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From The Ads To The Music, What Did This Year's Super Bowl Say About Today's World? Maybe Not Much16:28
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Adam Levine of Maroon 5, left, and Travis Scott perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Adam Levine of Maroon 5, left, and Travis Scott perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The New England Patriots' big win Sunday over the Los Angeles Rams earned them their sixth Super Bowl victory.

But the Super Bowl, of course, is often much more than a football game — it's a cultural moment. From wardrobe malfunctions, to the television ads, to the halftime show, it can offer a powerful platform to make a statement.

But if there was any statement last night — from the music to the ads to the tributes — it might have been "playing it safe." Maybe that's not surprising, given the controversies facing the NFL — from national anthem protests, to concussions, to domestic violence. Is the Super Bowl losing its touch, or just losing touch altogether?

Guests

John Carroll, WBUR senior news analyst and blogger at "It's Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town."

Renée Graham, Boston Globe columnist. She tweets @reneeygraham.

This segment aired on February 4, 2019.

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