Ep 14: Sunni-Shia Divisions

Welcome to our second installation of the BTB Case Study series where we tackle topics and try to “walk the walk” of discourse, break through our comfort zones, and learn about new perspectives and subject matters from experts and spokespeople.

This week, we tackle a division that both insiders and outsiders have felt for centuries. It’s been painted as the core rift among muslims and at the center of various conflicts in the Middle East.

But as we talked to Omer and Leila, two Sunnis, and “John,” a Shia, we were surprised to find that while some of the stereotypes or rumors are rooted in misperception, others link to ideological variations that lie on a spectrum. More surprising was why these types of discussions haven’t really been facilitated in the past and where BTB-ing can be limited when it comes to these discussions.

Listen to this week’s episode here:


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If you want to know more about the Alevis in Turkey, which John mentioned @19min: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/turkey/2017-01-05/turkey-and-alevis

If you want to know more about the Battle of Ashoura, mentioned @28min: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/10/muslims-worldwide-mark-ashoura-161011162814209.html

We’re looking for feedback on this episode specifically on if our explanatory bits about Islam and geopolitics were helpful, or if there’s anything else you’d like to learn. Email us, Facebook us, comment here, Tweet at us. We’re all ears!

 

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And thanks to Kevin MacLeod for all the music in this episode!!

Ep 13: Two Liberals and a Conservative Walk Into a Podcast…

Welcome to our first installation of the BTB Case Study series where we tackle topics and try to “walk the walk” of discourse, break through our comfort zones, and learn about new perspectives and subject matters from experts and spokespeople.

This week, we’re showcasing a lengthy conversation we had with Ethan, or the “Aussie Conservative” as he’s known from his blog.

If we’re being honest, the two-hour (yes, you read that right) interview we had on a rainy Sunday morning in Paris was more than we expected. But while discussing topics like immigration, Trump, political islam, and the “regressive left,” we were pleased to discover that even as we disagree on most politics, we relate quite a bit when it comes to communication and openness.

Listen to this week’s episode with clips from our interview and accompanying BTB-style analysis here:


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If you’d like to hear the full, unedited file of our interview with Ethan, click here.

This week’s Happiness Initiative: https://www.instagram.com/erasinghate/?hl=en

Ep 12: Navigating the Flashpoint

Prepare yourselves. We’re coming back in full force next week with our first case study in the series!!

But first, this episode on how easily a casual conversation can be derailed by a single polarising phrase or term. How do you talk your way out of it calmly? It’s something we’ve been trying to explore in this week’s episode of BTB:


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Ep 11: A Cab Ride in NYC

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Lately, we’re all about putting this BTB thing into practice. You could say it’s the mindset we’re in as we prepare all of the case studies we’ve got coming your way very soon.

This week, Eunice put BTB to the test with her Uber driver in New York City. In less than an hour, Rafael, a Colombian immigrant, talked to Eunice about everything from the weather to the struggles of being an “outsider” in the United States.


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And last but not least, here’s this week’s happiness initiative: http://oomk.net/

Ep 10: To BTB or not to BTB?

That really is the question. We ask it almost every day. Not whether or not to make this podcast. We love this podcast. But we often find ourselves wondering if we’ve taken the ‘see the other side’ concept too far. What do you think?


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Hey there!

Hope you’re doing well!

I just wanted to tell you about this cool new podcast I found. It’s called Breaking the Bubble, and it’s all about bridging the ever-growing gaps in our media landscape.

Two Northwestern University graduates – Eunice Ro and Priyanka Tilve – started the project initially as a response to polarisation in the US after the 2016 presidential election. But given that Eunice lives in Paris and Priyanka lives in Doha, the podcast has expanded out to international themes and more sociological analysis.

They’ve explored the role of humour in media, the importance of recognizing confirmation bias, and what it’s like to be a spokesperson for your community.

So I just thought you might be interested in checking out their work. You can find them on Facebook or the iOS podcast app – or follow them directly on their website to get reminders whenever they post a new episode.

Eunice and Priyanka are always looking for feedback and episode suggestions, so feel free to message them on any of those platforms or email them at breakingthebubblepodcast@gmail.com!

Thanks, and hope you like the podcast as much as I do 🙂

 

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Ep 4: Reverse Engineering Statistics

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Yes, we realise this title sounds just a tad nerdy. What can we do? We’re journalists who like numbers (gasp!!!!).

But really. Numbers can lie just like people do. And it’s important to be able to recognise when a specific stat has been manipulated to tell you just one side of a story. We hope today’s episode will help with that. Let us know what you think!!


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As you heard, we mentioned a lot of links in that episode. You can check them out here:

And let us know if you find any other case studies that are related to this topic! We’re always looking for more material.