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Awarding Excellence, Defining an Era


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Originally aired Feb 2, 2015

With the Super Bowl and Awards Shows getting all the media attention, we started looking at the patterns that emerged. Both bring together the best in their field, not just in competition, but in celebration. All involved, including the entertainment that surround them, are like snapshots of their moment in history, preserved for posterity. In this episode, we’ll look at musical performances, advertisements, host vignettes and the pop culture that helps us define each era.

Overall themes we touched on:

  • Season for Nonviolence – protest, competition, toward oneness?
  • Superbowl – competition brings people together, sportsmanship…
  • Half time shows and national anthem – defining an era
  • Awards shows – competition, excellence, defining an era

From Katy Perry’s pre-Superbowl interview:

Can you imagine if over 100 million people smile all at once, what kind of energy will we be creating around the world at that moment?

We spoke about the iconic Superbowl performances this year:

  • National Anthem – Idina Menzel
  • America the Beautiful by John Legend (LOVE!) (will be Oscar performer of “Glory” from Selma)
  • Halftime – Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott

And talked about how there must be parallels between Superbowl performances and Oscar-nominated songs!  (And found these, since the show!)

  • 2002 – U2 ‘s song for Gangs of New York was nominated and they performed at the Superbowl
  • 2003 – Sting was nominated for an Oscar for his song for the film Cold Mountain, and he performed at the Superbowl with No Doubt and Shania Twain.

And so much more!  Listen to hear the whole conversation!

Also check out our post on Beliefnet.com, Lessons Hidden in Award Show Ceremonies

Super Bowl Spirituality and Groundhog Day Gratitude

Original air date: Monday, February 03, 2014
Episode Description:

Looking back on an action-packed February 2 in which we celebrate Super Bowl Sunday to find more than might be expected behind the sports, advertising, and half-time performances and reflect on the lessons of the movie Groundhog Day. See the movie trailer!

As a fan of Bruno Mars, Stacy had to share her love, and that the country is certainly now on board.
Check out this great article we mentioned on the show: Super Bowl Sunday is America’s Biggest Religious Holiday
Malayna talked about inspiring sports films, which is her main way of watching any sport. And her experience of Superbowl Ads and Halftime Shows as viral videos while living abroad.  And of course, her love of the movie Groundhog Day and how all faiths seem to have embraced it as an example of what they believe.
Check out this great article from The National Review about it, that we mentioned on the show.