MEGAN BASHAM, HOST: Today is Friday, September 27th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Megan Basham.
MARY REICHARD, HOST: And I’m Mary Reichard. It’s time for your listener feedback! And for that our managing editor J.C. Derrick joins us. Hi, J.C.!
DERRICK: Good morning! It’s always fun to be here for these segments. This is the time we hear what you like, what you don’t, and acknowledge corrections for things we got wrong. So here we go:
Jane Gilmore noted a mistaken pronunciation we had in History Book this week. We referred to the “Gila” National Monument, but there is no hard ‘g’ sound. It’s the [HE-la] National Monument.
REICHARD: Gila it is. Now on to your feedback! We got quite a few emails and comments on social media about Laura Finch’s piece on praying while running. Most said they felt inspired to turn off the music they normally listen to so they could talk to God. But listener Charlie Herndon wrote in to say Laura’s piece prompted him to turn off the podcast.
BASHAM: Oh no!
REICHARD: Yeah, but it was only temporary. He wrote that in the silence he began to reflect on how secular outlets “would never produce such a piece since it might cause some of their listeners to unplug and find some quiet space to reflect, think, come to their senses, run home to the Father.” He said the “Kingdom of Noise” appears to triumph for a short time, but it eventually devours itself.
And Charlie went on to cite a passage from C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters. In it, Screwtape notes how helpful noisy distractions are for keeping humans from contemplating the things of God.
Charlie concluded: “I think I will alternate while running—prayer, podcast, prayer.”
DERRICK: That’s awesome.
BASHAM: And speaking of distractions, listener LeighAnn Phillips wrote in earlier this month to say a comment on the program about time spent on social media prompted her to make a big personal change: It inspired her to delete her Facebook and Pinterest apps.
BASHAM: Yeah, she says “my screen time is down 15 percent. I replaced the apps with a Rosetta Stone app and I’m learning Spanish. I feel like my relationships are richer because my friends don’t already know what’s going on in my life when I see them.”
REICHARD: I have to say, when I read that, it rang 100 percent true. I want to tell my friends about the veggie soufflé I ate so I can see their reaction.
DERRICK: Yeah, it’s like we want to make people jealous.
OK, another story people really liked was the profile Jenny Rough did on the Washington man who sweeps the streets. Listener Jacob Scheidt wrote to say that her story reminded him that the Lord calls most of us to be the quiet one rather than the romanticized one. That’s something he needs to remind himself of: that faithfulness is greater than popularity in God’s eyes.
Jacob said he likes stories about people who play small roles in God’s world. Those are people whose names might not end up in church history books or remembered. He says that’s a tragedy.
REICHARD: Yep, to recall a line from Mother Theresa: Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.
BASHAM: Well, let’s go to our listener feedback line. Todd from San Antonio called to say how much he appreciated Mary’s recent reports on religious liberty cases at the Supreme Court. But he also gave us a little constructive criticism about last week’s World Tour. In it we noted former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s funeral.
TODD: I think left out really an important aspect of the controversial aspect of Mugabe’s reign. You know, often called the dictator of mismanagement and widespread corruption and and racism as well as human rights abuses. I think led to obviously the the sparse turnout for his funeral and I thought should have been a part of the discussion about his legacy. Thanks very much for all you do.
DERRICK: Next we have listener Melanie Lonto. She called in from northern Virginia.
LONTO: I’m calling for two reasons, just to say thank you. I really enjoy listening to WORLD Radio. I’ve been listening for a couple of years. And just really appreciate your detailed reporting. And I also wanted to say thank you for giving a shout-out to the movie Overcomer today. And it’s just really glad to hear update on how the film had done. So thank you again for that. And Megan Basham, I really do take into great consideration all your movie reviews. They’re really helpful and my husband and I have seen some of them that you’ve mentioned.
BASHAM: Well thanks so much. That makes it all worth it whenever I have to sit through a bad movie!
REICHARD: And finally, listener Thomas Youngman called from Camden, New Jersey, with some thoughts on a recent commentary.
YOUNGMAN: I wanted to say I really appreciated the piece by Trillia Newbell on the necessity of rest. I’m a law student going into my third year and I understand how crazy school can get. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned during my time in law school is the importance of taking periodic times of rest. Just to connect with God or to just refocus on the important things in life. And so I really appreciated that reminder to not just to work hard but to also to rest well.
DERRICK: Good advice for all.
OK, that’s all for today. We love to hear from you, so if you want to chime in about something, you can call in to our listener feedback line at 202-709-9595. You can also email us at [email protected].com.
And don’t forget to review us on iTunes. Those are so helpful! They actually help us show up in the rankings. And by the way, I saw the other day we hit a new high—Number 78 in iTunes’ News category.
BASHAM: No, no! I saw 76 and took a screenshot!
DERRICK: I stand corrected!
BASHAM: Yeah, I took the screenshot because I noticed we were ahead of some pretty big names out there in the news business—Fox News Radio newscast and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
REICHARD: Alright, Megan. Tweet it and prove it!
BASHAM: I’ll do it.