NICK EICHER, HOST: Today is Friday, July 31st. 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. Next up: your listener feedback.
EICHER: Well, we’re going to start today with a little something that’s on everyone’s mind right now: COVID-19. As you can imagine, we get a lot of feedback whenever we report on just about anything to do with the disease.
REICHARD: Listener Jan Linhardt called in with a request that echoes what we’ve heard from some of you.
LINHARDT: I know you all lead in with your news headlines of what you deem as pertinent and important headlines, but I was just chagrined because I was recommended to you all as a kind of a balance to the drumbeat of, ‘COVID cases on the rise and how dreadful it is.’ And that’s what you all have been leading in with, and did today. And I was just no no. I know that it’s a part of what we’re dealing with right now, but please give some thought to a balance. Perhaps lower death rates from what I understand? Just a balance. Don’t be like everybody else. Just give us some positives if you would. Keeping us informed, yes, ‘cause that’s why we support you guys and your perspective on life, grander and with what’s ahead, not just what we see. Thank you, folks. God bless, and we’ll continue to listen.
EICHER: Thanks, Jan. We hear you. We do not want to be a drumbeat of bad news. Under the direction our editor in chief, Marvin Olasky, every week our editors are wrestling with how to cover this pandemic in truth and through the lens of hope we have in God’s sovereign plan. We do report on the increasing case numbers because that’s what’s driving the policy decisions that affect all our lives. But we do understand that this disease is not affecting all parts of the country the same way.
REICHARD: We also try to provide the balance Jan’s talking about throughout the entirety of the program. Another listener picked up on that.
JENNY: This is Jenny and my husband’s Monty. We’re in Missouri. Longtime supporters of WORLD. Love everything about you. Wanted to thank you so much for David Bahnsen’s report where he made it clear that we need to move on. That what the media is doing to fan the fire of fear regarding COVID-19 and thinking to try to continue to shut down our lives basically is not the way to go. Yes, protect the most vulnerable. But life must go on because that actually helps the most vulnerable. So thank you very much. Trust in the Lord.
EICHER: Trust in the Lord indeed!
REICHARD: That’s right. Thanks to everyone who called in to our listener feedback line at 202-709-9595. Obviously the majority of the feedback we get comes through email, but we always appreciate hearing from listeners. This is a radio program, after all.
EICHER: Right. And speaking of email, it’s early days yet, Mary, but we’re starting to get email and comments on social media about the new Legal Docket podcast that launched this week.
REICHARD: Yes! So exciting.
EICHER: Listener Jeremiah Ruse tweeted to say that he’d just listened to the first episode. He said, quote—“You guys knocked it out of the park!”
REICHARD: Well, thanks, Jeremiah! And thanks to everyone who’s listened to that first episode.
Let me also just make a request here: If you subscribe and rate the program, that will help move it up the rankings, and then others will discover it. This is a team effort, and we need your help! And look for episode two next week.
EICHER: OK, we’re going to end today with a little plug for another new show you may have heard us talking about. Well, actually, I’m going to let Nicole do it for us. She called in from Sacramento, California, after listening to us talk about WORLD Watch with Brian Basham.
NICOLE: Nick, you ended with, yeah, you should check it out. This is a great program for teenagers. Well, I’d like to clarify that my 10-year-old and 12-year-old want to watch the World News in 3 every morning at breakfast, and if we miss one, they want to watch two. So I think maybe it’s good for more than just teenagers. And thank you for producing the World News in 3 because it has engaged my kids in the news in a new way that they’ve never been engaged in before. Thanks. [pause] I should add one more thing. I don’t know how you edit this, but my kids won’t let me stop the recording until they get to say, with Brian, “And remember whatever the news the purpose of the Lord will stand.”
Isn’t that nice?
REICHARD: That’s so great.