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WONDERLAND, a podcast where we explore the connections between pop culture, human nature and social change
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, entertainment and media to uncover the truth about the stories we’re telling as a country, on TV, in movies and throughout pop culture mediums.
SEASON 1: Masterclass
Each episode of WONDERLAND’s first season 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.
SEASON 2: WONDERLAND @ frank
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 is produced by the Pop Culture Collaborative.
Bridgit Antoinette Evans
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & HOST
Bridgit Antoinette Evans is widely recognized as one of the foremost thought leaders in the culture change strategy field. Bridgit is currently the Executive Director of the Pop Culture Collaborative. A professional artist and strategist, she has dedicated her career to the relentless investigation of the potential of artists to drive cultural change in society. Fifteen years of work at the intersection of pop culture storytelling and social change has evolved into a vision for a new, hybrid culture change field in which creative and social justice leaders work together to create and popularize stories that shape the narratives, values, beliefs and behaviors that define American culture.
In 2016, Bridgit was a Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, piloting Culture Changes Us, a coordinated learning system designed to accelerate the social justice sectors’ understanding and use of culture change strategy. For Unbound Philanthropy and Ford Foundation, she has led multi-year culture change research and strategy design projects aimed at unearthing breakthrough narrative and engagement strategies for the immigrant rights and gender justice movements.
In 2008, Bridgit founded Fuel | We Power Change, a culture change strategy studio in New York City, as the home for her collaborations with leading social change innovators. Through this work she designed long-term culture change strategies for social movements that used transportive story experiences, often in the pop culture realm, to shift the thoughts and feelings of mass audiences. Strategy design commissions include the NYCLU/ACLU Policing Project, Make It Work campaign, National Domestic Workers Alliance’s #BeTheHelp strategy featuring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Cicely Tyson, Amy Poehler and other artists; Breakthrough’s #ImHere for Immigrant Women strategy; GEMS’ Girls Are Not for Sale strategy featuring Beyonce, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Sinead O’Connor, Mary J Blige and more; and Save Darfur’s “Live for Darfur” campaign chaired by Don Cheadle and Djimon Hounsou. She often points to her roots as a professional Off Broadway actor and devised theater producer as the source of her deep passion for culture change strategy. She received her MFA from Columbia University and BA from Stanford University.
Tracy Van Slyke
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & HOST
Through her work at the intersection of media production, cultural strategy, and movement building for the last 17 years, Tracy has worked with a cross-sector of content producers, social justice organizers and philanthropic leaders to help them develop the profound storytelling and experiences that can catalyze mass audiences for social change. Tracy is currently the Strategy Director at the Pop Culture Collaborative.
Previously, she was the director of the Culture Lab, which through rapid prototyping methodology, built programs and products to help social justice leaders quickly adopt and advance their ability to use pop culture strategies and storytelling to create a just and equitable world. Its signature Cultural Pulse program focuses on helping organizers and advocates hook into the energy of popular culture: to learn from audiences and fans, work with artists and pop content, and experiment with smart, timely community engagement and organizing strategies.
As a fellow at the Opportunity Agenda, she authored the groundbreaking 2014 report “Spoiler Alert: How Progressives Will Break Through With Pop Culture.” Before founding the Culture Lab, she was the co-director of the New Bottom Line, a national alignment of economic justice grassroots organizations; director of The Media Consortium, a network of the leading independent media outlets in the country working to increase their collective impact; publisher of In These Times, a national award winning political magazine. She is the co-author of the book Beyond The Echo Chamber (New Press, 2010) and her writing has appeared in Huffington Post, Politico, Medium and more. She has been on the boards of National People’s Action and served as president for Free Speech TV and Women, Action and the Media.
Nancy has spent most of her career working at the intersection of arts and social justice as a writer and producer of film, television, theatre, social-justice campaigns, and podcasts. She believes that great work comes from lively collaboration, holding space for the multiplicity of voices in the room, and having baked goods handy.
In addition to producing another season of the Wonderland podcast, Vitale is currently the Producer of Literary Programs for PEN America, leading production on more than 50 events across New York City for the PEN World Voices Festival. In 2016, she founded Eyes Up Here Productions to produce videos, podcasts, and narrative content that sheds light on critical stories and campaigns. Previously, she served as a creative producer for both Pop Culture Collaborative, and Fuel Change, a culture-change strategy consultancy. In 2010, she founded and served as the producing artistic director of Noor Theatre, producing the work of theatre artists of Middle Eastern descent. As a writer, she is developing two TV series, and has written films and plays that premiered nationally. She also worked in script development at TV Land, and dramaturged and produced new plays for leading New York and regional theatres.
Vitale earned her M.F.A. in theatre from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and a B.A. in English from Oakland University, a proud graduate of the Honors College.
DESTRY MARIA SIBLEY
Destry Maria Sibley is a writer, producer, and educator based in New York City. In a past life she worked as a community organizer in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In addition to both seasons of the Wonderland podcast, Destry has produced for WNYC, Panoply, Magnificent Noise, the New York Times, the Google News Lab, a slate of independent podcasts, and the artists Wendy Ewald and Fazal Sheikh. Most recently, Destry produced Sincerely, X by TED, as well as Esther Perel’s podcasts Where Should We Begin? and How’s Work?
Previously, as a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storyteller, Destry spent a year in Mexico developing a bilingual podcast about child refugees, family separation, and her grandmother (forthcoming from the New Yorker Radio Hour). Her pitch for this series won the 2018 WNYC Podcast Accelerator Competition.
A proud native of Maine, Destry received her BA from Amherst College and her Masters in Digital Media and Narrative Nonfiction from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she’s now earning her doctorate in English literature.