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Derek & Laurel dish on myths, history, pop culture and more as they explore universal themes in storytelling. From Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to the Marvel Universe and Star Wars, we've been making pop culture sound smart since 2017. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midnightmyth/support

The Midnight Myth Podcast Derek Jones and Laurel Hostak

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    • 4.9 • 54 Ratings

Derek & Laurel dish on myths, history, pop culture and more as they explore universal themes in storytelling. From Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to the Marvel Universe and Star Wars, we've been making pop culture sound smart since 2017. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midnightmyth/support

    Episode 164: Will-o-the-Wisp | Pixar's Brave (2012), Fairy Tales & Feminism

    Episode 164: Will-o-the-Wisp | Pixar's Brave (2012), Fairy Tales & Feminism

    If you could change your fate, would you? Step back with us into the misty Scottish Highlands through Pixar’s 2012 fairy tale Brave. Pixar’s first woman-led feature may look like a traditional fairy tale at first, but through clever meditations on destiny, free will, and community, it rings with truths that are incredibly modern. How do we restore women’s voices in patriarchal systems? How do we balance our desire to create our own destiny with our responsibilities to family and community? In this episode, we’ll explore how Brave embraces and evolves fairy tale traditions, incorporates new takes on medieval history and world folklore, and infuses Merida and Elinor’s feminist journey with magic and grace.



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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 163: Spartan Spirit | 300 (2006), Greek History & Mythology

    Episode 163: Spartan Spirit | 300 (2006), Greek History & Mythology

    Spartans! What is your profession? As we continue exploring historical fiction, this week’s episode is a deep dive into Zack Snyder’s 2006 adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300. Based on the historical Battle of Thermopylae, in which 300 Spartan soldiers laid down their lives against a massive force of the Persian army, 300 is in some ways a surprisingly accurate—and often problematic—presentation of the distant past. We’ll discuss what really (probably, maybe) happened at the Hot Gates according to the original historian himself, Herodotus, the powerful discourse it created around Western and Eastern Civilization, and how the modern adaptations of this event take those divides to a new level. We’ll never know everything there is to know about the Spartans, but thanks to the histories we have, and the myths they created, we certainly know who they believed they were.



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    • 1 hr 14 min
    (BONUS) The Wheel of Ka: Salem's Lot

    (BONUS) The Wheel of Ka: Salem's Lot

    All things, even the Beams, serve the Tower. Did you think this podcast would be any different? Derek and Steve have started the Wheel of Ka over, in a way. This bonus episode has your Ka-Tet returned, this time reading the wonderful Stephen King novel, Salem’s Lot. After Derek and Steve completed The Dark Tower read through, we recognized that our journey through King’s writings has only begun. While both of your hosts love The Dark Tower, there is and will be, so much more to King’s story world still worth uncovering.

    How does Salem’s Lot relate to the Dark Tower? What themes of evil, its nature, its causes, its consequences, is King playing with in the book? What happens when America’s small town, with its veneer of friendly civility gets punctured by a dark house on hill and the strange nocturnal residents?

    All this and more in this episode of Wheel of Ka.



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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 162: The World Was Wide Enough | Hamilton, American History & Theatre

    Episode 162: The World Was Wide Enough | Hamilton, American History & Theatre

    Who lives, who dies, who tells your story… The question of “who tells your story” echoes throughout the Broadway sensation Hamilton: An American Musical, a blockbuster portrayal of a forgotten figure in American history. This week on the Midnight Myth, we dive deep into Lin-Manuel Miranda’s powerful piece of theatrical Americana in a surprise second investigation into the roles and responsibilities of historical fiction. We’ll go back to the big daddy of historical dramas, William Shakespeare, to learn how history plays have shaped national sentiment and historical perception. Then we’ll discuss the historical imperatives Hamilton confronts us with. What does the play ask us to do? What relationship to history does it cultivate? Does it handle American history with the delicacy it deserves—where does it triumph and where does it fall short? Hamilton is deeply important to us as art lovers and content creators, so we hope to do it justice in our conversation—or that you’ll view us with indulgence.



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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 161: FREEDOM! | Braveheart, Historical Fiction & Political Philosophy

    Episode 161: FREEDOM! | Braveheart, Historical Fiction & Political Philosophy

    They may take our lives, but they can never take… our podcast! This week on the Midnight Myth, come with us to a distant land and a distant past, when a cruel pagan ruled England, and a kilt-wearing, face-painted band of untrained rebels beat back those tyrannical invaders. A time when princesses traveled to enemy territory to negotiate with war leaders, only to fall in love with a larger-than-life national hero… Wait a second. That doesn’t sound right. Yes, friends, we’re tackling the 1995 megahit of historical fiction, Braveheart. Spoiler alert: it’s not history. But if it’s not history, what value does it bring? We’ll explore some of the political realities of England and Scotland in the Middle Ages, the epic “source” material of the Mel Gibson flick, and the reflections Braveheart inspires regarding historiography.



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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 160: You're Gonna Need a Bigger Podcast | Jaws (1975), Mythological Monsters & Public Health

    Episode 160: You're Gonna Need a Bigger Podcast | Jaws (1975), Mythological Monsters & Public Health

    What threatening shadows lie within the deep? For millennia, mankind has wrestled with the mysteries and perils of our oceans. With 80% of the world’s oceans still uncharted, it’s easy to understand why we tell stories about monsters lurking beneath the surface. Today, we’re discussing the ultimate modern realization of those fears—Stephen Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws. We’ll look back to the ancient world and the mythological sea monsters we once believed plagued our waters. How far have we really come from the people who imagined the Kraken, sea serpents, and six-headed man-eaters? Plus, we’ll cover the Great White in the room—why Jaws comparisons have surfaced in conversations about the coronavirus, public health, and policy debate.



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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

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54 Ratings

54 Ratings

aldesisto ,

A unique twist on the movie lover's podcast

The Midnight Myth is possibly the most unique movie podcast I've ever listened to...the deep, educated dive into the history and mythology of the focused film adds a new layer of appreciation and complexity that will now have me rethinking some of my favorite films!

MrPrudent ,

This Might Just Be My First Patreon Subcription!

Like Yoda being so old and ugly he turns out to be "CUTE". The Boomerangerang is so Ridiculous in its offering that it is absolutely...BRILLIANT!!! I absolutely loved it! I am not sure I will even want to try and attempt to spoil it by telling you anything other than check the gift that is a bonus Boomerangerang ( you usually need to be a Patreon suppoter to enjoy). The Hosts, so cleverly attempt to abide by the rules (some instances better than the others; that it becoms fascinating and utterly entertaining. BRAVO!

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Wonderful Stories & Passionate Hosts!

Derek and Laurel have a passion for great storytelling. Their passion is present in each episode which makes for great listening! I particularly enjoy episodes relating to Tolkien and Lord of the Rings. Keep up the great work you guys!

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