NICK EICHER, HOST: Today is Friday, June 28th. 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 once again for your listener feedback. And we’ve got managing editor J.C. Derrick here, too!
DERRICK: Good morning! And as we always do, we’ll start today with a few corrections.
REICHARD: Always good and right to correct the record.
DERRICK: Absolutely, and let’s start with the name of those grounded Boeing jets. They are 737 Max jets, not 747s. Just a verbal typo there.
EICHER: And in the introduction to the program two weeks ago, I mentioned a nuclear disaster in Russia. Well, the Chernobyl accident happened in what is now the independent country of Ukraine—which then, back in 1986, was part of the Soviet Union.
REICHARD: Yeah, several of you emailed us about that one, including Tamara Reimer. She and her family are missionaries based about 50 miles from Chernobyl. And she said with the daily fighting going on these distinctions are very important.
DERRICK: They are. And just two more corrections: We reported on how the Supreme Court remanded the case of Barronelle Stutzman. She’s the florist in Washington who declined to participate in a same-sex wedding. Well, when we told the story, we said her shop is in Richmond, Washington—but the name of the town is Richland. Not M-O-N-D, but L-A-N-D.
EICHER: Also, we referenced an effort to kick Chick-fil-A out of the San Antonio airport. In fact, the company never had a location at the airport. The fight is over whether Chick-fil-A can open a new store there. Small distinction but important, as we say, to correct the record.
On to good news now. Kansas City listener John Oster appreciated a story by Jenny Rough.
OSTER: I want to thank you for the segment that you did on the hymns for people with dementia and share with you my own experience with this. My late grandma was diagnosed with an aggressive form of dementia called Pick’s disease. Pick’s disease makes people unable to communicate, leaving them trapped in their own mind. The only way she had to verbalize anything was singing along to the old hymns.
One Sunday, we put on an old Gaither Homecoming video for her to watch when she began to cry. My mom asked my grandma what’s wrong, Dee? She responded clear as day: “The Lord is ministering to my spirit.” How amazing is it that the Lord ministers even to the souls of those with dementia or trapped in their own minds like my grandma? Thank you so much for bringing these memories back.
REICHARD: Well, John, you weren’t the only one who appreciated that, as well as the conversation with Jamie Dean about caring for people with dementia.
What some listeners did not appreciate was our vaccine stories.
DERRICK: Yeah, we’ve taken criticism from both sides on this one. Listener Danielle Versluys said she was pleased to hear us cover vaccine choice arguments, but:
“The point continually missed by WORLD’s reporting,” she said, “is the need for peer-reviewed, double-blind studies on vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children and their long and short-term health.”
EICHER: Meanwhile, Lawrence Noel had a different view. He’s a public health professional, and he said that, with reference to the argument that vaccines use fetal cells from abortion, he would’ve appreciated hearing from experts who could counter or clarify those arguments. He says, quoting here, “The human cell cultures were originally taken from two aborted fetuses in the 1960s and have been maintained since, but they do not come from recently or recurring aborted fetuses.”
REICHARD: And Dr. Neil Thompson thought we should have covered more of the history of vaccines. He said people often forget that “hundreds of millions of lives have been saved over the past two centuries due to the use of vaccines.” He cited smallpox, measles, and the bubonic plague.
DERRICK: Next, we’ve got another caller on our listener feedback line. That number, by the way, 202-709-9595.
BROWN: Hey, my name is Dr. Matt Brown. I’m a practicing physician outside of Boone, North Carolina. I’ve been a listener since this past December. I contribute on a monthly basis. And I find your reporting refreshing. And I’m also have been in the past an avid listener of National Public Radio and gave up on them about 15 years ago because their reporting had become so centered on the LGBT community. And since then had given up on listening to any news outlet at all. I found them all fairly discouraging in terms of their content, but this has been a breath of fresh air. So thanks so much.
EICHER: And how about a review from iTunes? We’ve got more than 17-hundred of those now—and all but 100 of them are five-star, so that’s very kind.
One recent review called the program his “go-to source for [his] daily dose of world news from a biblical worldview. Great stuff!”
Another one perceived that we take our “job seriously and try to treat every story with accuracy and integrity.”
DERRICK: I’d say that pretty well sums up what we’re trying to do here, and I appreciate the word “try.” Just remembering that we always start these feedback sessions with corrections and criticism. Because even when we fall short, we do aim high.
REICHARD: Right. Respectful, patient, pursuing truth. Admit mistakes. That’s what we aim for.
EICHER: Yeah, and you know what? This kind of rigorous reporting isn’t cost-free, and I just want to say here near the end of our time today, thank you to all of you who’ve given to our Spring Giving Drive. We’ve asked and kindly cajoled, but I think right now is the time just to say thanks. It’s going to take time to get a final tally, because there’ll be mail on Monday and Tuesday that comes in over the weekend, but we’ll very soon report the final results to you.