15 episodes

WONDERLAND is a “master class” in culture change. Podcast co-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.

Season 2: WONDERLAND @ FRANK

Have you ever wondered:
- How has the culture change field changed over the last few years?
- How can we bring our full selves — personally and professionally — to this multifaceted, emotional, and strategic work that we call culture change?
- How are pop culture fandoms an unexpected force in the 2020 election season?
- How are artists re-imagining and building new pipelines that center the innovation of historically excluded artists in the entertainment industry?

Well we did! In this special micro-season of WONDERLAND, each of the four episodes features a talk by a culture change leader given at frank, an annual storytelling and communications gathering. Bridgit and Tracy then invite a cultural strategist, artist, movement leader or philanthropist to respond and discuss how those ideas impact our work, and our world, in 2020.

WONDERLAND @ FRANK TEAM
Hosts and Executive Producers, Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke
Producers, Nancy Vitale and Destry Sibley
Sound Designer, Samantha Gattsek
Sound Engineers, Matt Noble, Mike Gilmore, Eric Elterman, and Colin Ashmaed-Bobbit
Website Designer, Deanna Zandt
Project Coordinator, Daria Segalini
Recorded at The Awareness Group Studios in New York City, the Loft Recording Studios in Bronxville, NY, and WBEZ in Chicago
Special thanks to our friends at frank, Jade Dozier, Lauren Rawlings, and Joey Ehrenkaufer
For show notes and more, visit us at thisiswonderland.us

WONDERLAND Pop Culture Collaborative

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 17 Ratings

WONDERLAND is a “master class” in culture change. Podcast co-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.

Season 2: WONDERLAND @ FRANK

Have you ever wondered:
- How has the culture change field changed over the last few years?
- How can we bring our full selves — personally and professionally — to this multifaceted, emotional, and strategic work that we call culture change?
- How are pop culture fandoms an unexpected force in the 2020 election season?
- How are artists re-imagining and building new pipelines that center the innovation of historically excluded artists in the entertainment industry?

Well we did! In this special micro-season of WONDERLAND, each of the four episodes features a talk by a culture change leader given at frank, an annual storytelling and communications gathering. Bridgit and Tracy then invite a cultural strategist, artist, movement leader or philanthropist to respond and discuss how those ideas impact our work, and our world, in 2020.

WONDERLAND @ FRANK TEAM
Hosts and Executive Producers, Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke
Producers, Nancy Vitale and Destry Sibley
Sound Designer, Samantha Gattsek
Sound Engineers, Matt Noble, Mike Gilmore, Eric Elterman, and Colin Ashmaed-Bobbit
Website Designer, Deanna Zandt
Project Coordinator, Daria Segalini
Recorded at The Awareness Group Studios in New York City, the Loft Recording Studios in Bronxville, NY, and WBEZ in Chicago
Special thanks to our friends at frank, Jade Dozier, Lauren Rawlings, and Joey Ehrenkaufer
For show notes and more, visit us at thisiswonderland.us

    Welcome back to WONDERLAND: Trailer

    Welcome back to WONDERLAND: Trailer

    WONDERLAND is a “master class” in culture change. Podcast co-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. 

    Season 2: WONDERLAND @ FRANK

    Have you ever wondered:
    How has the culture change field changed over the last few years?
    How can we bring our full selves — personally and professionally — to this multifaceted, emotional, and strategic work that we call culture change?
    How are pop culture fandoms an unexpected force in the 2020 election season?
    How are artists re-imagining and building new pipelines that center the innovation of historically excluded artists in the entertainment industry?

    Well we did! In this special micro-season of WONDERLAND, each of the four episodes features a talk by a culture change leader given at frank, an annual storytelling and communications gathering. Bridgit and Tracy then invite a cultural strategist, artist, movement leader or philanthropist to respond and discuss how those ideas impact our work, and our world, in 2020.  

    • 2 min
    Making the Invisible Visible

    Making the Invisible Visible

    In this episode, we rewind the clock to 2015, where on the frank stage, Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance shared her insights and emerging strategy on culture change. Bridgit and Tracy then call IllumiNative’s Crystal Echo Hawk to discuss what resonated with her from Ai-jen’s talk and how the pop culture for social change field has evolved in the last five years. Both movement leaders share insights on how to build a pop culture narrative strategy to make invisibilized communities, visible and powerful.

    • 38 min
    Transforming Ourselves to Do the Work

    Transforming Ourselves to Do the Work

    In this episode, we first hear Bridgit Antoinette Evans’ 2017 achingly beautiful frank talk, where she takes listeners inside her “year of breaking open,” the personal and professional journey she took in order to do the hard and important work of culture change. We then talk with Unbound Philanthropy Executive Director Taryn Higashi who shares her thoughtful response and connects Bridgit’s learnings to her own evolving understanding of culture change and its relevance to the immigration movement and the 2020 narrative environment.

    • 46 min
    2020: America’s Unexpected Cultural Force

    2020: America’s Unexpected Cultural Force

    Continuing their exciting conversation from WONDERLAND season 1 on the power of pop culture fandoms and social change, in this episode we listen to excerpts of Pop Culture Collaborative Senior Fellow Shawn Taylor and WONDERLAND co-host’s Tracy Van Slyke’s separate, but deeply intertwined frank talks. They both share personal stories of how and why pop culture fandoms are the focus of their work, and present burning questions and big ideas that provide a framework for how self-organized groups people along with their pop culture passions, are the next big thing for creating culture change. Bridgit and Tracy then call up Jeff Yang, cultural critic turned culture trend forecaster, to discuss his reactions to the frank talks, and dig into how fandoms are an unexpected, but powerful force in the 2020 election season.

    • 38 min
    Funny is Funny?

    Funny is Funny?

     In this episode, we’re talking pipelines and comedy featuring the 2019 frank talk of comedian and Pop Culture Collaborative Senior Fellow Zahra Noorbakhsh, where she shares her personal story and professional analysis about who has the power to decide what’s funny and the broken career pipeline for diverse stand up comics. Her frank talk accompanies her 2019 report, “FUNNY IS FUNNY: Development Models for Diverse Voices in Stand-Up Comedy.” Bridgit and Tracy then call comedy writer and member of the Cowlitz tribe of the Pacific Northwest, Joey Clift, who responds to Zahra’s analysis and shares experiences of Indigenous comedy artists in Hollywood. Bridgit and Tracy discuss how new emerging artist-led pipelines are re-centering power inside the entertainment industry.

    • 32 min
    Welcome to WONDERLAND: Trailer

    Welcome 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 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

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Marjan2003 ,

Wonder-full!!

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.

Paralipsis ,

Wonderful!

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.

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