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WONDERLAND is a "master class" in culture change. Podcast hosts Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke apply their experience and perspective from careers spent at the intersection of social justice and entertainment to uncover the truth about the stories we’re telling as a country, on TV, in movies and throughout pop culture mediums. Each episode of WONDERLAND brings together a nationally-recognized social change leader and an acclaimed pop culture innovator for a rare meeting of the minds. Together, they leap 'down the rabbit hole' of curiosity and ideas for intimate conversations that reveal game-changing insights and generate fresh new thinking with the power to create real change in the world. WONDERLAND is made possible with support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy and Pop Culture Collaborative. Hosts & Executive Producers, Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke Producer, Nancy Vitale Editorial Producer, Destry Sibley Sound Engineers, Duff Harris and Alex Thompson Audio Technicians, Corrinne Smith, Kyle Maurisak, and Doug Lins Recorded at The Awareness Group Studios and Harvestworks in New York City Website: Thisiswonderland.us
||CleanWelcome to WONDERLAND: Trailer||WONDERLAND is a "master class" in culture change. Podcast hosts Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke apply their experience and perspective from careers spent at the intersection of social justice and entertainment to uncover the truth about the||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 101 “How Culture Works”||In our inaugural episode WONDERLAND co-hosts, Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke, introduce WONDERLAND and break down the role and meaning of culture change on our society. And in a foundational conversation with Washington Post culture critic||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 102 "The Humanity of Storytelling"||Get ready to call on your high school biology class! Because the genesis of any culture change starts with understanding more about the impact of the little known, but critical part of our brain, the limbic system. Cognitive scientist and artist Heidi B||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 103 "The American Songbook"||“Should we keep telling stories?” asks Immigrant Rights Organizer and 2017 MacArthur Genius Cristina Jiménez. Together with narrative consultant Ryan Senser, we explore how important stories are in shaping American culture until they become as f||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 104 “The In Between Space”||Cultural futurist Schuyler Brown teams with visionary leader and author Ai-jen Poo to examine how popular brands use motivational research and audience listening to sense, understand and build engagement strategies that tap into the irrational||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 105 “Artists Fuel Change”||Midway through our season, WONDERLAND co-host Bridgit Antoinette Evans sits down with writer, showrunner, and producer, Mahyad Tousi, to discuss the conflicts and connection points between culture change strategy and the creative process. Evans an||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 106 “Anatomy of a Story”||We begin the second half of the season exploring both the inner workings of the entertainment industry and the external forces needed to create long-term shifts through pop culture storytelling. In this episode, television writer and producer Diana Son||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 107 "Tropes and Traps in Culture"||From laugh-tracked sitcoms to The Walking Dead, audiences see cliched, and often harmful, characters and storylines. Racial justice sci fi expert Nayantara Sen and TV critic Sean T. Collins explore these narrative tropes and traps -- from re||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 108 “Power to the People”||This special two-part episode of WONDERLAND begins with co-host Tracy Van Slyke talking with fan community leader Shawn Taylor about the future of people-powered storytelling, diving deep into the ways pop culture fandoms are generating new||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 109 “From Cultural Presence to Cultural Power”||Racial justice leader Rashad Robinson wraps up the season with hosts Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke, exploring the question first asked by Alyssa Rosenberg, can the entertainment industry change? Together, they unpack the power structures||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
As an antiracism educator, I’ve always wondered how we can make learning accessible and scale up our work for mass audiences while still being true to our vision. Each episode left me feeling full, full of wonder about what could be possible with the more conversations and partnerships like the guests on the show and full of hope learning about the amazing work that is being done. I recommend this series for anyone who is interested in bridging the gap between the world of social change and the world of popular culture in a meaningful way.
Love this podcast! As an educator, my students often feel stymied by the "fact" that you can change the law, but you can't change culture (hearts and minds). This podcast has such an array of people that are doing just that- very encouraging. It's interesting, well-produced and useful to move ourselves forward.