Working class and lower class lifestyles are rarely depicted accurately in media or film — if at all. And when about a one third of Americans identify as “working class” and about 15% live below the poverty line, we shouldn’t ignore the economic realities of life of those in lower income bracket. So how exactly does Hollywood mask the realities of class in America? We brought on Gabe Gonazlez to find out!aired 2/15/18
When it comes to dating the word “preferences” is often used to mask discrimination and sadly, this kind of dating racism isn’t just for straight people! So how does racism manifest in the world of gay dating apps and LGBTQ relationships? Don’t worry, Dylan Marron is here to help explain.aired 2/08/18
If there’s still one thing that America doesn’t seem to understand it’s black hair. Whether it’s locs, cornrows, or braids, black hairstyles have long been stigmatized and misunderstood. People have even lost their jobs and kicked out of school for these perfectly natural hair styles. So what’s everyone getting wrong? Let Franchesca break it down for you.aired 2/01/18
Every day we make hundreds of choices that affect how we live. Some are bound to be great and others...not so much. And while we’re all ultimately responsible for the choices we make, some companies use advertising and marketing tactics that are more influential than you think. Take the tobacco industry for example. Even though we all know how harmful it is, cigarette companies have found ways to influence your decision to start smoking particularly in low income communities. How do they do it? Watch the episode to find out.This episode was created in collaboration with truth®. Checkout https://www.thetruth.com/ to find out more.aired 1/24/18
This past week a group of armed anti-government militiamen took over a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. But when the cops showed up...things got interesting. Because nothing happened! No tanks. No tear gas. No combat gear. And we've yet to hear any major news outlet or tv commentator call these men thugs or terrorists. This is of course in stark contrast to how police and media responded to protests in Ferguson and Baltimore following the deaths of Mike Brown and Freddie Grey. So what's the deal here?
When Christmas comes around you can usually expect to see Santa, his reindeer and helpful elves everywhere. But Dutch Santa doesn’t have elves...he has “Black Pete” or “Zwarte Pete.” Pete first showed up in the 1850 Dutch book “Saint Nicholas and his servant.” The story claims “Black Pete” is black because of the chimney soot, but that doesn’t explain his afro textured hair, or large bright red lips….all familiar racist black caricatures. Today, Black Pete is still a huge tradition in the Netherlands. So what'sthe deal? Why is this racist character still celebrated?
“The Donald” has been bombarded with criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike after his recent comments about Muslims entering the U.S. Many have begun to compare Trump’s positions against “outsiders” to Hitler’s views during WWII. While he certainly isn’t a genocidal mass murderer, he does give off some fascist vibes. What are your thoughts on the issue? Are Hitler comparisons justified, or are they taking it too far?
On Decoded, we’re always trying to explain aspects of inequality in America and across the world. Since society is prettyyyy unequal, we tend to not celebrate the positive steps-forward as often as we criticize the negative steps-back. But this Thanksgiving, let’s talk about some good things that happened this year. Here are 6 Things Franchesca is thankful for in 2015! What are you thankful for?