You can’t keep a good podcast down–or even Radio Worldview. After your hosts Bill and Jeff were slacked off for the summer, they are back with a tidal wave of listener mail, starting with a question about homosexuality.
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In this edition of the Mailbag, hosts Bill and Jeff actually manage to respond to three different questions!! Apparently the backlog in listener mail provided a helpful goad. After a brief chapter of “Roadkill Cafe,” the discussion turns to recommended books, the lifespan of men before the time of Noah, and helping students appreciate great films. Jeff discusses methods for teaching students to identify the central theme in a book or movie, and Bill interrupts a lot.
You guessed it: another mailbag. With Bill overseas, the questions have been piling up around Radio Worldview studios (okay, around Jeff’s house). In this show, hosts Bill and Jeff answer a question about responding to people who won’t even acknowledge that Hitler was evil, and a question about the evidence for a young earth. As an added bonus, a listener tells about a great restaurant for our “Roadkill Cafe” segment–in a town neither Jeff nor Bill have ever visited.
Where in the world is Bill? Bill Jack interviews Worldview Academy President and Founder Todd Kent about life in Qatar.
One of the regular occurrences on Radio Worldview involves co-host Jeff Baldwin giving away incredibly original ideas for free (or should we substitute “crackpot” for “original”?). In any case, Jeff launches into a long discussion of his theory that all of humanity falls into one of two categories: streamliners or complicators. After a long diagnosis of co-host Bill Jack as a complicator, Jeff and Bill discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each personality type, followed by (believe it or not) a connection to last show’s discussion of the myth of the noble savage. Are Jeff’s theories starting to make sense, or have you just been listening to too much crazy talk?
If it’s November, it must mean that hosts Bill Jack and Jeff Baldwin are reunited–and they are. Unfortunately, they get a little giddy about the reunion and wind up introducing new segments to the podcast–one segment about Bill’s upcoming speaking engagements, and one segment about new projects. By the time all the segments are done, there’s no time for the main topic of the show! Still, this is a useful–and loopy–update of the goings-on at Worldview Academy.
As they near the tail-end of the Worldview Academy Leadership Camp season, faculty members Brandon Booth and Mark Bertrand talk with host Jeff Baldwin about some of the exciting things that happened at camp in 2007, and about ways in which parents can maximize the return on their investment in camp. Staff Director Tim Hird inadvertantly bursts onto the show and is upbraided, and rumors that Jay Winslow may finally write a book are spread.
Talk about a pointed question. Co-hosts Jeff Baldwin and Bill Jack duck the harder questions about predestination and free will while still trying to respond to the heart of this question from a listener. As they continue to work through the mailbag, they face questions about Abraham Lincoln and his role in the Civil War, and why Jeff thinks “The Winslow Boy” is one of the greatest movies ever made.
Co-hosts Jeff and Bill are openly out of control throughout this podcast, as the discussion ranges from Bill’s college crush in his Russian language class to the existence of snipe. Happily, they are brought back to earth by excellent questions from our listeners, including a pointed question about “equal opportunity” and a question about self-learning for adults. Not surprisingly, the answer to the latter includes Jeff pitching TheGreatBooks.com.
Yes, this is a one-part show! Jeff and Bill are so efficient (lately) that it takes them only one show to catch up on the mailbag, answering questions about college choices and bad writing, and listening to comments from ANOTHER international listener, this time from Mexico City. This show also includes an extended discussion of Skype, and the shocking revelation about the true meaning of Bill’s name.
If you’re more serious-minded, this “Highlight Reel” should probably be entitled “Lowlights.” But this year-end podcast, compiled by one of our most faithful listeners, manages to revisit most of the crazy talk that shows up on Radio Worldview. If you like to wring your hands over global warming, don’t listen. If you like hearing Jay Winslow imitate the ghost in Hamlet, tune in! And thanks, Kyle!
Crikey! Jeff and Bill are still on the road to Gillette, and still answering listener mail. This episode’s questions deal with Gilead and the purpose of the novel, utilitarianism, and the government’s role in education. One of the questions comes from all the way down under, demonstrating that Radio Worldview now boasts an international audience.
Finally! More than a year into the show, hosts Jeff Baldwin and Bill Jack (yes, they’ve been reunited) interview the Executive Director of Worldview Academy, Randy Sims. Amidst some good-natured squabbling, the three founders of WVA briefly describe the ministry’s history, vision, and their hope for the future (remembering that God is in control). Could there be even more camps in even more exotic places in the future? What’s a Worldview House? Tune in to find out.
The End is near. Your traditional hosts, Bill Jack and Jeff Baldwin, have ceded Radio Worldview to an upstart, Mark Bertrand. Mark capably interviews our guest Dr. Phil Fernandes, president of the Institute of Biblical Defense and adjunct faculty member for Worldview Academy. Phil helps listeners sort through all the historical innacuracies presented as fact in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. And yes, Phil really talks like that.
Still sifting through the excellent questions and ideas that keep pouring in, Jay Winslow and Mark Bertrand help Jeff Baldwin tackle two more e-mails. One listener wants to know how Christians can tolerate being involved in the political process, since it invites such cynicism. Another listener makes an excellent point about the movie The Truman Show, followed by Jay calling out Bill Jack for his “crazy talk” about said movie.
Thought host Jeff Baldwin was finally done bragging about small towns? That was the idea–but the first piece of listener mail renews the debate. Then co-host Bill Jack and Jeff discuss a very thoughtful question from a former student beginning his film-making career.
Hosts Jeff and Bill sift through more listener mail, trying to catch up so they can talk about Bill’s new DVD. The discussion centers around one listener’s question: Is there hope for the future? This leads Jeff and Bill to bemoan the ways in which Christians have withdrawn from culture historically, and to a discussion of the need to see your faith as a total worldview. Then Bill quickly weighs in on “Narnia” and “King Kong.”
Bill and Jeff play catch-up, responding to two excellent questions from WVA alumni. The first question deals with the canon of scripture; the second challenges listeners: Should Christians boycott Starbucks? Bill and Jeff disagree vehemently.
Co-host Bill Jack takes the week off–something about needing to finish his basement before his relatives get there for Christmas–so Jeff goes it alone. The hodge-podge of topics include a CD recommendation, a trivia contest, a quick review of the new Narnia movie, and a preview of an upcoming discussion about the merits of living in a small town.