Listener feedback


MEGAN BASHAM, HOST: Today is Friday, August 30th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Megan Basham.

NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. It’s time now for our August edition of listener feedback. Here to walk us through it is managing editor J.C. Derrick. Good morning, J.C.!

DERRICK: Good morning! Well, let’s start as we typically do with corrections from the past month of programs. First, in our story about the woman who makes clothes for disabled people, we got her name wrong. It’s Jacqueline Cameron

BASHAM: Also, in my review of the movie Chappaquiddick, I said it came out two years after Ted Kennedy’s death. But the movie came out in 2017. Kennedy died in 2009—10 years ago this week, actually. 

EICHER: And now it’s my turn. When Mary and I filled in on World Tour, I referred to protestors from the Spanish region of Catalonia as “Cat-uhh-lenn” protestors. I should have said “Caht-ah-lahn” protestors. 

Listener Stephen Glynn caught that one.

DERRICK: Yeah, and one of our theologically astute listeners emailed about a separate World Tour report. We called a group of ISIS victims “Christian Yazidis,” but Rebecca Holt noted that’s a contradiction in terms. The Yazidi religion is not Christian. Just a verbal slip there. 

BASHAM: OK, we’ve got that out of our system. On to the listener feedback line:

CAROL: Hello, my name is Patrick Carol. I live in Arlington, Texas. And I think I’ve listened to to every episode you produced. What’s it been, 20-25 years now? Today, I wanted to give a vote of approval for Johnny and Carl’s use of “Riders on the Storm” as the subtle music out after Mary’s presentation on the gathering storm of lawsuits for Supreme Court. 

So two thumbs up guys, excellent choice of songs. Thank you all for your production work and I think I’ll keep listening to the next 20-25 years.

EICHER: Listener Jeff Danko from New Jersey called in with several things. J.C., you should know he appreciated your piece on Josh Harris and purity culture. For the record, I did, too. He also mentioned he had been a Naval officer and was glad to hear our story on the Navy chaplain in Puerto Rico— and, in particular, hearing about the stresses the chaplains face.

DANKO: I guess the catalyst for my calling in was Marvin Olasky’s current column. The last paragraph managed to make not one, but two terrific metaphors saying how the church should not be the caboose on either the conservative or liberal train, and then that’s even better one was the government provides a safety net; the church should provide a trampoline. I mean, I was just classic. My wife and I just shook our heads as we read that together today this morning. Anyway, thanks again for all you do. God bless and keep listening and praying for you, bye-bye.

DERRICK Next up, LeDeithra McKinney wrote in response to Marvin Olasky’s commentary in the aftermath of the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. She disagreed with his assessment that Scripture has nothing to say about gun control and government.

She says, “I beg to differ. I believe a verse in Ecclesiastes addresses the mass shootings that seem to have a stronghold in our nation.” And she quotes chapter 9, verse 18 from the King James Version: “Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.” 

She says she doesn’t think it takes a leap to apply this to mass shootings, because, she says: “Arguably assault weapons’ only purpose is to kill lots of people quickly, and one sinner can undo peace of mind and create havoc.” 

BASHAM: Here’s an iTunes review from a listener named Leah Allison. She says she started listening to the program back in December and was immediately hooked. She says she particularly enjoys Legal Docket, which helps her understand the Supreme Court, as she put it, “without drowning me in legalese.” She also enjoys Listening In and The Olasky Interview. 

DERRICK: Yeah, and speaking of The Olasky Interview, thanks to the strong response to season 1, we’re already hard at work on season 2. And Warren has a slate of new interviews rolling out in September on Listening In. So lots more good content ahead.

EICHER: OK, finally, let’s end today on a light note, shall we?

PADGETT: Hello, this is Toby Padgett from Columbia South Carolina. And I enjoyed the piece on the MLB Players Weekend. I think you missed the best nickname on the weekend: Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto went with “Who” as his nickname. It would only have been better if the Reds second baseman and third baseman would have had “What” and “I Don’t Know” as theirs. Enjoy the program every day, and thank you so much.

EICHER: My young colleagues probably didn’t catch the reference to The Doors classic “Riders on the Storm” in our first call. But y’all know the Abbott and Costello routine, right?

DERRICK: Of course! Classic.

EICHER: How about we play a little bit of that?

BASHAM: This is Culture Friday, after all. This is an important piece of cultural history!

AUDIO: Who’s On First? 


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