SKELETON KEYS is a podcast dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of mythology and history in pop culture. Each episode is a skeleton key to unlock a particular artist, film, comic or other popular art through myth and history. Hosts, Torri Yates-Orr is an African American Historian and John Bucher is a Mythologist. Together, they take a look at the people, places, and events happening in culture in order to mine out a deeper meaning, having a ton of fun along the way.
Myths of Games
Torri and John discuss the mythology of games, rituals, and the masculine/feminine nature of some gaming traditions.
Myths of Catwoman
Torri and John discuss the mythology of Catwoman, Persephone, sexuality, and Zoe Kravitz.
Myths of Loki
Torri and John discuss the mythology of Loki, the god, the show on Disney +, and the trickster archetype with guest, Dr. Scott Neumeister.
Myths of Genitalia
Torri and John discuss the mythology of genitalia, the god Priapus, Aphrodite, nudity, privacy, Baubo, and anasyrma.
Myths of Death
Torri and John discuss the mythology of death, as well as Thanatos, Hel, Gede, the Grim Reaper, and the afterlife.
90 Day Fiancé
Torri and John discuss the mythology of 90 Day Fiancé, as well as fetishization, archetypes, masculine/feminine ideas, goddesses, love, reality television and happy endings.
John, congratulations! It’s awesome watching you through various media. Thank you for turning me onto your show!
Fascinating, Educational, and Entertaining
If you have any interest in mythology or the way celebrities and iconic characters play a role in our society, you need to listen to Skeleton Keys. John and Torri are so different as hosts, yet they have terrific chemistry, and both have an expertise and passion for their respective fields (John a mythologist and Torri a historian) that is simply contagious and fun to listen to. They mix it up with expert guests, stellar book/music recommendations, and revealing embarrassing secrets (“skeletons” in their closets). I teach a mythology class in high school and reference this show’s content all the time!
Torri and John’s Big Adventures
I’ve always loved the vibrance with which my podcast brethren Torri Yates-Orr tells a story! Now with her co-host John, my girl is on fire! 🔥🔥🔥🔥- Michael LaPenna @freelancemikey FreelanceMikey.com