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Wednesday, July 26th, is National One Voice Day, a day used to celebrate a desire for peace in the world. Join the Reverend Jeff Smith as he explores the power of one voice, the reality of the power of individuals to change the world, the Universal Peace Covenant read around the world on this day every year, some words of validation from President Barack Obama on the power of a single voice, and suggestions from the Reverend on where you can find voices to inspire you to use your voice to speak out and change the world!

Episode Playlist: July 23rd, 2017

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ednesday, July 12th, is the birthday of philosopher, naturalist, and simplicist (if there is such a title) Henry David Thoreau, and is celebrated as National Simplicity Day in the U.S. In this episode, the Reverend Jeff Smith talks about the day, the "Keep it Simple, Stupid" (KISS) principle, and several suggestions on how to life a simpler, healthier life. Plus, thre three things the Reverend himself tries to avoid on a daily basis in an effort to simply his own life!

Episode Playlist: July 9th, 2017

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This year, Independence Day, the 4th of July, seems to have taken on new significance. The Reverend Jeff Smith talks about some of the traditions surrounding the 4th of July, how the Declaration of Independence came about, how to find hope in times of tyranny, and then reads, in its entirety, the full Declaration from 1776. And he ends with some personal reflections on how Independence Day has taken on a new significance in a "trumped-up" world.

Episode Playlist: July 2nd, 2017

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Saturday, July 1st, is Canada Day, the day Canadians celebrate the founding of their country. This year, however, it's a milestone, as the nation celebrates its sesquicentennial (150 years)! Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a look at how Canada came to be a country, what's going on for the celebrations this year, how Canada entered into rock and roll in the 50s, and a celebration of Rolling Stone's list of the top ten Canadian classic rock artists! Plus, of course, some personal reflections on what Canada has meant to the Reverend throughout his life living "next door." :)

Episode Playlist: June 25th, 2017

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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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