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History and You, January 29, 2013

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Perceiving Debt
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with Jorge Rodriguez-Walling

Are you curious about debt? Want to know more about it? What does say about a culture like ours that values debt and credit with equal measures of protection and enthusiasm? A free society whose people have the opportunity to live a comfortable middle class lifestyle without having the income to sustain it, but having the credit history to survive it, and without having to limit your budget too much because after all, you can always rollover your debt on a mortgage refinance or credit card balance transfer, is truly living life with each foot in both camps. In the United States, the burden of debt survives, because it is not meant to be felt, only sniffed at now and then, without having to tie up your underwear in a knot.

People here live a life they owe, but feel that they own, without feeling owned, by the amounts of money they owe. So when people say “only in America,” it’s either a well thought-out sentiment, or propaganda. In any case, Americans have come to depend on their debt for the way they choose to live, and it’s in this choice that people have also come to define priorities. Being thrifty now and again is not the order of the day among a majority of folks today, but, to go shopping with a credit card having a 30-day head start and without needing to pay the full amount by the end of the month but only a minimum payment, is probably one of the most cherished values among American norms. Why? Go on and catch the show for all it has to offer. This is good stuff to hear.

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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