touch with to make a tweak here and there. But we can always use more!

REICHARD: Yes, we can. Just go to, look for the “engage” tab, pull that down, and you’ll see “record a pre-roll.”  Just follow the instructions from there. Your chance to shine!

EICHER: Well next, Dee Brestin used the preroll technique to record her feedback and email it to us.

BRESTIN: I so appreciated Trillia Newbell’s commentary on how, until Christ captured her heart, she was pro-choice. Only God can remove blinders and change hearts…

Also, I will miss Michael Cochrane, your science and technology reporter. He always made things so clear, and I sensed the kindness in the man.

REICHARD: So true. I can confirm your sense, Dee, that Michael really is an officer and a gentleman. We will miss him.

EICHER: I did say to Michael, we’ll leave the light on for him. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of him. Listener Joy Smith called in from Albany, New York, about one of our health stories.

SMITH: I’m a wife, mom, and physician boarded in both internal medicine and pediatrics. I just listened to your great review of all of our antimicrobial resistance problems. And I thought Sarah Schweinsberg did a great job with her different strategies. And I had to laugh. That was a great pickup following that review about the Yorkshire puddings. Made me laugh, and I had to call and thank you for your great work.

REICHARD: Another one of our health-related stories also generated a lot of feedback. That was the story about the measles outbreak in Washington state. We knew going in that’s a topic fraught with strong opinions, and rightfully so. The focus was on those families whose children are too young to get vaccinated. They have to be extra careful about where they go when there’s an active outbreak.

EICHER: That story wasn’t designed to be about the pros and cons of vaccinations. But plenty of you thought we should have covered that aspect of the debate. Dana Akovenko said it would have been refreshing, very refreshing to have heard a parent who doesn’t vaccinate and be allowed to explain the reason why.

REICHARD: Quite a few of you also wrote in to note many Christian parents have specific moral objections to vaccinations. Michael McCurdy wrote of his concern that vaccines are sometimes made from aborted remains of babies. He warns we ought not give implicit approval to this practice.

EICHER: Well, thanks to all-y’all for writing in, calling in, emailing audio files. We know it takes time to do that, we are grateful to you, we take it all seriously. And thanks so much.

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