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History and You, 15/01/2013

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Assault Weapons
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with Jorge Rodriguez-Walling

Today, a call for democracy has become a fervent plea and a very frightened prayer; a prayer to know what to do; a supplication of faith in our resolve to temper the pangs and hollers of those who are misguided in using firearms. Controlling gun use, and now with assault weapons at our doorstep, requires advanced citizenship in knowing how to best represent a people with a long and proud tradition of individual liberties in protecting our interests and our property against any and all infringements. Owning an AR-15 today doesn’t make it easy.

With guns and crime everyday around us, armed guards in our schools, innocent children massacred, people getting killed needlessly in movie theatres, post offices and McDonalds, high school students going to school with shotguns, and the list is long with so many other atrocities that one has to wonder about the current state of our lifestyle. What have we done, or left undone, as a free people to also invite the liberty to kill and do violence? What has democracy also bestowed upon us besides the blessings of our freedom? Really now, have guns alone been the measure of our deterioration, or is there something wrong with us?

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.