The Anti-Drug Abuse Act (ADAA) of 1986 was signed into law twenty years ago today.  It was one of the most sweeping changes to the drug laws in decades, and many of its provisions are still affecting us today.

Today's music is "Splat the Rat," by Father Rock.  Theme music composed and conducted by Marc Rose.


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The US Government took several actions twenty years ago today pertaining to regulating tobacco and researching how best to educate young people about the dangers of smoking.  I take a look at these, the 19th Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, and my own experiences with smokers among my friends and family.

I also wanted to share a good web page of tips on how to quit, from MSNBC news anchor Keith Olbermann and his viewers. 

The Tobacco Timeline by Gene Borio was very useful to me as I prepared this podcast. 

The music for this episode is "Allmost There," by Father Rock.  Theme music was composed and performed by Marc Rose.

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The RMS Titanic Maritime Memorial Act (link is to a pdf document), an attempt to regulate salvage of the wreck of the Titanic, was signed into law twenty years ago today.  The debate over whether to salvage artifacts from the wreck, or to leave it as a memorial to those who died when she went down in 1912, had been going on since the wreck was found, and continue to this day.

Today's music is from "House of the Dead," by Scott Shannon.  I found it at PodSafe Audio.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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The first draft script of Batman (the first Tim Burton movie) was written twenty years ago today.  I share some thoughts about the movie, and the comics that inspired it.
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Steve Kinser, "King of the Outlaws," won a race 20 years ago today.  It was one of many in a career that continues to this day.  I take a look at Kinser and of my own enjoyment of motor sports through the years.

Today's episode music is "Reasontanker," by Father Rock.  Theme music was composed and performed by Marc Rose.
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A young woman lost her life to the infamous Green River killer 20 years ago today.  I take a look at that case, and my own interest in true crime.

Today's music is "Over Under," by Father Rock.  I found it at PodSafe Audio.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.

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Since two days, perhaps three will go by between shows this time, I wanted to let you all know I haven't given up on the podcast.  A few other events have taken up some of my time but I am working on researching and writing new shows and will be back with a new episode on Monday at the latest.

Thank you all for bearing with me.  If you've been enjoying the show, please do spread the word.

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A slightly longer podcast than usual today, as the event I look at actually happened over October 11 and 12, 1986 -- the summit meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev held in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Those talks centered on nuclear weapons, an issue that's very much on everyone's mind today, 20 years later.

Today's music is "Tracy's Lament," by Seraphic Panoply.  I found it at PodsafeAudio.  Theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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A discussion of what makes history, and a remarkable historical document which concluded on this day 20 years ago today.

Lottie Price's diary can be found here.

Today's music is "Duel Key Dreamer," by Father Rock.

Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.
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The "fourth network," Fox, began broadcasting 20 years ago today.  I take a look at how it succeeded where others before had failed, as well as some of its most famous shows.

Today's music is "Newtecky" by Father Rock.  I found it at PodSafeAudio.

Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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