Winner 1996

How Do You Spell God?

Home Box Office

Perhaps in no other area are the views of children more telling and profound than the realm of religion. Through thought-provoking interviews with children from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and rich animated adaptations of parables and poems about the meaning of life from ancient scripture and more modern sources (including Maya Angelou, A.A. Milne, and Isaac Bashevis Singer), Home Box Office reveals the common core of all belief. While their parents perpetuate age-old conflicts through religious intolerance and racial hatred, these simple stories and shared sentiments remind children that no matter who we are and where we come from, we all seek to understand the mystery and meaning of life. Based on the book of the same name by Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman, How Do You Spell God? is more than a children’s show. In the talented hands of executive producer Sheila Nevins, producers Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Amy Schatz, and writer Barry Harman, the program is a primer on comparative religion that should be mandatory viewing for people of all ages and backgrounds and is deserving of recognition with the Peabody Award.