Listener Feedback

MEGAN BASHAM, HOST: Today is Friday, September 25th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything in It from listener-supported WORLD Radio. I’m Megan Basham.

MYRNA BROWN, HOST: And I’m Myrna Brown. Next up: Listener Feedback!

And we’re going to start today, as we usually do, with corrections. On the September 10th newscast, we told you about the kickoff to the NFL season. That game was between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. That was right, but we told you no fans would attend that evening’s game, and that was not correct. In fact, 17,000 people sat in the stands at Arrowhead Stadium.

BASHAM: And in one of our reports about Hurricane Laura coming in Louisiana, we said the storm’s winds blew 500 miles inland. That would be pretty far! We actually meant to say 200 miles.

BROWN: OK, well let’s move on now to calls from our listener feedback line. The first is from Andy Sorrentino.

SORRENTINO: I’m a world member and I listen in Southeastern Pennsylvania. I’m calling with a suggestion for the Legal Docket podcast. How about episodes exploring the justices who make up the Supreme Court? I propose it would be a unique way to round out your season of episodes highlighting court cases. I’m grateful for all the work at WORLD radio and thanks for your consideration.

Well, Andy, that is a great suggestion, and we’ll consider it for the next season of Legal Docket. Because this season is in the books! Well, almost in the books. Our last episode comes out Tuesday.

BASHAM That’s right, just in time for the start of this year’s Supreme Court season. And Mary Reichard will be back to her regular reporting of the oral arguments in every case, starting in October.

Well, as always you sent us quite a few emails over the past month. We appreciate every one of you who took the time to write for any reason: suggestion, reproof and encouragement. Listener Kristin Wolf sent in one of those encouraging notes, and it made the whole team smile.

Kristin said her brother-in-law introduced her to the program and regularly told her about things he’d heard. But she never listened for herself until March, when as she put it, the whole world went crazy. She went on,

I thought that it was time that I start paying attention and staying informed. I have listened to it almost everyday since. I have learned so much, I have been encouraged in my walk with the Lord, and I am always excited to share the different things that I learn with those around me. Thank you so much! Keep up the good work! 

BROWN: Of course we also got our fair share of constructive criticism. Listener Susan Blake called in from Lafayette, Indiana. She took issue with our recent report on financial problems at the U.S. Postal Service.

BLAKE: Your reporter listed a lot of the difficult things that the Postal Service faces in meeting budget, etcetera. And he didn’t report at all on the kind of benefits postal workers receive, which is just shocking. As a small business owner who has to fund my own healthcare and who doesn’t have anything close to those benefits. It kind of rubbed me the wrong way to see you playing a song about the Postal Service and how they’re hurting.

Thank you, Susan, for noting that. It’s definitely something to keep in mind for future reports on the Postal Service.

BASHAM: We also received a fair amount of feedback on Monday’s remembrance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Many of you said you didn’t like our focus on her accomplishments, rather than her support for abortion. Others said they appreciated our graciousness toward someone we disagree with ideologically.

BROWN: One listener said that after Justice Ginsburg’s death he was convicted that he had not specifically prayed for her salvation. And he thanked us for reminding him to pray that Christ be formed in all our nation’s leaders.

BASHAM: Amen to that!

BROWN: Indeed.

BASHAM: Well, we’re going to end today with a call from listener Jim Berkheimer. He phoned in from Indiana to tell us how much he appreciates the start of each program.

BERKHEIMER: Just wanted to let you know that we really do enjoy listening to The World and Everything in It and I so enjoy the first comments about the people that state their support for World and why they’re listening. That is so neat that you have these people that are doing that. Fantastic.

We love our listener prerolls, too! It’s so fun to hear from people who really do connect with us from all over the world. This past month, we received messages from listeners in Bangladesh, Japan, and Sarajevo! Pretty remarkable. And Jim’s call couldn’t have come in at a better time, because we’re actually running low on prerolls. Again!

BROWN: That’s right, we asked you several weeks ago to send us recordings of yourself introducing the program. Some of you did, and we’re grateful for that. But we still need more! So if you would like to take your turn introducing the program, now’s your chance.

Go to and click on the “Engage” tab in the top menu, then select “Record a Preroll.” You’ll find all the instructions there. One other note: We love it when families record prerolls together, but not when everyone’s speaking at the same time. That makes it hard to understand. So, by all means, record together. But only one person at a time.

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