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The Church of Classic Rock

Tuesday, October 17th, is National Mulligan Day, a day to celebrate the idea of second chances! Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for an exploration of the history of the term itself (I mean, really, where *does* "Mulligan" come from?), why we seek, and give, second chances, a few reasons to consider offering someone a second chance, and some personal ruminations on the subject.

Episode Playlist: October 15th, 2017

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Tuesday, October 8th, is National Hug-A-Drummer Day, and the Reverend Jeff Smith is sending out the virtual hugs to drummers everywhere! He'll tell you all about why we should be hugging those seemingly-deranged (sometimes) men and women who beat skins with sticks, exactly how drums and other percussion instruments work, a brief history of the drum, some good advice for drummers everywhere, and offer his own take on why the beat and rhythm of the drums in classic rock speaks to him!

Episode Playlist: October 8th, 2017

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Friday, October 6th, is World Smile Day, and in this episode of the Church of Classic Rock, the Reverend Jeff Smith will tell you all about how the day came to be, courtesy of the inventor of the smiley, as well as the psychology of smiling, different types of smiles, some very good reasons to smile (and often), and his personal philosophy about smiling, and why he thinks World Smile Day is a good day to observe!

Episode Playlist: October 1st, 2017

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Sunday, September 24th, is One-Hit Wonders Day, dedicated to remembering all of the great artists and groups whose flame burned only briefly on the Billboard Top-40 charts, but oh-so-brightly! The Reverend Jeff Smith tells you about just a few of these notable singularities in classic rock, and talks about what these songs, by these artists and groups, have meant to him over the years.

Episode Playlist: September 24th, 2017

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Saturday, September 23rd, is Supernatural Day here in the United States, a day not to explore all things weird and other-worldly, but a day to pay tribute to the longest-running live-action fantasy television series in history: Supernatural! The brainchild of writer Eric Kripke, the program stars Jared Padelecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester, brothers who hunt down supernatural threats and protect those who need protecting. Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a look at the celebratory day, the show itself, Padelecki and Ackles' Comic-Con appearance this year, and what's coming in Season 13, starting in October of 2017!

Episode Playlist: September 17th, 2017

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We learn best through stories, as it turns out. In today's episode, the Reverend Jeff Smith tells you about why we tell stories a certain way, and with events in a certain order, the power of the shadow (i.e. the villain) in any story, how Star Wars changed storytelling from a technical perspective, and why we change the world, for better or worse, with every story we tell!

Episode Playlist: September 10th, 2017

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Word came just before today's broadcast that guitar legend, Walter Becker, half of the famed group Steely Dan, had passed away due to complications from surgery. So the first segment is the Reverend's tribute to Walter. Afterwards, he returns to the original focus of today's program, celebrating Wonderful Weirdos Day on September 9th! The Rev discusses the origins of the word "Weird," why weird is something to celebrate, the benefits of being weird (as opposed to being "normal"), and his reflections on being a life-long weirdo.

Episode Playlist: September 3rd, 2017

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Wednesday, August 30th is Frankenstein Day, a chance to celebrate the genius of young Mary Shelley who, in the summer of 1817, wrote a story about mad science and the possibility that man could succeed where only god before him had. Let the Reverend Jeff Smith tell you about the history of the creation of one of our most well-known tales, what monsters actually represent in our society, and why the Reverend loves them so!

Episode Playlist: August 27th, 2017

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Saturday, August 26th, is National Women's Equality Day, where we celebrate the victory of the women's suffage movement in the United States that resulted in the addition of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and forever more guaranteed women's right to vote! We'll talk about the day, the sister movement that took place in England, the history of the U.S. movement, some lessons we can still take from the early 20th century victory, and close with some final words from the Reverend.

Episode Playlist: August 20th, 2017

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