English: “What’s Going On?” October 2017

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English


Celebrity Surgeon Sees God in the Human Eye

The communist government had doomed him to a life of menial tasks in mainland China. But Ming Wang managed to make it to the United States, where he had the freedom to put his mind to work. His study of physics and medicine eventually led to his becoming a world-renowned eye surgeon. In his adopted home town of Nashville, he’s best known for Lasik surgery. Dr. Wang, who had been an atheist, became a believer in God as he studied the complexity of the human eye.

In a four-part edition of Souder & Friends, Dr. Wang tells his story to Larry Souder and a live audience at Nashville’s Madison Church of Christ.

Listeners of Your New Life Station can hear the four-part interview on four consecutive Thursdays—October 19 and 26—and November 2 and 9.

The Pacific Rim and Southwest Asia

The Pacific Rim, the Indian subcontinent and southwest Asia provide the reasons Your New Life Station broadcasts the International English Hour. The Pacific Rim is that part of the Eastern Hemisphere that encompasses the English-prevalent countries of the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. Additionally—English is widely spoken in Indonesia. And English is the official language of government and commerce in the southwest Asian countries of India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Your New Life Station’s broadcast schedule makes use of Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), a 24-hour system also known as Greenwich Mean Time. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) is four hours behind UTC; Central Daylight Time (CDT) is five hours behind. When some parts of the world return to standard time for the winter, Eastern Standard Time (EST) is five hours behind UTC, and Central Standard Time (CST) is six hours behind. Outside the U.S.—most locations are on standard time all year rather than daylight time. Karachi is five hours ahead of UTC. Mumbai and New Delhi are five-and-a-half hours ahead.  Manila, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lampur are eight hours ahead. And Tokyo is nine hours ahead of UTC.

You can use websites www.worldchristian.org or www.knls.org to hear the English Hour if you’re not into shortwave radio. You can also access the broadcast through the KNLS app on your mobile device or through Google or Safari.

The English Hour is the Asian continent’s source for the music of our time and the message of all time. While we work to provide a geographical balance in the topics we feature, news about the USA is of great interest to many listeners around the world. The English Hour does tell stories about life in the United States and the state of Alaska, where the KNLS transmitter is located. Two of the programs are titled The American Highway and Postcard from Alaska. They often include a discussion of “American” principles—principles rooted in Christianity that are universally understood and applied. And our Eye on the World stories often show the interdependence of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

Since our target audience is mostly non-Christians, our content is different from a typical Christian format station in America. While we provide our share of positive, uplifting content, some of our programming also provides an honest look at the dark side of life on Earth. Indeed, some program segments may raise questions that a thoughtful truth seeker will ask. And other segments, such as the Bible or Christian lifestyle lessons, serve to answer those questions.

Music to Love

Music is a universal language. Probably 80 per cent of the world’s pop tunes are sung in English, and are enjoyed by people everywhere, many who are themselves not proficient in English. The English hour features your favorite songs of the 80’s, 90’s, and today. International pop charts show that your favorite music is also the favorite of people who are culturally diverse—whether in Nairobi, Sydney, Singapore, or Jakarta.

The songs are pop, rock, r & b, and occasional hip-hop and country music that crosses over to the pop charts. The English Hour generally features music by artists from the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. But music artists from all over Europe have found their names on or near the top of international pop charts.

In October, English Hour listeners will hear new music from Fitz & the Tantrums, Harry Styles, Justin Bieber, Khalid, Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly, Maroon 5, and Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, and U2.

Souder & Friends

In addition to the four-part interview with Dr. Ming Wang—Larry will take Your New Life Station listeners to an old-fashioned quilting part on Thursday, October 12.

News to Know

The English hour features reports about topics of current interest. Marcy Bryan reports about entertainment, business, and news about religion and social issues. Kelly Ann Monahan has the latest developments in medicine, science, and computer technology. Paul Ladd provides special reports about diverse topics, religious and secular. Doug Poling provides commentary on the news from a Christian perspective on Today’s News & the Good News. And Bob Waliszewski of Focus on the Family provides Plugged-in reviews of the latest movies, music, and computer games.

In October, Bob reviews, for family friendliness, the movies Home Again, Leap!, The Lego Ninjago Movie, and pop songs “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato, “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift, and “You’re the Best Thing About Me” by U2.

Upcoming Reports for October 2017:

  • Some health professionals say sitting is the new smoking. Kelly Ann Monahan reports on the dangers of too much time off your feet.
  • NASA finally bid “goodbye” to the Saturn space probe Cassini. Kelly Ann reports on its much-longer-than-expected mission.
  • And Kelly Ann reports on the Equifax data breach and the new iPhone 8.
  • Its crayons are found everywhere. Now Crayola has announced a new color. Marcy Bryan has the “Bluetiful” story—as well as the history of the company and its products.
  • Marcy also reports about relief efforts for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma—as well as the stories of Good Samaritans.
  • And Marcy explains the origin of term “Good Samaritan.”
  • Natural disasters in the Americas have received extensive international news coverage. Doug Poling reports on the largely ignored disasters in East Asia on Today’s News & the Good News.
  • This Pakistani girl was shot and wounded by the Taliban because she campaigned for education for women. Now Malala Yousafza will get her college education at Oxford. Doug also reports this story.

A Message to Live

This is what we’re about and why we’re on the air and on the internet. Our mission is to present the lessons of the Bible, including and emphasizing the Good News in an interesting, non-threatening way.

Ongoing Series

  • Andy Baker’s Prayer Lesson
  • Believer’s Hall of Faith with Bill Young
  • Bible Archaeology-Proofs from the Earth with Bill Humble
  • Creation Moments with Paul Taylor
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • Hope in Conflict with Larry Souder
  • Jim Daly commentary
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Profiles of the New Testament with Bob Borquez
  • Refiner’s Fire with Paul Ladd
  • The Big Picture with Steve Diggs
  • The God Who Makes Himself Known with Bill Young
  • Today’s News & the Good News with Doug Poling
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder
  • You Might Be Too Busy If… with Paul Ladd and Gary Holloway