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Friday, June 23rd, is National "Let It Go" Day, a day dedicated to the realities of regret, but also the realities on how regret can be dealt with! Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a discussion of that emotion we could all do without, including how regret got its own holiday, the psychological basis (and cure) for regret, how to learn from it and turn it from a negative into a positive, and finally a little advice from the Reverend (via his Father)!

Episode Playlist: June 18th, 2017

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Monday, June 12th, is the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia case. In 1967, the Supreme Court overturned the Virginia statue that prohibited marriage between couples of different races, thus moving civil rights forward a very large step! The Reverend Jeff Smith has the complete tale, including how we, as a nation, got to the point where such marriages were illegal, what happened in the case, the effects it still have on life in the 21st century, news of a historical marker being placed in Richmond, Virginia this year, and how the case is so very important personally!

Episode Playlist: June 11th, 2017

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Tuesday, June 6th, is National Drive-In Theatre Day! Thus, this episode of the Church of Classic Rock is dedicated to a uniquely American movie-going experience. The Reverend Jeff Smith talks about the benefits of the drive-in experience, the history of the day, some of the great rock films that were screened at drive-ins, and how popcorn plays into the movie-going experience!

Episode Playlist: June 4th, 2017

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Sunday, May 28th, is Memorial Day weekend, and that means it's also Indianapolis 500 weekend! Join the Reverend Jeff Smith as he examines the history and technological achievements of the greatest auto race in the United States, along with a little politics and a confession about why he isn't a race fan!

Episode Playlist: May 28th, 2017

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May 21st - International Sherlock Holmes Day

Monday, May 22nd, is the day dedicated to celebrating the adventures of the most famous detective who never lived: Sherlock Holmes! Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a look at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous export - the adventures of the detective himself, Dr. Watson, Inspector Lestrade, Professor Moriarty,and the other characters of the Holmesian universe! The Reverend also discusses the history and basis for Sherlock Holmes, looks at the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, explores how to think and observe just like Holmes, and explains his own fascination with mystery and attention to detail!

Episode Playlist: May 21st, 2017

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May 14th - Third Shift Workers Day

Saturday, May 13th, is Third Shift Workers Day. Most of us "day" people don't often think about those who keep our society going in the overnight hours, but they do the job we won't (or can't), so this is all about singing their praises. Third shift workers face problems and hurdles that we don't, and yet they do what needs to be done. The Reverend Jeff Smith talks about their day, the issues they face, some stories from the night shift, tips on keeping healthy and sane if you're working third shift, and finally some personal observations on "those who work the night" and why he admires them. Plus, as always, check out the playlist at www.churchofclassicrock.org!

Episode Playlist: May 14th, 2017

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May 7th - National No Homework Day

Saturday, May 6th, was National No Homework Day, a day to really look at the reason why homework exists in the first place! The Reverend Jeff Smith, who is also a teacher, looks at the day itself, the history of objections to homework, some reflections on why teachers give homework (and why, perhaps, they shouldn't), some alternative possibilities to homework, and a personal look at homework from an active teacher's perspective. Plus, check out the playlist at www.churchofclassicrock.org!

Episode Playlist: May 7th, 2017

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April 30th, 2017 - International Jazz Day

Sunday, April 30th, is International Jazz Day, where we celebrate that most American of art forms, and possibly the USA's most famous export! Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for an lesson in Jazz appreciation, as he explains the history of Jazz, some of its most famous singers and players, and how the 1960s gave birth to another unique genre of music: Jazz-Rock!

Episode Playlist: April 30th, 2017

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April 23rd, 2017 - International Dance Day

Saturday, April 29th, is is a day to celebrate something that not everyone can do, but something that almost everyone appreciates: Dance! International Dance Day started back in 1982, and the Reverend is dedicating this episode of the Church of Classic Rock to talking about the different dance crazes that swept up teens and young adults in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s! From the the bop to the stroll, the monkey to the frug, the bump to the funky chicken, the cabbage patch to the lambada, every decade has seen its share of amazing dances, and its share of embarassing dances. Regardless, they've been loved (and many still are) by millions of people around the globe. And, as the Reverend explains in his close, even if you can't dance, you can appreciate dancing for the amazing and beautiful art form it is, and should!

Episode Playlist: April 23rd, 2017

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