NICK EICHER, HOST: Today is Friday, April 25th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Nick Eicher.
MARY REICHARD, HOST: And I’m Mary Reichard. It’s time for listener feedback! The time that we hear from you.
And boy did we hear about some errors we made. And so we need to fess up and make a few corrections.
The first two are related to East Asia.
First, we said Hong Kong returned to Chinese control in 1999. It was actually 1997. Thanks to listener Lance Starr for pointing that out. He grew up in Hong Kong as a missionary kid and he was there at the time of the handoff.
EICHER: Mistake number two: We said that the United States established diplomatic ties with Taiwan 40 years ago. But in fact, we broke off official ties with Taiwan, in favor of recognizing the People’s Republic of China. What we did was codify our unofficial relationship with the Taiwan Relations Act in 1979. And that’s the anniversary officials celebrated the 40th of this year.
REICHARD: Next, a clarification from listener Brent Severson. He lives in Minnesota and took note of our infrastructure story. We cited the 35W bridge collapse as something that brought attention to the country’s infrastructure problems.
But he pointed that investigators found the bridge collapsed because of a design flaw. He says it’s not a proper example of the failure to pay for upkeep to roads and bridges.
EICHER: And, listener Chuck Van Groningen wrote in to take us to task for mis-identifying koalas. We called them koala bears. They are not bears. They are marsupials.
REICHARD: We said that! We acknowledged they’re marsupials.
EICHER: Yea, but we did still say koala bears.
EICHER: But, I think this is really a long wind up for what else Mr. Van Groningen wanted to say, and I quote: “Having grown up in Australia … I am very koalafied to comment on this segment.”
REICHARD: (laughs) Perfect!
EICHER: Speaking of qualifications … how do you know you’re a faithful listener to The World and Everything in It? Laura Kunkel wrote in to share an amusing conversation she had with her 12-year-old son on Good Friday.
Do you know what today is? she asked.
Friday? he replied.
What kind of Friday?
And her son answered, Culture Friday?
REICHARD: Yeah, a faithful listener for sure! We love hearing stories like that, even though we know Laura corrected her son and reminded him it was “Good Friday.”
But we also appreciate hearing from listeners who provide constructive criticism.
Turns out in our April 10th story on What Do People Do All Day we mispronounced the name of a ballet position. It’s the one where the dancer stands on one leg and stretches the other leg straight out behind her body. And we got that wrong.
WATKINS: Hello, this is Grace Watkins from Saint Paul, Minnesota. I’m currently on my way to ballet class where I will do many arabesques. I just wanted to correct that pronunciation.
Yes, the arabesque. Thanks for the correction!
EICHER: Grace, that’s a great name, I think, for a ballet student!
REICHARD: If you’re gonna do that, then I guess my name is Klutz because I was voted most likely to trip while seated in my school days.
EICHER: Well, sometimes we make a tip of the slongue. I mean, you know what I mean. That’s why we mustn’t neglect our vocal exercises.
Well, our next call comes from Eric, a high-school history teacher in Western Pennsylvania. He really appreciated Janie B. Cheaney’s commentary lamenting the decline in history majors. He sees the same trend, that so many students are on track for a career in STEM, science, technology, engineering, and math:
AUDIO: The attractiveness of those fields often are about the financial payoff for those careers. I always teased my students that they should remember that wars aren’t started because people don’t know their science or math problems. They’re started because people don’t know their history. I hope some of your listeners will be comforted that many history curricula these days is much more geared toward thinking skills and not just rote memorization. It’s lamentable to think that we will have multiple generations that are unable to do that when they are continually exposed to false claims. Anyway, thanks and keep up the great programming.
REICHARD: This last bit of feedback we want you to hear is from someone we met in Raleigh, North Carolina at the live radio event there. Brooke Medina sent us this:
AUDIO: I loved not only the opportunity to watch Nick and Mary work together in real life, but also to learn the ins and outs of making The World and Everything In It happen every weekday morning. I was so glad I was able to attend this event, and I hope you’re able to attend one, too.
Yes, our next one is one week from tonight, May 3rd, on the campus of Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas. That first one was a lot of fun to do and I know we’ll have a great time in Texas next week.