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.

Listen to Episode 16 here:

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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 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 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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Happiness Initiative:
#RoomsforManchester
The Circle of Pizzas

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)  :

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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 5: Check Your Expertise

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How would you explain to a child how to walk? Or explain what exactly it is you’re doing when you speak? Often, the things that come most naturally to us are the most difficult to explain to others. And sometimes, our jobs – our professional skills – can fall in that category.

This episode touches on experiences we discussed way back when BTB was just a concept. And when we heard about our friend Zaid’s experiment on expertise and the takeaways he was finding, we decided now was the time to synthesize our own anecdotes and come up with ways to “check your expertise.”


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As an overview, here are some general Do’s and Don’t’s when it comes to engaging in conversations where expertise level might be unequal:

-Don’t be condescending
-Remember that your expertise had to start at the beginning at one point too
-Remember your “audience”
-Try to avoid jargon and be patient
-Is the topic someone might feel judged or self-conscious about for not being aware of?
-Start by acknowledging that you might be covering something he/she already knows and that you can speed up if needed
-As the learner, think about how to make the information stick in a way that works for you
-Use other examples or metaphors to draw connections (like Mean Girls! That always works for Eunice!)

Here are the links we talked about in the beginning of the podcast:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnewman/2014/04/22/experts-may-have-influence-but-what-makes-an-expert/#1a54270a12c8
https://www.quora.com/What-makes-someone-an-expert-in-their-field

If you’re interested in learning more about Zaid’s experiment, his full paper is available here.

 

AND! Our happiness initiative articles:

http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/9th-grade-student-cress-wifi-experiment-attracts-international-attention/

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.

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.

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