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March 11th, 2018 - Stopping the School Shooting Epidemic

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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February 25th, 2018 - National Fairy Tale Da

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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February 18th, 2018 - National Walk the Dog Day

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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February 11th, 2018 - Valentine's Day

Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for a Valentine's Day show that's not quite like the others. In this episode, the Rev'll be looking at the commercialization of the holiday, why people H-A-T-E this particular holiday, the history of how we ended up with the holiday in the first place, how countries outside the United States celebrate the day, and the Rev offers some advice for surviving the day.

Episode Playlist: February 11th, 2018

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February 4th, 2018 - World Cancer Day

It seems as if everyone's life has been touched by cancer these days, either personally or as it's afflicted a loved one. Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for an acknowledgment of World Cancer Day. The Rev will look at the reasons the day was created, explore what cancer is from a scientific and medical standpoint, reveal some amazingly hopeful new from the world of cancer treatment research, and close with some personal advice on how to cope with the illness.X

Episode Playlist: February 4th, 2018

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January 28th, 2018 - National Curmudgeons Day

Let the Reverend Jeff Smith help you discover, and perhaps tame, your inner curmudgeon as he observes National Curmudgeon Day on Monday, January 29th! He'll look into how the day got started and how to celebrate it, where we got that weird word, "curmudgeon," from in the first place, how to know if you are a curmudgeon or not, some strategies for working with a curmudgeon on a daily basis, and a little truth from an occasional curmudgeon himself.

Episode Playlist: January 29th, 2018

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January 14th, 2018 - Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day

Wednesday, January 17th is National Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day, and the Rev will be explaining why the day exists, the history of making resolutions for a new year, what the most common resolutions are, why we don't keep the resolutions we make, and why he gave up making resolutions around the holidays!

Episode Playlist: January 14th, 2018

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January 7th, 2018 - I'm Not Going to Take It Anymore Day

Sunday, January 7th, is "I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day," when we as human beings fight back against the injustices inflicted upon us, and show that we cannot be controlled nor contained like wild animals. We show that we have our own lives and our own prerogatives. In this episode, the Reverend Jeff Smith talks about why we need a day like this, how to resist, how not to resist, the philosophy of resistance, and the birth of Spirit of Resistance Radio!

Episode Playlist: January 7th, 2018

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December 31st, 2017 - The Traditions of the New Year

Happy New Year from the Church of Classic Rock! On this last episode of 2017, join the Reverend Jeff Smith as he digs into the "why" of New Year's - why is it on December 31st, why people's traditions for observing the new year around the world might seem a bit strange (and they kinda are), and why do we celebrate it as we do in the United State? Plus, the Reverend looks back on his 2017 and offers his hope for the year to come.

Episode Playlist: December 31st, 2017

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