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

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English

Faith-Based Movies

Modern movies are often seen as being hostile the moral and ethical values taught by the world’s major religions. Movie producers who have a Christian worldview have, in recent years, fought to counter this 50-year trend. And Your New Life Station is pleased to promote good movies that encourage Christian values.

One such movie in theatres as of early November is Same of Kind of Different as Me. It stars Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, and Olivia Holt. Kinnear and Zellweger play the part of a couple with a troubled marriage who decide to volunteer at a local mission. There they meet a homeless man, played by Djimon Hounsou, who shares some special insight. Paul Ladd interviews the movie’s producer. It aired on Your New Life Station on October 29 and 31. If you missed it, you can hear the broadcasts from these days via our websites www.worldchristian.org or www.knls.org.

Paul also interviewed the producer of A Question of Faith, a movie about three families who are brought together after they suffer separate tragedies. This interview will run on Sunday, November 5th, and Tuesday, November 7th.

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. (The U.S. returns to standard time on Sunday, November 5th,) 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 November, you’ll hear new music from Charlie Puth, Ed Sheeran,  James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh, Haile Steinfeld & Alesso featuring Florida-Georgia Line and Watt, Logic featuring Khalid and Alessia Cara, Marshmello featuring Khalid, Khalid (as a solo artist), Rachel Platten, Selena Gomez, and boy band Why Don’t We.

Souder & Friends

Larry Souder continues his interview with Nashville eye surgeon Dr. Ming Wang on November 2nd and November 9th. And just in time for the Christmas season, on November 30th, listeners get to hear the Christmas tuba!

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 November, Bob reviews, for family friendliness, the faith-based movies Same Kind of Different as Me and Let There Be Light, and new music albums from Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, and Shania Twain.

Upcoming Reports for November 2017:

  • Alaska may have the largest mineral lode on the planet, with huge deposits of gold and copper. Will the U.S. government approve digging the open-pit Pebble Mine? Dermot Cole reports.
  • Dermot also reports how climate change is making possible a fiber optic cable through Alaska that will connect London and Tokyo.
  • It’s called karoshi—a Japanese word meaning “death by overwork.” Marcy Bryan reports on work-related health issues in Japan.
  • Marcy also reports about a proposed solar-powered train for India.
  • ISIS burned the local library in Mosul, Iraq. What did residents do in response. Doug Poling has the story on Today’s News & the Good News.
  • Doug also has a story about woman who married herself! No kidding!
  • It’s called retinal dystrophy. It’s a rare eye disease that eventually leads to blindess. But it’s treatable by gene therapy. Kelly Ann Monahan reports.
  • Kelly Ann also reports about the dangers of distraction caused by high-tech devices in automobiles.

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
  • Paradoxes with Bill Steensland
  • 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