The Midnight Myth Podcast

Episode 112: Moon Child | The Neverending Story, Mythology, Alchemy & Philosophy

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By Derek Jones and Laurel Hostak
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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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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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Episode 129: Let It Go | Frozen, The Snow Queen & Scandinavian Folklore
The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen… Come with us to the fairy tale kingdom of Arendelle, the setting of Disney’s 2013 megabit: Frozen. Hot (or cold) on the heels of the release of Frozen’s long-awaited sequel, we’ll unpack the meaning of Anna and Elsa’s journey into the depths of winter. You’ll hear the story Frozen is inspired by—Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’—and an analysis of the changes Disney made to the source. We’ll talk trolls and magic in Norse myth and Scandinavian folklore. Together, we’ll try to understand Frozen’s place in the canon of Disney’s creative output—and in the fairy tale continuum. Subscribe to our friends at the Pop Venture Family on YouTube, and listen to Episode 128: Maclunkey for details on how to enter our joint Star Wars Funko Pop giveaway! Here is the video you’re looking for. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:09:03
November 24, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 20: Dark & Full of Terrors | Stannis Baratheon, Greek Tragedy & Existentialism
Welcome to the Midnight Myth Time Machine! Take one last trip down memory lane with us for this episode from June of 2017. “Ours is the fury.” These are the words of House Baratheon. Lords of the Stormlands, and House that brought about King Robert’s rebellion. Yes my friends, Derek and Laurel travel to the fantastic realm of Westeros, as they perform the first of many Game of Thrones character studies. The focus of the first study is Stannis Baratheon, younger brother of Robert, and his journey from second fiddle to claimant of the Iron Throne, perpetrator of filicide, and ultimately the one who brings ruin to his house. We learn that Stannis is not a unique figure, drawing upon his Greek mythological character archetype, and historical parallels. Perhaps the more fitting words for House Baratheon, “Go on, do your duty.” Subscribe to our friends at the Pop Venture Family on YouTube, and listen to Episode 128: Maclunkey for details on how to enter our joint Star Wars Funko Pop giveaway! Here is the video you’re looking for. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
59:48
November 23, 2019
Episode 128: Maclunkey | Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Mythology & Psychoanalysis | ***Giveaway***
In just over a month’s time, we’ll gather, along with millions across the globe, to partake in an ancient ritual: the viewing of Star Wars. The Rise of Skywalker, the conclusion to the epic Skywalker Saga, is just around the corner, so we’re going back to the source. In this discussion of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, we’ll work to decode the symbolic language in this myth for our time. Drawing on the work of Joseph Campbell, Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung, and others, we’ll attempt to understand the true power and legacy of this beloved story. GIVEAWAY TIME! Subscribe to our friends at the Pop Venture Family on YouTube, and listen to THIS EPISODE for details on how to enter our joint ***Star Wars Funko Pop giveaway!*** Here is the video you’re looking for. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:13:18
November 17, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 19: Don't Break the Rules
It’s the Midnight Myth Time Machine! This episode originally aired in 2017. Ya know, there are rules to this. All of this. You can’t just go around doing what you want, saying what you want, podcasting what you want. Rules. Well, listen as Derek and Laurel debate the battle tactics of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Then, a discussion of how magical systems in storytelling relate to the world of American politics. Subscribe to our friends at the Pop Venture Family on YouTube, and stay tuned for details on our upcoming Star Wars giveaway collaboration! Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
44:23
November 14, 2019
Episode 127: You Remind Me of the Babe (feat. Verbal Diorama!) | Labyrinth (1986), Myths, Fairy Tales & Puppets
Turn back, listeners. Turn back. Unless you’re truly prepared for the epic team-up of Midnight Myth X Verbal Diorama! We’re thrilled to welcome Em on the podcast to discuss Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. We’ll try not to take anything for granted as we explore the technique, the enduring relevance, and the very David Bowie of it all. We’ll discuss Sarah, the fairy tale heroine who finds her own voice, Jareth, the Goblin King who sexually confused a generation, Sir Didymus of the Bog of Eternal Stench, the whereabouts of the Hoggle puppet, and so much more. Subscribe to our friends at the Pop Venture Family on YouTube, and stay tuned for details on our upcoming Star Wars giveaway collaboration! Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:40:32
November 10, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 18: Woman Inherits the Earth | Jurassic Park, Frankenstein & Climate Change
This episode originally aired in 2017. This episode discusses the 90s class Jurassic Park. We are re-imagining the blockbuster classic as an intellectual treatise on the role humanity has on biological systems, as we grapple with manmade climate change. Derek & Laurel trace the evolution of the age-old conflict between man and nature, exploring Jurassic Park’s modern man vs. nature narrative (and its parallels to Mary Shelley’s classic story, Frankenstein). The debate is palpable, and reminds us of the many false actors in today’s turbulent climate change discourse. But don’t let it bum you out, cause there will always be sloths on the internet. At least, I hope. Subscribe to our friends at the Pop Venture Family on YouTube, and stay tuned for details on our upcoming Star Wars giveaway collaboration! Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:07:25
November 6, 2019
Episode 126: Remember Remember | V for Vendetta, Shakespeare, History & Politics
Remember, remember the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot. This week on the Midnight Myth, we’re exploring the 2005 film V for Vendetta—and what a treasure trove of theme, history, literature, and philosophy it is! We’ll unpack connections between the 1605 Gunpowder Plot and similar historical attempts at rebuilding society through destruction of the status quo. We’ll explain why V quotes so much Shakespeare, and why he makes Evey sit through The Count of Monte Cristo. We’ll discuss the implications of the troubling torture sequence and celebrate the film’s emotional impact. Subscribe to our friends at the Pop Venture Family on YouTube, and stay tuned for details on our upcoming Star Wars giveaway collaboration! Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:09:19
November 3, 2019
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: Episode Nine, Wolves of the Calla pt. 2
The Wheel of Ka returns with its final discussion on Stephen King’s the Dark Tower Book V: Wolves of the Calla. Your reliable hosts again discuss all the themes of this epic book from the lens of what the Dark Tower means and how this installment fits into the broader series. The second half of Book V sees the Ka-Tet working with the good folken to prepare Calla Bryn Sturgis for battle with the the deadly Wolves. From the Dogan, to trips to NYC to save the Rose, a mysterious plant deeply linked to the survival of the Tower, to learning that Walter, Flagg and Martin are all the same mysterious magical nemesis of Roland, Derek and Steve deliver the next stop on the quest, say thank ya, big-big. Subscribe to our friends at the Pop Venture Family on YouTube, and stay tuned for details on our upcoming Star Wars giveaway collaboration! Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:12:53
October 29, 2019
Episode 125: Everybody Gonna Shine | Halloween Special! The Shining, Horror History & Philosophy
Happy Halloween 2019! Come get snowbound with us on our 3rd annual Halloween Special. This year, we’re exploring one of the spookiest, scariest, and greatest horror films of all time, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Bringing insight from the source novel by Stephen King (who famously hated the screen adaptation so much he produced his own adaptation for television), we’ll wander the halls of the Overlook Hotel, peer into Room 237 and into the crumbling sanity of Jack Torrance. Also: history of Gilded Age resorts in America, philosophy of evil, and the short story that forms the basis for much of what makes The Shining so terrifying—Edgar Allen Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death. Subscribe to our friends at the Pop Venture Family on YouTube, and stay tuned for details on our upcoming Star Wars giveaway collaboration! Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:12:46
October 27, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 17: This Is the Girl: David Lynch, Mulholland Drive & Artistic Intent
Welcome to the Midnight Myth Time Machine! This episode originally aired in May 2017. If you’re easing back into the world of “Twin Peaks” like we are, you’re ripe for a discussion of David Lynch’s 2001 masterpiece, “Mulholland Drive.” You might not realize just how much the two have in common. Spoilers abound as we take a trip down a lost highway, exploring some of Lynch’s major artistic themes and motifs as he develops as a filmmaker. Using Lynch as our blueprint, we make a case for the universal artist as an evolving thing, a person who wrestles with themes over time, allowing those themes to mature. Like our buddy Shakespeare. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:02:59
October 26, 2019
Episode 124: Doomsday Clock | Watchmen (2009), History & Psychology
Who watches the Watchmen? We did! This week on the Midnight Myth, we’re jumping down the massive rabbit hole that is Zack Snyder’s 2009 adaptation of the iconic graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. We analyze some of the film’s most fascinating and disturbed characters from a psychological and philosophical perspective, trying to learn what makes the Watchmen tick. It’s a landscape of real and imagined gods, human and institutional monsters. In the context of alternate history, we discuss the consequences of the counterfactual—what happened to the American Dream? It came true. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:12:23
October 20, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 16: Stranger Things & the Science of Nostalgia
Welcome to the Midnight Myth Time Machine! This episode was originally published in 2017. Man, it sure feels good when movies and tv remind me of my youth. What’s that called again? Nostalgia. Listen as Derek and Laurel deconstruct nostalgia as a story mechanic. To uncover how it can be utilized effectively, Derek and Laurel focus on the Netflix original series, Stranger Things and look at episode 5, The Flea and the Acrobat. We also explore the weaponization of nostalgia, which can be a manipulative tool in storytelling and in politics. Watch out for Midnight Myth boomerangs, because this episode will having you flying past the moon with lovable creatures in your bike basket before you know it! Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
50:06
October 18, 2019
Episode 123: Timey Wimey | Doctor Who's Weeping Angels, Theology & Quantum Theory
Don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast, faster than you can believe. Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink. Good luck. On this, the illustrious day of the anniversary of Derek & Laurel’s marriage, we’re going back to the story universe that brought us together in the first place: the BBC’s Doctor Who. In a new episode format, we’ll turn our unblinking eye to the occurrences of a particular Doctor Who monster: the Weeping Angels. First appearing in the episode Blink and in several subsequent episodes and stories, the Weeping Angels terrify in a way unique among the series’ villains. Taking the form of a comforting image, they can move lightning fast, but only when they’re not being observed. We’ll dive into the iconography and theology of angels (angelology, in fact), and the quantum physics behind the Angels’ ability in this fun new installment. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Learn more about our upcoming Star Wars Funko Pop Giveaway by subscribing to our partners, the Pop Venture Family on YouTube! Check out our new 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!
57:04
October 13, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 15: The Holy Grail & Other MacGuffins | Indiana Jones, Arthurian Legend & Film History
Welcome to the Midnight Myth Time Machine! This episode originally aired in May of 2017. Our first foray into Arthurian and Grail Legend comes to you by way of Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade. We talk about the famed cup of Christ and its role in stories through the millennia as a driving force and a rarely achieved plot device. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
57:52
October 10, 2019
Episode 122: Let's Get Nuts | Batman (1989), Philosophy of Justice & Victor Hugo
You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? As the pop culture conversation surrounds Todd Phillips' Joker, we're going back to the iconic portrayal by Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman. We'll discuss the film's philosophy of justice, Batman's enduring legacy, and the movie's parallels to Victor Hugo's gothic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Learn more about our upcoming Star Wars Funko Pop Giveaway(!) and subscribe to our partners the Pop Venture Family on YouTube. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:04:45
October 6, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 14: Cha-Ching | Marvel, Patronage, Art & Commerce
Welcome to the Midnight Myth Time Machine! This episode originally aired in May 2017. Do you know what’s better than watching the Incredible Hulk smash aliens and robots? Listening to Derek and Laurel talk about it! Seriously, we talk about the emergence of the comic book movie genre, in all of its glory, splendor, wonder, and pitfalls. We discuss the point where art meets commercialism, and how the influence of big capitalist money alters the direction of art. To achieve this, we take a time machine and travel back to the Middle Ages, The Renaissance, and Victorian England. We attempt to understand modern artistic decisions through the prism of Medieval Patronage, and how this applies to our (well at least’s Derek’s) favorite movie (film if you went to film school) genre, the comic book— as well as Hollywood at large, the nonprofit arts sector, and politics today. Buckle up.
1:01:42
October 4, 2019
Episode 121: Farcical Aquatic Ceremony | Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Medieval History & the Arthurian Legend
Let us ride… to… CAMELOT! That’s right, listeners, we’re heading back to the Middle Ages and the time of King Arthur, his knights of the Round Table, the golden age of chivalry and virtue… on second thought, let’s not go to Camelot. It is a silly place. This week, we investigate the best, most accurate cinematic adaptation of the Arthurian Legend, Monty Python & the Holy Grail. From the origins of the legend to the history of the rivalry between England and France, we’ll explore the ways in which comedy can enlighten our understanding of the stories we hold most sacred. It’s only a flesh wound. Learn more about our upcoming Star Wars Funko Pop Giveaway(!) and subscribe to our partners the Pop Venture Family on YouTube. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:07:43
September 29, 2019
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: Episode Eight, Wolves of the Calla pt. 1
Fellow travelers on the path of the Beam, The Wheel of Ka featuring Derek and Steve is back at it again, discussing Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower book series. This month, our Ka-Tet talks about the first half of Book V: Wolves of the Calla. What does Calla Bryn Sturgis represents? What is happening with this black magic orb called “Back 13?” Who is Pere Callahan? Once a generation, the Wolves come on top of grey horses in green hoods and cloaks, stealing one of every twin born in the Calla. The twins return “runt” with their minds hollowed and their bodies growing to unnatural size. Who, if not our heroes, can stand to save the poor children and lead the good and true Calla folk from their peril? Let’s all go a little todash, and find space between our world and Roland’s as his Ka-Tet makes a stand on their dangerous quest for the Tower. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:07:43
September 28, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 13: The Clock Is Broken | Doctor Who, Mythology & Thermodynamics
Welcome to the Midnight Myth Time Machine. This episode originally aired in April 2017. It’s bigger on the inside… What is? The TARDIS! By that, we mean Time And Relative Dimension In Space. Ya know, the blue box that the Doctor travels in? If you haven’t figured it out yet, this episode introduces Derek & Laurel’s analysis of Doctor Who. We zoom in on Series 2 ,Episode 5 (of the David Tennant era) “The Girl In The Fireplace”— one of the hidden gems in a legacy of amazing TV sci-fi. This episode traces time’s arrow, thermodynamics and the mythology of Greek demi-gods. Listen as we live, learn, and love with the Doctor and Madame De Pompadour. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:00:16
September 27, 2019
Episode 120: I Am a Golden God | Almost Famous, Mythology, Virtue Ethics & the History of Rock & Roll
In the second part of a mini-series on stories concerned with popular music, this episode takes on the award-winning Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous (2000). The rock and roll odyssey about a teenage rock journalist touring with Stillwater, a mid-level band struggling with its own success in the harsh face of stardom, engages with questions about gender, hedonism, and virtue. We’ll dig into the history of rock and roll, the development of “cool,” and the concept of the muse—from Greek mythology to modernity. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:12:48
September 22, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 12: Zoo Me | Zootopia, Fairy Tales & Anthopormorphism
Welcome to the Midnight Myth Time Machine! This early episode originally aired in April of 2017. So don’t you hate it when you just want to eat some pie with your grandma and a giant wolf jerk eats you? Yeah, it’s the worst. Join us as we talk about anthropomorphic animals from ancient fables to fairy tales to modernity. We talk about the boy who cried “WOOOOOOOLF,” Red Riding Hood and Disney’s Zootopia, and ask ourselves why these stories endure—and what they can teach us along the way. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
55:06
September 20, 2019
Episode 119: Too Many Notes | Amadeus, Classical Music, History & Ancient Greek Drama
Do you believe in it? A fire which never dies, burning forever? In this week’s episode, we discuss the Oscar-winning 1984 film Amadeus, directed by Milos Forman and adapted from the stage play by Sir Peter Shaffer. The highly fictionalized account of the entwined lives of Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart reframes an ancient conflict, makes myths of its subjects, and sparks a flame of inspiration through music. We’ll explore the historical context of Austria-Hungary in the 18th century, the development of Classical music, the legends surrounding Mozart’s life and career, and how the legacy of Ancient Greek theatre works its way into this modern myth. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:09:54
September 15, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 11: Don't Disconnect Me, Brah | Robotics, Consciousness & 2001
It’s the Midnight Myth Time Machine! This episode originally aired in April 2017. I am a computer circuit that thinks, therefore, I am? Listen to Derek and Laurel discuss the long science fiction tradition of artificial intelligence, and the history of the fictional robot. Baked into these narratives is the question of human consciousness. Intuitively, we all know we are conscious, right? But how do we define it, and can we create it in our technology? All these questions and more will be (kinda) answered in this week’s podcast, “Don’t Disconnect Me Brah!” Stories explored will include 2001: A Space Odyssey, R.U.R., Asimov’s I, Robot, and others… Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
48:01
September 13, 2019
Episode 118: Bringing Skeksi Back | The Dark Crystal, Greek Mythology & the Art of Puppetry
Another world. Another time. In the age of wonder… Join us this week for a discussion of the 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal. Hot on the heels of Netflix’s release of a prequel series (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), we’ll explore the richly textured world of the original film, the creatures that inhabit Thra, and the mysteries of the crystal itself. We’ll share some background on the ancient art of puppetry, and how he unification of puppet and puppeteer communicates the philosophy of the film. We’ll uncover the subconscious mythological allusions of major characters, discuss the power dynamics of skeksis and mystics, and share our love of Jim Henson’s singular achievement. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:08:30
September 8, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 10: Punk Rock Justice | Greek Drama, Crime Stories & Captain America
Welcome to the Midnight Myth Time Machine! We’re republishing our back catalog to make our older episodes widely available. This episode originally aired in 2017. Derek and Laurel are back at it again, inspired by the FX series “The People vs OJ Simpson.” They contextualize justice as a story, one that evolves through time and cultural relativity. Beginning in Ancient Greece, where mythology and justice merged as one, Derek and Laurel follow the thread to Marvel Studio’s Captain America: Civil War. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
51:09
September 6, 2019
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: Episode Seven, The Wind Through the Keyhole
Nearly a decade after Stephen King concluded the Dark Tower, he went back to Roland and his Ka-Tet and wrote The Wind Through the Keyhole. Chronologically, the book takes place in between Dark Tower books 4 and 5, where Roland finds himself and his band of travelers taking shelter amid the dangerous freezing storm called the Starkblast. Stephen King plays with meta narrative as the story of The Wind Through the Keyhole is Roland telling a story about young Roland telling a story. From shape shifting murderers to tigers in a cage, Derek and Steve break down this interesting narrative as they travel closer and closer to the nexus of the universe, the Dark Tower, say thank ya. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
55:55
September 2, 2019
Episode 117: Ruthless | The Handmaid's Tale Season 3, European History & The Old Testament
CW: sexual violence, war, genocide Spoilers for season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu As season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale comes to a close, we’re left with burning questions about the nature of humanity and the repetition of history. Are human beings selfish and inclined only to protect their own power? Or are they capable of remarkable acts of selflessness? What separates those who oppress others from those who rise and fight oppression? We look to the examples of recent history—specifically to the kindertransports (organized evacuations of predominantly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied areas of Europe) before and during the Second World War—to find models in our world for the kind of magnanimous, mundane, and ruthless work humans have done in service of others. We dissect season 3’s numerous parallels to the Biblical story of Exodus and the implications of those parallels. Lastly, we examine the arcs of our closest character, questioning the show’s take on redemption for even the most monstrous among us. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:10:14
September 1, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 9B: Take This Ring | Lord of the Rings, Rings of Power, Norse Mythology
It’s the Midnight Myth Time Machine—our back catalog is headed to podcast platforms near you. This episode, which originally aired in March of 2017, is the second half to our first discussion of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe. Where in the previous episode we focused on world-building through the various races of Middle Earth, here we explore the mythological precedent for magic rings and rings of power. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:01:14
August 30, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 9A: Spears Shall Be Shaken | History & Lore of Lord of the Rings
It's the Midnight Myth Time Machine! We're publishing our back catalog week by week to make older episodes available to all listeners. Episode 9A debuted in March of 2017. And given unto Derek and Laurel was a podcast of power, forged in the concrete of South Philadelphia, and in it, they poured their nerdiness, love of mythology and story telling! Listen this week as we scratch the surface of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, as we examine the structure, history, and lore behind the modern world’s most famous fantasy series. We take time to look at where Wizards are from, and why Dwarfs are the conservatives of Middle Earth. We talk about how the Elves came to being, and the cyclical nature of good vs evil. We also take a look at the villains of Middle Earth and the corruptive influence of Sauron’s lidless burning eye. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
49:31
August 21, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 8: Destiny's Child | Harry Potter, Macbeth, Oedipus & Prophecy
It's the Midnight Myth Time Machine! We're publishing our older episodes to make them available to all listeners. Episode 8 originally aired in March of 2017. Ever wonder if your choices are your own or if you are caught in the web of destiny? Listen to Derek and Laurel break down stories that deal with prophecy, fate, and free will and the evolution of narrative relationships to fate. We look at Oedipus in the ancient world, Macbeth in the Renaissance, and the Boy Who Lived in the modern day—all grappling with their own choices and the cruel hand of fate. Enjoy this episode, and don’t forget to play along with the game at the end! Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
55:12
August 14, 2019
Episode 116: Cabbages & Kings | Alice in Wonderland, Logic & Nonsense
Follow us down the rabbit hole as we wrap up a three-part miniseries on classic Disney animated features. This week, we’ll turn our gaze away from fairy tales and toward something curiouser… Alice in Wonderland. We’ll discuss the literary impact of Lewis Carroll’s beloved children’s masterpiece, the surprising logic behind the nonsense, and a philosophical outlook on Alice’s absurd adventures. What are Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum? What does the Cheshire Cat really want? And why oh why is a raven like a writing desk? Then we’ll investigate some of the key differences between the source material and Disney’s adaptation and what those differences can teach us about the historical context from which each version was born. A dash of Homer’s Odyssey and a pinch of psychedelia, and we might as well join the mad tea party. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:03:05
August 11, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 7: There Is No Spoon | The Matrix, American Beauty & Fight Club
Have you ever wondered if this world is real? Have you ever wondered if the life you are living is the good life or just the life you have been told to live? Listen to Derek and Laurel discuss storytelling that questions and deconstructs the narratives of 1990s American peace and prosperity. We talk about three amazing movies, Fight Club, American Beauty and The Matrix. Remember, all things have questions, and all questions help us understand this fundamental truth: there is a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
50:49
August 7, 2019
Episode 115: Mirror Mirror | Snow White, Mythology & Religion
Mirror mirror on the wall, what’s the greatest podcast of all? After last week’s stimulating discussion of myth and fairy tale through the lens of Sleeping Beauty, we’re talking about the original Disney classic Snow White. We’ll deconstruct the iconic imagery of the poisoned apple and glass coffin, work through the uncomfortable implications of evil stepmothers, and spend some time with everyone’s favorite diminutive spirits, the seven dwarfs. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
52:43
August 4, 2019
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: Episode Six, Wizard and Glass Part 2
Fellow travelers on the path of the Beam, the Wheel of Ka is back discussing the second half of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book four, Wizard and Glass. Young Roland practices his secret love with Susan Delgado while playing Castles with the Big Coffin Hunters. In this episode we discuss the motivations and strategies of the main characters in the hopes it will illuminate what makes Mejis County of Mid-World so appealing. We talk everything, from the Wizard of Oz, the series first vampire, and the deadly seductive hum of the thinny in this episode. Grab your pink crystal and jump in to see where Ka, like a storm, will take you. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:09:39
July 30, 2019
Episode 114: Briar Rose | Sleeping Beauty, Fairy Tales & Sexuality
Once upon a time… You know the story. King and Queen have a baby girl, evil fairy shows up to the celebration and curses the girl, girl is raised in the woods by good fairies, girl meets prince, girl falls into enchanted sleep, prince slays a dragon, true love’s kiss saves the day, happily ever after. But behind Disney’s 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty lies a dark and disturbing fairy tale tradition, one in which gender and sexual politics and questions of fate are as tangled as the thorny briars surrounding the castle. This week, Derek and Laurel explore the legacy of our most beloved fairy tales and their Disney adaptations. We’ll uncover corollaries to classical mythology, psychoanalytical interpretations, gender stereotypes and more in Sleeping Beauty. CW: brief discussion of sexual assault Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
58:47
July 28, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 6: Rebel Rebel | Revolutionary History, Star Wars, Les Miserables, and Hamilton
It’s the Midnight Myth Time Machine! This is Episode 6: Rebel Rebel, which originally aired in March of 2017. Derek and Laurel discuss rebellion, resistance, and revolution in stories. From the Hunger Games to Star Wars in the realms of sci-fi and fantasy and dramatizations of historical events like Les Miserables and Hamilton. So hop in the time machine with us and enjoy Episode 6: Rebel Rebel. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
40:23
July 26, 2019
Episode 113: HULK SMASH | The Incredible Hulk, Greek Mythology, Gothic Literature & Psychology
You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. Yes, friends, the time has come—we’ve endeavored to analyze Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor of the MCU, but there’s a (very) large gaping hole in our exploration of the core Avengers: The Incredible Hulk. In this case study of the dual-natured hero, we’ll uncover his relationship to the Greco-Roman myths and cults of Hercules, as well as his inspiration in 19th century literature like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. From there, we’ll learn more about the psychology of anger and the journey we all face to confront our emotions and the Hulk inside all of us. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
57:43
July 21, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 5: The Joke
In Episode 5: The Joke, which aired originally in 2017, Derek & Laurel explore one of the most iconic villains of all time: the Joker. With an eye to one of the Joker's most enduring comic book iterations: Alan Moore's 1988 one-shot graphic novel The Killing Joke, we'll decipher his underlying philosophy (and point out some of his most problematic issues). CW: sexual assault Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
53:06
July 19, 2019
Boomerangerang: Back to the Upside Down
The Boomerangerang is back, babies! Inspired by our discussions from the past few weeks—and our love of the Netflix show Stranger Things—we’re mixing up the format of our signature pop culture debate. It’s Team Stranger Things versus Team 80s Movies in an all-out battle for supremacy (in some completely random scenarios drawn from a hat). Who will win and who will be mindflayed? It’s anybody’s game as we throw Eleven, Hopper, Joyce and more in with characters from Back to the Future, the Neverending Story, E.T. and so many of your favorite films. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
54:46
July 14, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 4: Rock Bottom
It’s the Midnight Myth Time Machine. We’re publishing our back catalog week by week to make it available on your favorite podcast listening platforms. This is Episode 4: Rock Bottom, in which we discuss what happens when the hero of a story loses all hope. How do heroes overcome the depths of despair, loss, and suffering to be triumphant over their adversaries? In other words, when a hero hits rock bottom, how do they build themselves back up? Special hat tip to the movie Gladiator. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
39:52
July 12, 2019
Episode 112: Moon Child | The Neverending Story, Mythology, Alchemy & Philosophy
In the magical world of Fantasia, a storm is gathering. A great big Nothing is threatening to swallow up the land of the hopes and dreams of mankind into total oblivion. Only a great warrior—and an intrepid reader—can come together to give the Childlike Empress a new name, thus saving Fantasia from its impending doom. This week on the Midnight Myth, we’re diving headfirst into the pages of 1984’s The Neverending Story (based on the novel by Michael Ende). It’s the film that first introduced us as young people to certain mythological traditions and difficult philosophical concepts. Climb aboard your Luck Dragon for an in-depth discussion of the iconography (from AURYN to the sphinx) and philosophy (from existentialism to esoterica) of the Neverending Story. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
55:27
July 7, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 3: Detected | Sherlock Holmes & Detective Stories
It’s the Midnight Myth Time Machine! We’re publishing our back catalog week by week, and this is Episode 3: Detected. It originally aired in February of 2017 and explored our fascination with detective stories. With a special emphasis on the best-loved detective in fiction—Sherlock Holmes—we’ll interpret the clues and uncover the truth about why detective stories continue to be told. Join the investigation by hopping in the time machine with us. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Save 15% on march through 7/6 with the code ‘SOLSTICE’ 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!
36:09
July 4, 2019
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: Episode Five, Wizard and Glass pt. 1
The Wheel of Ka is back! On the next installment of our podcast reread of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Derek & Steve discuss the first half of Book Four: Wizard & Glass. King finally lets the readers into the murky history of Gliead’s last Gunslinger, Roland, and we learn of his youth and the love that would come to define the romantic nature of his heart, Susan Delgado. Derek and Steve unpack the themes, from Roland and Susan’s parallel to Paris and Helen from the Greek myth of the Trojan war, to the the traumatic and unfair predicament of Susan’s forced and sordid arrangement with Mayor Thorin. Let us not forget the three coffin hunters and their conspiracy to undo the Affiliation, or the mysterious witch, Rhea, and her pink glowing piece of glass. Grip your sandalwood revolvers and do not forget the face of your father in this next installment of the Wheel of Ka.  Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Save 15% on march through 7/6 with the code ‘SOLSTICE’ 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!
1:06:59
July 1, 2019
Episode 111: Creature Feature | Stranger Things, Mythological Monsters, Dungeons & Dragons
We’re just days from the premiere of Stranger Things 3 on Netflix, so we’re going back through the first two seasons to demystify the many monsters of the Upside Down. Drawing on the mythological inspiration for the Demogorgon, the role of Dungeons & Dragons in shaping the imagination, and the long history of monsters in the movies, this episode seeks to understand why we create monstrous beasts to contend with. Most importantly, we’ll explore how Stranger Things gives us a model of monster that realizes the intangible depths of childhood trauma—and gives us a model for how to fight back. Brief cameos from Godzilla, Frankenstein, King Kong, and more as we read listener responses to our “favorite classic monster” Twitter poll! Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Save 15% on march through 7/6 with the code ‘SOLSTICE’ 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!
58:54
June 30, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 2: Hey Princess | Star Wars, Fairy Tales & Princess Leia
It’s the Midnight Myth Time Machine y’all! We’re publishing our back catalog week by week to make it available on all platforms. This is Episode 2: Hey Princess, which aired in February of 2017. We discuss our hero, Princess Leia/General Organa from the Star Wars franchise and her legacy for the princess archetype in Hollywood. With an exploration of Central European fairy tales and Disney’s iconic princesses, we try to learn how to better craft women characters. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Save 15% on march through 7/6 with the code ‘SOLSTICE’ 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!
39:37
June 26, 2019
Episode 110: Don't Fear the Reaper | Bill & Ted, Mythology & Psychoanalysis
It’s a most triumphant part two to our discussion of the wise fools Bill S. Preston, esq. and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan! This week, we’ll get into the wacky and ambitious sequel to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. As we track the heroes’ journey through the afterlife—heaven, hell, a new-age seance, and everywhere in between, we’ll explore its roots in Greek mythology and classic world cinema. We’ll break down the film’s relationship to the story of Sisyphus, cross-cultural personifications of death, psychoanalytical touchstones, and the medieval imagery of the Danse Macabre—because sooner or later, you’re gonna dance with the reaper. God gave rock and roll to you.  Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Save 15% on march through 7/6 with the code ‘SOLSTICE’ 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!
49:45
June 23, 2019
Midnight Myth Time Machine | Episode 1: Villainy | Dracula vs. Voldemort
IT'S THE MIDNIGHT MYTH TIME MACHINE! We’re republishing our back catalog, which has heretofore been unavailable on most platforms. We’re starting with Episode 1: Villainy, in which Derek & Laurel deliver side-by-side case studies of two iconic villains. First, an exploration of Dracula and the Francis Ford Coppola adaptation of the classic vampire tale that upends traditional villain narratives. Next, a study of Voldemort, the larger-than-life antagonist of the Harry Potter saga and magical demagogue. Plus, the basics of melodrama, and Laurel predicts Cersei Lannister's successful strategy against the White Walkers. Stay tuned each week for our older episodes in addition to our regular weekly content. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new merch store for Midnight Myth, Boomerangerang, and Wheel of Ka tees and totes! Save 15% on march through 7/6 with the code ‘SOLSTICE’ 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!
57:56
June 21, 2019
Episode 109: Be Excellent to Each Other | Bill & Ted, Science Fiction & History
The year is 2688. The place is San Dimas, California.The air is clean, the water is clean, and even the dirt… is clean! Buckle up, friends, because we’re going back (and forward) in time for this episode, exploring the cult classic and career launch for the one and only Keanu Reeves: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. For an unassuming slacker buddy comedy, Excellent Adventure delves into its own special moral philosophy, pays tribute to its sci-fi forefathers (H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and even Mark Twain), and asks a fundamental question: can art and music really change the world? Join us as we discuss progress toward Utopia, the themes and legacy of time travel science fiction, and the philosophical depth of your favorite metalheads. Most importantly, we’ll understand what it means to be excellent to each other (and party on, dudes!) Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
57:18
June 16, 2019
Episode 108: Another One Bites the Apple | Good Omens, Religion & Mythology
Some physicists believe the universe was created in the Big Bang approximately 13.8 billion years ago. These theories are, unfortunately, incorrect. The universe was, in fact, created by Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett, and I’m afraid it’s turtles all the way down. Welcome to the Midnight Myth Podcast’s exploration of the mythological sources and philosophies of Good Omens (a new limited series on Amazon Prime and a novel from 1990). The end times are here, and we’ve lost the Antichrist. But is it a mistake, or just part of the ineffable plan? From the Angel of the Eastern Gate and the serpent in the Garden of Eden to the philosophies of the Enlightenment and the persistent “problem of evil” within theology—this episode breaks down the big questions of existence. To the world! *clink* Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:12:56
June 9, 2019
Episode 107: Sweet Summer Child | Game of Thrones, Bran Stark & Welsh Mythology
With Game of Thrones in the rearview mirror, it’s time for another character study. Our listeners voted (back in early April) for a Bran Stark episode, and little did we know that he would become such a key player in the final episodes. We’ll draw on ancient Celtic and Norse mythological traditions to discover the antecedents of the character, discuss the archetypes he conforms to (and subverts), and analyze George R.R. Martin and the showrunners’ intent in crafting the final fate of Bran. Learn more about Bran the Blessed and the Welsh Mabinogion, Odin the all-father, and the Fisher King in our sources here. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:08:16
June 2, 2019
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: Episode Four, The Waste Lands pt. 2
The Wheel of Ka, our monthly Dark Tower podcast, is back! Join Derek and Steve for a no-holds-barred discussion of the second half of Book III: The Waste Lands. Picking up where we left off and traveling into Lud, we’ll explore the changing landscape of Stephen King’s fantasy epic, the character growth of our beloved ka-tet, and the strange new evils and dangers they encounter along the Path of the Beam. Long days, pleasant nights. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:12:41
May 30, 2019
Episode 106: Hammer of the Gods | MCU's Thor, Myth & Psychology
He comes from the land of the ice and snow, with the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow… You know where we’re going with this. The third in a series of character studies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’re rounding out the core Avenger trio with everyone’s favorite god of hammers (um, we mean Thunder), THE MIGHTY THOR. From his roots in the Norse mythological tradition and rise to prominence in the era of Viking to the influence of 20th century psychology, this episode breaks apart how Marvel’s literal god character became the most down-to-earth, human Avenger. Pick up your hammer and join us in a character celebration worthy of Asgard, Midgard, and all the nine realms. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:09:59
May 25, 2019
Game of Thrones S8E6 Bonus: A Time for Wolves
And now our watch is ended. Join us at the end of the road as we analyze and explore the final episode of the cultural juggernaut that is Game of Thrones. We bring in historical parallels to fallen empires and civil wars, references to pagan mythology and German Expressionism, and everything in between. Was it the ending we’d all hoped for? Was it an ending we can live with? What did it all mean? All these questions and more as we bid a thankful goodbye to the beloved series. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:01:34
May 22, 2019
Episode 105: A Diamond in the Rough | Aladdin, The 1,001 Nights & The Jinn
Can storytelling change the world? How does our media shape our understanding and perceptions of other cultures? As we await the release of the live-action remake of the beloved animated film Aladdin, these questions have bubbled to the surface. In this exploration of the best-known retelling of Aladdin and his Enchanted Lamp, we’ll learn about the jinn of Islamic theology, the tangled publication history of the One Thousand and One Nights, and the stories that came together to inspire a children’s classic. You ain’t never had a podcast like us. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
1:01:42
May 19, 2019
Game of Thrones S8E5 Bonus: Wake the Dragon
Game of Thrones Season 8 spoilers, y’all. Here with our quick take on Episode 5: The Bells, we’re interested in the historical context of the BIG THING THAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK—both in our literal history and the history of Westeros. We’ll investigate conquerors like Julius Caesar and A Song of Ice & Fire characters like Jon Connington. Plus our standout scenes, MVPs, and light predictions for the finale. Ring the bells. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
53:44
May 14, 2019
Episode 104: Come What May | Moulin Rouge, Greek Myth & La Belle Epoque
Love is a many splendored thing, love lifts us up where we belong, all you need is love! Come with us to the Underworld of turn-of-the-century Paris—a nightclub, a dancehall and a bordello… the Moulin Rouge. Revisiting the 2001 modern classic by Baz Luhrmann, we’ll explore the tenets of Aristotelian tragedy, the Greek myth of Orpheus & Eurydice, and the historical period known as La Belle Epoque. The tragic love story of Christian & Satine, soundtracked with contemporary popular music, speaks to a universal catharsis and stands as one of the most dazzling cinematic experiences of the early 21st century. Won’t you join us in the Moulin Rouge tonight? Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
58:47
May 12, 2019
Game of Thrones S8E4 Bonus: A Song of Iced Coffee
The Last of the Starks get ready for the last war this week, and we stare down the barrel of the final episodes of Game of Thrones. So many questions! Will Jon and Dany turn on each other? Who will sit on the Iron Throne? Why didn’t Jon pet the very good boy Ghost? In another bonus recap/quick analysis of the show’s final season, we share standout scenes, MVPs, a few out-there predictions, and some literary connections. Also, there was a coffee cup. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
40:44
May 7, 2019
Episode 103: On Your Left | MCU's Captain America, Greek Myth & Fairy Tales
Who will campaign door to door for America? Why, the Star-Spangled Man with a plan. Our Captain America character study is here, the second in a new series of character-based podcasts from the MCU. Hot on the heels of Avengers: Endgame, Derek and Laurel analyze the long, emotional arc of a 90-year old superhero. We track his character evolution from scrappy young man to propaganda symbol to fugitive to savior in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Through comparisons to the Greek hero Perseus and the folk motif of the ‘man out of time’ as in Rip Van Winkle and the Japanese fairy tale of Urashima Taro, we get at the heart of his emotional conflict, and explore his relationship to American history and international politics. We’re with you till the end of the line. Support us at www.patreon.com/midnightmyth Check out our new 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!
56:33
May 5, 2019
Game of Thrones S8E3 Bonus: Blue Eyes
On another special bonus episode of the Midnight Myth, Derek and Laurel tackle Game of Thrones, season 8 episode 3: The Long Night. The night is dark and full of spoilers! Who was the episode MVP? How did we handle the casualties? Where do we go from here? All that, plus an analysis of the battle tactics at Winterfell and some of the most impactful character relationships.
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April 30, 2019
Episode 102: Avengers Assemble | Endgame, Mythology & American History
We’re in the Endgame now. Hot on the heels of the release of Avengers: Endgame, a defining moment for the MCU, and the culmination of 22 films spanning over a decade, we’re here with a deep dive into some of the most potent themes at play. A heavily spoiler-filled discussion kicks off with our first impressions, then turns to the history of the American Civil War, 20th century psychology, and Greek mythology. There were over 14 million ways this movie could have unfolded, 14 million possible conclusions to this fight. So why is this the ONE? Assemble as we grapple with the sorrow and the triumphs of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the communal experience of storytelling.
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April 28, 2019
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: Episode Three, The Waste Lands pt. 1
The podcasting ka-tet is back at it again, set your watch and warrant on it. This time, Derek and Steve are tackling the third book of Stephen King’s the Dark Tower: The Waste Lands. The scope of this book meant that your pod-slingers took a look at the events of the first half of the third book— Book One: Jake, Fear In a Handful of Dust. Tune your satellite dishes, rotating atop your heads, to awesome, as Derek and Steve look at Jake, Susanna, Eddie, and Roland. The influence of the Medieval romantic epic of King Arthur, Watership Down, and good old fashion horror bubble to the surface in the fantasy western. This is an installment of the Wheel of Ka you won’t want to miss, say true!
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April 24, 2019
Game of Thrones S8E2 Bonus: Jenny & Her Ghost
Game of Thrones is back with its final season, and we’re here with a recap and roundup of Season 8, episode 2: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. Find out who our MVPs are, major themes, standout scenes, and a few fan theories and predictions going forward. Who will survive the Battle of Winterfell? Whose life will be cut tragically short in classic George RR Martin style? When will the dragons fight tete a tete? All men must die when the Night King comes knocking.
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April 23, 2019
Episode 101: Who Is Iron Man? | MCU, Greek Mythology & the Trojan War
“I am Iron Man,” declares genius billionaire, playboy, philanthropist at the end of the blockbuster movie of the same name. Our subject this week is Avenger who started it all, kicking off the MCU with a bang. With an eye to the movies and the highly-anticipated premiere of Avengers: Endgame this week, we’ll look for the mythological, historical, and philosophical roots of the man in the mechanized suit. With inspiration from Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan War and Homer’s Iliad, the mythology of automata like the Golem and Talos, we’ll also ask the difficult questions surrounding modern and mechanized warfare.
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April 21, 2019
Game of Thrones Season 8 Bonus: That's Treason
Game of Thrones season 8 is upon us! Winter has come at last and we couldn’t hold our tongues. Join us for a bonus recap and analysis of season eight, episode one: Winterfell. Derek and Laurel will share their first impressions, favorite scenes, and character MVPs. There may be a prediction or fan theory or two along the way. Who will sit on the Iron Throne? Will there be an Iron Throne? Which of our favorite characters will survive, and who will go up in dragon fire? It all starts now. (Spoilers, of course.)
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April 15, 2019
Episode 100: Wizardry | Harry Potter, the Arthurian Legend & Lord of the Rings
In the landmark 100th episode of the Midnight Myth, we’re going back to our roots in comparative literature and mythology. Derek and Laurel revisit the Arthurian legend, Middle-earth, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for an in-depth analysis of one of storytelling’s most enduring archetypes. How does each character adhere to or evolve the archetype? What is the role of the magician-mentor in any hero’s journey? Most importantly, who would win in a fight?
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April 13, 2019
Episode 99: With Great Power Comes Great Expectations | Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse & Quantum Theory
What do Charles Dickens, Albert Einstein, and Miles Morales have in common? In a follow-up to our overview of Spider-Man, Derek and Laurel (or perhaps their alternate universe counterparts) offer a deep-dive into the Spider-Verse. We’re exploring the major themes that resonate through the first big-screen appearance of a new Spider-man, Miles. Dust off your physics textbooks and join for a discussion on theories of the multiverse and Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (woo!). Crack open your copy of Great Expectations from 10th-grade English to track the foundations of serialization and the modern comic book. And most importantly, no matter what universe you hail from, remember to lend a hand to those you love.
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April 7, 2019
Episode 98: The Masked Menace | Spiderman, Shakespeare & Greek Mythology
When the troubling chaos of life presents you with unprecedented power from a random radioactive spider bite, what do you do? In a sweeping study of one of the most popular superheroes ever (and his iconic alter ego, Peter Parker), Derek and Laurel draw on mythological and Shakespearean sources to understand the enduring appeal of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. At the core of this conversation is an unconventional coming-of-age narrative, a character who resonates with baby boomers and millennials alike, and a powerful meditation on the mantra: With great power, comes great responsibility.
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March 31, 2019
Boomerangerang: Pitch the Script
It’s the Boomerangerang! A scorching pop culture debate tradition from the Midnight Myth. This time around, the theme is “Pitch the Script.” Derek & Laurel draw names of beloved film directors from a hat and fight to the death for their chosen iconoclast to direct… some pretty out-there movie concepts. Who would you rather see direct Rambo vs Bambi? Martin Scorsese or Peter Jackson? Who’s your pick for a post-apocalyptic fantasy—Sofia Coppola or Quentin Tarantino? With unabashed conviction and passionate yarn-spinning, come along with us into the bizarre world of the Boomerangerang.
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March 24, 2019
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: Episode Two, The Drawing of the Three
The Wheel of Ka returns with Derek and Steve’s discussion on Book II of Stephen King’s the Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three. What can be learned from Roland’s trip up the beach, dodging lobstrosities and crossing a doorway into another dimension only to help a heroin addict cross NYC customs with large sums of cocaine? Derek and Steve breakdown the obstacles in the path of our unlikely three heroes and how each obstacle reflects the dual nature within their souls. Can their souls be mended so that each of the three can form a questing group worthy of gaining the nexus of reality known as the Tower? And what of Mort, the Pusher, and death? Listen to this month’s episode, and say true.
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March 20, 2019
Episode 97: Oathkeeper | Game of Thrones, the Arthurian Legend & Philosophy
In a new format of Game of Thrones analysis, this episode dives in to a relationship study of two characters from the HBO series: Ser Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth. Both raised to uphold a code of chivalry, with varying degrees of success, this pair constitutes a unique form of doubling within A Song of Ice and Fire. They represent two sides of an age-old argument—and they need one another to reach the next level in their development. With allusions to similar relationships in Dickens and Arthurian literature, Derek and Laurel dig in to the philosophies these two Westerosi knights embody. Oathkeeper or Oathbreaker, enjoy this deep dive into two fascinating characters.
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March 17, 2019
Episode 96: You See Me R'hlling | Game of Thrones, Melisandre & French Mythology
This podcast is dark and full of spoilers for seasons 1-7 of Game of Thrones! In a new in-depth character study from the universe of A Song of Ice and Fire, Derek and Laurel explore the Red Woman: Melisandre. She made an explosive appearance in season two of the HBO series as the mouthpiece of a mysterious religion, and she whispered in the ears of kings, wielding her strange influence from one land to the next. By turns upholding and deconstructing the ancient archetype of the sorceress, Melisandre’s very nature is enigmatic, making the quest of understanding her a never-ending task. So we look to women of history, mythology, and folklore to grasp her inner workings, and to the faith to which she so keenly clings to imagine her deepest motivations.
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March 10, 2019
Episode 95: The Once and Future King | Excalibur, the Arthurian Legend & Celtic Mythology
What is the secret of the Grail? Who does it serve? In this long-awaited podcast, Derek and Laurel explore the legends surrounding King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. Tracking the legend from its inception in the early middle ages to the definitive Hollywood adaptation, John Boorman’s dreamy Excalibur, we’ll seek the answers to the most important questions in Arthuriana. What does it mean to be king? What does it mean to be a people? What is the true quest, the true frontier? From Lancelot and Guinevere to Percival, Gawain, Morgan le Fay, and of course Merlin, this podcast leaves no sword in its stone.
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March 3, 2019
(Bonus) The Wheel of Ka: Episode One, The Gunslinger
“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed…” A simple sentence used to kick start Stephen King’s series The Dark Tower. In this bonus episode of the Midnight Myth, Derek and new guest co-host Steve do a deep dive into book one, The Gunslinger. From the slow muties, to weigh stations, and old time saloons on the edge of apocalypse playing “Hey Jude”, you don’t want to miss this palaver. Go on— and download, listen, share and review— as there are other worlds than these. The Wheel of Ka is a new podcast mini-series from the Midnight Myth. Monthly installments feature book-by-book analysis of Stephen King’s epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower. Read along and join us for discussion.
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February 27, 2019
Episode 94B: Its Dull You Twit | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the Crusades & Orientalism
The epic conclusion of our two-part podcast series on the legendary outlaw Robin Hood has arrived, and we’re picking up where we left off—with 1991’s Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. Kevin Costner’s very American take on the beloved hero is only one of the many compelling aspects of the film, which embodies the progressive spirit that’s infused the legend for nearly a millennia. Derek and Laurel discuss the movie’s historical context within the Crusades, its charms and missteps as pertains to its view of non-Western characters, and the dramatic techniques folded into the age-old story. Plenty of swashbuckling and praise for the immortal Alan Rickman’s dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham is to be expected as well.
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February 24, 2019
Episode 94A: Locksley | Robin Hood, the Middle Ages & Folk Heroes
We have all heard the stories, seen the movies, read the children’s books, about Medieval England’s daring outlaw, who steals from the rich to give to the poor. Join us for part one of a two episode series, as we discuss the folk origins of Robin Hood. From the beer guzzling Friar Tuck to the notorious Sheriff of Nottingham, Derek and Laurel explore the long history of this enigmatic folk hero. How did a few ballads and festivals of Medieval England become one of the most prolific heroes of all time? Head to Sherwood Forest, put on your green hoods, and notch an arrow as you don’t want to miss this stunning deep dive into this bonafide legend.
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February 17, 2019
Episode 93: I Defy You, Stars | Romeo & Juliet, History & Tragedy
Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us! To celebrate the spirit of the day of love, The Midnight Myth goes back to the middle ages and the Renaissance. That’s right, it’s a Shakespeare episode. We’re dishing up historical context and analysis for one of the most important pieces of literature ever written: Romeo & Juliet. An early work in the bard’s long line of tragedies, comedies, and histories, Romeo & Juliet can be viewed as the work that invented our modern understanding of love. And the poet himself may be the man who invented modern man. All this and more in a very special Midnight Myth episode for lovers, fools, poets, and madmen.
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February 11, 2019
Boomerangerang: From Westeros to Essos
Winter is HERE, and we need a good laugh to get us through the long night. This week, on a special episode of the Midnight Myth, we’re hanging out in Westeros, pitting your favorite characters from Game ofThrones against each other in some surprising scenarios. Who will lead a better campaign for PTA president? Who will succeed at ASOIAF Jeopardy? These crazy questions and more as we get to the heart of characters like Khal Drogo, Hot Pie, and Olenna Tyrell. It’s a Polar Vortex Boomerangerang.
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February 3, 2019
Episode 92: The Bear and the Maiden Fair | Game of Thrones, Chivalry & Arthurian Romance
Winter has finally come in the Northern United States, so what better time to revisit HBO’s Game of Thrones with a study of one of the most complex characters hailing from the North. This week, we’re talking about Ser Jorah Mormont, disgraced son of the Old Bear, advisor to the Dragon Queen, and a fascinating model for knightly codes of honor. We’ll go back to the history of chivalry, its imprint on literature through Arthurian Romance, and where this medieval system intersects with Jorah. We’ll also discuss the role of romantic love in the world of Westeros, and unpack the complicated questions of Jorah’s past romances, his desire for Daenerys, and the ultimate impact of his love.
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January 27, 2019
Episode 91: Madison Avenue | Mad Men, American History & Philosophy
The door may have closed on Sterling Cooper and the glamorous look into 1960s America that came with AMC’s Mad Men, but the world we inhabit today remains heavily influenced by the images and events of that turbulent time. Advertising and media continue to shape our cultural viewpoints. Presidential politics and every day life still exist in the shadow of civil rights, the assassinations of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr… Join Derek & Laurel this week as we unpack a landmark television series that cast its major characters in the role of witness to the monumental events of American history. We’ll explore various theories of history, from Carlyle to Nietzsche, and determine where our histories and myths of the 60s collide.
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January 20, 2019
Episode 90: Pobody's Nerfect | The Good Place, Philosophy & Morality
Holy motherforking shirtballs! The Midnight Myth is finally taking on NBC’s The Good Place, one character at a time. This week, the question is: what does it mean to be an Eleanor? Following the central protagonist through the two and a half seasons of the Good Place (and through countless metaphysical realms), we’ll discover some surprising truths about morality, change, responsibility, and of course—horniness.
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January 13, 2019
Episode 89: Cosmic Frog in a Blue Box | Doctor Who, Colonialism & the Enlightenment
New Year, New Doctor! Derek and Laurel are here to explore some of the most consistent themes and arcs of season 11 of the BBC’s Doctor Who (and to celebrate the joyous spirit that is Jodie Whitaker’s Doctor!) Spoilers abound for the latest season, but we’ll focus most closely on two episodes: Demons of the Punjab and It Takes You Away to understand the poignant and powerful motifs of new show runner Chris Chibnall’s Doctor Who debut. Enlightenment religious theory, postwar colonial Indian history, and sonic screwdrivers await.
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January 6, 2019
Episode 87: 2018: A Midnight Myth Odyssey
As year two of the Midnight Myth Podcast comes to a close, we look back on the stories that shook us, made us laugh, cry, and cheer this year: Black Panther, Infinity War, Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Thrones, and so much more… Our first year-in-review looks back at every story we loved, looks at the patterns and universal themes in the stories that connect us, and how they shape our identities in an ever-changing world. Lastly, we look forward to 2019— what we’ll try to do, personally and on the podcast, in this journey called humanity.
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December 30, 2018
Boomerangerang: Christmas Edition
It’s the Eve of Christmas, and the Midnight Myth is here to bring you joy and cheer. With a Holiday Edition of our classic Boomerangerang, we’re swapping your favorite Christmas-y characters with non-holiday franchises to see who’d fare well in the “real world.” Who’d make a better Don Draper: Frosty the Snowman or George Bailey? All that and more. Watch our Twitter to vote for the winners, and of course, happy new year.
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December 24, 2018
Episode 86: You Wonderful Old Building & Loan | It's a Wonderful Life, Christmas & American Exceptionalism
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year to all. It’s another Midnight Myth Christmas Special, and this time we’re breaking down one of the most beloved Christmas stories of all time: Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life. Derek and Laurel revisit flashbacks of the life of George Bailey, the caretaker of Bedford Falls, using his story to understand the greater themes of the season, and of American exceptionalism. From Enlightenment economics to creative nursing and A Christmas Carol, this episode truly celebrates the little things.
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December 16, 2018
Episode 85: The Lady of Winterfell | Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark & British History
Winter has most certainly come, and it’s time to revisit Westeros on our mission to understand and analyze the major players in the Game of Thrones. This week, we’re looking at the eldest Stark daughter Sansa, who, against all predictions, has shown one of the most transformative and triumphant character arcs on the series. From a naive child to a Lannister hostage to the queen in the North, Sansa’s journey has been fraught with trauma, abuse, and tragedy—yet she’s proven herself a survivor (and deeply empowered one). Listen for our thoughts on what makes Sansa tick—and why we think she has as good a shot as anyone at claiming the Iron Throne.
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December 9, 2018
Episode 84: It Belongs in a Museum | Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Archaeology & Museum Ethics
This week Derek and Laurel are back at it discussing the 1981 classic action adventure move, Indian Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. While the movie retains its iconic classic feel, listen as your hosts discuss the real world implications of archaeology and ethics. As Indy always says, “It belongs in a museum” we ask, does it? What is the nature of an artifact and who really owns them? Tune in and let us know what you think as there are no easy answers.
53:49
December 2, 2018
Episode 83: Mutant and Proud | X-Men, Diversity & Chosen Families
We lost some legends in the past few weeks, and in the wake of the monumental loss of Stan Lee, Derek & Laurel now tip their hats to the legacy of Marvel and in particular, the X-Men. Created in 1963 with the intent of promoting diversity and anti-bigotry, the X-Men comics, cartoon series, and films now stand as a rallying cry for the disenfranchised. This episode focuses on 2011’s X-Men: First Class, examining the complex relationships between characters that exist in marginalized groups, and the deeply relatable reasoning behind the birth of great villains like Mystique and Magneto in the series. With love, compassion, and harmony, we look to the example of Charles Xavier to navigate troubled times and give thanks for our communities and chosen families. Happy Thanksgiving from the Midnight Myth.
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November 18, 2018
Episode 82: The World is Mi Familia | Pixar's Coco, Dia de los Muertos & the Power of Music
Few movies have quite the nuanced take on life and death as those made for young audiences—and few with the deftness that Pixar’s Coco has. After returning from a honeymoon in Mexico, Derek & Laurel explore the traditions of Dia de los Muertos as they relate to Miguel Rivera’s journey in the 2017 film, all tied together through the power of love and music. Themes of memory, personal and universal relationships, and storytelling as culture round out this week’s Midnight Myth. Keep your tissues handy—it’s Pixar—and all topics from the Crusades to spirit animals are on the table.
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November 11, 2018
Episode 81: The Fire Swamp | The Princess Bride, Fairy Tales & Marriage
Derek and Laurel are married! As they celebrate their nuptials, your hosts are back bringing the experience of getting married to their search for the perfect story. This week, they discuss the 1987 classic fairy tale/action adventure/true love story/satire/comedy/so many genres it’s inconceivable, The Princess Bride. Listen as Derek and Laurel struggle to stop endlessly quoting this timeless piece of cinema, as they pay homage to one of the greatest works of art ever put to film—that no one knew what to do with in its time. Derek and Laurel, both left handed, breakdown this narrative, looking to find what made it successful, why it still resonates, and why it is as close to the perfect story a film can be.
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November 4, 2018
Boomerangerang Which Witch
It’s a bonus Halloween episode, spooky scary! Derek and Laurel are back at gaming up magical characters in silly scenarios. In this Halloween flavored episode, Derek and Laurel sit around the cauldron stirring up magic potions while they battle for which witch would fare better in differing far away lands. Who will win this Boomerangerang? Be sure to visit our twitter and vote, and have a happy Halloween.
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October 31, 2018
Episode 80: Season of the Witch | Halloween Special
Autumn is upon us, and as we wrap our sweaters around our shoulders, sip on warm cider, and spend our weekends apple- and pumpkin- picking, the chill in the air reminds us of the rich mythological and historical tradition that makes the Halloween season so spookily sweet. So for this year’s Halloween special, sit back with a candied apple and join us on a journey to ancient myth as we untangle a long and complicated history—that of the witch. We’ll question the contemporary renaissance witches enjoy and follow the breadcrumbs to her origins in Greek, Roman, and Ancient Near East mythology. We’ll trace the line from Lilith of the Talmud to the Salem witch trials, from Medusa to the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. All that and more on this week’s Midnight Myth.
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October 8, 2018
Boomerangerang- Horseman vs Sanchez
It’s another Boomerangerang—because we felt the world needed some levity, some laughs, and a dash of cosmic nihilism. If nothing matters, we might as well fight to the death over the casts of Rick & Morty and Bojack Horseman, debating nonsense with your favorite cartoon existentialists. Listen and vote along on Twitter (@themidnightmyth) to determine which adult animated franchise takes the cake.
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September 30, 2018
Episode 79: One Trick Pony | Bojack Horseman, Philosophy & #MeToo
Content Warning: This weeks episode deals with themes of sexual assault. On this weeks podcast Derek and Laurel dive into season 5 of Netflix’s original hit cartoon series, BoJack Horsemen. As we watch BoJack’s perpetual self-destructive cycle, we are left to ask if there is a reason to be moral in a post-Enlightenment world where rationality gives life little reason to behave. From Philosophy to Hollywoo cover ups of sexual assault, no topic is off the table. We must ask, Hollywoo stars and celebrities, what do they know, do they know things? Are they condemned to be free? Let’s find out in this weeks Midnight Myth.
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September 23, 2018
Episode 78: O Captain! My Captain! | Dead Poets Society, Romanticism & Artistic Identity
This week on the Midnight Myth Podcast, we look to the film Dead Poets Society, the lessons it hopes to teach, and the new significance it has taken on in the years since the death of its star, Robin Williams. We examine the themes that his character John Keating recognizes and hopes to impart to his students: carpe diem! Gather ye rosebuds while ye may! Sound thy barbaric yawp. We recognize that our perspective has shifted when we watch this film. We are, in a way, looking down from standing atop our desks, watching for the signs, trying to understand why a great talent, great artist, and great man would take his own life. We follow that question into the characters of DPS, who must ask themselves the same. We wonder what’s most important—the art or the artist? The legacy or the life?
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September 17, 2018
Boonerangerang- I'm Not Your Sidekick
It’s another edition of your favorite pop culture storytelling debate—the Boomerangerang! This time, we’re inspired by last week’s conversation about Dr. Watson and the sidekick, so we’re pitting the great sidekicks and henchmen of stories against each other in a one of a kind debate. We’ll each pull a sidekick or henchman from a hat, then argue who’d be the best right hand confidant of a particular hero. Tons of nerdy arguments, deep insights about Spongebob Squarepants, and weird surprises await.
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September 10, 2018
Episode 77: My Dear Watson | BBC's Sherlock & Sidekicks
We spend a lot of time here at the Midnight Myth discussing heroes, villains, epic adventures, and feats of derring-do. But it’s easy to lose sight of those characters just outside the realm of glory, just to the right of the protagonist, propping them up in times of need. This week, we’re talking about the sidekick—through the eyes of one of the greatest sidekicks in all of storytelling, Dr. John Watson. As he accompanies the great detective Sherlock Holmes and chronicles their adventures, Watson may seem like a lesser man, but time and again proves himself essential to Holmes’ success. We’re taking a close look at the pilot episode of the BBC series Sherlock, ‘A Study in Pink,’ to break down what makes Watson both so ordinary and so exceptional.
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September 3, 2018
Episode 76: Shame! | Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister & the Monstrous Feminine
CW: Language, Sexual assault. As we wait with bated breath for the final season(s?) of HBO’s Game of Thrones—another delay, ugh—the Midnight Myth is here to quench your thirst with another deep dive GoT character study. This week, we’re exploring one of the series’ most charismatic and manipulative monsters, Cersei Lannister. We’ll compare the ruthless queen of the seven kingdoms to the philosophy laid out by medieval author Niccolo Machiavelli, and introduce modern psychology’s dark triad. We’ll dig into feminist studies and examine how Cersei intersects with the monstrous feminine, and the long line of literary ladies who came before her, with ambition as her tragic flaw.
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August 26, 2018
Episode 75: Nolan | Memento, the Dark Knight, Inception & Interstellar
Some artists leave their mark on everything they make. This week on the Midnight Myth Podcast, we’re surveying the work of Christopher Nolan, with a particular focus on four of his most popular and important films: his Hollywood breakout Memento, the second installment of his Batman trilogy The Dark Knight, the mind-bending Inception, and his sci-fi epic Interstellar. As one of the few contemporary directors to garner both critical acclaim and box office mega-success, Nolan appears to have captured something universal in the way he tells stories. With a close look at these films and the global context surrounding them, Derek & Laurel unpack the themes Nolan tends to revisit, the choices of his contemporaries in post-War on Terror Hollywood, and the cinematic and historical influences on his filmmaking. As an overview of Nolan’s body of work relatively early in his career, we hope this episode will open the door for even deeper dives into his art to come.
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August 19, 2018
Episode 74: De-Mentor | Harry Potter, Mentors, Morality & the Hero's Journey
Hot on the heels of the Boy Who Lived’s birthday, Derek & Laurel are revisiting the Harry Potter series for a discussion of the mentor role in storytelling. The Obi-Wan’s, Gandalfs, and Mr. Miyagi’s of the world inspire our heroes, give them strength, and hold them to a standard of morality and courage. To unpack Harry’s many mentor relationships, we’ll focus in particular on the one that develops between Harry and Defense Against the Dark Arts professor Remus Lupin in the third installment of the franchise, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban. What makes Remus a great mentor? To answer this question, we’ll consult Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Jefferson, and more.
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August 12, 2018
Episode 73: 5 by 5 | Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cynical Philosophy & the Doppelgänger
Great rivalries throughout the ages: Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy, Black Swan and White Swan, Black Panther and Killmonger, Batman and the Joker… but few rivalries have the intensity, longevity, or singularity as the one between Buffy Summers and Faith Lehane. Two girls in all the world, chosen to defeat the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness, when two slayers come head to head, it’s a clash of destinies. Fresh off the announcement of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, Derek and Laurel unpack one of television’s most fraught relationships. Friends, enemies, or frenemies, Buffy and Faith give us the perfect literary foils, supernatural doppelgängers, and philosophical opposites. We’ll dig into Ancient Greek Cynicism, Kantian ethics, 19th century literature and more as we unravel the ties that bind the two slayers together.
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August 5, 2018
Episode 72: Boomerangerang: Buffy-Verse
Derek and Laurel are back at competitive story-themed debates in a very special Boomerangerang— as they engage in all things Buffy. Your hosts pit Sunnydale High's superhero, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her Scooby gang and monsters from the Hellmouth in odd and unexpected scenarios, and they’ll try to figure out which character would fare better. This no-holds-barred debate has something for every Buffy fan as we try to work out our feelings about the upcoming REBOOT. Keep an eye on our Twitter this week to share your thoughts on who will win!
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July 29, 2018
Episode 71: Of Eden | The Handmaid's Tale, Theocracy & Feminism
Season two of the Handmaids Tale concluded last week with an epic finale that saw our heroine, June, make a controversial decision. Expanding on the first-person limited world of Margaret Atwood’s novel, the Hulu series, and this season in particular, brought us into the minds and hearts of characters in every strata of Gileadian society. In this podcast, Derek and Laurel examine the effect that has on us as viewers, and how the vastness of the Handmaid’s Tale works to break down the boundaries imposed on women, and everyone in a fascist regime. Why does June make the choice she makes? We’ll answer that question and more as we seek to understand how a character—or a society—can change.
57:44
July 22, 2018
Episode 70: Outside In | Pixar's Inside Out, Coming-of-age & Emotional Theory
The Pixar train continues to roll here at the Midnight Myth, where this week, we’re picking apart the science and magic of Inside Out. Watching the coming-of-age of a young girl through the eyes and oculus of her tiny, anthropomorphized neurotransmitters, we’re got pressing questions about what the movie says about us, our emotions, and our role in the universe. We’ll compare Inside Out to classic forms and conventions of storytelling while diving into the complex and fascinating world of emotional theory.
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July 16, 2018
Episode 69: Pixar Special
There is a power in all of us, waiting to be tapped into, and it is unlocked through the magic of human emotion. This week’s episode is dedicated to celebrating one of the Hollywood’s greatest studios: Pixar. In a part game, part analysis, and part fresh take into The Incredibles 2, Derek and Laurel cherish and toast the animation studio which brings man, woman, and child together for a nice song and good cry.
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July 8, 2018
Episode 68: That's Incredible! | The Incredibles, Politics & the Superhero
The arrival of Pixar’s long-awaited sequel to ‘The Incredibles’ has us itching to revisit the beloved family of superheroes. Turning a critical eye to the story of the Parr family and their secret identities, we’ll explore each character’s journey toward becoming fully actualized beings—with or without superpowers. For a kids’ movie, ‘The Incredibles’ digs into surprisingly mature subject matter, like suburban dissatisfaction, political ideologies, and gender roles. We’ll do our best to leave no stone unturned in this analysis. No capes!
55:28
July 2, 2018
Episode 67: Return Ye, Children of Men | History & Art in Children of Men
Yes, the world may actually be going straight to hell. But what can we learn from the onslaught of inhuman behavior to the weakest of us happening at the American-Mexican border? To understand what makes immigrants enemies and how to combat the dehumanization of refugees, Derek and Laurel turn to the 2006 masterpiece of film, Children of Men directed by Alfonso Cuarón. While the movie may have had lackluster box-office sales, the artistic impact of a filmic world bent on militarizing its borders while on the brink of the apocalypse can tell us much about our own dilemmas. Content warning: this episode gets heavy—we discuss the realities and atrocities taking place at the border. Join us for a no-holds-barred discussion about real life imitating art, and the cost of giving up one’s humanity to save it.
58:30
June 24, 2018
Episode 66: Your Words Are Poison | Lord of the Rings, Corruption & Language
We live in strange times, in which the truth and fantasy are sometimes blurred, sometimes synonymous. Here on the Midnight Myth, we often look to our stories are guides to cope with our troubled social, political, or moral questions. Today, we explore the theme of corruption through the iconic and epic fantasy series the Lord of the Rings. They say power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This holds true for the characters that populate Middle Earth, who struggle against evil magic jewelry, the ever-flowing tide of darkness, and seemingly innocuous--but insidious--language
51:41
June 18, 2018
Episode 65: What Ever Happened to Gary Cooper? | The Sopranos, the American Dream & Commedia dell’Arte
Eleven years after the iconic, genius, frustrating, scintillating, upsetting finale—the cut-to-black heard round the world, we’re jumping headfirst into the underworld of New Jersey crime, and into the den of the Sopranos. HBO’s critically acclaimed series captured viewers instantly by asking a simple question: what if a mob boss went to therapy? But instead of turning it into a punchline, the show used that springboard to open up questions about humanity, mental illness, family, and the American Dream. Now Derek and Laurel pull apart the characters, the influences, and the ultimate successes and failures of the series that brought epic, romantic stories back down to earth. Brief lessons on Italian Opera, the theatrical form Commedia dell’Arte, and the most famous thought experiment in quantum mechanics.
1:11:43
June 10, 2018
The Boomerangerang: Star Wars Edition
It’s good to be back in the studio with a new Boomerangerang—an all-game, all-debate, all-awesome back and forth starring your favorite Star Wars heroes, villains, and unexpected side characters. Join us as we explore the merits of Jar Jar Binks as a web developer, Admiral Holdo as an international diplomat, or Darth Vader as a travel agent. Pick a side, make an argument, and enjoy.
53:42
June 3, 2018
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May 20, 2018
Episode 64: Way Down Below the Ocean | The Little Mermaid, Fairy Tales, Tragedy & Plato
Once upon a time, way down below the ocean, there lived a little mermaid who longed to be part of a different world. This week, Derek and Laurel deconstruct one of the most beloved stories of all time, from its ancient mythic inspiration to its 19th Century origins—all the way to the classic Disney animated movie. We’ll break apart tragic themes and what it means to give a happy ending to a heartbreaking fairy tale, and explore the social hierarchies and family dynamics that make The Little Mermaid a perfect allegory for some of our worst fears. And, most importantly, everything comes back… to Plato.
1:00:50
May 20, 2018
Episode 63: A Balm in Gilead | The Handmaid's Tale, Religion & the Individual
How did we get here? Where are we going? The future may seem an abstract concept, a faraway thing, but every action we take, every word we set down in the present determines the outcomes and intricacies of our world to come. This week, we pull apart some of the religious references in Hulu’s hit series The Handmaid’s Tale to further understand the message the story is really telling. We’ll discuss Offred’s journey so far, what we’ve learned about Gileadian social structure, and the sacred texts upon which this new country is based. Under his eye.
45:58
May 13, 2018
Episode 62: These Violent Delights | HBO's Westworld, the Enlightenment & the American Frontier
Have you every questioned the nature your reality, or podcast? Per chance you should…Listen this week as The Midnight Myth applies its thoughtful analysis the HBO hit series Westworld. Central to West World is the idea of the west, a frontier, a lawless land ripe for civilized folk to come and claim— if they are tough enough to keep it. Amid the moral questions of artificial intelligence and a world created where humans can cater to every lustful wish and violent desire, is a narrative of America. This week Derek and Laurel seek to understand the narrative, from Ancient Rome, to Enlightenment Politics, and everything in between and hereafter.
47:16
May 6, 2018
Episode 61: Infinity War, Oh Snap **SPOILERS**
Warning: This episode completely spoils Marvel's the Infinity War! In 2008, Tony Stark said the age old proverb that the best weapon is one you never have to fire, was wrong. He preferred the weapon you only have to fire once. That weapon is here, and it has 6 stones. The infinity gauntlet as arrived, and is being wielded by a purple skinned Titan— Thanos. Listen as Derek and Laurel do their heavy spoiler filled discussion on 10 years of build up in Marvel’s Infinity War.
53:55
April 29, 2018
The Boomerangerang: Infinity War
Who would make the better souffle—Nick Fury or Tony Stark? The Boomerangerang is back to get you pumped for Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War! Join Derek & Laurel for a silly yet stimulating battle royale between your favorite Marvel heroes and villains (in some wacky and unexpected scenarios). Let us know who you think wins the debates!
45:44
April 25, 2018
Episode 60B: Reach out with your Feelings | Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Rey & the Hero's Journey
Last week, we talked about the Force awakening in Rey, our hero. This week, Derek & Laurel explore the continuation of Rey’s character journey through the Last Jedi. As a mentor-less orphan wandering the galaxy in search of guidance, Rey’s coming-of-age is unique in the Star Wars universe. Where the heroes who came before her were aided by the likes of Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Rey must find her way more or less alone—with the fate of the galaxy quite literally hanging in the balance. Join us for part two of a deconstruction of Rey, a new kind of Star Wars hero.
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April 22, 2018
Episode 60A: Rey of Light | Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens & the Hero's Journey
What makes a Star Wars hero? In a world concerned with fan theories and mysterious backstories, how do we assess the value of who our hero is here and now. Join us for the first of a two-part mini-series on Rey, the central hero of the new Star Wars saga. This first part tracks her journey through the Force Awakens, compares her to the heroes we recognize, and tries to understand what makes Rey truly unique for a new generation of Star Wars fans. When an ordinary scavenger goes head to head with the strongest Dark Side Force user we’ve ever seen—and makes it out the other side stronger—we know we’re dealing with something new.
54:25
April 15, 2018
Episode 59: Brains | Zombie Movies, History & Folklore
Where did our obsession with zombies come from? Whether you cringe or cheer for the movie violence, plan for the zombie apocalypse, or animate corpses with your own home recipe, tune in to our latest episode for an exploration of zombies in pop culture. From its origins in Haitian and West African folklore to the serialized tv sensations of today, the zombie myth persists because it touches a very real, very universal fear. With a dash of Eighteenth Century history and philosophy, this zombie cocktail will delight and inspire.
46:29
April 8, 2018
Episode 58: Daenerys ex Machina | Game of Thrones, the Hero's Journey & the Goddess
From Dragon’s Daughter to Mother of Dragons. From Orphan to Wanderer to Warrior to Martyr. With the most straightforward hero’s journey of almost any character on Game of Thrones, it’s easy to fall in love with Daenerys. She wins us over from episode one. This week on the Midnight Myth Podcast, come with us back to Westeros, where characters often represent whole schools of thought and morality. We’re exploring Secular Humanism through the arc of Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, of the blood of Old Valyria. We’ll also dive into her personal hero’s journey, and the religious imagery surrounding and elevating her. Will she win the Game of Thrones? Let’s hold up a magnifying glass to her greatest virtues as well as her most glaring faults.
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April 1, 2018
Episode 57: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things | Game of Thrones, Tyrion Lannister & History
If you’re like us, you’re missing Game of Thrones hard. As we wait (and wait, and wait) for Season 8 to drop, we’re jumping back into Westeros and its gray moral landscape to study fan favorite character, Tyrion Lannister. He’s a hedonistic nobleman whose philosophical alignment makes our heads burst with ethics questions, whose constant quips make for great tee shirts, and whose arc is as hard to parse as it is fun to watch. Join us as we deconstruct why we love Tyrion, and why we should look closer at some of his actions before we pick up where we left off with him. Questions of morality, monstrosity, and Medieval English history abound in this SPOILER-FILLED adventure of an episode.
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March 25, 2018
Episode 56: Beauty is in the Eye of Truth | The Shape of Water, Beauty and the Beast & Aesthetics
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder—but what does that say about the beholder? In an exploration of this year’s Best Picture, The Shape of Water, Derek & Laurel examine its structural similarities to the tale as old as time, Beauty & the Beast. Aesthetic philosophy, Enlightenment politics, and civil unrest all find their way into the discussion as we try to understand what makes a fairy tale for our troubled times. Come on in, the water’s fine.
57:06
March 18, 2018
Episode 55: Problem-Free Philosophy | The Lion King, Shakespeare & Nihilism
Last week we began a conversation about what makes a good king. To continue probing the possible answers, we had to go back to one of our favorite monarchs in storytelling, The Lion King. In this episode, Derek and Laurel explore the connections (and departures) of the Lion King and Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the historical roots of the political systems laid out in the animated classic, and the ultimate philosophical messages it leaves us with. It may seem easy and ideal to say “no worries” for the rest of your days, but of course, we know there is no problem-free philosophy. Be prepared for a sensational podcast.
47:26
March 11, 2018
Episode 54: The Panther is Dead, Long Live the Panther | Black Panther, Shakespeare & the Arthurian Legend
What makes a great king? The archetype of the king is an age-old convention in storytelling, and we can find answers to that question in Arthurian legend, Shakespeare, Disney, and Tolkien. But let’s look to the Marvel Cinematic Universe once more to try and understand how that question informs its latest installment “Black Panther.” Join Derek & Laurel on this journey from Oakland to Wakanda as we demystify the makings of great monarchs—and how the answer to that question has changed in the modern world.
58:37
March 4, 2018
Bonus Episode: Oscar Round Up!
Derek and Laurel breakdown there picks for this years Oscars.
50:31
March 4, 2018
Episode 53: See You Later, Alligator | Black Mirror, Humanity & the Soul
Is there a soul? One of the oldest questions humankind has ever asked works its way through almost all of our stories in some form or another. But it’s a question that pops up continually in the popular Netflix series, Black Mirror. A vision of a technological future that often devolves into dystopia, Black Mirror pits humanity against machine-learning tech, sentient digital copies, and transferred consciousness on a frequent basis. We’re taking this question up with a quieter episode though. Season Four’s Crocodile asks about whether we have a soul, not as opposed to a robot, but as opposed to the rest of the animals. And if we have a soul, what happens when it’s corrupted?
55:27
February 25, 2018
Episode 52: In Love and War | Valentine's Day, Romance & Politics
Here’s looking at you, podcast. Listen as Derek and Laurel examine the politics, tragedy and love, of cinema’s greatest love story, Casablanca. Inspired by Valentine’s day, and the notion that society’s greatest virtue is love, Casablanca asks if the problems of little people amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Maybe as Rick says, they don’t. Or Maybe its the only thing that does matter. Maybe beauty will save us. Maybe we are doomed. One thing that is certain, this is a podcast you don’t want to miss!
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February 18, 2018
Episode 51: Champs | Rocky, Sports Stories & Morality
As Philadelphia-based podcasters, we’re understandably pretty high on the Eagles’ Super Bowl Victory. But the game that brings a country together one Sunday each year is more than a game when viewed through the lens of sporting history and the idea of cultural identity. This week, Derek and Laurel look to one of the great sport stories, which also has roots in scrappy Philadelphia: Rocky. As a character, as a symbol of America, as a perseverant fighter, Rocky Balboa has inspired a generation of sports fans and cinema junkies alike. Join us as we explore the underlying moral philosophy and artistic heritage of America’s favorite underdog. ****CORRECTION: Derek is acutely aware that dentology is not a word. Painfully aware. However, when Derek recorded the above episode, he fucked up and misspoke deontology (a word whose roots go back to Ancient Greece), which is the moral system he was referring to. Feel free to tweet at him #dentologyshame for the rest of his life.****
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February 11, 2018
Episode 50: Never Trust A Faun | Pan's Labyrinth, Fairy Tales & Civil War
Have you ever walked into the edge of the woods and wondered if the shadows moved? Was it a fairy, a faun? Ever considered the possibility that a magical realm lived just outside the grasp of humanity? On this, the 50th episode of the Midnight Myth, Derek and Laurel go back to the fairytales and myths that have shaped human existence as they discuss Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 masterpiece, Pan’s Labyrinth. Del Toro expertly intertwines the politics of 1944 Spain with magical realism, delighting our senses while challenging the conventions of traditional fairytale paradigms. The underworld, princesses and monsters get reinvented as they are juxtaposed to the reality of fascism and the oppression of dictatorship.    Thank you to all of Midnight Myth listeners, without you, we would have never made it to 50 episodes! 
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February 4, 2018
Episode 49: When I Was Newly Sewn | Harry Potter, The Sorting Hat & Tribalism
Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin— which house are you in? Whether it’s a fun game, a personality-defining decision, or an actual educational system, “sorting” is a bigger part of our lives than we might think. This week, Derek & Laurel return to the Harry Potter series to explore the Hogwarts houses as they relate to storytelling archetypes, and the historical examples of similar traditions. Perhaps the most important question, however, is this: does the beloved Sorting Hat simply reinforce dangerous tribalism? Or does it, in fact, deliver a scathing critique?
57:49
January 28, 2018
Episode 48: Large Short Fibs | Big Little Lies, Archetypes & Gender
This week’s episode takes a look inside HBO’s stellar series “Big Little Lies,” the archetypes it relies on, and the stereotypes it deconstructs. From Freud’s triangle of trauma to Hippocratic Humorism, there’s a lot going on beneath the idyllic surface in the wealthy beach town of Monterey. Join Derek and Laurel on a journey beneath the waves as we look at what went so so right (and what went so so wrong.)
51:58
January 21, 2018
Episode 47: Doctor, I Let You Go | Doctor Who, Resurrection & Psychology
Few themes of storytelling and mythology are as widespread or as powerful as the resurrection myth. From the ancient to the modern world, the idea of resurrection, reincarnation, and escape from mortality lies at the heart of religions, belief systems, and popular BBC television shows. Revisiting one of our favorites, Doctor Who, we learn to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new during the Doctor’s process of “regeneration.” Derek & Laurel take a look back this week over Peter Capaldi’s legacy as the legendary Timelord, and seek to understand the timelessness of the character through the lens of Egyptian mythology and contemporary psychology. Some spoilers for Series 9 and the latest Doctor Who Christmas Special.
44:36
January 15, 2018
Episode 46: Saving What We Love | The Last Jedi & the Legacy of Star Wars
We’ve gathered our thoughts, and now we ask you to gather round as we dig through the complex thematic, structural, and philosophical merits of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. From the psychological to the humorous, the latest installment of the beloved space opera is a treasure trove of reference and richness. Derek and Laurel examine TLJ’s place within the SW saga at large, explore the inner lives of characters old and new, and invite you to join the conversation. Whether you loved or hated the movie, we hope to inspire reflection on the universal themes and motifs held within. No porgs were harmed in the making of this podcast.
53:07
January 7, 2018
Episode 45: Blood and the Swamp | Interview with the Vampire, Southern Gothic & American History
Happy New Year from the Midnight Myth! As the clocks strike midnight, Derek and Laurel are back at podcasting, inspired by the sights, sounds, smells, and flavor of Louisiana. The topic today is the impact of Southern Gothic literature on TV and film as your two favorite podcast hosts reflect on their trip to the great American South. With each new year, there is promise, there is pain, there is something lurking at night, hunting humanity, in a neverending search for blood. That’s right, we are talking American Southern Vampires to ring in a new year. So sit back, relax, and watch your neck!
42:00
January 1, 2018
Episode 44: A Very Midnight Myth Christmas | Dickens' A Christmas Carol, History & Mythology
As Laurel and Derek settle in for a long winters nap, we bring you our last episode of 2017 discussing the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas. In this episode, we ask what makes a good Christmas story, as we delve into Charles Dickens perennial holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Just like the holiday itself, Dickens’ story strikes a chord with its roots deep in history, myth, and the human condition. We hope everyone had a great year, and thank you all for coming on this adventure with us. Pod bless us, everyone.
56:29
December 11, 2017
Episode 43: Darth Podcast | Star Wars, Oedipus & The Hero's Journey
Click to listen on Apple Podcasts The force is strong with this podcast. It took 42 previous episodes, and we are finally ready to jump into the galaxy far far away. The topic this week is Darth Vader and the role of fatherhood as villainy in storytelling. As we all gear up for The Last Jedi, it is time to look at Vader, and his legacy in the Star Wars universe and in villain construction.
47:49
December 3, 2017
Episode 42: Thanks to the Gods | Wonder Woman, Greek Mythology & Thanksgiving
In a special holiday episode, Derek and Laurel pay homage to 2017’s best superhero flick, Wonder Woman. Viewing Diana Prince’s origin story through the lens of thankfulness, your hosts draw comparisons to great origin myths throughout history, from the Garden of Eden to the marriage of Persephone, and make the kind of discoveries you can only find by reexamining one’s favorite stories with an active eye and imagination.
37:44
November 26, 2017
Episode 41: Make Way, Make Way | Moana, Mythology & Cultural Appropriation
How far have we come, and how far will we go? In the latest Midnight Myth, Derek and Laurel take a voyage through the history of the Disney Princess, tracing the way to Moana. We explore the myths that make up her environment, the exciting new portrayal of powerful women on the big screen, and some of the academic discourse and critique of the world of the movie. In Moana, we see an exhilarating step forward, but now that we’re past that reef, there’s much more to learn about finding our way.
48:00
November 19, 2017
Episode 40: The Tale of Three Brothers | Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Folktales & Mortality
Three brothers come to a ridge over a river, using magic they create a bridge and anger Death. Death tricks them into gifts that will destroy them, and thus the Deathly Hallows are born. This week, Derek and Laurel look at the story of the Deathly Hallows built inside the final installment of the Harry Potter universe. Derek and Laurel examine the construction of folklore and how adding it into a narrative grounds the story, then look at Harry Potter through the lens of religious re-contextualization.
49:35
November 12, 2017
Episode 39: I'm Not The Bad Guy | Antiheroes in Ancient Greece, the Sopranos & Rick and Morty
Did you honestly think we were done talking about Rick and Morty? We haven’t even scratched the surface of the multiverse of Midnight Myth Rick and Morty talk. Listen this week as we deconstruct the story structure of Rick and Morty, trying to understand why the antihero works and doesn’t work in modern serialized commercial shows. We go from Ancient Greece to the Sopranos to Rick and Morty, all to ascertain what makes the antihero one of post-modernity's most commercially viable archetypes.
45:04
November 6, 2017
Episode 38: I Turned Myself Into A Podcast | Philosophy in Rick & Morty
I turned myself into a podcast is a reflection and meditation on the Sci-Fi interdimensional madness of Rick and Morty. While we all covet the power of turning ourselves into sentient pickles, the question remains, what is this show about? Is it really a hodgepodge of nihilistic philosophies turned into comedy so tragic that we don’t know if we should laugh or cry? Rick and Morty makes us laugh at the very futile nature of human existence, but somehow gives Derek and Laurel hope. Listen, as we Meseek and Destroy!
42:55
October 29, 2017
Episode 37: Halloween Special | The Nightmare Before Christmas & the History of Halloween
It’s a spooky scary Halloween episode with Derek & Laurel! With ample history, mischief, and delight, we revisit one of our favorite holiday movies, Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas. By combining the two most popular holidays in America, Nightmare reminds us of the spirit behind them both. Its a story of life and death, faith and love, adventure and fear, and of course… trick and treat.
43:56
October 22, 2017
Episode 36: House Full of Mustard and No Hot Dogs | Fight Club, Masculinity & Anarchy
I am Jack’s toxic masculinity. Few movies attempt to address a crisis of masculinity with as much style or swagger as David Fincher’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s anarchist classic, Fight Club. But what happens when the charm and wit of your villain takes over the steering wheel? Perhaps there’s a one in a million chance the whole car blows up. So grab your fists, and remember that even the Mona Lisa won’t last forever, as Derek and Laurel dive deep into the symbolism, intentions, interpretations, and legacy of Fight Club. I am not a space monkey, I am a unique snowflake.
48:07
October 15, 2017
Episode 35: The Podcast We Deserve | Batman & Gothic Literature
Everything is Batman. Listen as Derek and Laurel peel under the bat mobile hood of Gotham’s favorite son Bruce Wayne and his true self, the darling of pop culture, the Dark Knight, hero of heroes, Batman. In particular, we examine Frank Miller’s the Dark Knight Returns as a watershed moment in rebranding of the crime fighter from a campy Adam West cheeseball to a tortured lonely man who will stop at nothing to fight crime. The theme, why Batman? Why is he our hero, the one who’s fame and power shakes pop culture to its very knees?
58:01
October 15, 2017
Episode 34: Mockingbirds and Jabberjays | The Hunger Games & Revolution
On this week’s episode, we step into the strange dystopian world of the Hunger Games Trilogy. By tracking the evolution of the films themselves and their thematic intentions, Derek & Laurel draw real-world conclusions about the horror of war, the collective amnesia of humanity, and why revolutions fail. Spoilers within for the Hunger Games films, Rogue One, and V for Vendetta!
1:05:24
October 5, 2017
Episode 33: What Form is This? | Plato & Being John Malkovich
What is real? Am I real? Are you? Is this podcast real? Is my experience dictated by my perspective, by the materials i interact with, or by some higher essence? When questions like these start to mess with our heads, we filter them through the lens of the quintessence indie mind f*ck, Being John Malkovich. Derek and Laurel take look at Plato’s timeless allegory of the cave, the theory of the forms, and themes of universe justice (and also puppets).
1:00:41
September 28, 2017
Episode 32: Vice and Virtue | Stoicism, Ancient History & Game of Thrones
What is a stoic character? Grim, emotionally immovable, and cold in the face of great human pain? Listen this week as Derek and Laurel delve into the archetypal stoic character and unpack Stoic philosophy along the way. The current stoic character construct bares some superficial resemblance to the philosophy started in Ancient Athens in 350 BCE, but do the tropes really do justice to the philosophical doctrine? By examining characters from the Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and more, we will try to discover the truth beneath the unshakeable facades.
58:01
September 20, 2017
Episode 31: Itself | Stephen King, It & Horror
It has come. With It released, Derek and Laurel peek under the belly of all the ghouls, goblins, and ghosts going bump in the night. This week on the Midnight Myth, the subject is horror; where horror stories come from and why they scare us. In particular, the podcast focuses on the scary clown and how Stephen King turns the childhood favorite into a monster that keeps you up at night. With a few “boomerangs” to keep you on your toes, this week gets to the bottom of horror and how it stands the test of time as part of the perfect story.
49:44
September 13, 2017
Episode 30: Frankenstein | Game of Thrones & Arya Stark
Game of Thrones Season 7 Spoilers: What happens when you create a monster? Not literally, but in a story, a Frankenstein…Listen as Derek and Laurel's next Game of Thrones character case study, as they examine Arya Stark, and how the writers of the show failed to address the spirit of vengeance they created in one of the shows most beloved characters.
55:38
September 8, 2017
Episode 29: Going Native | Gangs of New York, American History & Nativism
Our histories and our stories are intertwined, and often visual media, such as film, becomes the conduit by which we contextualize our past. This week, we examine the film Gangs of New York from director (legend) Martin Scorsese and how it brings nativists philosophy to the forefront fighting for control over the grimy slums of 1860s New York City, right as the Civil War ravages the south. Part of a multi-parter exploring this particular moment in our nation’s past from a multitude of perspectives— and learning to understand the real-world implications of historical fiction.
53:21
August 30, 2017
Episode 28: Here Be Dragons | Mythical Creatures, Game of Thrones & Evolutionary Biology
We never thought we’d nearly cry over the death of a fire breathing, scale covered, flying monster that can burn and eat people alive. Somehow, that happened. What am I talking about? Dragons— the darling of the fantasy world, and the monster that so many great heroes have had to over come. Yet, somehow in the Game of Thrones they have become characters that the audience empathizes with. How did this happen? This week, listen as we talk about he history of Dragons and how Game of Thrones turned them from evil beasts to emphatic heroes.
47:09
August 23, 2017
Episode 27: All Roads Lead to Rome | Roman History, Religion & Empires
From the winding streets of Rome to the cobbled alleys of Philadelphia, our histories are always just beneath our feet as we follow the well-worn tread of those generations that came before us. This week, Derek & Laurel explore the most powerful historical narratives of Western culture and their inextricable ties. In the end, all roads truly do lead to Rome and two monolithic figures: Jesus Christ and Julius Caesar, whose archetypes continue to resonate throughout Western storytelling. Untangling some of the powerful mysteries of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church, we also turn our eyes to what we can learn about ourselves in the stories we’ve always told.
50:31
August 17, 2017
Episode 26: The Greatest Story Never Told | Monty Python's The Life of Brian, Religion & Comedy
When at the brink, we often look for a unifying philosophy that sums up the experience of our confusion and pain, while pointing us towards a better moral life— a life that bring conscience, direction, and purpose. We at the Midnight Myth may have found those words: “Life’s a piece of shit when ya look at it.” Join us as we jump into the obscure and silly world of Monty Python and The Life of Brian. Nothing is scared as we peel apart what makes this movie so damn smart, funny, loony, and insightful. We haven’t done comedy before, so don’t laugh at us (nudge nudge, wink wink)!
53:44
August 9, 2017
Episode 25: What an Artist | Doctor Who, Vincent and the Doctor & 19th Century Art
Derek and Laurel have returned from traveling the great wide world and bring you another episode about a favorite character who travels the great wide universe. In our second Doctor Who case study, we focus not only on the Doctor himself, but an unexpected friend, the painter Vincent Van Gogh. In Season 5, Episode 10 of the beloved BBC series, we explore questions of madness, alienation, loneliness, and ecstatic joy. Most importantly, we ask, what does it take to be a truly great artist?
00:47
August 3, 2017
Bonus Episode! The Boomerangerang
Derek and Laurel are back from Europe. We've missed you guys and we want to jump in with a full game episode. It is a battle of wits, words, creativity, and nerdiness. Who will emerge victorious, what is the format, how does this battle even work? Listen my friends, and all will be revealed.
56:52
July 29, 2017
Episode 24: What Happens When You Hold The Door | Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones opens a concerning door.
1:50:55
July 13, 2017
Episode 23: Don't Let The Bastards Grind Ya Down | The Handmaid's Tale & Speculative Fiction
So when the shit hits the fan, and the world collapses around you, what do you do? You form a totalitarian regime bent on exploiting the weak to propagate the powerful. Listen this week as Derek and Laurel tackle the modern dystopia. In particular, they examine Margaret Atwood’s landmark novel-turned-blockbuster-hit from Hulu, The Handmaid’s Tale. It’ll be another exciting ride in the search for the perfect story!
51:07
July 6, 2017
Episode 22: Hell On Earth | The Underworld, Wonder Woman & Get Out
If you were standing at the edge of the earth, ready to take the plunge into the underworld, would you? So many heroes take that plunge, into the depths of hell only to return, unencumbered but not unscathed. Listen to Derek and Laurel understand the idea of traveling to the underworld as a story device, its mythic origins, and pop culture manifestations. We go from Persephone to Wonder Woman in another quest to understand the perfect story.
55:09
June 29, 2017
Episode 21: Ulysses | O Brother Where Art Thou, The Odyssey & The American South
Ever been in a tight spot? A real tight spot? Oh man, a tight spot? Well get your dapper dan hair pomade to slick back your style, and gear up for an epic edition of the Midnight Myth. Listen as Derek and Laurel examine the universal story of the Odyssey, written by the immortal Homer and re-contextualized by the masters of film, The Coen Brothers. That’s right folks, we’re mass communicating out analysis of O’ Brother Where Art Thou? and it’s epic greek origins. Watch out for the sirens, for their enticing song may turn you into a toad, as we journey through a great movie inspired a true midnight myth.
59:23
June 21, 2017
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