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November 19th, 2017 - Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23rd, is Thanksgiving in the United States. And even though things have gotten a lot darker, in general, since Thanksgiving 2016, there are still things to be grateful for, and the Reverend Jeff Smith has found them for you! Hear about the strides in fighting racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia from the most recent election! Remember the glory that was the Women's March in January of this year! And hear about some of the fantastic advances in science that have been revealed this year! If you're having trouble coming up with things to be thankful for this year, listen to this episode!

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November 12th, 2017 - National Unfriend Day

Friday, November 17th, is National Unfriend Day. Started by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, it's the day to look at your friends, online and off, with a critical eye and find out if any of these relationships are friendships in name only! The Reverend Jeff Smith investigates the day, looks at the neurological benefits of friendship, dives into what makes a really good friend (as opposed to any other type), how you know when it's probably time to let a friendship go, and offers a few personal suggestions on looking at friendships past and present!

Episode Playlist: November 12th, 2017

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November 5th, 2017 - Guy Fawkes Day

Sunday, November 5th, is Guy Fawkes Day (otherwise known as Gunpowder Day) in the UK, and that's the focus of today's service! We'll look at the history of Guy Fawkes Day, why it's celebrated, how it's celebrated, learn a little about gunpowder, and the Rev has a few things to say about the day, and his favorite movie that was inspired by the day, to pass along at the end!

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October 29th, 2017 - The Halloween Service

Tuesday, October 31st is, of course, Halloween in the United States! Join the Reverend, Jeff Smith, for his unique way of honoring Halloween - By exploring the nature of fear: What it is, why some of us are attracted to it, how to cope with it if you're not, and the Rev's personal reflection on it!

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October 22nd, 2017 - International Artists Day

Wednesday, October 25th, is International Artists Day, where we take a moment to truly appreciate art in every form (including classic rock)! In this episode, the Reverend Jeff Smith will tell you all about International Artists Day (coming up on Wednesday the 25th), offer a possible definition of "art," examine some of the many cases where art has directly influenced music, explain what the "art rock" genre is all about, and reveal what type of art speaks to him!

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October 15th, 2017 - National Mulligan Day

Tuesday, October 17th, is National Mulligan Day, a day to celebrate the idea of second chances! Join the Reverend Jeff Smith for an exploration of the history of the term itself (I mean, really, where *does* "Mulligan" come from?), why we seek, and give, second chances, a few reasons to consider offering someone a second chance, and some personal ruminations on the subject.

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October 8th, 2017 - National Hug-A-Drummer Day

Tuesday, October 8th, is National Hug-A-Drummer Day, and the Reverend Jeff Smith is sending out the virtual hugs to drummers everywhere! He'll tell you all about why we should be hugging those seemingly-deranged (sometimes) men and women who beat skins with sticks, exactly how drums and other percussion instruments work, a brief history of the drum, some good advice for drummers everywhere, and offer his own take on why the beat and rhythm of the drums in classic rock speaks to him!

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October 1st, 2017 - World Smile Day

Friday, October 6th, is World Smile Day, and in this episode of the Church of Classic Rock, the Reverend Jeff Smith will tell you all about how the day came to be, courtesy of the inventor of the smiley, as well as the psychology of smiling, different types of smiles, some very good reasons to smile (and often), and his personal philosophy about smiling, and why he thinks World Smile Day is a good day to observe!

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September 24th, 2017 - One-Hit Wonders Day

Sunday, September 24th, is One-Hit Wonders Day, dedicated to remembering all of the great artists and groups whose flame burned only briefly on the Billboard Top-40 charts, but oh-so-brightly! The Reverend Jeff Smith tells you about just a few of these notable singularities in classic rock, and talks about what these songs, by these artists and groups, have meant to him over the years.

Episode Playlist: September 24th, 2017

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