NICK EICHER, HOST: It’s New Year’s Day, 2021. Good morning to you. 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: Listener Feedback.
We will start today, as we always do, with corrections.
EICHER: On the December edition of Word Play, we attributed several songs to Mel Tormé that he didn’t actually write. “Born to Be Blue” is a Tormé composition. But not the following: “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered,” “Autumn in New York,” “Isn’t It Romantic,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” are not—although he did sing them.
REICHARD: Ok, moving on now to another song that gave quite a few of you a good laugh. We’ll let listener Caleb Moan explain.
MOAN: Good morning! Long-time listener, first-time caller. Just finished the Culture Friday special episode with Dr. Al Mohler. And I must say, the outro music really brought a smile to my face, going back to a classic song that I’ve enjoyed, “You can call me Al.” Thank you so much for the work you guys do, and just giving me a little chuckle at 5:45 in the dark as I drive to work in the morning. Thank you so much, I really appreciate all you guys do.
EICHER: Ah, yes. One of my favorites. Just seemed like the right thing to do to lighten things up a little bit.
REICHARD: Turns out Nick was on a roll this month.
SKELTON: Hey, this is Makayla Skelton. I listen in Hickory, North Carolina. I wanted to give a shout out to Nick Eicher for his well-placed Ted Lasso quote in his bit about pronouncing names on Friday. I heard it. I appreciated it. Well Done. Merry Christmas guys.
EICHER: Couldn’t resist. I should point out, it was a little Ted Lasso imitating Allen Iverson’s hilarious moment with the press after his coach called him out for missing practice. In that exchange that lasted maybe 2 minutes, the superstar used the word “practice” 22 times. It went a little like this.
IVERSON: I know it’s important. I do. I honestly do. But we’re talking about practice, man. What are we talking about? Practice? We’re talking about practice, man. [Laughter] We’re talking about practice. We’re talking about practice. We ain’t talking about the game. We’re talking about practice, man.
OK, got it? We’re talking about practice.
REICHARD: Don’t you mean the game? Ah, never mind. Now, we get all kinds of feedback. Kudos, criticism, and sometimes story suggestions or requests, like this one:
PETERSON: Hi Nick and Mary. My name’s Ethan and I’m from Osage, Iowa. I’m 13. I enjoy listening to your program every morning, and watching The Big Bash. I enjoyed the story about the Cuban-American pastor. And I was wondering if you could do a story about a Japanese-American after Pearl Harbor bombing. Love your show! Thanks.
EICHER: Well, Ethan, that is a great suggestion! And next year is the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, so we’ll see what we can do.
REICHARD: Next we have a call from listener Tim Cox. He had a few specific questions, and we’ll answer those for him via email. But here’s how he started:
COX: I just got done giving to your December giving drive. And God bless you in that. I hope you reach the goal before the end of December.
EICHER: Well, Tim, we did! Thanks to you and so many, many thousands just like you. We still have to get a final score on this, and that’ll take several days because sometimes contributions come in by mail later on. But we know at this point we have shattered that goal. YOU have shattered that goal and that’s only going to help us do more of the journalism that you have come to rely on. So thank you for your generosity.
REICHARD: And one final word of thanks. We greatly appreciate all of you who sent in Scripture readings for our Christmas week programs. That was a special way to end each day, and we couldn’t have done that without you, either! And that is our feedback for this week!