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A boozy weekly podcast about mythology, legends and folklore. Hear fresh takes on classic myths and learn new stories from around the world, served up over ice by two tipsy history geeks.

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260: Your Urban Legends LVII - The Mold Finds a Way

December 1st, 2021

49:43

We’re delivering your urban legends; hot, fresh, and straight from a creepy basement. Or perhaps you’d like a creepy attic door that refuses to close. It’s a real buffet of creepiness, served up for you. 

 

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259: Advice from Folklore VI (with Dr. Moiya McTier)

November 24th, 2021

56:25

The gods are back to give advice, with advice dealing with angsty teenagers from a teacher of gods, to learning to become fluent in fae speak to get …

258: Paul Bunyan and Indigenous Traditions (with Leah Lemm)

November 17th, 2021

45:08

Sometimes you just gotta go off about Paul Bunyan and timber. We’re joined by Leah Lemm, who shares with us growing up with Paul Bunyan stories, how …

257: Athena

November 10th, 2021

53:15

It’s Girl Boss Time-- We mean, Athena Time. We talk about some cool birds that we like, how Meryl Streep is channeling Athena in most of the movies …

256: Your Urban Legends LVI: The Spookiest Story We’ve Ever Told

November 3rd, 2021

52:59
This is it. This is the one. Potentially the spookiest story we’ve ever told on this show. In fact it is the ONLY story of this episode. That’s how …

255: The Conjuring and Haunted Houses (Myth Movie Night)

October 27th, 2021

55:08

We’re talking demons, haunted houses, and horror tropes as we watch 2013’s The Conjuring. And asking the important question: How long would YOU live …

254: Mermaids, Magic, and Murder (with Maggie Tokuda-Hall)

October 20th, 2021

44:59

This week, author Maggie Tokuda-Hall joins us to talk about all things murder and magic. From the exploration of gender, to werewolves as a metaphor …

253: Apollo

October 13th, 2021

51:31

We’re back visiting the Olympian gods and this time it’s finance bro Apollo. We talk about all the women (and men!) Apollo has wronged, and of …

252: Your Urban Legends LV - Messy Chicken Bone Eater

October 6th, 2021

50:15

We’re going on a haunted date through the forest. Because you don’t really know your partner until you see how polite they are to a terrifying German …

251: Advice from Folklore V (with Dr. Moiya McTier)

September 29th, 2021

55:21

Hold on a second, we’re channeling the gods to answer your questions about creativity, religion, bachelorette parties, body image and more. Don’t …

250: The Magic of Home (with Sarah Hollowell)

September 22nd, 2021

52:41

There’s something magical about the magic of home, and Sarah Hollowell wrote a whole book about it. We talk about spending time in the elementary …

249: Artemis

September 15th, 2021

51:13
Introducing our newest segment: It’s All Greek to Me - Finally Fulfilling the Promise of Spirits Podcast, by Spirits Podcast. And of course we’re …

248: Your Urban Legends LIV - Do You Want to Be a Pickle Man?!

September 8th, 2021

48:37

Children in dangerous situations, children being scared by pickles, the kids are creepy but alright! The new urban legends episode features many …

247: The Green Knight (Myth Movie Night)

September 1st, 2021

49:58

It’s movie night and we’ve watched the stunning film, The Green Knight. We talk classic fairy tale tropes, Arthurian canon, Latin funeral hymns, letting Dev Patel sleep, and what exactly the problems with chivalry are. 

246: Feminism, Judaism, and Fairy Tales (with Veronica Schanoes)

August 25th, 2021

51:09

We’re joined by author and professor Veronica Schanoes, who leads us through a forest of  the feminism of Alice in Wonderland, taking moralizing out …

245: Dreams

August 18th, 2021

39:32

Lay your head down, close your eyes, and drift off to dreamland as we talk about the mythological stories and figures that inhabit your dreams! Also, …

244: Your Urban Legends LIII - The Ghost is Capitalism

August 11th, 2021

45:50

There’s something very special about this episode. We answer questions like “why can’t capitalism be a ghost?”, “are ghosts part of your college …

243: Westworld, Robots, and AI (Myth Movie Night)

August 4th, 2021

55:24

Robots, androids, AI - the staples of our science fiction media actually have very historical and mythological inspiration! Join us as we discuss the …

242: Ghosts and Indigenous Spirits (with Owl Goingback)

July 28th, 2021

45:56

We’re joined by author and storyteller, Owl Goingback. He tells us all about things like befriending the Creature from the Black Lagoon, hoping to see Sasquatch, and his personal experiences as the caretaker of the most …

241: Crane Wife

July 21st, 2021

49:08

In the past, we’ve talked about bird husbands and seal wives, but today we’re diving deep into Animal Spouses with the Japanese folk tale, the Crane …

240: Your Urban Legends LII - A Haunted Osmosis Jones Situation

July 14th, 2021

51:44

This episode is full of creepy shenanigans, don’t worry. We talk viral Tiktok ghosts, respecting funeral directors and undertakers, and what was …

239: Advice from Folklore IV (with Dr. Moiya McTier)

July 7th, 2021

55:33

The gods have given more advice, and we’re sharing it with you. We trick imposter syndrome with a trickster, making new houses and apartments into a home, and tackling to-do lists. 

 

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238: Exploring Other Worlds (with Becky Chambers)

June 30th, 2021

40:47

We chat with award-winning science fiction author Becky Chambers! We define space opera, talk about building big worlds without confusing your audience, and creating “cozy science fiction”.

 

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237: Sinbad the Sailor (Part 2)

June 23rd, 2021

47:12

Ahoy! Is that the return of Sinbad the Sailor? It is! We’re judging the luckiest/unluckiest man in folklore this week, as well as talking about the …

236: Your Urban Legends LI - Ghostly Cheez-Its

June 16th, 2021

52:28

Would you eat the cursed Cheez-its? It’s important that we know if you would. Also, we talk about being trained by a ghost on how to be a good adult, …

235: Beauty and the Beast (Myth Movie Night)

June 9th, 2021

1:00:29

Here comes the podcast, with its myths like always. We’re covering the origins of the classic, Beauty and the Beast, and decide that if we try, we can all be disembodied himbos. 

 

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234: Sirens and Black Voices (with Bethany C. Morrow)

June 2nd, 2021

1:06:25

We’re joined this week to talk with author Bethany C. Morrow about her novels, using “speculative” fiction to tell the truth, how Black sisterhood is …

233: Sinbad the Sailor

May 26th, 2021

45:30

An episode with a framing device, within a framing device. We’re getting meta here with the One Thousand and One Nights story, Sinbad the Sailor. We discuss whether or not Sinbad is the luckiest or unluckiest guy in the …

232: Your Urban Legends L - Mold? Or GHOSTS?

May 19th, 2021

44:51

Haunted woods, haunted schools, and creepy kids. We’re hitting all of the classics in this Urban Legends episode, including the return of a familiar …

231: Advice from Folklore III (with Dr. Moiya McTier)

May 12th, 2021

55:29

Dr. Moiya is back to help Julia channel the gods and give advice to our Conspiriters about science, relationships, and what wild animals to feed. …

230: Jamaican Witches (with Ciannon Smart)

May 5th, 2021

43:46

One trip and one story can change your life, as author Ciannon Smart showed us in this episode. Listen to how her trip to Rose Hall in Jamaica stuck with her for a decade, how she embraced her weird kid energy to learn …

229: The Secret Tunnels of Europe (Erdstalls)

April 28th, 2021

45:19

They’re mysterious, they’re everywhere, and they’re not quite tall enough to stand up in. This week we explore erdstalls, the completely mystifying …

228: Inserting Ourselves into the Story (with Rena Rossner)

April 21st, 2021

46:00

We chat with author Rena Rossner about her new book, inserting ourselves into historical fiction, the fairy tales of her youth, and looking beyond …

227: Your Urban Legends XLIX - PS3: Powered By Ghosts?

April 14th, 2021

52:10

What kind of video games do ghost gamers prefer? What does the hierarchy of sleep paralysis demons look like? Is a ghost with snow pants really THAT scary? Sometimes we’re left with more questions than answers after an …

226: Soju (with Dr. Hyunhee Park)

April 7th, 2021

47:01

We talk a lot about the ghost type of spirits on the show, but what about the liquor kind of spirits? We’re joined by Dr. Hyunhee Park to talk about the global history of the distinctive Korean drink: Soju. Hint: It all …

225: Tatterhood

March 31st, 2021

44:38

Obviously looks aren’t everything, and with Tatterhood that is absolutely true. This fairy tale is full of twists, turns, and incredible aesthetics. …

224: Your Urban Legends XLVIII - The Creepy Child Scale

March 24th, 2021

47:28

We’re mixing up statistics and graphs with our creepy children. Typical episode of the show. Also featuring how funeral homes shouldn’t be real …

223: The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Myth Movie Night)

March 17th, 2021

49:19

When you put on a Studio Ghibli film, you don’t expect to be talking about aliens and proto-science fiction in 9th century Japan. But that didn’t …

222: Women and Other Monsters (with Jess Zimmerman)

March 10th, 2021

46:48

We’re joined by author Jess Zimmerman, making her Spirits return, to talk about women and monsters from Greek mythology. We chat Aerosmith music …

221: The Moon

March 3rd, 2021

40:17

Look up at the night time sky. See the moon? Human beings have been doing the exact same thing for centuries, and there’s plenty of moon deities to …

220: Your Urban Legends XLVII - Expanding the Spirits Canon

February 24th, 2021

49:59

The lore of Spirits is expanding with more stories about the man with the trenchcoat and the dog, the origins of the Silent Hill movies, and more …

219: Advice from Folklore II (with Moiya McTier)

February 17th, 2021

1:01:42

Julia and Moiya are back channeling the gods to give you advice on burning questions! Amanda teams up with a fortune god to give financial advice, we …

218: Creepypasta (with Jenna Stoeber)

February 10th, 2021

56:07

We’re joined by horror and video game connoisseur, Jenna Stoeber, to discuss the Internet’s own version of folklore - Creepypastas. From Candle Cove …

217: Theatre Superstitions

February 3rd, 2021

50:24

We have talked about theatre a LOT over the past five years, so now seems like the perfect time to talk about theatre superstitions! From old …

216: Your Urban Legends XLVI - All Stars!

January 27th, 2021

1:04:20

Sometimes a story just sticks with you. And in this last installment of Oops! All Urban Legends month, our favorite hometown tales are back and better than ever. Hear the real story behind the Toyota Plant, the return …

215: Your Urban Legends XLV - XL!

January 20th, 2021

1:03:09

A creepy store, ghost hunting parents, and a small town monster family! These extra long stories deserved their own episodes because they are so JAM PACKED with details to scare and delight. 

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214: Your Urban Legends XLIV - Pets & Animals!

January 13th, 2021

52:44

Humans aren’t the only supernatural beings and spirits out there - it’s time to feature the pets and animals in our creepy lives! Featuring a cat’s unfinished business, how to create a plant ghost, a horse antichrist, …

213: Your Urban Legends XLIII - Second Chances!

January 6th, 2021

59:50

A whole month of urban legends. You read that right. And we’re kicking it off with Second Chances - a series of updates from stories we love, and new …

212: Over the Moon (Myth Movie Night)

December 30th, 2020

45:42

We’re closing out this year with the tale of Chang’e - or rather, the many tales of the Chinese moon goddess. We cry through a musical, blend tales of betrayal and love, and discuss the honesty of grief and moving on, …

211: A Christmas Carol (with Emily VanDerWerff)

December 23rd, 2020

50:45

A year ago, we said we’d have Emily VanDerWerff on to talk about A Christmas Carol, and damn it, we delivered! We talk cozy ghost stories, bringing …

210: Your Urban Legends XLII - The Worst Question We’ve Ever Asked

December 16th, 2020

59:24

Sometimes we ask a question on this show that simply does not have an answer. And that’s probably for the best. We talk hair-styling witches, flipping haunted homes, and… well you’ll just have to wait to find out. 

209: Past Lives

December 9th, 2020

47:22

We haven’t gotten existential about death in a while, so let’s talk about past lives! We touch upon the religious and philosophical origins of rebirth and reincarnation, and discuss the modern interest and study of past …

208: Beowulf (with Maria Dahvana Headley)

December 2nd, 2020

55:29

Bro! Gather round the mead hall, because we’re gonna tell the story of Beowulf, talk the nuance of translation, and gush over warrior queens with …

207: Advice from Folklore (with Moiya McTier)

November 25th, 2020

52:46

It’s time to turn to the gods for some divine advice. We welcome Moiya McTier back to the show to channel the gods like the oracles of old and answer …

206: Your Urban Legends XLI - Trapper Keeper Confusion

November 18th, 2020

47:40

We’re all over the place in this one, both in terms of content and geography. From Scandinavia to Alaska, we’re questioning your choices left and …

205: The ‘Hades’ Guide to the Greek Underworld

November 11th, 2020

49:53

Right this way! We’ll be your tour guides through the Greek Underworld this episode as we talk about the new game, Hades, as well as the chthonic gods, hot Furies, sleepy lads, and who this Zagreus guy is, anyway. 

204: Frankenstein (with Rose Eveleth)

November 4th, 2020

59:33

October might be over, but when you’re Mary Shelley, every day is a great day to talk about death. That’s why we were so excited to have guest Rose Eveleth, who walked us through the scientific origins behind …

203: Halloweentown (Myth Movie Night)

October 28th, 2020

43:37

Only on Spirits do we get really into the logistics and philosophy of a Disney Channel Original Movie. We’re talking Halloweentown, and stress that …

202: Your Urban Legends XL - Maybe it was Crows?

October 21st, 2020

57:46

It’s Halloween month, which means we are breaking out some of the best urban legends in our inbox. Cursed buildings, cursed objects, cursed woods. You name it, we’ve got scary urban legends about it!

 

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201: 50 Scariest Urban Legends from Each State

October 14th, 2020

58:54

Your state might be spookier than you thought. For Halloween, we’re rounding up the scariest urban legends from all 50 states! Listen to find out what state is haunted by a horse, which is haunted by a pickup truck, and …

200!!! Urban Legends + Q&A Spectacular!

September 30th, 2020

1:11:37

200 episodes. Wow. We answer your questions, follow up on past episodes, and rate the sexiness of several mythological and folklore beings. Thank …

199: Your Urban Legends XXXIX

September 23rd, 2020

1:00:28

Fair warning: This is a butt-heavy episode. Also featuring frequent haunted sleepovers, a wild scooter ride, and why Bluetooth technology is suddenly …

198: The Western Zodiac

September 16th, 2020

46:19

After making too many jokes about Virgo season, Julia is making it up to Amanda by giving her a tour of the Western Zodiac! We still know too much …

197: Music and Ghosts (with Erica Waters)

September 9th, 2020

38:45

Do you hear some otherworldly banjo music coming from the pines? Don’t worry, we’ve brought on author Erica Waters to guide us through her new book, the ghosts of her childhood, and murder ballads. Also humidity? Just …

196: Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster (Myth Movie Night)

September 2nd, 2020

50:18

Who would have guessed that Scooby Doo would have us go deeper than Loch Ness itself? Was the Loch Ness Monster just a marketing scheme? And what, …

195: Your Urban Legends XXXVIII - The Backwoods Cabin Door Turner

August 26th, 2020

47:41

Is your house really energy efficient, or do you have ghosts? What genre do singing sands rock out to? Has this whole podcast been a conspiracy to …

194: Sailor Superstitions

August 19th, 2020

36:04

Avast! What’s that on the horizon? Unlucky bananas, gold hoop earrings, and sons of guns; it must be sailor superstitions! Trim the sails and come on …

193: Norse Cosmology (with Moiya McTier)

August 12th, 2020

49:10

Science and folklore make a wonderful shot and chaser for our guest, Moiya McTier, who is here to regale us with facts about space as she maps the …

192: The Invisible Man (Myth Movie Night)

August 5th, 2020

41:49

The Invisible Man has been scaring us since 1897, but invisibility has been used for nefarious purposes in myths and legends since way before that. Our survey of invisibility spans past centuries all the way to the …

191: Your Urban Legends XXXVII - TikTok Ghost!

July 29th, 2020

42:27

We’re raising some important questions because of your urban legends: Do you have a cursed bloodline? What kind of TikToks are ghosts into? Why is Florida so spooky? We don’t promise we have all the answers, though. 

190: The Ghostbusters Case

July 22nd, 2020

40:44

What if your house was legally haunted? The Ackleys of Nyack, New York had to deal with just that. We look into the legal precedent of paranormal activity, real estate hauntings, and ask the question: At what point is …

189: Hawaiian Night Marchers (with Kamuela Kaneshiro)

July 15th, 2020

52:33

We are joined by Kamuela Kaneshiro of Legends from the Pacific, who gives us the lowdown on the spiritual and paranormal stories of Hawaii. Kamu shares his first hand accounts with the Night Marchers, and his own …

188: Friday the 13th (Myth Movie Night)

July 8th, 2020

52:57

Don’t have sex, camp counselors. Because Jason can sniff out horniness like a bloodhound. We discuss the history of the unlucky Friday the 13th, …

187: Your Urban Legends XXXVI - The Taste of Ghosts

July 1st, 2020

53:13

Have you ever thought about what a ghost tastes like? We sure have now! We rank the five senses of hauntings, bemoan a secret bathroom, and yell …

186: Mythological Dogs (Boston Museum of Science Virtual Live Show)

June 24th, 2020

55:44

Who’s a good boy?! Apparently, there’s a lot of good pups across the world and throughout history. Julia takes Amanda and Eric on a tour of the best …

185: Disability in Fairytales (with Amanda LeDuc)

June 17th, 2020

45:20
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We’re joined by the ever insightful Amanda LeDuc this episode to talk about the portrayal of disability in fairytales. Join us …

184: The Shape of Water (Myth Movie Night)

June 10th, 2020

46:31

You probably know that Guillermo del Toro was inspired by The Creature from the Black Lagoon, but do you know what inspired that? We’re here to …

183: Your Urban Legends XXXV - It’s Ouija Time!

June 3rd, 2020

45:48

It’s Urban Legends time! We share your family ghost stories, visit a very beautiful/creepy mannequin in Mexico, and learn the reason why The Devil …

182: Fact or Fiction II (with Eric Silver)

May 27th, 2020

46:04

We’re looking for redemption as we play, once again, FACT OR FICTION with Chuck Games aka Eric Silver. Have Amanda and Julia learned anything from …

181: Mythology of Brewing (with Katrina Pfeiffer)

May 20th, 2020

51:12

Sometimes we take advantage of the beers in our fridge and the booze on our shelves. Thanks to future brewmaster Katrina Pfieffer, we got to learn …

180: Godzilla & Kaiju (Myth Movie Night)

May 13th, 2020

45:40

The Godzilla and Kaiju movies are inextricably linked to a lot of difficult topics, but we have cocktails in hand and we feel ready to talk about …

179: Your Urban Legends XXXIV - No Switch, Just Urban Legends

May 6th, 2020

50:48

Time to put down the Switch, stop playing Animal Crossing, and listen to some urban legends. We’ve got squatters rights for ghosts, toddlers toddling, and the spookiness of corroborating evidence. Beat that, turnip …

178: Creepy or Cool? - Bigger in Texas (Live from Austin, TX)

April 29th, 2020

57:56

It’s another game of Creepy or Cool? And because we played in Texas, our two teams have to determine whether a series of GIANTS are either big ol’ …

177: Supernatural (with Meghan Fitzmartin)

April 22nd, 2020

44:34

Supernatural is one of the longest running Monster of the Week shows on TV, and with that much content, we need an expert. Thankfully, Supernatural’s …

176: Jason and the Argonauts (Myth Movie Night)

April 15th, 2020

51:30

We’re suggesting a new title for Jason and the Argonauts—really, it should be Medea and the Himbos. This week’s movie is the 1963 edition of Jason …

175: Your Urban Legends XXXIII - Ghost Kid Adoption

April 8th, 2020

51:16

We’re asking a lot of questions during this Urban Legends episode. Would you adopt a ghost kid? Which is scarier, corporeal or incorporeal? And can …

174: Gargoyles

April 1st, 2020

38:45

Sure, we talk about mythology all the time, but what if we talked about mythology AND architecture AND science? So we’re diving deep on gargoyles to …

173: Mulan (with Jeannette Ng)

March 25th, 2020

57:39

This week we’re joined by Jeannette Ng, who is kind enough to walk us through the multitude of Mulan stories that span centuries. We discuss …

172: Mermaids, Media and ‘Splash’ (Myth Movie Night)

March 18th, 2020

45:36

We all need a little bit of escapism in times like this, so we’re taking a voyage under the seas to examine the Tom Hanks movie Splash, and how we see mermaids in media. We also ask the very important question: How …

171: Your Urban Legends XXXII - Unliving Document

March 11th, 2020

49:21

We’re back, we’ve got cider, and we’re telling your creepiest and coolest stories. Featuring stories about why you don’t talk trash about witches, …

170: Purim (with Eliana Morris)

March 4th, 2020

54:33

Just in time for Purim we’re joined by Eliana Morris, who gives us a primer on the holiday’s story, feminist themes, and celebratory traditions. Also …

169: Coolest Cryptid (Live from Los Angeles, CA)

February 26th, 2020

1:02:07

Julia has come up with the most scientific way of calculating who the coolest cryptid is: a tournament style bracket! While she brings the …

168: Grimms’ Fairy Tales and ‘Gretel & Hansel’ (Myth Movie Night)

February 19th, 2020

49:08

You would think that the horror movie version of a Grimm Fairy Tale would be the scariest version, but you would be wrong. We examine the original …

167: Your Urban Legends XXXI - Boy Toy is the WRONG Phrase

February 12th, 2020

57:13

30 is the sexy one, 31 is the light hearted one. That’s what everyone says, right? Also featuring recalibrating your creepy-meter, just some casual …

166: Mothman

February 5th, 2020

40:27

Join us as we take a dip in to the beautiful broth that is Mothman (we’ll explain what that means, we promise). From the first reported sightings, to …

165: Brigid, Imbolg & Irish Cosmology (with Sharon Paice MacLeod)

January 29th, 2020

49:45

We’re joined this week by Celticist, teacher, and musician Sharon Paice MacLeod who provides a beautiful, nuanced primer for Irish Cosmology. We …

164: Vampires & ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ (Myth Movie Night)

January 22nd, 2020

54:09

Since we’ve watched Amanda’s favorite vampire movie, it seemed like a good time to submerge ourselves in all things vampire. We touch on the vast …

Who’s the Best Harry Potter Trio Member? (Head Heart Gut Preview)

January 16th, 2020

1:55:21

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163: SEXY (and Spooky) URBAN LEGENDS XXX

January 15th, 2020

47:47

First it’s spooky. Then it’s sexy. That’s right, it’s our THIRTIETH Your Urban Legends special! Hear all about menacing cows, ghost crushes, and a …

162: Mythology of Pokémon Sword & Shield

January 8th, 2020

46:35

The internet’s newest favorite Pokémon game has real-life mythological origins, from its towns and cities to the wild new Pokémon making their debut …

161: Monster of the Week (with Emily VanDerWerff)

January 1st, 2020

56:15

Vampires, werewolves, and aliens, oh my! We’re joined this week by the incomparable Emily VanDerWerff to talk about her book, the Monster of the Week …

160: Myth Movie Night - Spirit of Christmas

December 25th, 2019

47:21

Did we use a cheesy Christmas movie as an excuse to talk about ghost stories and haunted houses during Christmas time? We sure did. Amanda and Julia …

159: Your Urban Legends XXIX - The Bathroom is a Ghost

December 18th, 2019

1:00:33

Does your college campus scare you? After these urban legends, it just might. From a scene straight out of Poltergeist (1982) to a university with …

158: Trick or Treat? (Live from WBUR CitySpace)

December 11th, 2019

42:53

After years of doing Spirits, Julia is once again putting Amanda to the test to see what she’s learned. This time, Amanda must decide whether a …

157: Ask Baba Yaga (with Taisia Kitaiskaia)

December 4th, 2019

41:28

Have you ever wanted to ask your local forest witch a question? Enter “Ask Baba Yaga” and Taisia Kitaiskaia. We talk with the wonderful author about …

156: Myth Movie Night - Song of the Sea

November 27th, 2019

47:58

We’re revamping our Myth Movie Nights by revisiting a Spirits favorite - selkies! We’re doing a deep dive (get it?) into the Celtic stories of ‘Song of the Sea,’ featuring: summer stones, storm hags, where a selkie coat …

155: Your Urban Legends XXVIII - Stay Ignorant!

November 20th, 2019

1:00:25

This episode became a debate over an important topic: do you ignore the ghosts or confront them? In this accidental case study we discuss the problem with mirrored closets, spooky home renovations, Shorts Ghosts, and …

154: Jacheongbi

November 13th, 2019

43:15

This story seems like we lifted it straight out of a fanfiction or a long-running anime, but the story of Jacheongbi is so incredible, it had to be …

153: Multimedia Mythmaking (with Carmen Maria Machado)

November 6th, 2019

52:16

We’re joined by author and fabulist (our new favorite word) Carmen Maria Machado as we delve into the stories and urban legends that inspire her, how …

152: Creepy or Cool? (Live from the Bell House)

October 30th, 2019

41:56

Live from the Bell House, Julia is putting on her game show crop top and hosting CREEPY OR COOL - a game where you guess if a creature is, well… …

151: Myth Movie Night - Hocus Pocus

October 23rd, 2019

48:35

For Julia, nothing says Halloween quite like Hocus Pocus. For Amanda... she’s never seen it. Shocker. We dive into the Salem-inspired Disney …

150: VERY SPOOKY HOMETOWNS XXVII

October 16th, 2019

55:24

We ask important questions with these hometowns. Are all ghosts just pranksters? How much spooky stuff has to happen to create A FAMILY LORE? Rediscovering a ghost son, the spookiness of bad infrastructure, an …

149: Haunted Dolls

October 9th, 2019

44:24

Break out your ghost detectors and specter-o-meters. Because we’re talking about HAUNTED DOLLS this week! Julia breaks down the historical links to …

148: Making Magic in Fiction (with Garth Nix)

October 2nd, 2019

1:01:08

Amanda’s childhood dreams come true as we’re joined by award-winning author Garth Nix. We learn how Nix creates magical worlds, hear his top tips on …

147: Myth Movie Night - Scooby Doo on Zombie Island (with Eric Silver)

September 25th, 2019

1:01:39

A review of Scooby Doo on Zombie Island was too wild to do on our own - that’s why we invited Eric Silver along on this wild tale of a talking dog, …

146: Your Urban Legends XXVI - Cat Werewolves? Wolf-Cats? WERECATS!

September 18th, 2019

53:20

We run the gambit of hauntings this episode - haunted pennies, haunted frat houses, haunted bathrooms, and far too many haunted AirBnBs for us to …

145: Thor - Marvel vs. Myth

September 11th, 2019

1:01:31
 

You might know Thor from mythology, Marvel movies, and comic books. But do you know how these various versions compare? This week, Julia walks us …

144: Gods & Goddesses of Agriculture (with Hallie Casey and Catherine Arjet)

September 4th, 2019

52:18

The only thing we love more than a farmers market is, you know, the whole human project of agriculture. Hallie Casey and Catherine Arjet from One to …

143: Myth Movie Night - Princess Mononoke

August 28th, 2019

55:32

We didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into this Myth Movie Night. Amanda and Julia watch Princess Mononoke for the first time, cry a …

142: The Unquiet Dead

August 21st, 2019

45:49

This week, we discuss The Unquiet Dead - Slavic spirits who cannot rest peacefully in death. Amanda proposes spring is the most haunted season. Julia …

141: Your Urban Legends XXV - Lost My Friend in a Ball Pit

August 14th, 2019

53:23

This episode is chock full of summer camp ghosts, haunted schools, and too many cemeteries. Eric makes too many ranch dressing related jokes. Julia …

140: Bread & Family (with Julia Turshen)

August 7th, 2019

51:08

This week, we’re joined by author, podcaster, and cook, Julia Turshen, who tells us about the familial folklore of her family’s history with baking. …

139: Myth Movie Night - The Mummy

July 31st, 2019

56:34

We’re breaking into some 90’s CGI and inaccurate Egyptian mythology with this week’s Myth Movie Night - The Mummy! We stan Brendan Frasier, gush over …

138: Your Urban Legends XXIV - Capstone in Exorcism

July 24th, 2019

50:37

Your stories are full of lessons, this episode. Including he milestone of giving spooky prophecies, a queer dream icon, that Capstone class you take …

137: Fearsome Critters

July 17th, 2019

46:03

Oral tradition got a little bit more ridiculous with the introduction of Fearsome Critters in Americana folklore. As we dive in, Amanda comes up with …

136: Thames River (with Caroline Crampton)

July 10th, 2019

56:08

Caroline Crampton has spent more than six years thinking about the Thames River. We’re so excited she joined us to talk about the river’s history and …

135: Myth Movie Night - Krampus

July 3rd, 2019

47:10

Sure, we’ve covered Krampus before, but we wanted to see him in ACTION with the 2015 film Krampus. A family finds out the dark true meaning of Christmas, and learns about the sacrifice of giving, while getting …

134: Your Urban Legends XXIII - Bootylicious Curves, BAM, That Mountain's a Lady

June 26th, 2019

59:00

We got our pre-live show jitters out of the way by scaring each other with your urban legends! Featuring a WILD trip to a mountain in the …

133: Dragons

June 19th, 2019

47:08

Listen, we know you ALL probably have opinions on Game of Thrones but let’s focus on the important part: DRAGONS! We discuss the differences between various dragons around the world and decide we definitely want to …

132: The Death of Heroes (with Christopher Dole)

June 12th, 2019

55:58

Every Hero’s Journey has to come to an end eventually. We invited Christopher Dole to tell us five tales of heroes who lived their best lives and how …

131: Myth Movie Night - Harry and the Hendersons

June 5th, 2019

50:21

Harry and the Hendersons, OR A Man Comes to Terms with His Toxic Masculinity by Adding a Cryptid to His Family, OR What If We Were the Monsters All …

130: Your Urban Legends XXII - We Survived Spaghetti Warehouse

May 22nd, 2019

53:40

If you’ve come across these field recordings from the Spaghetti Warehouse, it means that we didn’t make it. Or we did, and had some fun. But before we head to Spaghetti Warehouse in the second half of the episode, we …

129: Yokai & Pokémon

May 15th, 2019

43:50

Get ready for us to ruin your childhoods as we break down some of the creepy origins of your favorite pocket monsters. We talk Pokémon team naming conventions, the moral conundrum of eating baby-faced fruit, and how …

128: Cannibalism & True Crime (with Chelsea G. Summers)

May 8th, 2019

54:22

We’re joined this week by author Chelsea G. Summers to talk about the different forms of cannibalism throughout history, as well as patriarchy, …

127: Myth Movie Night - An American Werewolf in London

May 1st, 2019

1:01:49

It’s another Myth Movie Night. Grab your moonshine, break out the passport, and start up your VHS player. We’re visiting London in the classic 80s …

126: Your Urban Legends XXI - You Heard This Episode in a Dream

April 24th, 2019

53:48

If this episode seems familiar, it’s because you’ve heard it in a dream before (or you’re a precog. It’s gotta be one of those). So you’ll probably remember that we talk about haunted toys, guess the capital of …

125: Passover (with Eric Silver)

April 17th, 2019

58:32

This Passover, Eric Silver joins us to tell the story of the Jewish holiday and leads us through the Seder with all its mandatory cups of wine. He …

124: Isis

April 10th, 2019

54:44

We’re not letting society dictate to us what it means to be a woman - we’re taking a leaf out of Isis’s book. We explore all of the aspects of this …

123: The Undertaker

April 3rd, 2019

57:22

Wrestlemania is this SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY, and Editor Eric has been dying to talk about the mythos of his favorite wrestler of all time, The Undertaker. Even if wrestling isn’t your thing, we think you’re going to enjoy …

122: Your Urban Legends XX

March 27th, 2019

58:35

This episode is full of scary stories and too many children having to camp. You have been warned. We also learn about the importance of doing your …

121: Myth Movie Night - Hercules

March 20th, 2019

56:50

And now for something a little different: we revisit Disney’s classic 1997 film Hercules! Unlike when we were 5, we now have plenty of booze in hand …

120: Names (with Gretchen McCulloch)

March 13th, 2019

1:08:01

 

We’re getting meta in this episode featuring Internet Linguist Gretchen McCulloch. Learn why names are important not only in mythology and …

119: Lake Monsters

March 6th, 2019

55:42

We’ve all heard of the Loch Ness Monster, but what about all of the other lake-dwelling creatures? We do a deep dive (Get it? Because lake monsters?) into what lurks in the deep around the world. Hear about the …

118: Your Urban Legends XIX - LIVE from ListenUp Festival 2019

February 27th, 2019

58:09

This episode is coming at you straight from our live show at the Listen Up Festival in Portland, OR. We shared some of our favorite …

117: The Epic of Gilgamesh (Part 2)

February 20th, 2019

55:55

We’re back this week to finish out the story of Gilgamesh! We discuss grief and then journey with Gilgamesh to the land of the dead, which features She-Ra references, befriending crows, and the ending to Little Shop of …

116: La Llorona (with Elena Fernández-Collins)

February 13th, 2019

51:49

The story of La Llorona is so much more than that trailer you keep seeing with Linda Cardellini. We invited podcast critic Elena Fernández-Collins to …

115: The Epic of Gilgamesh (Part 1)

February 6th, 2019

47:20

If you haven’t heard of or read the Epic of Gilgamesh, it has EVERYTHING. Kings, gods, epic monster battle, prophetic dreams, and more. But it also has surprising friendships, bad advice, and enough parallels to …

114: Your Urban Legends XVIII - Bee Movie, Spirits Edition

January 30th, 2019

51:55

Lots of hauntings in this episode. So many. Haunted castles, haunted mirrors, haunted… punch bowls? Also featuring a hot air balloon accident, an influx of priests, and our own version of The Bee Movie.

 

This week …

113: Brazilian Creatures

January 23rd, 2019

36:22

We’re rounding up some of the most interesting Brazilian mythological creatures. From chaotic good tricksters, to snakes that just want to be left …

112: Mythological Cross-Dressing (with Andrea Lam)

January 16th, 2019

1:18:35

Our good friend Andrea is BACK, this time to lead us through a history of cross-dressing in mythology and folklore. We tackle stories from ancient …

111: The Benandanti

January 9th, 2019

47:41

This week, Julia decided to give us all a history lesson. We’re talking about The Benandanti - a group of witches from Northern Italy. We’ve got …

110: Your Urban Legends XVII: Brad Pitt’s Body, Falcon’s Mind

January 2nd, 2019

52:45

Disclosure: We might have been creepy kids as children. We wanted to let you know because it’s the creepy cool LAW. We also learn not to trust your …

109: Winter Solstice

December 26th, 2018

40:19

We’re all out enjoying the holidays, but we also wanted to celebrate with you! So we did a quick round up this week about a bunch of different ways …

107: Anansi

December 12th, 2018

51:14

How would you like to hear a story about... all of the stories? It’s time to learn about Anansi, the trickster figure of Western Africa and the …

106: Your Urban Legends XVI: The Price of Free Froyo

December 5th, 2018

51:54

What would you put up with for free frozen yogurt or a great apartment? If the answer is “ghosts”, we’ve got the episode for you! It’s another round …

105: Rangda

November 28th, 2018

51:05

We take you to Bali to talk about the widow witch, the demon queen, Rangda! We discuss her different forms, the story of how she came to be, and some …

104: Living Witchcraft (with Lisette Alvarez)

November 21st, 2018

56:11

We’ve got our good friend Lisette on to talk about what the living tradition of witchcraft means to them! Bonus points as we talk about how witchcraft varies around the world, how we all want to fight Zak Bagans in the …

103: Ganesha

November 14th, 2018

41:58

After 100 episodes of Spirits, we wanted to welcome in a new age. And what better way than with the Hindu god of beginnings, Ganesha! We dive into the stories of how Ganesha was born, how he got his elephant head, and …

102: Your Urban Legends XV: Schools are Spooky

November 7th, 2018

54:01

This week’s roundup, we chat about several haunted schools and camps, have some grandma stories creep out and inspire us, and hear Eric’s first hand …

101: Día de los Muertos (with Trina Espinoza)

October 31st, 2018

53:00

Today may be Halloween, but it’s also another special day - the first day of Día de los Muertos! We’re joined by special guest, Trina Espinoza, who …

100: The Fae

October 24th, 2018

1:11:32

We’ve done it. 100 episodes. And to celebrate, we are tackling our most requested topic: The Fae! We touch on several different fae stories from across Europe, have some revelations about Santa Claus and business …

99: The History of Horror Films

October 17th, 2018

1:05:11

What are you most afraid of? Chances are there’s a horror movie about it! That’s why we’re diving headlong into the history of horror films, from their inception in 1890 all the way to our present! Featuring …

98: Your Urban Legends XIV: Restaurant Ghost Wars

October 10th, 2018

50:05

We asked for restaurant hauntings and y’all DELIVERED! Featuring haunted Italian restaurants with paintings that need to be burned ASAP, UK pubs with something scary lurking in the basement, and a Massachusetts bar with …

97: Clowns

October 3rd, 2018

45:10

Halloween is a time to face your fears. And Julia is making Amanda come along with her as she faces one of her biggest fears: clowns. Learn why we’re …

96: Ghost Stories (with Paul Bae)

September 26th, 2018

1:03:04

Sometimes, you just want to sit down and have your friends tell you scary stories. Luckily, we have Paul Bae of The Big Loop and The Black Tapes to …

95: Izanami & Izanagi

September 19th, 2018

51:16

Marriage is a hot topic in Julia’s life, which is why we’re talking about Izanami & Izanagi - a marriage that helped create the world, introduced …

94: Your Urban Legends XIII: Mostly Outtakes Really

September 12th, 2018

56:19

Let’s get right to it: This episode has EVERYTHING. Eric attempts to do an old timey voice. Julia freaks out over a Blair Witch style game. Amanda …

93: Divination

September 5th, 2018

51:27

We’ve looked into the future and we’ve seen… a roundup episode! Julia leads Amanda through the foggy future with some of her favorite divinatory …

92: Fakelore (with David Rheinstrom)

August 29th, 2018

52:46

We are joined this week by David Rheinstrom, who helps us parse through the history of fakelore in the USA! How do we feel about Paul Bunyan being …

91: Pele

August 22nd, 2018

46:32

This week, we take a trip back to the Pacific to tell the story of Madame Pele, the Earth-Eating Woman, and Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes. We chat …

90: Your Urban Legends XII (ft. Tim the Yowie Man)

August 15th, 2018

53:45

Not only do we have listener stories, we have the tale of Tim the Yowie Man! This episode features big cat stories, Mirror Boys, and elementary …

Episode 89: Šauška

August 8th, 2018

46:18

Hurrian, Hittites, and Anatolia, oh my! We look at the story of the goddess, Šauška, who spread her influence throughout the world. We also talk …

Episode 88: Sharks (with Melissa Marquez)

August 1st, 2018

51:10

It’s Shark Week, but we’re not here for shots of Great Whites (mostly because we’re an audio medium). We’re joined by Melissa Marquez, who …

Episode 87: Horses

July 25th, 2018

51:49

This is it. The lost, cursed episode of Spirits. We never thought it would see the light of day. But now you get to learn about all the CREEPY HORSES …

Episode 86: Your Urban Legends XI

July 18th, 2018

1:00:55

It’s the Witching Hour 24/7 here at Spirits Headquarters, especially when we’re reading your creepy cool stories! This episode features high levels …

Episode 85: Brigid & Áine

July 11th, 2018

39:39

It’s summer and it is TOO HOT, but it doesn’t mean we’re not grateful for the seasons. So we’re talking about the seasonal Irish goddesses, Brigid …

Episode 84: Talking Badgers (with Adal Rifai)

July 4th, 2018

49:36

We are joined by Adal Rifai of the amazing Hello From the Magic Tavern podcast to chat about improv, Dungeons & Dragons, talking badgers, hungry ghosts, manticores, and more! We also cover creepy grandma vocab, …

Episode 83: Mermaids

June 27th, 2018

42:05

Summer is finally here, which means one thing: BEACH BABES TIME! We’re celebrating with a roundup of the best mermaids and fish folk the world has to …

Episode 82: Your Urban Legends X - The Third Spaghetti Fighter

June 20th, 2018

48:23

You send them, we read them, everyone gets scared! This week we dive into stories about creepy kids, kids being creeped on, young blood, full ghost …

Episode 81: Bathala and His Daughters

June 13th, 2018

30:19

That’s right, we’re heading BACK TO THE PHILIPPINES! We chat about creation myths, supreme deities, and more importantly, the badass women goddesses of Tagalog religion. Amanda creates a brand new dance move that is …

Episode 80: Genderfuck the Gods (with Andrea Lam)

June 6th, 2018

58:02

Happy Pride! We’ve invited our friend Andrea back to do a revamp of our FlameCon panel from last year, discussing myths and legends from around the …

Episode 79: Jiutian Xuannü

May 30th, 2018

37:02

Take a moment and picture this: You’re hanging out, minding your own business, when suddenly the sky opens and a Dark and Mysterious Woman emerges riding a flaming phoenix. Yeah, we’re also super impressed. Which is why …

Episode 78: Your Urban Legends IX - The Beer Sweats

May 23rd, 2018

55:13

A hell dimension was opened, and once again, we go off the rails in this week’s Your Urban Legends! We battle over who deserves the title King of Crawdads, discuss the misleading aspects of the Air Bud franchise, debate …

Episode 77: Kalevala (with Elena Varg)

May 16th, 2018

1:22:14

We’re joined this week by Finnish podcaster, Elena, who shares the story of Kalevala - an epic tale of magic, trickery, heroes, and just… a lot of …

Episode 76: Yowie

May 9th, 2018

34:37

We love a Bigfoot story, but we’re going across the world for this one! The Australian Yowie has a lot of great stories; from backwards feet, ancient wars, and just wanting a beer from your garage, we bring you through …

Episode 75: Fake or Folklore? (with Eric Silver)

May 2nd, 2018

59:38

Welcome to Fake or Folklore, the game show sensation that’s SWEEPING the nation! Hosted by Charles the Gamesman, aka Eric Silver of Join the Party, …

Episode 74: Your Urban Legends VIII - Grandma Extravaganza

April 25th, 2018

41:13

It’s GRANDMAS GRANDMAS GRANDMAS. All the grandmas! From demon grandmas in Texas, motivational ghosts (You Only Ghost Always), to helpful anti-murder …

Episode 73: Orishas

April 18th, 2018

36:09

This week, we get excited about religious traditions and physics, which is… on-brand for us. Julia teaches Amanda about the Orishas of the Yoruba …

Episode 72: Tolkien Mythology (with Emma Sherr-Ziarko)

April 11th, 2018

1:04:03

We thought we knew all about Tolkien and Middle Earth. We were WRONG. Guest Emma Sherr-Ziarko (Wolf 359, Pairing Podcast) schools us on the creation …

Episode 71: Hierarchy of Angels

April 4th, 2018

39:38

This week, we cover things that Amanda loves: angels, organization, and of course, so many eyes. Just. All the eyes. We wax poetic about how the Fast and Furious franchise is clearly an act of God, comment on how Latin …

Episode 70: Your Urban Legends VII - Heck Puppers

March 28th, 2018

54:46

Your stories this week were buck WILD. From fires and the mafia, to demon hunting internships, and secret government projects with some secret …

Episode 69: Succubus Roundup

March 21st, 2018

41:05

We know how numbers work - we embrace the sex number, talk about succu-kisses, sleep paralysis, demon chinchillas, and where to draw the line when it comes to bird claws. Amanda gives in to the demon offering her …

Episode 68: Hollywood Urban Legends (with James Oliva)

March 14th, 2018

1:02:58

Hollywood: Stars and Glamor, but also murder and curses? It’s more likely than you think. We’re joined by audio drama creator, James Oliva, to do a …

Episode 67: Maya Creation Story

March 7th, 2018

46:45

This week, we break down the Maya creation story, as told by the Popol Vuh and learn that actually, the fourth time's the charm. Amanda asks the …

Episode 66: Your Urban Legends VI - Yule Lads

February 28th, 2018

44:30

YULE LADS, ASSEMBLE! It’s time for some ridiculous and spooky tales that you, our listeners, have sent to us. Amanda asks you to adopt a phantom …

Episode 65: Inanna

February 21st, 2018

39:51

Take a journey down to the underworld with us and our new favorite goddess, Inanna. Listen to how the Queen of Heaven got her start, got a man, got killed... then came back. Also featuring incorrect Shakespeare quotes, …

Episode 64: Jane Eyre (with Vanessa Zoltan)

February 14th, 2018

40:15

We are joined by the amazing Vanessa Zoltan of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text to talk about personal mythos, secular sacred reading, and of course, …

Episode 63: Food Gods

February 7th, 2018

41:24

WARNING: Don’t listen to this episode while hungry, because these stories are utterly delicious. We travel the world in this roundup, giving you stories of how Capitalism ruins everything, how not to serve your guests …

Episode 62.5: The Confrontation

February 2nd, 2018

6:28

This has gone on long enough. We’re getting our Eric back!

Featuring Kristen DeMercurio as the Spagghost. Series written by Eric Silver.

 

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Episode 62.4: The Inside Man

February 1st, 2018

5:32

We reach out to a secret contact in Akron, Ohio—Amanda’s cousin Chad.

Featuring David Rheinstrom as Chad. Written by Eric Silver.

 

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Episode 62.3: Your Spaghetti Warehouse Stories

January 31st, 2018

22:45

We are on the road to Ohio, so we cut together some of your spooky experiences inside the spaghetti-belly of the beast.

Featuring Sara, Mike Schubert

Episode 62.2: The Expert

January 30th, 2018

5:45

A ghost stole Eric and we need an expert, stat. Luckily we got in touch with the greatest ghost academic in the city (who would agree to an interview …

Episode 62: Ouija Boards

January 29th, 2018

6:19

This week, we read up on Ouija boards and try one out in Amanda’s apartment. What can go wrong?

 

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Episode 61: Deer Woman

January 24th, 2018

49:33

This week, we read some first-person accounts about the Deer Woman, a spirit in several indigenous North American cultures that punishes the wicked …

Episode 60: Tarot (with Jolie Kerr)

January 17th, 2018

45:33

Spread out the deck and think about your intentions. You flip a card. Jokes ensue. We’re joined this week by cleanliness expert and Tarot lover, …

Episode 59: Lạc Long Quân and Au Cơ

January 10th, 2018

46:53

Sometimes on Spirits we get stories that just have everything - action, monsters, romance, actual history, and empowering depictions of women. The story of Lạc Long Quân and Au Cơ is one of those lucky legends we’ve …

Episode 58: Your Urban Legends V

January 3rd, 2018

51:31

You sent us some great stories this week: protective women spirits, murderous otters, toe-crunching bear grannies, and so many more! Amanda explains …

Episode 57: Language

December 27th, 2017

47:46

What’s that? AMANDA is leading an episode? It’s the gift that keeps on giving—and naturally, we go full nerd. We talk linguistics, Julia gets some …

Episode 56: King Arthur (with Christian Madera)

December 20th, 2017

54:37

The Arthurian Canon is sacred to some people—so you know we’ve got a lot of jokes about it. We dive into the nitty gritty with special guest Christian Madera as we talk about why self-insert fanfiction is questionable, …

Episode 55: Yuki-onna

December 13th, 2017

41:15

Winter is here, and with it blows the cold wind of something spooky. We tell the sad tale of the Yuki-onna, a spirit of a woman who froze to death in …

Episode 54: Your Urban Legends IV

December 6th, 2017

47:20

Spaghetti Warehouse makes its return, along with some spaghetti conspiracies. Grandpa comes back with a Bloody Bones follow up. A fan from Shropshire …

Episode 53: Sedna & Inuit Shapeshifters

November 29th, 2017

45:09

Bundle up from the cold as we tell you some of our favorite stories from Inuit mythology. We tell the relatable story of how a woman goes from a …

Episode 52: NBA Conspiracies (with Mike Schubert & Eric Silver)

November 22nd, 2017

1:02:02

We’re busy cooking and prepping for family coming into town, so our good goofy friends volunteered to take over the podcast for the week! Even if you …

Episode 51: Zeus

November 15th, 2017

47:00

You’ve heard us mention Zeus, but today you’re going to know why we consider him the Fuckfather of all Fuckboys. We talk about how Hera’s just doing …

Episode 50: Your Urban Legends III

November 8th, 2017

46:56

We’re back with another round of your Urban Legends! From werewolves to werepanthers to haunted trolleys, we have a few drinks and happily stumble …

Episode 49: La Lechuza

November 1st, 2017

40:19

#Creeptober might be over, but that doesn’t mean we’re done telling scary stories. Driving along the dark highways on the border of the United States and Mexico, keep your eye on the sky. You never know when La Lechuza …

Episode 48: College Ghost Stories (with Jeffrey Gardner)

October 25th, 2017

50:45

Just in time for Halloween, we’re delivering some of the creepiest college ghost stories we’ve ever heard. With Jeffrey Gardner of Our Fair City fame …

Episode 47: Sekhmet

October 18th, 2017

39:07

There’s something in the distance, coming closer. Blood is in the air. You know what that means—it’s time to get drunk and talk about Ancient Egypt! This week’s episode covers the goddess of war and intoxication, …

Episode 46: Your Urban Legends II

October 11th, 2017

48:06

We’re telling your creepy stories this week! From haunted theatres to farms and rivers to something called a Dinglehole, we bring you listener …

Episode 45: Creepy Kids

October 4th, 2017

55:04

Let’s face it - from Irish changelings to the creepy twins in the Shining, humankind has found kids to be super creepy for generations. This week, …

Episode 44: Circe (with Jess Zimmerman)

September 27th, 2017

50:20

#Creeptober is just around the corner, but we’re starting the season out right with one of our favorite creepy-cool witches: Circe. From turning men …

Episode 43: Javanese Mermaid Queen

September 13th, 2017

40:28

Down the cliffs overlooking the Southern Sea of Java, plunging into the depths of the rough ocean, you’ll find the kingdom of Kanjeng Ratu Kidul. …

Episode 42: Werewolves

August 30th, 2017

43:41

We’re not just talking werewolves of London! We’ve got cannibals, whole cities of wolf-people, and some big ol’ cat folks as well. This week we cover …

Episode 41: Reptilians & Cults (with Kelly Weill)

August 16th, 2017

47:24

We’re kicking folklore into the 21st century to bring you this #kindacultykindacool episode. We’ve brought in reporter Kelly Weill to discuss …

Episode 40: Laumes

August 2nd, 2017

38:53

What makes you you? Is it the way people see you? Or who you are and the actions you pursue? For the Laumes, it’s a little bit of both. We discuss …

Episode 39: Toyotama-Hime

July 19th, 2017

41:58

You may have heard some great breakup stories in the past, but we bet you haven’t heard one as good as Toyotama-hime’s. From a gem-spitting meet cute to battling a normal sized crocodile, our radiant gem princess went …

Episode 38: Swedish Year Walk (with Soha)

July 5th, 2017

48:44

The path might have a lot of twists and turns (and good goofs), but at the end of the Swedish Year Walk (Årsgång), you’ll be able to see into the future. We’ll give you a sneak peek: It features special guest Soha (

Episode 37: Rainbow Serpent

June 21st, 2017

41:49

Happy Pride! Now, let’s talk about the heat death of the universe. ...okay, it’s not THAT dark, but we go a little nuts talking about the Australian Aboriginal story of the Rainbow Serpent. We discuss Hogwarts’ lack of …

Episode 36: Your Urban Legends I

June 7th, 2017

48:09

You sent them, we read them! In this episode of Spirits, we read out your creepy, vaguely horrifying, usually fascinating hometown urban legends and …

Episode 35: Wonder Woman and the Amazons (with Greg Rucka)

May 24th, 2017

50:32

We leave the world of men and enter Paradise as we sit down with Greg Rucka, head writer of Wonder Woman for DC. We discuss comic books as mythology, …

Episode 34: Beaivi the Sun Goddess

May 10th, 2017

37:37

This Sami Sun goddess has our back as we celebrate both the start of summer and Mental Health Awareness Month. Learn how Beaivi brings light to those in the darkness (metaphysically and literally!), how Amanda doesn’t …

Episode 33: Egyptian Afterlife

April 26th, 2017

43:29

The road to the afterlife is dangerous, but good thing we’re all going together! We take you down the path past animal-headed gods, competent women who run the universe, and a god who just wants to eat your heart. But …

Episode 32: The Butterfly Lovers (with Linda)

April 12th, 2017

41:44

Doomed love has never been so fun to talk about! Special guest Linda takes us through one of the most famous love stories in the Chinese cultural …

Episode 31: Mami Wata

March 29th, 2017

35:48

Meet the badass mermaid ruler of the rivers and coasts of Western Africa: Mami Wata, who knows how to exact revenge and how to enjoy the finer things …

Episode 30: The Morrigan

March 15th, 2017

36:10

Creepy ravens, death rituals, and battlefield curses abound in this episode on the Celtic goddess trinity of doom and destruction. Hear A+ cursing, terrible stories about our future forms, confusion over what exactly a …

Episode 29: Our Lady of Guadalupe (with Catherine Addington)

March 1st, 2017

41:45

As guest star supreme, Catherine Addington, tells us, Our Lady of Guadalupe is “a thing that is both.” Mexican and Catholic, native and foreign, we …

Episode 28: Kali

February 15th, 2017

29:50

She’s beauty, she’s grace, she’ll cut you in the face. Then behead you and wear it as a necklace. That’s right, we’re talking about Hindu goddess of badassery, Kali! We take tips on how to participate in divine dance …

Bonus Episode: Seductress Roundup

February 8th, 2017

19:04

Dating can be treacherous, even without skeletal girlfriends, spider wives, child-eating mistresses, and crazy vengeance monsters. But don’t worry! The ladies at Spirits are here to help you navigate the seas of …

Episode 27: 30 Myths in 30 Minutes (ANNIVERSARY BONANZA)

February 1st, 2017

34:03

A whole year has come and gone, and we’ve told a lot of stories. So why not DOUBLE IT? To celebrate Spirits Podcast’s first birthday, we’re giving …

Episode 26: The Hero’s Journey (with Mischa Stanton)

January 18th, 2017

35:48

All stories have the same roots - or, at least, that’s what our boy Joseph Campbell says. This week, we enter into the cycle of The Hero’s Journey with special guest Mischa Stanton. We’ll talk Basic Hero Bitches, the …

Episode 25: Time

January 4th, 2017

28:18

It's time to get a little abstract! (Get it? Because it's about Time?) With dad jokes galore, we dive into the New Year head-first with deities and …

Blooper Reel #1

December 28th, 2016

6:44

After 24 episodes and many many drinks, there is a LOT of tape on our cutting room floor. We thought it was only fair to share some of these good, good spooky goofs, gags, and bloopers with you as the end of the year …

Episode 24: Krampus (with Eric Schneider)

December 21st, 2016

31:25

He's made a list, and we've gotten smashed. This week, we stumble through the story of Krampus, the half-goat, half-demon, anti-Santa Claus. Unique …

Episode 23: Koschei the Deathless (with Ivan Plis)

December 7th, 2016

34:24

There's nothing quite like a fairy tale. Heroes on quests, helpful magical animals, and… hidden sex dungeons?! We break down the famous Russian …

Episode 22: Hometown Urban Legends

November 23rd, 2016

41:14

Your hometown defines you - the stories you hear end up being the stories that you tell through the rest of your life. This week, in honor of heading home for Thanksgiving, we bring you the urban legends we grew up …

Episode 21: Medusa and the Gorgons

November 9th, 2016

26:44

What makes a monster? This week, we take a well-known myth and turn it on its (snake) head. Everyone knows Medusa’s image and ability to turn people to stone, but we dive into her tragic origins and fearsome legacy. …

Episode 20: Midnight Mary (with Grace McCreight)

October 26th, 2016

27:53

How many times do we have to tell you - Stay out of graveyards! Unless you're into tragic lives, mysterious deaths, and long-lasting urban legends. Our guest Grace McCreight (@lizardtruth_) brings the myth and the wine; …

Bonus Episode: Jack O'Lanterns

October 19th, 2016

10:27

We couldn't resist bringing you a special bonus minisode on the spooky topic of Jack O'Lanterns! Where did this tradition come from? Were they always …

Episode 19: Japanese Urban Legends

October 12th, 2016

24:32

A popup ad gone wrong. A fatal taxi ride. A host of vengeful ghosts. Present-day Japan has so many creepy-cool urban legends to offer, we just had to …

Episode 18: South African Rain Queens

September 28th, 2016

22:07

We feel a storm coming! Find out what the X-Men, tempests, and royal succession debates have in common as we learn about the Modjadji, the long line …

Episode 17: Stonehenge (with Lauren Shippen)

September 14th, 2016

37:42

Across the misty moors of Wales and England, we stumble across the Druids' most mysterious landmark: Stonehenge. Follow us into the shadowed origins …

Episode 16: Bird Ladies of Russia

August 31st, 2016

29:43

Who knew Russian mythology includes so many half-bird, half-woman creatures?! They run the gamut from prophets to sirens to companions for very emo …

Episode 15: Maui

August 17th, 2016

28:25

Before you see Disney’s upcoming movie Moana, learn all about the badass demigod Maui, origin stories of the Pacific Islands, and very human …

Episode 14: Ghosts of Orlando (with Matt A.)

August 3rd, 2016

30:13

Something is in the water. Follow us down a one-lane road through hills and swamps to uncover the mysteries of Cassadaga, Florida. Special guest Matt …

Episode 13: Chinese Demonology

July 20th, 2016

28:49

Dive with us into the treacherous waters of Chinese Demonology, where giant clam monsters and sea serpents lurk. We encounter everything from …

Episode 12: Erzulies and Haitian Voodoo

July 6th, 2016

23:57

Feel the love as we explore Haitian Voodoo and its unique family of love spirits, the Erzulie. We look at three Erzulie who specialize in romantic …

Episode 11: Golem (with Eric Silver)

June 22nd, 2016

31:45

Kicking it old school in Dark Age Eastern Europe this week with special guest Eric Silver! We missed out on the manischewitz, but we have lots of …

Episode 10: Norse Mythology Part II - Ragnarok

June 8th, 2016

17:06

Break out the REM karaoke, because it's the end of the world as the Norse gods know it. Hear all about Ragnarok, apocalypse, rebirth, and more fantasy book/movie/TV references than even we can handle.

If you …

Episode 9: Norse Mythology Part I

May 25th, 2016

29:02

Follow us into Asgard and beyond with our crash course on Norse mythology! Thor, Loki and Odin are just the beginning. Plus, stick around to the end …

Episode 8: Bigfoot (with Jake M.)

May 11th, 2016

29:44

Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeti. Menk. This week we tackle one of the most notorious folk legends of all time with the help of special guest Jake! Learn all …

Episode 7: Great Floods

April 27th, 2016

35:08

Go beyond Noah and the Ark with great flood myths from Mesopotamia, China, Native North America, and more. We dig into flood origin stories, survival strategies, the merits of Prometheus vs. Spider Grandmother, and way …

Episode 6: Gameunjang the Korean Goddess

April 13th, 2016

17:33

This classic myth from Korean folklore has an ending that we didn’t see coming! Universal motifs in a uniquely Korean context make for a great …

Episode 5: Tailypo (with Eric Schneider)

March 30th, 2016

28:16

Learn about the Tailypo, a.k.a. “The Sphinx of West Virginia,” from our first ever guest star! Eric Schneider, also our editor and all-around right-hand man, will teach us about this creepy woodsy myth. Plus, an …

Episode 4: Eros and Psyche

March 16th, 2016

32:03

This week, a truly epic tale of love, betrayal, jealousy, and a quest literally to Hell and back. Episode four dives into the dramatic relationship …

Episode 3: Aswang the Philippine Ghoul

March 2nd, 2016

18:30

Join us on a journey to the Philippines as we learn more about this delightfully creepy vampire/witch/ghoul. Surprisingly, aswang make pretty good …

Episode 2: Selkies and Kelpies

February 17th, 2016

24:23

This week on Spirits, two very different kinds of creatures from the deep: Selkies and Kelpies. There's mischief, rumors, sexual intrigue... Only the best for you, dear listeners!

If you like Spirits, help us grow by …

Episode 1: Persephone and Hades

February 2nd, 2016

17:54

The first episode of Spirits introduces you to the ancient Greek gods with the story of Hades and Persephone. Find out why marrying siblings wasn't weird, hear what Hades was really like, and get tips on naming your dog …

Welcome to Spirits

February 1st, 2016

1:37

Spirits is a boozy weekly podcast about mythology, legends and folklore. Hear fresh takes on classic myths and learn new stories from around the …

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