New episodes are released the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.
Burst Your Bubble is a podcast that looks at -isms and -phobias in pop culture, from racism in a movie to homophobia in a TV show or sexism in a song. Each week will cover a different piece of media at a different point in American history, looking at varied topics: how Dr. Seuss drew racist political cartoons of Japanese Americans in the 1940s; how the history of Baltimore and segregation influenced the 1988 film Hairspray; homophobia, whitewashing, and gay bars on the TV show Cheers; why the Eugenics Movement is important to understanding the 1931 film Dracula; or the Rolling Stones and their sexist ad campaign for their 1976 album, Black and Blue.
Combining education and entertainment, the show has a media literacy lens with a dash of history thrown in, putting media in a cultural context for listeners to understand what was going on at the time. Burst Your Bubble is all about dissecting and discussing the stereotypes, ignorance, bigotry, and hatred that can be in all types of media, and not just accepting them. That’s the whole point: to analyze and learn from the past and to not repeat or be bystanders to it.