English: “What’s Going On?” August 2016

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English


Miracles from Heaven

The movie is titled Miracles from Heaven. This true story has completed its theatre run and is now on DVD. It stars Jennifer Garner as Christy Beam—whose 10-year-old daughter Anna—was cured of an incurable digestive disorder after an accident followed by a near-death experience.

Sound incredible?

The real-life mom, Christy Beam shares the family’s story with Paul Ladd on our Refiner’s Fire series. The three interview segments will be aired on Your New Life Station on consecutive Fridays, August 5th, August 12th, and August 19th.

Paul has also interviewed Holocaust survivor Ernie Gross, who lives near Philadelphia. Interview segments are tentatively scheduled for broadcast in September.

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 Time (CDT) is five 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 also use this website or our listener website, 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. Lately, music artists from all over Europe have found their names on or near the top of international pop charts.

In August, English Hour listeners will hear new music from Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim, American Authors, Coldplay, Delta Goodrem featuring Gizzle, Katy Perry, Mike Posner, Olly Murs, and Troye Sivan featuring Alessia Cara.

Souder & Friends

It may bring a smile or it may bring a tear. Award-winning videographer Larry Souder continues his series of fascinating people and interesting places. For the fall season, Larry is working on a visit to the Creation Museum and Noah’s Ark in Petersburg, Kentucky, and on a feature story about a musical based on the experiences of Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom.

News to Know

The English hour features reports about topics of current interest. Marcy Bryan reports about entertainment, business, and religious news. 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.

Upcoming Reports for August 2016:

  • She’s the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history. Pat Summit died, at relatively young age, from early-onset dementia. Kelly Ann Monahan reports on this poorly-understood disease.
  • Have you been forced to accept Windows 10 software on your computer? One woman took Microsoft to court and won. Kelly Ann reports about that, too.
  • And Kelly Ann reports on the mission of the Jupiter space probe Juno.
  • The Panama Canal recently became capable of handling larger ships. Marcy Bryan reports.
  • Marcy also reviews the 2016 remake of the movie Ghostbusters.
  • Christians in America suffer different kinds of persecution than Christians elsewhere. Author Mary Eberstadt discusses the differences with Paul Ladd.
  • Paul also interviews author June Hunt about the nature of evil in light of recent widely-reported worldwide violence.
  • In his August segments of Today’s News & the Good News, Doug Poling discusses the world refugee crisis, slavery in the 21st century, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
  • Bob Waliszewski reviews, for family friendliness, the movies Ghostbusters (2016) and Star Trek Beyond.

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
  • Author’s Journal with Dick Brackett
  • Creation Moments with Ian Taylor
  • Direction with Rubel Shelly
  • Eye on Religion-Archaeology Emphasis with Marcy Bryan
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Living with Conflict with Greg Taylor
  • 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
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unexpected Gifts with Bob Borquez
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder

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