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Pop Conscious

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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How to Be Pop Conscious

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! 


29 Mar 2016

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Your Heart Is a Muscle

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. 


15 Mar 2016

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In the Space Between

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.


8 Mar 2016

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To Leap or Not to Leap

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!


1 Mar 2016

Rank #4

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Questioning How We Place Value

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!


23 Feb 2016

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Prosperity Perspectives Illustrated

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.


16 Feb 2016

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Pub Theology Is A Thing

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! 


9 Feb 2016

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Life Is a Circus

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! 


2 Feb 2016

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Finding Ourselves Through Media Images

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!   


26 Jan 2016

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Living Into the Vision of MLK

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!


19 Jan 2016

Rank #10