S2E10: SEASON FINALE – The Power of Persuasion

82be38df69c18a11302a10f55d89c016Wooommppp season two finale is here. BUT we talk about one of our favorite scenes in The Dark Knight Rises: THE PIT.

And yes, we recap the scene for you (with maybe a tad bit of re-enacting. But we also talk about how to climb out when you’re entrenched in your views. Much like Bruce Wayne.

We feature a brilliant interview with Professor Bob Levine, an expert in psychology and the power of persuasion.

Listen to this week (and this season’s last) episode here:

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Ep 15: The Art of Politics

Welcome to our third 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 surveyed the vast expanse of the internet (okay, not really) to do a case study on how political messages get spread in non-conventional ways. In light of the increasingly viral nature of campaigns, grassroots organizations, and even popular media, our examples this week might make you rethink how you draw boundaries between art and politics.

Listen to episode 15 here:

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Below are links to the examples highlighted in this week’s episode: 

Satire Videos:

Netherlands Second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELD2AwFN9Nc

Sweden Second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPGk0GQQR8Y

Switzerland Second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reuJ8yVCgSM

France Second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlcAq-5fBH0

Germany Second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcH9eWBs9fw

Politicians

France FM Twitter on Climate Change: https://twitter.com/francediplo_EN/status/870699642509512704

Obama Buzzfeed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn7Z7bvLhng

Obama Slow Jam the News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziwYbVx_-qg

Russian Embassy Tweet: https://twitter.com/RussianEmbassy/status/814564127230271489

Performance art:

Pussy Riot “I Can’t Breathe”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXctA2BqF9A

Pussy Riot “Chaika”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VakUHHUSdf8

Mashrou Leila “Lil Watan”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn3EFPOuEGM 

Lyrics translation: http://blogs.transparent.com/arabic/sing-with-mashrou-leila-lil-watan/

 

And this week’s Happiness Initiative is Reddit’s “Place”: http://sudoscript.com/reddit-place/ 

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!

 

This Week’s Happiness Initiative:

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

Ep 8: On Being a Spokesperson

This week’s episode surprised us as we started researching and interviewing what we thought would be a part two of “Check your Expertise“.

But instead we stumbled upon humorous stories about being a “token minority,” coupled with some insights on the difference between being a voluntary spokesperson versus being “othered.”

We found that our interviewees (and let’s be real, close friends) are both stronger and more vulnerable than we already knew they were. We hope you find them as quirky and inspirational as we do.

Listen to “Spokesperson-ship” :

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The links we mentioned during this episode are below:
Cerebral Palsy “spokesman” Zach Anner
Talk About Trauma

This week’s Happiness Initiative: Tima Shomali’s YouTube Web Series ‘Female

Given this week’s heavier content and our different take, we really want to hear your thoughts!

Let us know if you have feedback, comments or questions by posting here, on our Facebook page or at breakingthebubblepodcast@gmail.com.

Ep 7: Grey Swans

So far in our podcast, we’ve been encouraging people to break out of their bubble through discourse, good questions, and a careful awareness of bias in media and how we consume news. But we’d be remiss to not point out the obvious bias we often see in ourselves when we’re seeking out information.

This week, we tackle the idea of “confirmation bias” at all its levels– in how we ask questions and sometimes skew the responses we get, in how we think about what is “given” and what we can question, and even how searching for positivity can result in being happier.

Listen to “Grey Swans” (and how we adapted Nassim Taleb’s concept of Black Swans for our title)  :

You can download the episode here.

And here are links for some of the things we mentioned:

And as always, let us know if you have feedback, comments or questions by posting here, on our Facebook page or at breakingthebubblepodcast@gmail.com.

Ep 6: Posting and Low-Blows and Trolls, Oh My!

We see them more and more these days. And not just because people are posting more often, but because their reach is getting amplified with social media shares and “viral” statuses. These cathartic, explanatory, uplifting, or sometimes ranting social media posts are making their rounds on newsfeeds around the world.

This week, we take a look at some statuses we’ve seen in our feeds to better understand what pushes someone to share personal details or stories on a platform that is very public.

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In the process, we found that posting things to social media sometimes reinforces your echo chamber, but it can also break through to bipartisan discussion or invite the ever-feared “Internet Trolls” (dun dun dunnnnn).

Listen to this week’s episode on “Posting and Low-Blows and Trolls, Oh My!” :

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If you have any questions for our featured guests, leave a comment here or email us at breakingthebubblepodcast@gmail.com.

Ep 3: The Role of Humo(u)r

We’ve both been big fans of The Daily Show for years, and back in college, we often found ourselves relying on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for more candid, unfiltered versions of the news.

But that in itself is a problem. And as the political climate around the world has become more charged, it seems ‘unfiltered’ is a thing of the past.

All media today seems to have an opinion. And that combined with the stress of gaining viewership means TV news channels are getting more and more sensationalised, often following the path of comedy shows and late night programming.

Does that simply make the news more interesting? Or is this a dangerous trend?

This episode was super fun to research, discuss and edit because of all the examples we’ve sprinkled throughout. Check it out and let us know what you think!!


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Here are some of the links to the video clips we mentioned:

The Daily Show: “Trump is an Old Man”

The Daily Show: “The Israel World”

AJ Plus: Trump’s Handshake

AJ Plus: “Is Donald Trump a Fascist?”

 

We also mentioned a specific back and forth between an O’Reilly Factor segment and a response from the Daily Show, as well as what we thought would be comparable precedent. 

O’Reilly Factor:

Daily Show Response:

Previous Daily Show segment in the same vein:

 

Coming soon:

Reverse Engineering Stats! We got a lot of positive feedback on the How to Question Everything episode so we decided we’d take it one step further… How to question the statistics and numbers you see cited in articles. More specifically, how to reverse engineer them to see if you’re being misled.