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Pop Conscious

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Pop culture is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “modern popular culture transmitted via mass media and aimed particularly at younger people.” But can it be meaningful? Spiritual, even? The hosts of Pop Conscious think it can be, and that it can be fun to explore too. Malayna Dawn and Stacy Macris Ros will be your amateur cultural anthropologists, helping you connect entertainment and enlightenment in your daily life, with the help of team member Michele Coles and a bevy of fabulous guests.  Join us as we examine why classic movies continue to resonate with us, what music intrigues us, what television delights us, what our favorite superheroes say about our archetypal makeup, and how we can use it all to improve our lives. ~ Malayna and Stacy broadcast from Unity of the Oaks in Thousand Oaks, California. ~ Michele Coles joins us from Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake, Ohio. ~ Our fabulous announcer-man, Bob Bendick, can be hired for commercial and animation voice-overs. Go to bbatalent.com/book for more information.

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Pop culture is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “modern popular culture transmitted via mass media and aimed particularly at younger people.” But can it be meaningful? Spiritual, even? The hosts of Pop Conscious think it can be, and that it can be fun to explore too. Malayna Dawn and Stacy Macris Ros will be your amateur cultural anthropologists, helping you connect entertainment and enlightenment in your daily life, with the help of team member Michele Coles and a bevy of fabulous guests.  Join us as we examine why classic movies continue to resonate with us, what music intrigues us, what television delights us, what our favorite superheroes say about our archetypal makeup, and how we can use it all to improve our lives. ~ Malayna and Stacy broadcast from Unity of the Oaks in Thousand Oaks, California. ~ Michele Coles joins us from Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake, Ohio. ~ Our fabulous announcer-man, Bob Bendick, can be hired for commercial and animation voice-overs. Go to bbatalent.com/book for more information.

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What a unique program In which to incorporate Unity themes and spirituality! Hosts are funny and engaging. Love the show!!

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Great show!!!

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What a unique program In which to incorporate Unity themes and spirituality! Hosts are funny and engaging. Love the show!!
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Pop Conscious

Latest release on Mar 29, 2016

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Pop culture is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “modern popular culture transmitted via mass media and aimed particularly at younger people.” But can it be meaningful? Spiritual, even? The hosts of Pop Conscious think it can be, and that it can be fun to explore too. Malayna Dawn and Stacy Macris Ros will be your amateur cultural anthropologists, helping you connect entertainment and enlightenment in your daily life, with the help of team member Michele Coles and a bevy of fabulous guests.  Join us as we examine why classic movies continue to resonate with us, what music intrigues us, what television delights us, what our favorite superheroes say about our archetypal makeup, and how we can use it all to improve our lives. ~ Malayna and Stacy broadcast from Unity of the Oaks in Thousand Oaks, California. ~ Michele Coles joins us from Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake, Ohio. ~ Our fabulous announcer-man, Bob Bendick, can be hired for commercial and animation voice-overs. Go to bbatalent.com/book for more information.

How to Be Pop Conscious

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In this episode, we’ll look at what it means to be Pop Conscious and how one might go about attempting to live a Pop Conscious existence every day! We’ll take a look back throughout two years of shows to find the recurring themes, the standouts, and the takeaways. Join us as we share collective pop culture memories, surprises, and inspiration from unexpected sources and offer tips to find more! 

Mar 29 2016

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Your Heart Is a Muscle

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In this episode, Malayna and Stacy talk with Sunil Yapa, author of the novel Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. Set in the midst of the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, his book squeezes global issues into a handful of passionate characters that took their stand at this historic event. And he's Sri Lankan-American, like Malayna! We’ll explore how we can use our hearts, not as fists, but as points of connection as we work together to transform our world. 

Mar 15 2016

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In the Space Between

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What happens in the space between two people in an interaction? Between several people? In the space between thoughts, breaths, heartbeats, or in the gap between here and there, Spirit is moving, and all things are possible. In between our plans and what actually happens, there is space for magic to transform each moment. Join Malayna and team member Michele Coles as they explore pop culture mythology for examples of what can happen when we make the most of the space between.

Mar 08 2016

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To Leap or Not to Leap

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Today is Leap Year Day, so Malayna and Michele will be looking at lessons they’ve learned from leaping too soon as well as from taking leaps of faith. There are times, like the calendar day, when we have no choice but to leap, but others when the attempt to subvert divine order can backfire. Of course, we’ll look at movies, TV shows, and other leaping references in pop culture to glean leaping lessons for life!

Mar 01 2016

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Questioning How We Place Value

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How do we know what we truly value in our lives? One way is to look at where and how we spend our money. When we put our money on something, we are investing in it. Another way is to look at how we spend our time. Are we watching TV that enriches us and makes us feel like better people? Are we contributing to the box office of a film that enriches our world? How do we invest our energy? Do we choose the things that really matter? Are we leaking energy on things that don’t really matter to us, but take up all our time? How much do we value ourselves in the equation of life? Join Stacy and Malayna as they come up with examples from pop culture and life!

Feb 23 2016

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Prosperity Perspectives Illustrated

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We get a lot of our ideas about how prosperity is supposed to look from TV and movies, but we can also find great metaphors that illustrate the prosperity principles that make our lives richer now. Join Malayna and Michele as they talk about their studies in prosperity from a spiritual perspective, and the books, music, TV, and movies that illustrate an approach to prosperity that is in alignment with our values, hearts, and dreams.

Feb 16 2016

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Pub Theology Is A Thing

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Pub Theology is a thing, really! Beyond just a concept, it’s something people all over the place are really doing. Books have even been written about it, which only goes to show it’s totally real. Our Pop Conscious pal Rev. Ogun Holder has tried it, so we’ll talk about how it is done and why it’s catching on across the country. We’ll also look at other intersections where raising a glass meets with pop culture, religion, and deeper connections. Join us with the drink of your choice! 

Feb 09 2016

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Life Is a Circus

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Is it just us, or does life feel like managing a three-ring circus? If you’re ever thought of running away to join the circus, perhaps you don’t have far to run. Malayna has found the circus metaphor has helped her reduce stress and offered cheer, even if only from imagining the background music. Join her and Stacy as they talk about what the circus has symbolized to generations of kids and the young at heart, how it has been depicted in film and television, and how we can enjoy life as a circus! 

Feb 02 2016

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Finding Ourselves Through Media Images

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As kids, we learn from media images about what’s possible for us, and everything seems possible! Superheroes, space travel, inventions, whatever we can imagine. As we get older, we get a glimpse of how society functions, and as teens, we learn to emulate and identify with images that reflect how we want to be seen. But at some point, we limit our possibilities by overidentifying with the examples we see, and underidentifying with the underlying Truth of Spirit expressing in, through, and as each of us. Join us as we share some tools to find and reclaim our True selves beneath society's images! Self-empowerment through media!   

Jan 26 2016

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Living Into the Vision of MLK

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To celebrate the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malayna and Stacy have invited a friend from our well-spent youths in Unity as a guest expert! We’ll talk with Dr. Scott Bowman, criminal justice professor and social justice advocate, about how we can depict MLK’s vision in entertainment and media, how we are all still called forth to make new choices to reach for it, and where we’re seeing it become reality. From Straight Outta Compton to The Force Awakens, join us in raising our vision higher!

Jan 19 2016

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Changing Seasons in Nature and Television

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As human beings, we are attuned to the changing of nature’s seasons, but the seasons seem to be behaving differently than we have come to expect. And as we deal with this unexpected change, we find the predictable schedule of television seasons has changed drastically. The few fall season and summer reruns have shifted to include midseason replacements, online viewing, and binge watching. Do we even know where we stand in the flow of time anymore? Join Malayna and Stacy as they explore the parallels of seasons and how to make the most of all of them!

Jan 12 2016

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Christmas Evolution in Film and Song

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From tales in print to today, storytelling has evolved into modern media that continues to find new ways to evoke the feelings associated with the holiday season for each era and generation. Many of our most beloved songs today came from movie soundtracks. Really! Join us as we celebrate the Christmas spirit in a Pop Conscious way!

Dec 15 2015

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Lessons From Scrooge and Grinch

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The busyness of the holiday season may cause us to feel Scroogey, Grinchy, or just overwhelmed and grumpy. We’ve got ideas to keep us all focused on what’s really important. Using the Advent theme of faith, we’ll look at some ways to keep the season fun, authentic, imaginative, treasured, and heartfelt. Nonsense and tomfoolery included.  

Dec 01 2015

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Extending Invitations to Family Celebrations

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As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we’ll take the traditional tale—being welcomed by neighbors of a different culture and faith to cooperate, create, and celebrate abundance—and find ways that shows up in our lives and in entertainment. Malayna and Stacy are grateful for their extended families, made up of friends from all over the world. They’ll share their experiences and talk about diverse and extended families in our favorite TV shows and movies–Star Wars, Superheroes, and who knows what else? There’s plenty to share and be grateful for, and you’re invited!

Nov 24 2015

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Forgiveness and Gratitude for Health

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Malayna’s back went out, so while laying down for a few days, she meditated upon the Unity Twelve Powers and saw how lessons of strength might help her heal. She used Myrtle Fillmore’s technique of offering and asking for forgiveness from her body. This reminded her of the Hawaiian forgiveness practice of Hoʻoponopono, and then, of course, pop songs started providing a mental soundtrack. Join Malayna and Michele Coles as they examine both spirit and silliness, entertainment and enlightenment, to inspire health for mind, body, and spirit! It's good for you!

Nov 17 2015

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Dedication to Something Bigger

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Today we remember those whose dedication to a cause was so complete that they gave their lives to change the world. This includes war veterans as well as spiritual leaders like Jesus and Martin Luther King Jr., but there are also those who gave themselves to something bigger and found the impact differed from their intention. A great example is Hedy Lamarr, who would be celebrating her 101st birthday today. A successful actress in 1930s and '40s Hollywood, her scientific curiosity led to inventions intended to help the Allies during World War II, but we now use them as the basis of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communications. Join Stacy and Malayna as they explore the inner call that pulls us forward and honor those who stepped forward to meet and create their destiny.  

Nov 10 2015

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All Souls' Day the Pop Conscious Way

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Malayna is at Unity Village and so is special guest Rev. Kelly Isola who will join with team member Michele Coles to talk about the metaphysics of  the Great Pumpkin! They'll also touch on the celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and All Souls' Day from a pop culture and Unity perspective! Let your spirit out to play, and join us for more fun with fall and flights of fancy.

Nov 03 2015

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Halloween Brings Light to Darkness

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Halloween celebrations help us make light of dark concepts, so that maybe we’re not so afraid of the dark. In this episode, we’ll focus on the most lighthearted fun: cartoons, funny commercials, and comedic expressions of things like monsters, the undead, and things that go bump in the night. Join us as we bring the shadows to light, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself enlightened!

Oct 27 2015

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Halloween Life Lessons

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As we approach Halloween, we are surrounded by images that bring up thoughts of mortality. Interestingly, October 19 marks a little-known holiday called Evaluate Your Life Day. So we’re going to use these in combination, along with our Youth of Unity Fall Rally theme of The Cycle of Self-Love: Realize, Release, and Replenish, to make life lessons from seasonal fun! We’ll use the costumes we choose, the treats we indulge in, and find reasons to celebrate life in it all.

Oct 20 2015

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Pumpkin Spice Pop Conscious

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What is it about pumpkin spice that makes us feel like it’s time to celebrate a change of seasons? If that doesn’t do it for you, what does? Seasonal shifts have been marked in different ways throughout history. Join Malayna and Stacy as they look at the things that make them feel a fondness for the fall and compare modern homages to traditions from the past. We’ll find them in stories from and about days gone by (like Outlander) and ones that have been retooled for today (like Sleepy Hollow). Get your favorite flavor of latte and join us for some fall fun!   

Oct 13 2015

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Great show!!!

By RosBoss - Jan 16 2014
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What a unique program In which to incorporate Unity themes and spirituality! Hosts are funny and engaging. Love the show!!