The Mermaid Podcast

The Mermaid Podcast

Welcome to the only show with real mermaids, legends and history! We interview professional mermaids, mermaid experts, mermaid authors, mermaid 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, Julia Ember, Vero Beach Mermaid, The Little Mermaid Live Action cast, Finfolk Productions, Deep Blue Aquatic, the cast of Freeform's Siren TV show and the Merb’ys!. Join our mailing list for extra content and bonuses at mermaidpodcast.com.

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April 21, 2021 40 min

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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 W...

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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 ...

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September 16, 2020 14 min

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 min

    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 min

    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 min

    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 ...

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    May 11, 2020 65 min

    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 joke...

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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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    October 14, 2019 8 min

    You’re Doing Great is a podcast all about trying your best and keeping it real! Hosted by your personal cheerleader and Fairy Boss Mother, Laura von Holt! Stay tuned for creative inspiration and motivation, ways to overcome self-doubt and tips for navigating the ups and downs of the creative process and this thing called life.

    Whether you are writing a book, starting a business, changing careers or just trying to get out of bed, th...

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    September 19, 2019 39 min

    Mermaids is a charity based in the UK, which has been working to support transgender and gender diverse children, young people and their families since 1995. Susie Green is their CEO. Laura von Holt interviews Susie Green on the history of Mermaids UK, the important work they do supporting families and young people, the organization’s endorsement by Prince Harry, how The Little Mermaid inspired the origins of the charity.

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    August 29, 2019 14 min

    The latest in mermaid news from around the globe! Laura von Holt rounds up the under-the-sea news including the casting for two Little Mermaid movies, Season 3 of Siren on Freeform, Meghan Markle’s love of mermaids, and mermaids on Sims 4.

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