History and You, August 6, 2013
Our dog’s name is Beamer Oliver Walling. He’s a beautiful 5-month-old chocolate Lab with golden brown eyes and a coat that shimmers velvet. And as rambunctious as he is, for all of the peep and poop he’s given us, for turning our house upside down, and for leaving us with sleepless nights, we wouldn’t trade away a single moment of these memories, because we know how much we love him for what he is and what he gives to us, as we also know his love for us is more important than any promise tomorrow may hold; he lives to love us, as if today would be his last day in a life.
Some people my treat this narrative as a waste of time; others will find a way to cherish it. Either way, having a dog is an experience that experiments with your capacity to love a life other than a human being. This cantankerous Beamer of ours talks the song of a happy dog with sounds that color your soul softly. When something like this enters your life, you’re never quite the same person again. So, this is the joy in my life; along with my wife, the Beamer is what it’s all about: it’s all about the dog.
Capturing the importance of the individual and how the past can put you in a position to make a difference in the present. History, as we have come to know it, is a collage of choices made, created, and driven by all of us. Our understanding of it only helps to measure how far and with what level of sophistication we can see the world and our individual place in it.
The individual, the everyday hero, who wakes up to work his day and returns home at the end of that work, is the focus of this show. People today live in an environment they seldom know because so little is known about history. Therefore, the variety of topics and history surrounding everyday people will be made current and relevant through insightful discussions. Topics for the show will include, but are not limited to, an informed and considered view of:
• Art and Culture
• Philosophy and Religion
• Ethnicity and National Identity
• Science and Technology
• Social and Cultural Issues
In short, the show will delve into the issues of human nature and how history can assist us to better understand and cope with these issues in our modern day world. With visits from professional guest speakers, as well as "call-ins" and emails from folks contributing their insights to the discussion, the show aims to provide the public with thought-provoking moments about the quality of life we are currently living and how to contend with it. The supporters of "History and You" feel that the volume of listeners will steadily grow given the variety and interconnectedness of topics presented in a way that appeal to a wide range of age groups, income levels, and demographics.
"History and You" will provide audiences with a reason and a forum from which to reflect, revisit, and renew thoughtfulness about their lives. This informed and discussion-oriented format tends to build loyal and passionate listeners. This is a show that creates a positive difference for every individual through its passionate and introspective look at people and their lives.