Burst Your Bubble

A podcast about -isms and -phobias in pop culture.


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the show:

the short version:

Burst Your Bubble is a podcast that looks at -isms and -phobias in pop culture.

the long version:

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.

Where to listen to Burst Your Bubble:

New episodes are released at 12:01am PST the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.

get in touch with us:

Who does what behind the scenes?


Creator/Host: Morgan Jaffe

Morgan is an audio producer, editor, and freelancer. Originally from Massachusetts, she now lives in Los Angeles. Her background is in both radio and education, and she’s worked in radio station management for several community and college stations, including WBCA-LP 102.9 FM, KAOS 89.3 FM, and WRUR 88.5 FM.

Morgan teaches about audio and media in schools, libraries, colleges, and community media centers, and she has classroom experiences with ESOL and inclusive students. Morgan graduated from the Warner School of Education in 2013 with her MS in Teaching & Curriculum with a focus in digital media and literacy. As an undergraduate she attended the University of Rochester, where she received her BA in Media & Cultural Studies in American Society and English in 2012.


Art: Jeremy Ferris

Jeremy is a visual artist and illustrator living in Providence, Rhode Island. His visual arts practice spreads across visual information, phenomenology, underground sci-fi comix, and revisits what we can see and what we miss of ghosts and reverberations, especially those that live in the overgrown farmlands of New England and upstate New York, his first home. He is also a librarian.


Jeremy designed our logo and creates art for each individual episode.

Instead of putting each individual episode art image on this page, you can download them all here. (Note - as of right now there is no art for episodes 35-38, while Jeremy was finishing up grad school.)

Please make sure to give credit to Jeremy Ferris whenever sharing the art.


One of my favorite parts of doing #2PodsADay is coming across wonderful dialogues on culture and social responsibility. This has been one of my favorite finds. Morgan exhibits equal parts passion and patience in her narrative and research. This is a show I will find myself recommending to people for a while.
— Our Americana
A brilliant approach to media literacy education, this series provides a terrific mix of information and entertainment that gives an “aha” experience to your relationship with media and popular culture. Listen together: this series is sure to provoke conversations with family and friends.
— Renee Hobbs, Media Literacy Scholar and Director of the Media Education Lab


There are also two separate promos - a 30 second promo and a 49 second promo - available here.