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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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/ 

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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S2E4: Escaping the North Korean Bubble

Kim Han-mi watches her mother being dragged by Chinese policemen when her family attempted to enter into the Japanese Consulate in order to seek asylum in Shenyang in this photo taken by Kyodo
Kim Han-mi, aged 2, watches her mother being dragged by Chinese policemen when her family attempted to enter into the Japanese Consulate in order to seek asylum in Shenyang, China, in this photo taken by Kyodo May, 8, 2002. With no choice but to defect to South Korea, the Han-mi family including her uncle and grandmother dashed into the Japanese consulate gate in Shenyang, China in May 2002. The scene where two year-old Ham-mi looked on in agony as her mother was being wrestled to the ground by the Chinese police was broadcast around the world and her photograph was transmitted worldwide.  REUTERS/Kyodo

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.

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Learn more about Dan and Crossing Borders on their website: https://www.crossingbordersnk.org/

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 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 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 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.