This week we wrap up our three-part series on Education (check out the first and second ones and catch up if you’re behind) and go all the way back to high school. You know, everyone’s favorite time in life. Hormones, puberty, and life-changing teachers.
We talk about how representation, role models, and impact can ripple out from the safety of a classroom. And then we share how BTB is really just an extension of our favorite freshman-year teachers.
Welcome back to our three-part series on Education (check out last week’s episode on The Impact of Funding here:) and our next-level dive into how educational bubble manifest in the classroom.
This week we challenge some of the typical narratives and solutions you hear about (aka “underfunded schools need more money” or “urban scholars need more magnet schools”). We feature the interesting concept and educational philosophy called “place-based learning” via the equally interesting Andrew Rayner, from Promise 54.
What happens when one topic or subject can be highly variable in how it’s taught or absorbed — and what does that look like when we mix in funding into education.
We’ve been toying with this question as we’ve traveled the world and found that we have … less than great responses when confronted with alternative perspectives to international politics, wars, and cultural clashes. (#shoutout to our Sunni-Shia episode from season 1 when we tried this irl)
We talked to someone who has experienced first-hand some of the changes in how topics are taught based on where your education is funded from.
Until now, when we’ve talked about bubbles we’ve assumed that it was each individual’s choices or actions that kept them in an echo chamber. This week, we flip the script and take a look at the one of the world’s most tightly sealed bubbles–North Korea.
What pushes people to escape from this bubble and is there more than one way to break out? We talked to NK expert and Executive Director of Crossing Borders NK, Dan Chung.
Welcome to our fourth and final 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 closing out our first season by taking a look at what socio-economic divisions can look like by featuring three interviews that might give you new insight into how the “other half” lives.
We have stories about being the poorest kid in school, stories about breaking through the poverty bubbles, and some insight into aristocratic parties in France.
Happiness Initiative: We Wear Culture, Google’s initiative to shine light on the stories, history and culture woven into the clothes we wear.
Lastly, thank you to all of our friends, family, interviewees and listeners for your support this season. We are looking forward to using the next few months of hiatus to get our next season lined up and to figure out better ways to break through our own bubbles.
If you have any story ideas, happiness initiatives or feedback (we don’t bite and really really do want honest and constructive criticism!), please email us, tweet, leave a comment here or find us on Facebook!
We’ll see you all soon for Season Two of BTB and more tips, stories and case studies! BYE!
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.
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!
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:
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.
Also just a quick reminder to please help us out with our email campaign! You can find the easy-and-quick template we made right here. And we’d be eternally grateful if those of you with iPhones would please rate & review our podcast on iTunes. Thanks!!
And last but not least, here’s this week’s happiness initiative: http://oomk.net/
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?
Email Campaign: As we said in the episode, we’re trying to expand our audience so that we can diversify the voices that we feature in our show, and so that we can get a wider range of feedback from listeners. If you like what you’ve heard so far and feel comfortable doing so, please tell a friend! We’ve written up a template for you to use to make it super easy. Thank you so much for your support!!!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thanks, and hope you like the podcast as much as I do 🙂
Priyanka and I are in the same city for once and we’ve spent all of it working on new content and brainstorming for BTB. And… eating a few (dozen) pastries.
This week’s episode is slightly different–we’re updating you on some of the longer-term projects we have in progress including:
-Several case study episodes like a dialogue between us and a conservative blogger (Aussie Conservative)
-Expanding our reach and virtual bubble
-Finding new sources and stories from you, our awesome listeners 🙂