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.

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S2E9: Educator Ripple Effect

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.

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S2E8: Place-Based Learning

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.

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Happiness Initiative here: https://www.positive.news/2017/society/education/30478/woman-uses-positive-news-help-teach-adults-read/ 

S2E6: Tomayto, Tomahto

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled BTB Season for a fun mosaic of anecdotes and hilarious stories of how cultural or language barriers have resulted in issues ranging from plain awkward to just short of international incidents.

Thanks to all of our friends who’ve shared their stories from all around the world.

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S2E5: Breaking the Eastern Divide

This week we stay in the region of Eastern Asia and take a look at breaking stereotypes down by studying some case studies from China, Japan and Korea. We talked to people from each area about how various stereotypes were built up over time… and how they’ve started to be debunked.

Check out some of our sources below as well as the interviews from people all around the world!

VOX does an incredible series on “Borders” and we sampled from their story on North Koreans in Japan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBfyIQbxXPs 

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Ep 16: Season Finale – Breaking the Bank

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.

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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!

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.

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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 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 9: Priyanka in Paris!

Helloooooo from Paris!

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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 🙂

 

Listen to Episode 9 below:

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This week’s happiness initiative is this picture of Priyanka eating a delicious crêpe.

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