Dr. Young Unpacks

DR. YOUNG UNPACKS is a playful, high energy, informative talk show that dives deep into the psychology of media, politics, and popular culture, featuring award-winning Professor Danna Young - Associate Professor at the University of Delaware (and performer with ComedySportz Philadelphia for over 18 years).  

Each week, Dr. Young unpacks a new topic, such as “Arab Spring, Isis, Nazis, & #MeToo: How Digital Technologies Help Redistribute Power” (Feb 16th) OR “How Media Construct The World (AKA: Why Do I Think I’m Gonna Get Mugged When I Leave My House?)” (Feb 23rd).

We live in complicated times. People want to understand what’s going on around them, without getting overwhelmed or freaked out. I’m an optimist. I believe that once you unpack a topic and help people understand how things work and why, they can start making the world better.
— Dr. Young

Each one-hour show features an expert guest from academia and media talking about their own research on media and politics.


Friday, February 16th @ 8 pm
Dr Young Unpacks The Arab Spring, Isis, Nazis, & #MeToo: How digital technologies help redistribute power
GUEST: Dr. R. Lance Holbert, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Strategic Communication at Temple University
TOPIC: From the West Wing to House of Cards: How popular culture shapes our expectations of the presidency.

Friday, February 23rd @ 8 pm
Dr Young Unpacks How Media Constructs The World (AKA: Why Do I Think I’m Gonna Get Mugged When I Leave My House?)
GUEST: Dr. Paul Brewer, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Political Science at the University of Delaware
TOPIC: The CSI Effect. How popular culture shapes our understanding of science, scientists, and forensics.


Who is Dr. Young?

Dannagal Goldthwaite Young

Dannagal Goldthwaite Young (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, 2007) is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Delaware where she studies media, politics, and cognitive psychology. Her research on the psychology and influence of political entertainment has been widely published including peer reviewed research in Media Psychology, Political Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, Psychology of Popular Media Culture, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and Mass Media and Society. Her writing has appeared in the popular press, including articles in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, contributions on National Public Radio, and coverage of her research in national and international publications including Variety, The Globe and Mail, the Guardian, and the Christian Science Monitor. Dr. Young was awarded the University of Delaware's prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. She is also a Research Fellow with the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication and University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center.  

Published in: The Atlantic, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Philadelphia Inquirer

Media appearances on: NPR, WHYY Radio Times, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Quoted in: The New York Times, The Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Politico, Variety, The Week, Pacific Standard, Le Devoir, New York Magazine, USA Today, Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, Splitsider, Washington Times, BBC, CNN, PBS, Daily Mail UK, Toronto Star, Reuters, AFP, The Conversation

Show Info

Show Times:
Friday, February 16th @ 8PM
Friday, February 23rd @ 8PM

CSz Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom Street (between Walnut & Chestnut and 20th & 21st)

Running Time:
1 hour

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