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History and You, April 9, 2013

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Rediscovering Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
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with Jorge Rodriguez-Walling

What is it about war that for some, bring out the most extraordinary quality in people from the most ordinary of men?  General Thomas Jackson: religious by birth, spiritual by choice, and faithful by conviction, how is it that a man of such humble beginnings could know how to use the darkness of war as a means of emerging as a representation for men to follow?  Jackson brought us to understand that there can be a clarity to conflict and a devotion to courage and principle – the very stuff that people look for in the folklore often found among heroes – which is nothing less than extraordinary when considering how his leadership came to inspire so many generations to be better than they are, and to do more with what they have, when deciding to serve their fellow human beings.

We need heroes in our lives; heroes to help model for us how to live better; how to treat our families and children with the affection they so much deserve; and how to get through the struggles and adversity of daily living with all the problems and worries that each day brings to us.  We need to see a similar leadership today to guide us, a leadership that inspires us to be more than what we are, but we just don’t see that kind of person any more.  Instead, we’re surrounded by mediocrity, filling our days with so much hollow that we become more and more insensitive to each other until we begin to die a little inside with each passing day.  

Our hope often tells us that there will be others, other leaders to light up our resilience to renaissance from the grey and colorless days of our living. They will come, and we will recognize them for what they will bring to us once again: a lift in the tallness of our lives.  But until then, there must be patience in our faith to wait.

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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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