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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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April 28th - Superhero Day

In this episode, join the Reverend Jeff Smith for an aptly-timed celebration of superheroes! April 28th is Superhero Day, and the Reverend will be explaining how the day came to be, how a bad economy first brought superheroes to the masses, why we're attracted to the idea of superheroes, the latest superhero epic to hit the big screen and how it's liable to set new box office records, and the Rev will talk about his "Endgame" experience (no spoilers, of course)!

Episode Playlist: April 28th, 2019

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April 21st - National Firefly Day

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. Join the Reverend Jeff Smith as he celebrates Firefly Day, April 24th, which 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 21st, 2019

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April 14th - Look Up At the Sky Day

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a celebration of Look Up at the Sky Day! The Reverend will explain the day itself, why we should spend some time just looking up at the stars, explore why the sky actually IS blue and why the night sky is black, and reveal his own fascination with the sky.

Episode Playlist: April 14th, 2019

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April 7th - National Bookmobile Day

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a celebration and acknowledgement of something only a certain portion of the population have ever encountered! April 10th is National Bookmobile Day, paying homage to the roaming libraries (and the roaming librarians who guide them) who bring the library to those who might not necessarily get into the actual building on a regular basis! The Rev'll talk about the day itself, why illiteracy is still something to be concerned about in the U.S.A., how Bookmobiles affect rural communities, one of the longest-running literacy programs in the country, and he'll share some fond memories of the Bookmobile that used to visit his neighborhood when he was in elementary school.

Episode Playlist: April 7th, 2019

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March 31st - April Fool's Day

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith as he delves into the odd holiday that takes place on the 1st of April every year! Although not a legal holiday, April Fool's Day is celebrated around the world on the 1st of the month. But why? The Reverend will look at the possible reasons the day started, how one company is choosing to "celebrate" this year, a deep delve into the history of the day, some of the best jokes from companies, and the latest April Fool's Day legislation pending in the senate.

Episode Playlist: March 31st, 2019

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March 24th - Create Your Own Holiday Day

Back, after a week off for travel, and the following week off for illness from traveling, join the Reverend for an observance of a unique holiday: Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, coming up on March 26th! The Rev will be explaining the day, and then explaining his choice, followed by some history and some exciting news that just broke a few days ago! The picture's a hint, but you'll have to listen to find out exactly what his chosen day is!

Episode Playlist: March 24th, 2019

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March 3rd - Namesake Day

Let the Reverend Jeff Smith help you celebrate Namesake Day, which explores the importance your name might have (and probably does)! He'll explain the day and how to commemorate it, investigate what Shakespeare had to say about it, detail the importance of our names, both to ourselves and to others, look at the top-ten most common surnames in England, and reveal his own love/hate relationship with his last name.

Episode Playlist: March 3rd, 2019

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