Spirits

Spirits

A boozy weekly podcast about mythology, legends and folklore. Hear fresh takes on classic myths and learn new stories from around the world, served up over ice by two tipsy history geeks.

Episodes

February 8, 2023 57 min

We know the “Oedipal complex,” but how well do we actually know the Oedipal Plays? This set of three plays is a real Star Wars situation, with prequels and sequels and also lots of feuding. Come for the high school theater stories, stay for the political commentary. This one is a wild ride.

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of death, suicide, incest, self-harm, war, kidnapping, and violence.

 

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Dr. McTier is back, and we’re once again channeling the gods. We are learning how to fail safely, talk about stealing plants from your hometown, and discourage you from throwing rocks at your future wife. Y’know, the usual advice. 

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of death, infidelity, anxiety, injury, grief, breakups, and sex. 

 

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Dr. Moiya McTier is a New York-based astrophysicist who ...

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January 25, 2023 57 min

We’re kicking off It’s Norse of Course with a look at the All-Father himself. Come for the history of Norse mythology’s father figure, and stay for inevitable contemplations on death and meaning!

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of White supremacy, antisemitism, murder, hanging, maiming, and climate change.

 

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- Recommendation: This week, Amanda recommends the new competition show...

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From a Jewish Pope to a woman Pope, we are hearing all about the legendary popes from author Daniel Lavery. We talk about “The Rule of Harlots”, Dan Brown novels, and we pitch a production of a Young Pope Sheldon TV show. 

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of religious persecution, antisemitism, homophobia, kidnapping, death, childbirth, misogyny, hanging, suicide, gore/body horror, illness, g...

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Did you know, a ghost bird? Just a dinosaur. We’re joined by writer and comedian Corinne Caputo to explore your creepiest stories, get her opinion on Team Ignorant, and Zombie Jurassic Park.

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of suicide, fire, death, arranged marriage, dueling, and animal death. 

 

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Corinne Caputo is a writer and comedian in New York City. She is the co-host of Pale Blue P...

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January 4, 2023 58 min

Throw out everything you know about Pinocchio. The story of this little puppet boy is wilder than you could possibly imagine. From the wild amount of fairy tale twists and turns to the surprising politics behind the tale, you’ll never look at Pinocchio the same again. 

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of body horror, child endangerment/abuse, violence, murder, animal death, imprisonment, robb...

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December 28, 2022 45 min

You’ve probably heard about the evil eye; there are so many traditions on what it does and how to protect yourself from it! We dive into evil eye traditions around the world, and talk death rays, airplanes, and mummy tattoos. 

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of migraines, colonization, bodily harm, death, violence, pseudoscience, illness, misogyny, sexual acts, child endangerment, fertility,...

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The Orangey Guy is back, aren’t you excited?? Plus we discuss the best ways to give back to a haunted historic site, secrets revealed at funerals, and exes that live in haunted lighthouses. 

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of family member death, illness, amputation, burns, and drug use. 

 

Housekeeping

- Recommendation: This week, Eric recommends 1899 on Netflix. 

- Books: Check out our pre...

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December 14, 2022 49 min

As midwinter fast approaches, we explore The Wild Hunt; the spectral parade of spirits and souls that hunt across the European skies. We discover the surprising origins, the multiplicity of tales, and much more!

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of death, religious persecution, hunting, animal death, animal attacks, torture, fascism, and infidelity. 

 

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- Recommendation: This week,...

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What you know about alchemy might only be a scratch on the surface. Metal to gold? It’s so much more than that! We’re joined by Sara Norja, who is teaching us the history of alchemy. Also featuring PhD swords, philology, and the alchemy of ISAAC NEWTON??

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of pseudoscience, stillbirth, death, and medical issues. 

 

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Sara Norja dreams in two languages and ha...

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November 30, 2022 49 min

Con artists and harmful horror tropes and production scandals, oh my! We’re talking about the Spielberg classic, Poltergeist, the origins of these spirits, and how we can do better with our horror tropes. 

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of genocide, racism, violence, kidnapping, child endangerment, body horror, death, mourning, and misogyny. 

 

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- Recommendation: This week, Aman...

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What was that noise? Just the pipes, right? WRONG! We talk about cleaning up paranormal messes, clearing up a haunting by flushing a toilet, and of course, the supernatural explanation: Cheetos.

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of colonization, body image, home invasion, divorce, and pregnancy.

 

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- Recommendation: This week, Julia recommends buying from your local small businesse...

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November 16, 2022 48 min

You checked under your pillow, and what’s that? A new Spirits episode? And it’s all about the Tooth Fairy?! We dig into the origins of this tradition, animals who collect teeth, and the ways we celebrate children’s milestones. 

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of teeth, body horror, surgery, and animal/pet death.  

 

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- Recommendation: This week, Amanda recommends Wisdom Continuum...

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We’re joined by author Van Hoang, who teaches us the story of the Monkey King, how Journey to the West MIGHT have been a romance novel, and how going through puberty turns every kid into a trickster spirit. 

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of trauma, puberty, crude jokes, misogyny, and arranged marriage.  

 

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Van Hoang’s first name is pronounced like the van in minivan. Her last name is...

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November 2, 2022 69 min

Halloween might be over but we’re STILL thinking about our favorite horror movies and the best villains from those movies. Join Julia and Eric as they determine via this wild bracket who the best horror movie villain is!

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of body horror, violence, torture, murder, death, cancer, illness, cannibalism, cultural appropriation, and sex.  

 

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It’s what you’ve been waiting for. We’re finally going to solve ghosts. Answers like coffee ghosts, teenage shenanigans, and devious child lies. 

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of misogyny, missing persons, abduction, and death. 

 

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- Recommendation: This week, Julia recommends watching your favorite horror movie!

- Books: Check out our previous book recommendations, guests’ boo...

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Parental confirmations of ghosts, theories about a haunted sewing machine, and Schrodinger’s wedding guest? This episode has a lot, because it’s an urban legends episode, baby!

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of bodily functions, home invasions, divorce, and murder. 

 

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- Recommendation: This week, Amanda recommends Thank You For Listening by Julia Whelan

- Books: Check out our p...

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Did you have an imaginary friend growing up? Was he a creepy shadow hanging out in the corner? Even if you didn’t, we’ve got plenty of scary stories submitted by our listeners for this urban legends episode!

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of murder, death, medical horror, military, dismemberment, dead animals, colonialism, bugs, and mutiliation. 

 

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- Recommendation: This week, ...

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There’s something that’s just spooky about a hotel, haunted or not. But these hotels? They’re definitely haunted. But don’t worry, y’all, we’re not entering our haunting phase just yet. 

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of illness, death, child death, colonialism, misogyny, violence against women, murder, fire, lewd jokes, and dead bodies. 

 

Housekeeping

- Recommendation: This week, Julia re...

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September 28, 2022 60 min

We’ve got a lot of dragons in pop culture; funny dragons, scary dragons, wise dragons, vicious dragons. But who is the BEST dragon? Amanda and Julia are doing another bracket to figure it out!

 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of death and immolation. 

 

Housekeeping

- Recommendation: This week, Julia recommends Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey.

- Books: Check out our previous book recommendatio...

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