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The Midnight Myth Podcast

The Midnight Myth Podcast

By Derek Jones and Laurel Hostak
Derek & Laurel dish on myths, history, pop culture and more as they explore universal themes in storytelling. From Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to the Marvel Universe and Star Wars, we've been making pop culture sound smart since 2017.
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(BONUS) Norse Myths, Tolkien & More with Author Joshua Gillingham

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(BONUS) Norse Myths, Tolkien & More with Author Joshua Gillingham

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Episode 190: Glorious Purpose | Loki, Norse Mythology & Jungian Psychology
We’re back, and we’re burdened with glorious purpose! On the heels of the Disney Plus series Loki, we’re looking back at the God of Mischief’s marvelous run in the MCU thus far. How did a trickster from Norse mythology become the most beloved comic book movie villain, then become an antihero, then transform into a true hero? To answer that question, we have to look at the trickster archetype in both ancient mythology and contemporary psychoanalysis. And if the Timekeepers will allow it, a conversation about the virtues of chaotic freedom in the face of authoritarianism seems in order. Dance while you still can! — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:02:42
August 1, 2021
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: The Eyes of the Dragon
An old and disinterested king, a young and dashing prince, the heir to the throne, a beautiful queen raising her son to be kind, generous, and brave, and when the queen gives birth to a second son, the cruel maligned court magician Flagg starts his machinations to undo the peaceful realm of Delain. The name Flagg should be familiar to fans of Stephen King, as it pops up again and again. Almost as if the nemesis of all that is good rides some sort of wheel—like the Wheel of Ka. That’s right, Derek and Steve are back at again, discussing Stephen King’s fantasy epic The Eyes of the Dragon. As young Thomas peers through the eyes of his father’s greatest trophy, the slain dragon, we peer through King’s eyes and ponder where this narrative sits along our path of the beam, the path to the Dark Tower. Say thank ya. — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:17:36
July 25, 2021
Episode 189: Let's Go Bowling | The Big Lebowski, Existentialism & Eastern Philosophy
What do you do when someone enters your home, mistaking you for someone with the same name, and defiles your rug—the one that really tied the room together? Do you take the path of anger? Get mixed up in an intricate and complex investigation? Or embrace a new philosophy that allows you to move on? This week, we’re discussing the 1998 Coen Brothers’ classic The Big Lebowski: a film that openly discusses the philosophy of nihilism, deals in a heady mix of Eastern and Western philosophy, and does so through the language of American cinematic genres like the Western and film noir. — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:01:41
July 12, 2021
Episode 189: The Gauntlet | What Is the Perfect Movie?
And now for something completely different! This week, we’re returning to our favorite experiment—testing our patented scientific, objective, and unimpeachable process for identifying the Perfect Movie. Last year, we proposed a rubric for perfection on film, and we’re running more amazing movies through it to test our theories. From Apocalypse Now and Pulp Fiction to Pirates of the Caribbean and The Muppet Christmas Carol, will your favorites make it through? Tune in to hear what gets the Midnight Myth stamp of approval! — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
58:39
June 27, 2021
Episode 188: The Horror, the Horror | Apocalypse Now (1979), the Vietnam War & Myth
Content Warning: violence, war, PTSD, animal harm, child harm This is the end. My only friend, the end. Join us on a voyage up the Nung River, through increasingly surreal episodes of war on our quest to find the elusive Colonel Kurtz. In Francis Ford Coppola’s epic vision of the Vietnam War Apocalypse Now (1979), history blends with myth, violence blends with the absurd, and the human mind makes friends of horror and moral terror. We discuss the complex history that escalated into the deeply controversial war in Vietnam and the counterculture it inspired. We search for the motivation behind adapting Joseph Conrad’s critique of colonialism, Heart of Darkness in this specific setting. And we explore the mythopoetic and psychoanalytic readings of Apocalypse Now—a story about a real war, yes, but also a universal story of rite, ritual, and epic horror. — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:11:38
June 6, 2021
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: Insomnia
An old widower can’t sleep, a small city in New England is dealing with the political controversies and passions over the debate around abortion, and the wheel of Ka turns again and again. That’s right, Derek and Steve are back! The last Wheel of Ka episode ended in Derry. While Derek and Steve didn’t know at the time, Insomnia would take us back to this strange small city. Is it cursed? Is it on the path of a broken Beam? All this and more is discussed in this Dark Tower adjacent novel by the word-slinger Stephen King. We learn about the nature of Ka, and who is/is not pulling the strings of us short timers. — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:16:16
May 31, 2021
Episode 187: I Never Drink... Wine | Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Vampire Literature & Vlad the Impaler
Welcome to my home. Four+ years ago when we started the Midnight Myth, we published an episode reflecting on iconic villains in popular culture—one of which was the prototypical vampire, Count Dracula. Now, after oceans of time, we return to the Prince himself with a deep dive into Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula. We’ll discuss how Dracula came to represent vampire literature, the tradition of folklore and poetry that anticipated him, and—of course—his namesake, Vlad III Dracula or Vlad the Impaler. Plus how superstition, science, and cinema factor into the legacy of Dracula, and how all vampires are really just Lord Byron. Bat! — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:08:26
May 23, 2021
Episode 186: One Day More | Les Miserables, French History & Literature
One more dawn… One more day… ONE DAY MORE! In this episode, we continue an exploration of the blockbuster works of French author Victor Hugo and their most popular adaptations. This week, the most famous French novel finds immortality in the musical Les Miserables. We discuss the 2012 Tom Hooper film adaptation from the lens of French history and Enlightenment philosophy. Why do the French come back to rebellion time and again? How do we create a just government? How do we transcend suffering? All of these questions are central to Les Mis, the story of ordinary people rising out of miserable circumstances and changing the world through acts of love. — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:02:30
May 2, 2021
Episode 185: Feast of Fools | The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Gothic Architecture & Antiziganism
Morning in Paris, the city awakes to the bells of Notre Dame! Join us among the clouds, in the bell tower of one of the world’s great cathedrals, where lives the mysterious bellringer. This is the story of a man and a monster—but which is which? We’re discussing the 1996 Disney adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame! One of the darkest entries in Disney’s animated canon, it explores themes of racism, infanticide, sexual obsession, deformity, and religion. We explore the development of Gothic architecture and the role of the cathedral in the story, the impressive legacy of Hugo’s novel, and the disturbing truth about anti-Romani prejudice and oppression that continues to this day. — Help improve education outcomes for Romani children around the world by considering a donation to the Roma Education Fund. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
53:08
April 22, 2021
Episode 184: Trojan Horse | Troy, The Iliad, & The Politics of War
This week’s Midnight Myth feels a little archaic, why? Because we are heading into Archaic Greece discussing the 2004 movie Troy and its conversation with Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad. Who were the Archaic Greeks and why did they love this poem? How did The Iliad shape and transform Western Civilization and why was it transformed into the major Hollywood blockbuster Troy? From the movie’s deconstruction of masculinity, to its critiques on a warrior class, the sun god Himself could’t be happier with this discussion! — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
53:07
April 4, 2021
Episode 183: Please Stand By | WandaVision, Psychoanalysis & Eastern Philosophy
This week on the Midnight Myth, we’re pulling every evil string of WandaVision! Walk with us through every era of sitcom glory and their synthesis with the wildly popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ll explore how WandaVision interrogates grief, trauma, and psychoanalysis through the medium of classic television. Plus, a brief detour into Tibetan Buddhism and a meditation on the famous Ship of Theseus thought experiment. Marvel’s magical new series left quite the impression on us, and we’re excited to see how it impacts the universe going forward. — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:00:57
March 14, 2021
Episode 182: I Know Kung Fu | The Matrix, Plato's The Cave & The Old Testament
Do not try to bend the spoon…first realize the truth…there is no spoon…then you will see it is not the spoon that bends, but merely yourself. Derek and Laurel are back discussing the 1999 Sci-fi masterpiece smash hit, The Matrix. How does the movie hold up and what new themes can be learned as we dissect Neo tumbling down the rabbit hole and landing in the desert of the real? If it's the question that drives us, what questions should we be asking of this movie? What is real anyhow? We dissect the symbols and allegories within this wonderful movie and relate them back to Plato’s Republic, the Old Testament. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
58:34
February 28, 2021
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: It part 2
Fellow Travelers On the Path of The Beam, before you jump into the next Wheel of Ka, a quick warning; the second half of It gets dark, really dark. Steve and I have a no holds barred discussion. Please keep this trigger warning in mind, we talk about sexual assault, violence towards children, and infant loss. Derek and Steve are back at it again, this time discussing the second half of Stephen King’s horror masterpiece, It. As the past and present collide, the Losers must confront the evil force known as It in mysterious town of Derry Maine. What does It say about themes such as free will, the nature of evil and if childhood innocence even exists? As always, we relate every point back to the Dark Tower, say thank ya. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:27:23
February 21, 2021
Episode 181: Ocean Master | Aquaman (2018), the Myth of Atlantis & the Arthurian Legend
Watch out for Hurricane Arthur! This week, we’re finally taking on the action-packed spectacle that is James Wan’s take on Aquaman (2018). It’s not just a bonkers comic book movie filled with laser sharks, krakens, and crab people—it’s also chock-full of references to classical mythology, the Roman Empire, and the Arthurian Legend. In other words, a true Midnight Myth. DIVE IN with us as we discuss how Aquaman unites these histories and mythologies into one kingdom. — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
43:07
February 14, 2021
Episode: 180: Shine On | Doctor Sleep, Folklore & the Spirit
Welcome back to the Midnight Myth for a discussion of the 2019 film adaptation of the Stephen King’s novel, Doctor Sleep, the sequel to the The Shining. What has Danny Torrence been up to since escaping the perils of the Overlook Hotel? Listen to our discussion of Danny, Abra, and the True Knot as they embrace the cycles of fate while escaping the cycles of abuse. Also, what’s up with cat? Can cats really sense when someone will die? Lastly, will discuss the steam as a breath-like representation of the human soul and spirit. Shine on dear Midnight Myth listeners, shine on! — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
49:60
January 31, 2021
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: It part 1
Fellow Traveler’s on the Path of the Beam, Derek and Steve are back at it again with another Wheel of Ka bonus episode. This week, Derek and Steve talk about the mega-hit best selling novel Stephen King’s It. This is the first of a two parter on the book, where only the first half of the book discussed. From the nature of Derry’s most fear and hated clown, to how King expertly constructs the characters, this is a no holds barred discussion. And of course, everything is related back to the Dark Tower. Listen to the voices in the drains, grab yourself a balloon and an “I Love Derry” baseball cap, because we all float down here. — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:23:01
January 26, 2021
Episode 179: 2020: Let's Not Do That Again
We’re back with a more casual conversation as we prepare a more traditional episode in the coming weeks. Today, we’re rounding up what we watched, what we loved, what we were “meh” on in 2020. Special focus on Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman 1984, Queen’s Gambit, and The Mandalorian Season 2. We’ll keep chatting as long as the baby keeps napping! — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
45:26
January 24, 2021
Episode 177: Piertotem Locomotor | Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows pt 2, Medieval History & Literature
Oh my gosh, we recorded an episode! The conclusion of our series on the Harry Potter films is here, and we’re revisiting all your favorite places: Hogwarts Castle, Gringotts Bank, Hogsmeade, and Platform 9 3/4. We’ll discuss the history and development of castles—from military fortresses to royal residences and projections of wealth—plus how that fits in to the transition of Hogwarts from school to battleground. We’ll question the bittersweet end to a mysterious character in Severus Snape, and debate whether his sacrifices redeem his darker nature. Finally, we’ll reflect on the series as a whole, its most potent themes, and our most inexhaustible source of magic. Thanks for bearing with us as we figure out the future of the podcast with a new baby in the family. We love you, and Happy New Year!! — We donated our Patreon earnings for November & December to the Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Donate here: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/donate — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:04:52
January 17, 2021
Episode 176: A Free Elf | Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows pt 1 (2010), The Arthurian Legend & Mythology
Grab your Deluminator because things are about to get a lot darker before the dawn. In Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows pt 1 (2010), we break the usual format—a year at Hogwarts, a final battle with the villain—for an unlikely road movie with all kinds of 2020 corollaries. As Harry and friends hunt down Horcruxes, battle with heretofore unspoken tensions within their relationships, and face doubts in each other and themselves, we’ll explore how the series so far has interrogated the mythological format. This installment—characters on a quest, nearly possessed by an evil object—may have the most in common with traditional fantasy like The Lord of the Rings, but it continually reminds us that its relationship to myth, folklore, and legend is extremely different to that of Tolkien’s world and much other fantasy. We’ll talk about more parallels to the Arthurian Legend, the significance of new (and old) magical artifacts, and more. — We will be donating our Patreon earnings for November & December to the Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Donate here: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/donate — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:03:26
December 20, 2020
Episode 175: The Slug Club | Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince (2009), Slavic Folklore & Plato
It’s Year Six at Hogwarts, and while things may look somewhat back to normal at the School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, the Wizarding World is in chaos and turmoil. Join us as we take a dive into the Pensieve with Harry & Dumbledore, exploring the implications of the prophecy and the early life of Tom Riddle. We’ll discuss the concept of the Horcrux and its antecedents in Russian fairy tales and folklore from around the world. Then we’ll dig even deeper into ancient ideas that define “the soul,” and explore how the soul has evolved throughout the development of philosophy—and throughout the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince is at once the lightest and darkest installment of the series, riddled with the themes of shame, consequence, and choice. Above all, it reminds us of the courage we have to muster for the great battle to come. Take my arm. — We will be donating our Patreon earnings for the next two months to the Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Donate here: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/donate — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:09:59
December 13, 2020
Episode 174: Dumbledore's Army | Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Political Science & History
We’re sliding down the back half of the Harry Potter series with Year Five at Hogwarts: Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix. Things get considerably darker for Harry and his wizard pals with the introduction of a sinister new villain in Dolores Umbridge and the interference of the Ministry of Magic at Hogwarts School. In this episode, we discuss how free societies can descend into Fascism, and how we see that process mirrored through Umbridge’s changes at Hogwarts. But rarely does this happen without some backlash—we’ll compare youth activism and resistance movements like the White Rose in 20th century Germany to the emergence of Dumbledore’s Army, and how young people often move the dial on larger social movements. — We will be donating our Patreon earnings for the next two months to the Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Donate here: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/donate — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:07:16
December 6, 2020
Episode 173: The Four Champions | Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (2005), Greek Mythology & Coming-of-Age
Year Four at Hogwarts brings us a tournament of epic proportions, another intricate mystery, and the return of the most powerful dark wizard of all time. In our discussion of Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, we examine how this installment, right at the halfway point of the series, marks a pivotal turning point in Harry’s journey. It’s the moment when Harry—and the series—really leaves childhood behind. We explore coming-of-age through ritual, sport, sacrifice, and symbolic death, comparing the Third Task in the Triwizard Tournament to Theseus’s mythological journey into the Cretan Labyrinth. Everything’s going to change, isn’t it? — We will be donating our Patreon earnings for the next two months to the Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Donate here: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/donate — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:00:19
November 29, 2020
Episode 172: Expecto Patronum | Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, Folklore & Roman History
It’s Year Three at Hogwarts, and things are taking a dark turn. Alfonso Cuaron takes over the director’s chair for Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, infusing the series with new life and cinematic splendor in what many consider the strongest installment of the film franchise. We’re treated to a deep exploration of animal magic, from the culturally ubiquitous werewolf to the British folklore-infused Black Dog and the more abstract Patronus charm. Our first Divination class introduces us to the ancient history of prophecy, and sees our Enlightenment-educated Hermione Granger take on centuries-old assumptions. Join us for a lively discussion of dogs, Dementors, Time Turners, and the Roman Empire. Lumos maxima! — We will be donating our Patreon earnings for the next two months to the Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Donate here: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/donate — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:03:46
November 22, 2020
Episode 171: The Heir of Slytherin | Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, Epistemology & Legend
We’ve survived Year One at Hogwarts, but Year Two brings bigger monsters, darker secrets, and lots more mystery. Join us as we continue our journey through the eight Harry Potter films and flush ourselves down to the Chamber of Secrets. It’s our first introduction to notions of blood purity within the Wizarding World, and it solidifies the eerie magical connection between our hero, Harry, and his nemesis Lord Voldemort. We’ll discuss the mythological foundations of the basilisk and ancestral weaponry, and we’ll meditate on epistemology in the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets is deeply concerned with how knowledge is imparted, who controls a narrative, and how those narratives can drive ideology, leading to the rise of oppressive regimes. — We will be donating our Patreon earnings for the next two months to the Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Donate here: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/donate — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:03:24
November 15, 2020
Episode 170: The Boy Who Lived | Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Alchemy & the Monomyth
Take the first steps with us into a world of magic. Over the next eight weeks, we’ll be going one-by-one through all eight films in the Harry Potter series, following the Boy Who Lived through his years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry and his battle against the forces of evil. This week, we discuss Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001). Okay, maybe this isn’t the strongest movie in the series, but dang if it isn’t chock-full of history, mythology, and philosophy! We’ll learn a little bit about the legends surrounding the Philosopher’s Stone and alchemical tradition, the real Nicolas Flamel, and what those elements mean for the story at large. Plus, we’ll unpack one stop on Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey—the Crossing of the First Threshold—which manifests in myriad ways in Sorcerer’s Stone. Yer a wizard, Harry. — We will be donating our Patreon earnings for the next two months to the Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Donate here: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/donate — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
54:59
November 8, 2020
Episode 169: Sparkle Motion | Donnie Darko, Philosophy & Religion
28 days. 6 hours. 42 minutes. 12 seconds. That is when the world will end… according to Frank, the giant bunny rabbit. Closing out a run of spooky Halloween-themed episodes is the 2001 indie classic Donnie Darko. Is this film a muddled mess or an of-the-moment masterpiece? What can we make of the three seemingly conflicting threads that run through the movie—the science fiction, the vaguely religious, and the meditation on upper middle class suburban alienation? Do these thematic strings clash horribly, or are they inextricably intertwined? How do we make sense of an increasingly mad world through the eyes of Donnie? We meditate on the film’s carefully selected symbols and philosophical underpinnings to answer these questions and more. — Black Lives Matter. Click here to support protestors via the Philly Bail Fund, or here to directly support the family of Walter Wallace Jr. Hey US listeners—VOTE! Go to iwillvote.com to make your voting plan in this critical election. — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
01:06:26
November 1, 2020
Episode 168: Absolute Pleasure | The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Theatre History & Hedonism
It’s astounding. Time is fleeting. MADNESS takes its toll… But listen closely to this week’s podcast—a bonkers analysis of the Queen of Midnight Movies, the ultimate cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show! We discuss the legacy of both the stage production and cinematic adaptation, how it spawned a true cult of devoted followers and a universal tradition of audience participation—going back through theatre history to understand why Rocky Horror provokes such an audience response. Plus, we’ll explore what it means to give yourself over to absolute pleasure, discussing the philosophy of Hedonism and the psychology of pleasure-seeking. Come with us to a different planet, and we’ll do the Time Warp again! — Hey US listeners—VOTE! Go to iwillvote.com to make your voting plan in this critical election. — Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Learn more, view sources and inspiration, and sign up for e-mail updates at www.midnightmyth.com Twitter Facebook Instagram If you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a rating or review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen!
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October 25, 2020