Listener Feedback

MEGAN BASHAM, HOST: Today is Friday, February 26th. Good morning to you! 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. Next up, listener feedback.

BASHAM: Yes, ma’am, time to ‘fess up.

REICHARD: Indeed. We start with a date correction. Earlier this month in a conversation about Boko Haram’s kidnapping of Leah Sharibu, we said the wrong date. Sharibu was kidnapped on February 19th, 2018. We put it one week earlier. 

BASHAM: Moving on now to your letters and phone calls. We got a lot of feedback this month about WORLD founder Joel Belz’s commentary on wearing masks.

Listener Jane Brinkerhoff wrote to say she admired his thoughts about the spiritual damage masking does to us. She found the commentary bold and insightful. 

REICHARD: Tayna Evans also wrote in to say thanks for the commentary. But she added that she thinks the mask debate is often presented as a false dichotomy: strict mask wearing everywhere or giving them up all together. She wears a mask to church and even sings with it on. Inconvenient she says, but it’s how she chooses to love her neighbor.

BASHAM: Many of you wrote with similar comments about your churches meeting, singing, and wearing masks. We also got some more pointed critiques. Pastor Kevin Koslowsky called the commentary “callous and unhelpful.”

REICHARD: Alright, well, moving on now to lighter topics, next we have a fun email from listener Kristin Tanner. It just goes to show that listening to the program is a community affair. Kristin says she used to say “great minds think alike.” Now she says, “great minds think alike and listen to The World and Everything in It!

BASHAM: Wow, thanks Kristin!  

REICHARD: Kristin came to that conclusion after three different people gave her a copy of Leland Rykens’ book on hymns for her birthday! That was the book Emily Whitten recommended for January’s Classic Book of the Month.

BASHAM: And finally, we end today with a call from our listener feedback line. We didn’t get very many this month, so I hope you’ll fill up our voicemail box next month! 

REICHARD: Yeah, this is radio, so we like to hear your voice! 

BASHAM: If you hear something you want to comment on, give us a call at 202-709-9595. 

REICHARD: Or you can also record your comments using the voice memo app on your smartphone. You’ll find all the instructions on how to do that at

BASHAM: So here’s our final feedback for today from our listener feedback line:

EDMUNDSTON: Hi, this is Cathy Barlow Edmundston from Baton Rouge Louisiana. Our family listens faithfully to The World and Everything in It. I’d like to commend whomever on your staff makes the song selections that play between segments. Their attention to detail to match an appropriate song or melody to the segment is excellent. Thank you and The World and Everything in It team for a superior, trustworthy podcast.

REICHARD: Thanks, Cathy. Credit for the music goes to our audio engineers, Johnny Franklin and Carl Peetz. A creative team!

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