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Alright Browncoats, it’s time to go out into the black and gather up those lost souls who have yet to experience the wonder that is Firefly. Firefly Day, April 24th is dedicated to shameless pandering of our beloved show, and indulgent marathon watching of the series from beginning to end. After all, we have to keep spreading the signal or people may never know the dangers of Reavers, or the real story behind the Hero of Canton. The Rev'll be talking about the day, the story behind the entire Firefly series, how the program came to be, why the fandom is even stronger now, a decade and a half later, and the Reverend will reveal how Firefly actually changed his life.

Episode Playlist: April 22nd, 2018

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Tuesday, April 24th, is Amateur Radio Day! Long before the invention of the World Wide Web, when instant communication was a dream and a postal letter was actually considered a pretty speedy way to communicate (outside of the phone), there were a group of pioneers who were working on a dream of world-wide communication, and anticipating the joy of communicating with people all over the world instantly. Amateur Radio Day reminds us of these great pioneers, their modern descendants, and how radio has been serving a worldwide community for well over 100 years.

Episode Playlist: April 15th, 2018

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Monday, April 9th, begins National Experience Week, which celebrates the idea of imagining, and then experiencing, all the things we've ever wanted to do or feel, and to donate experiences to those we love as well! The Reverend Jeff Smith looks at the history of the celebration, the different type of experiences we as humans can go through, how to make each and every experience something enriching to our lives, how making a "reverse bucket list" can help make you a happier person, and the Rev shares his personal viewpoint on the importance of learning from all our experiences, not just the good ones!

Episode Playlist: April 8th, 2018

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Although he was called away for another Sunday morning event, he left a brand-new episode for everyone, focusing on the two holidays that share the 1st of April in 2018. He'll talk a little about the history of April Fools Day, and then the rest of the program is about Easter, including traditions from various countries around the world, the pagan origins of the holiday, why you shouldn't adopt a bunny for Easter (unless you're REALLY committed to taking care of him or her and making that rabbit a permanent part of your family), and he'll be sharing some thoughts on Easter as a modern holiday as well!

Episode Playlist: April 1st, 2018

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Tuesday, March 27th, is World Theatre Day! Initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), each year, theaters across the world celebrate the value and importance of theatre, and this holiday acts as a wake-up call for governments, politicians, and institutions to see its value to society and for economic growth. Join the Reverend Jeff Smtih as he explores the import of the day, the connection between theatre and life according to Will Shakespeare, how music and drama collide in "on-camera theatre" (aka Film), the specific benefits theatre brings to everyone it touches, and the Reverend expresses how much theatre has molded him into the person he is today!

Episode Playlist: March 25th, 2018

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Tuesday, March 20th, is the International Day of Happiness. This Day was introduced by the General Assembly of the United Nations during 2012 and was celebrated for the first time in 2013. As the Reverend, Jeff Smith, says, "Now, we could go all fluffy and just do a completely brainless, feel-good show about this topic, but I think you deserve better than that, and I hope that you long-time listeners have come to expect more than that from me as well. We're going to talk about happiness from a scientific standpoint, discuss one of the newest areas of psychology related to happiness, examine some deliberate choices you can make to become consciously happier as a person, and I'll share some of my thoughts on the role of happiness in life at the end."

Episode Playlist: March 18th, 2018

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Join the Reverend Jeff Smith as he reveals what it's like when the school shooting epidemic in the United States comes home. On March 2nd, 2018, Central Michigan University, where the Rev teaches, was one of the latest sites of gun-related violence in the nation, necessitating today's program. He'll talk about the incident, look at the history of the 2nd Amendment as well as the history of the National Rifle Association, and he'll offer his advice on how to work through this recurring issue in pursuit of an answer to the question "How do we make this stop."

Episode Playlist: March 11th, 2018

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Monday, February 26th, is National Fairy Tale Day, when we hearken to tales of good and evil, heroes and villains, witches and monsters, that have been passed down through the ages! The Rev explains the day, details how to tell a good story, traces a couple stories back to their roots in the dim and ancient past, looks at the origins of some of the most famous fairy tales still told, and reveals how storytelling has shaped his life!

Episode Playlist: February 25th, 2018

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Thursday, February 22nd is National Walk the Dog Day, and in this episode, the Reverend Jeff Smith is talking about our "other" family members! Learn a bit about the day (although there's not much to tell), about the similarities between canines and humans, the history of how humankind has affected the evolution of dogs (and vice versa), who approached who first in the dim and ancient past, and some personal memories of the dogs he's known in his life.

Episode Playlist: February 18th, 2018

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