The Mermaid Podcast

The Mermaid Podcast

Welcome to the only show with real mermaids, legends and history! We interview professional mermaids, experts, authors, filmmakers, and mermaid entrepreneurs. Listen as we explore cool mermaid history and mythology, and learn what the mermaid life is all about. Our host, Laura von Holt is the Fairy Boss Mother of Cinderly, and a mermaid mogul who writes mermaid romance novels, loves The Little Mermaid, and wants to retire as, you guessed it, a real mermaid! Guests include: Weeki Wachee mermaids, author Jason June, Vero Beach Mermaid, The Little Mermaid Live Action cast, Finfolk Productions, the cast of Freeform's Siren TV show and the Merb’ys!. Join our mailing list for extra content and bonuses at


July 8, 2022 66 mins

A fish-out-of-water (literally) washes up on shore and finds love! Laura von Holt interviews JASON JUNE, the author of the INSTANT New York Times Bestseller, OUT OF THE BLUE. OUT OF THE BLUE is queer teen rom-com and a retelling of The Little Mermaid and Splash. It's funny, it's upbeat, it's got wonderful merfolk world-building and mythology, fake dating, nonbinary merpeople, and plenty of references to your favorite rom-com movies...

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We’re going back to the legendary mermaid attraction, Weeki Wachee Springs! In this episode, host Laura von Holt interviews emerging museum historian, Rebecca Schwandt, about her project, The Women of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, an online exhibit of artifacts and oral history about the experiences and history of the mermaid performers who have worked at Weeki Wachee over the decades. Rebecca shares what she discovered about th...

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Laura von Holt introduces you to her new podcast: Astrology ZONED, a Susan Miler Fan Podcast. Laura and her friend Alex Gershuny, both longtime readers of Susan MIller's horoscopes on,  explain why they were inspired to create a fan podcast about Susan Miller and discuss Susan’s unique posting habits, her mission statement, her mysterious social media, and how this combination has created a voice that millions of ...

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April 21, 2021 40 mins

The newly opened International Mermaid Museum in Aberdeen, Washington blends mermaid mythology and ocean ecology education. Kim Roberts, the founder and visionary behind The Mermaid Museum and the Westport Winery, shares about the various mermaid and ocean science exhibits, the inspiration behind the museum, and how it came together thanks to a special pod –- or “gossip” –– of mermaids. 


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March 29, 2021 56 mins

Sea shanty songs have recently gone viral on social media. Revell Carr, associate professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Kentucky, gives us some background on sea shanties. We hear the history  of how they came to be, what purpose they served, and why sea shanties resonate now. Revell Carr is the author of the book Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels so we're also going to hear some bonus Hawa...

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Introducing the final episode in a special series of original mermaid stories by Laura von Holt, inspired by #MerMay artists.


The Last Mer-Child is an original story by Laura von Holt, inspired by artwork by @duelartista, @frankly_gram, and @littlewingstudios. On a wide and desperate planet, The Sirens have gone to war with The Mermaids. A pirate rescues a mermaid orphan, The Sirens search for a child, and an outcast discovers th...

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Introducing the second episode in a special series of original mermaid stories by Laura von Holt, inspired by #MerMay artists.

The Mermaid’s New Scoot is an original story by Laura von Holt, inspired by artwork by @halloran_illustrations. In a town full of eccentrics, the biggest gossip is about a mermaid witch who learns how to fly. 

This episode is brought to you by Kensington Books, publisher of If The Boot Fits by Rebekah Weath...

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On this crossover episode, Becky Feldman of Too Stupid To Live podcast interviews Laura von Holt (Laura Lovely) about romance novels, mermaid theories and reviews Something to Howl About by Christine Warren. They talk about why Twilight is a great comfort watch, what Shakespeare got wrong about Romeo & Juliet, family sagas of The Little Mermaid and of course, romance novels!

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Introducing the first in a special series of original mermaid stories by Laura von Holt, inspired by #MerMay artists.

The Mermaid and the Crystal Ball is an original story by Laura von Holt, inspired by artwork by @zhanadarte. While on a roadtrip to a new life, a woman discovers a mysterious crystal ball in a deserted gas station. 

This episode is brought to you by Kensington Books, publisher of The Siren and The Deep Blue Sea by K...

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September 16, 2020 14 mins

Yay, voting! If there’s one lesson we learned from The Little Mermaid, it’s that mermaids must use their voice! Host Laura von Holt gives quick, easy information on how to register to vote, where to find your polling place and some of her favorite practices for researching issues and candidates. We hope all of our American merfolk will join us in being mers who vote! Your voice matters!

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July 27, 2020 50 mins

Animal Crossing New Horizons has been a popular pastime for many people during quarantine. The latest swimming and diving update brought new mermaid “recipes” for decor and accessories. Luke Stoffel, host of the 5-star island “Neverland” and creator of The Unicorn Cookbook, shares his tips for creating a mermaid dream home to make your ACNH island a perfect fantasy paradise.


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Mermaid Chè Monique is a professional mermaid, a DC burlesque performer and the founder of the plus-size apparel company, Society of Fat Mermaids. We chat about mermaid conventions like MerMagicCon, Metro Merfolk and the pleasures of having a mermaid pod, the similarities between burlesque and mermaid life, and the importance of nurturing your fantasy life as an adult.


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June 29, 2020 88 mins

Welcome to a special episode in which Black Professional Merfolk discuss their lives on land and under the sea. 

The hashtag #MerfolkforBlackLives was started on Instagram by Mermaid Che Monique. Since her original post on June 3, 2020, the Mer community has really taken up that call to discuss why the Black Lives Matter movement is important to them and the hashtag now has hundreds of posts on social media. 

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Host Laura von Holt interviews Maggie Tokuda-Hall, the author of a new book entitled THE MERMAID THE WITCH AND THE SEA. Maggie shares her writing process and how her world travels influenced the story. Maggie talks about world-builidng, and her invention of a particular mythology where mermaids act as “the memories of the sea.” 

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May 27, 2020 7 mins

We love #MerMay - a monthlong celebration of artwork and mermaids. Seeing all of the beautiful posts on social media gave us a fun idea for a collaboration. So if you’re a #MerMay artist, we want YOU! 


Tag @mermaidpodcast in any of your #mermay posts, and we may choose to write a short story inspired by your mer character! Your artwork and the short story will be featured on our social media channels and in an episode of The Merm...

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May 11, 2020 65 mins

Several members of the Frolic Podcast Network have gathered for group mayhem and silliness for your collective amusement! I had the idea to do a group gathering of mayhem and merriment, so in this episode, we have me, Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Kelly from Boobies & Noobies, and Kelsey and Zoë from Tea & Strumpets.

We get very silly and invite you to join us. We forget to introduce ourselves. We tell jokes. We de...

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Illness has always been a part of human history, and mermaid legends have long played a part in offering protection from disease or foretold plagues and catastrophes.  Professor Sarah Peverley returns to share stories of how mermaid cures have helped people through past epidemics. In the 19th century, people drew the Japanese Amabie mermaids as protection against disease, and that practice has been resurrected on social media durin...

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You thought you knew podcast host and mermaid mogul, Laura von Holt, but you’ve never heard her like this before!  Lindsay Emory guest hosts to interview Laura about her life as the mermaid romance author known as Laura Lovely. 

Laura shares her professional history of adopting alternate personas, her time as pinup model and actress, how she was kicked out of the Louvre, and how 80’s pop culture and Washington Irving (the father of...

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What do mermaids have to do with zombies, monsters and saints? Laura von Holt interviews Persephone Braham about the mermaid mythology of Latin America and the Caribbean. From the evolution of the word sirenas, to mermaid iconography in religious works and art, to the mermaid’s role in colonialism, this in-depth interview covers the vast and multi-faceted role of mermaids in history, religion, literature and art. Learn about the si...

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It’s the 30th anniversary of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. With several adaptations in the works, it’s a great time to talk about the history of The Little Mermaid. Sacha Coward is mermaid folklorist and freelance museum professional who has worked at local, national, and international museums and galleries..and also designs escape  rooms! Host Laura von Holt asked Sacha to tell her everything he knows about The Little Mermaid, Hans...

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