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History and You, July 30, 2013

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The Modern Romans
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Co-Host: Alfredo Rodriguez-Walling

We are the Modern Romans of today; this is nothing to be proud of.  From dysfunctional families of all ethnicities and races to our failing institutions that find excuses to serve unfairly, we are all plagued with moral decadence.  And in case you’re wondering what this really means, it means that scarcity has become a stranger to us, because of a lifestyle of milk and honey that has run amuck without accounting for it in any responsible way; because the American work ethic is not what it once was, as food stamp programs are now the new idols to covet and emulate; and because our public arrogance has made us forget how significant and how consequential the making of good choices can really be, such as making good choices in who we marry, choosing how we constitute our families, who we choose as public leaders, the values we choose to give our children, choosing how hard we should work to earn the life we live and above all, to choose the spirituality needed to guide our lives.  We must be a faith-oriented people, and the only way to get back to what we once were, to what we once had, is to return to God.

For now, we are the Modern Romans, a Roman breed that’s prone to self-destruct by implosion because of an unwillingness to see clearly the pitfalls of our blind and misguided ambitions, which have left us with a hunger for greed that never satisfies.  We are becoming more and more a failed people, hindered by flawed values that are crippling our path to a better living.  There are warning calls out there but no one is listening, except to the sounds of giggles and laughter coming from inadequate and dysfunctional people.

History and You

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:

• Politics
• Sports
• Art and Culture
• Philosophy and Religion
• Ethnicity and National Identity
• Science and Technology
• Psychology
• Education
• 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.

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