Pop Culture Mythology
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Pop Culture Mythology is an independent biweekly podcast that delves into how myth and folklore influence today’s books, movies, and television shows. It aims to explain how ancient myths and legends are still relevant in today’s world, and not just in a classroom setting. Mythology is still very much alive and a part of the modern world even if most people don’t realize it. Having an understanding of how these ancient stories shape society improves media literacy, give new insight into how the old world influences modern times, and keeps these stories from being lost to the ages.
||CleanEpisode 18: Voodoo||As a continuation of highlighting myths, religions and folklore from the African diaspora, this week’s episode is all about voodoo. From the history of this religion to the persisting negative press given to it, listen and learn the truth about this..||2/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Myths and Folklore of the African Diaspora||February is Black History Month--a time for remembering the difficult past of the African diaspora as well as honoring their legacy and impact on society and culture. This week’s episode delves into a brief history of how the African diaspora came...||2/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHonorable Mentions: Groundhog Day||Happy February! This month’s honorable mention goes to a February holiday that originates in my home state of Pennsylvania: Groundhog Day. I know that most of you probably know the holiday best from the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day”, but I have to...||2/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: The Snow Queen||Hans Christian Andersen's “The Snow Queen” is a story about adventure, magic, and friendship. And most importantly, it stresses the importance of never giving up on the people you love. While the majority of people nowadays aren’t all that...||1/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Odin||I’ve mentioned him several times before, but now the Norse Allfather is finally getting his very own episode. Tune in for a brief explanation of who Odin is, a not so brief discussion of how millennia of Romanization and Christianization affected...||1/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: The Celtic Mythology References in Hellboy II||The 2008 movie “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” has stunning fantasy creatures, impeccable world-building for its magical places, and relatable complex characters. But much like everything else that’s talked about in this podcast, all of these...||1/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: The Demons and Occult Myths in Hellboy||It’s finally happening! This week’s episode is all about the movie that sparked my obsession with mythology’s influence in pop culture: Hellboy (2004). Discussion includes biblical references to demons and beasts, nazi occult societies, and even..||1/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHonorable Mentions: Demonic Water Horses||Welcome to the first of the honorable mentions episodes! This month, I'll be going over kelpies, as well as other water horses from European folklore. Tune in to learn about these truly disturbing creatures.||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: The Legend of Jack Frost||Jack Frost is more than just a quintessential character from Christmas songs and movies. He’s a centuries-old folkloric character that once served a purpose in personifying frost and ice. This week’s episode goes into the not so ancient history of..||12/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: How Pagan Rituals Improved Christmas Traditions||Christmas is one of the most important Christian holidays, but the traditions carried out on this day are distinctly pagan in origin. This week’s episode delves into how ancient pagan holidays like Saturnalia and Yule influence the way Christmas is...||12/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: The Wendigo of Algonquian Myth||The wendigo is the embodiment of some of humanity’s greatest sins: greed, gluttony, and cannibalism. It hunts in the frigid winter storms of the northern United States and Canada. Slowly but surely, it has also begun to hunt in western literature...||12/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Loki||Loki is one of the most complicated and most beloved of all the antiheroes in the Marvel Canon Universe. But his existence didn’t start with Stan Lee or the first “Avengers” film. This episode explores the Norse mythology behind one of the most...||12/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: The Trickster Archetype||From the Native American myths of Coyote to Marvel’s Loki, humans have always told tales of tricksters. But what exactly makes a trickster different from any other character? And why do we all love them so much? This episode delves into the history...||12/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: The Sabrina Reboot’s Portrayal of Witchcraft and Demons||The new “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” on Netflix has garnered quite a lot of attention over the past few weeks from fans and critics alike. It’s dark, spooky, and delightfully demonic. But how accurate is it? This week’s episode explains...||11/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Hades and Persephone||A dark, chthonic figure falls in love with and kidnaps a beautiful springtime bride. This tale is as old as, well, civilization. But why do we still love it? And where do we find it in pop culture? This week’s episode is a deep dive into the Greek...||11/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Mythology's Role in Political Propaganda - Part 2||In part two of this discussion of how mythology has been used in political propaganda, we'll be delving into the topics of how modern myths like Social Darwinism, the Aryan Race Myth, the Divine Right of Kings, and White Man's Burden affected the...||11/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Mythology's Role in Political Propaganda Part 1||From politically motivated creation myths to modern pseudoscience, mythology and political propaganda have had quite the long and messy history with one another. In part 1 of this 2 part topic, we'll be going over what propaganda is and how it was...||11/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHalloween Minisode: Coraline and the Uncanny Valley Effect||Ever wonder why Neil Gaiman's "Coraline" is more frightening to adults than it is to kids? Well, here's a short rundown of exactly why. This episode features one children's book synopsis, a scholarly article, and a psychology concept that's more than...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Samhain and Halloween||Happy Halloween, listeners! This episode delves into the facts and fiction surrounding Halloween's predecessor, an ancient Celtic holiday called Samhain. Not to go all Stefan from SNL on you, but this episode has everything: pagan rituals, occultism,...||10/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Horned God||From Pan to Thranduil, the horned god is one of the most universally recognized archetypal characters... and also one of the most mysterious. This episode focuses on exploring the history of this character's role in mythologies across the world, the...||10/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Harry Potter and the Hero's Journey||Like mythology, folklore, and pop culture? Want to know more about the story format known as The Hero's Journey continues to affect modern books and movies? Then this pilot episode of Pop Culture Mythology is 100% for you.||10/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Well researched show!
Pop culture Mythology is excellent! Each episode is accessible and well researched. Just finished the Sabrina episode and couldn’t get enough. If you love pop culture and past cultures, this is the show for you.
The Pop Culture Mythology Podcast is one of the rare gems you're always looking for but can never seem to find. With expert audio quality, an amazing premise, and awesome assortment of topics , this wholly original Podcast will leave you longing for more. Stop reading my review and hit play already!
Ari Makes Connections You May Not
Ari really does a nice job with an easy style, with lots of great info about things you thought you knew. But Ari makes connections between a much deeper level of mythology and how it resurfaces in the TV or entertainment we consume now. I really like this podcast. Make sure to subscribe.