We’re thrilled to announce that Popcorn Psychology has officially joined Bloom, our podcast content development program. We launched the program back in August as a way to assist talented independent podcasters who could benefit from the production support of a larger team (like Spreaker!).
Popcorn Psychology is a podcast hosted by three licensed therapists – Ben Stover, M.A., L.C.P.C., Hannah Espinoza, M.A., L.C.P.C., and Brittney Brownfield, M.S., L.C.P.C. – who spend each episode breaking down and analyzing popular movies and characters from the perspectives of a child, individual, and marriage and family therapist. With the goal of decreasing the stigma of mental health and therapy, the podcast launched in April 2018 as a result of the hosts being shocked by the public’s reaction to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
“We were astonished that people didn’t like the movie because of the portrayal of Luke Skywalker. As therapists, his character made so much sense to us based on symptoms of PTSD,” said Hannah Espinoza, co-host and co-creator of Popcorn Psychology. “We couldn’t stop talking about how accurately the character was portrayed in terms of mental health, so Ben – who has a DJ background – had the brilliant idea to start a podcast.”
In the year and a half since their debut, they’ve release nearly forty episodes with their unique perspective on some of the most beloved and iconic movies from the U.S. It was this distinctive approach that caught the eye of our content team last year.
They immediately got our attention because of how they blend two seemingly different topics, like movies and mental health, in such an interesting way. They have such an incredible understanding of their content, but just started to uncover the power of audio with this podcast. Our content development team is excited to explore the magic that will come from bringing our specialties together. We’ll initially assist Popcorn Psychology with audio production and marketing, with plans to collaborate more on content as the partnership grows.