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July 21st, 2019 - Gary Gygax Day

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith as he celebrates the birthday of a man whose influence on gaming and entertainment cannot be truly measured! July 27th is the birthday of visionary and game-designer Gary Gygax, half of the duo who gave us Dungeons and Dragons! The Reverend will be looking why the day is celebrated, how a D&D game is played (for those who might not know), the "D&D is Satanic" scare of the 80s, how D&D has evolved and become cool (really!), and he'll share what the Gary Gygax's creation has meant to him throughout his life.

Episode Playlist: July 21st, 2019

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July 14th, 2019 - Space Exploration Day

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a celebration of the indomitable wanderlust of humanity that has taken us off this Earth of ours! This year, July 20th marks the 50th Anniversary of the day humanity first set foot on a celestial body not our own! 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong first set foot on our moon. This is the impetus for Space Exploration Day, celebrated every year on July 20th! The Reverend will detail the day itself, look at what's coming next for space exploration, explore the history of space exploration to date, discuss the ramifications of commercial entities entering the space exploration game, and discuss how science fiction has influence science and space exploration!

Episode Playlist: July 14th, 2019

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July 7th, 2019 - New Conversations Day

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith as he talks about how important real conversations are! July 12th is New Conversations Day. This is the first year it's being celebrated and it's a day dedicated to the idea that small talk is worthless and conversations should always be worthwhile and full of truth. Rev. Smith will explore the day and how it came about, why introverts, especially, hate small talk, why good conversation matters so very much (especially today), some tips on how to hold a quality conversation, and finally an admission from the Reverend about how much importance he places on choosing the right words.

Episode Playlist: July 7th, 2019

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June 30th, 2019 - Current Events

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a critical examination of the top three issues spoken about at this week's Democrat candidate debates. Three topics got center-stage at the debates this week, and we're going to talk about them and the other issue that came to light as well. We're going to discuss the horrific detention facilities that are holding children in inhumane conditions, address the greater immigration issue in the US, tackle one of the proposed fixes for healthcare, explain why climate change is real (and what you can do about it), and the Reverend offers his own personal take on the subjects.

Episode Playlist: June 30th, 2019

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June 16th, 2019 - Sauntering Day

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a slow, leisurely walk for the joy of it! Wednesday, June 19th, is Sauntering Day, when everyone should slow down and walk with joy instead of power-walking past the beauty of life! The Rev will explain the day, compare walking and running as far as their health benefits, investigate the origin of the word "saunter" as well as relate a parable about sauntering, and then he'll shift gears and talk about why the 19th is also a very important day in his life!

Episode Playlist: June 16th, 2019

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June 9th, 2019 - Call Your Doctor Day

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a celebration that shouldn't be necessary... but it is! Today, June 9th, is Call Your Doctor Day, where we're reminded that suffering in silence is not only painful, but dangerous as well, so call your Doctor! The Rev'll look at how the day came to be, explain when you need a check-up (and when you don't), help you learn how to choose a physician wisely, and he'll end the program with a tribute to a musical doctor who left us just last week, but whose mark on rock and blues will never leave us!

Episode Playlist: June 9th, 2019

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May 26th - Dracula Day

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith as he celebrates the most famous vampire of all, Count Dracula! Today, May 26th, is Dracula Day, when we celebrate Bram Stoker's literary creation and THE definitive vampire! The Reverend will examine the day itself, look at the legend of the Vampire, explain (in-depth) why Twilight is to Vampires as Wal-Mart is to fine shopping establishments, the evolution of the vampire and our obsession with the myth, and some personal observations on the caped legend.

Episode Playlist: May 26th, 2019

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May 12th - Top Gun Day

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a tribute to a film, but more so to the real-life aviators who inspired its creation! Today, May 12th, is "Top Gun Day" when fans of the 1986 film remember the impact it made on the country back in the 80s. But it's also a day to celebrate those brave souls who climb into supersonic jets and rise up into the sky to protect our nation and the world. The Reverend will explore the day itself, investigate what it takes to become a military pilot, talk about what your job prospects will be like after you've done so, remember how the Navy honored its first female pilot who passed away earlier this year, and reveal some recent Top Gun news that might have slipped your notice!

Episode Playlist: May 12th, 2019

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May 5th - Teacher Appreciation Day

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a salute to teachers anywhere in the world! Thursday, May 9th, is Teacher Appreciation Day, a time to reflect on the true value of the gifts our best teachers have bestowed upon. The Rev'll be talking about the day, dispelling some of the myths about teaching that still exist even in today's world, exploring some of the biggest challenges teachers face in the 21st century, discussing the importance (and methods) of self-care for teachers, and relating a bit of his own experience from twenty-three years as a professor.

Episode Playlist: May 5th, 2019

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