Podcast

Spirits

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.

Episodes

  • 125: Passover (with Eric Silver)

    Apr 17 2019

    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 explains why Moses was clearly the first telling of the Hero’s Journey, sings “When You Believe” like an angel, and doesn’t forget to serve the ghost. This week, Amanda recommends Jewish Literacy by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, as well as Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib.   Guest - Eric Silver is the Dungeon Master ...more

  • 124: Isis

    Apr 10 2019

    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 layered Egyptian goddess, from her roles in motherhood and magic to universality and more! Also featuring sad falcons, Queer Eye, and the world’s tiniest Pegasus. Grab your tickets to PodX at http://multitude.productions/live ! This week, Julia recommends Santa Clarita Diet.   Sponsors - Calm is the #1 app to help you reduce your anxiety and stress a...more

  • 123: The Undertaker

    Apr 03 2019

    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 the journey of how the Deadman went from wrestling mortician to a leader of his own cult of the undead. It’s a modern hero’s journey. Just, with more piledrivers.   This week, Julia and Amanda recommend you check out Bored Ghost. They both guest starred in the two-part Rusalka g...more

  • 122: Your Urban Legends XX

    Mar 27 2019

    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 research on a haunting, wonder why ghosts are creepier when they can run, and debate the Reese’s Peanut Butter brand of products. This week, Julia recommends The X-Mas Mistake, a cursed Hallmark Christmas movies podcast.   Sponsors - Honeybook is a purpose-built business management platform for creative small businesses. Get 50% off your first year on...more

  • 121: Myth Movie Night - Hercules

    Mar 20 2019

    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 to explore what Disney got right and got wrong with Greek mythology. We review how the 90s were a WILD time, play 20 questions of Zeus fuckery, and realize the past is probably FULL of bad smells. This week, Amanda recommends seeing Captian Marvel (then reading lots of good good fic!)   Sponsors - Care/Of: Get 50% off your first month of personaliz...more

  • 120: Names (with Gretchen McCulloch)

    Mar 13 2019

      We’re getting meta in this episode featuring Internet Linguist Gretchen McCulloch. Learn why names are important not only in mythology and folklore, but in our own lives (including online lives!) as well. Also featuring the Amanda Sins Podcast, a podcast within a podcast, so many throwbacks to the 90s, and what kind of kids did the Bloody Mary thing at sleepovers. This week, Julia recommended CARAVAN and Windfall.   Guest - Gretchen McCulloch is an internet linguist: She analyzes the language ...more

  • 119: Lake Monsters

    Mar 06 2019

    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 motivation of monsters, what our ideal Thai supernatural soap opera would look like, and our hypothesis on ocean vs. lake creatures.   Amanda’s recommendation this week is the podcast, Just Break Up.    Sponsors - Chegg is a leader in online study assistance. For $5 off your first month’s...more

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

    Feb 27 2019

    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 listener-submitted hometown urban legends to a sold-out audience in the basement bar of the Hoxton hotel. Featuring a liminal fae town where time doesn’t exist, creepy haunted buildings of Napa Valley, and Eric attempting to defend his childhood sleepwalking. Julia recommends Unwell this week - a Midwestern gothic audio fiction podcast.   Sponsors - Skillshare is an...more

  • 117: The Epic of Gilgamesh (Part 2)

    Feb 20 2019

    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 Horrors. We also remind you: Choose joy.   Eric’s recommendation this week is the His Dark Materials series.   Sponsors -Calm, the #1 app for meditation, mindfulness, and sleep. Get 25% off a Premium subscription at calm.com/spirits - Stitch Fix is an online personal styling serv...more

  • 116: La Llorona (with Elena Fernández-Collins)

    Feb 13 2019

    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 tell us a little bit about La Llorona, the historical figure that might have inspired the tale, and her own personal experiences with the spirit growing up in Puerto Rico. We also talk about the strange rules to get into heaven, government influence on the stories we tell, and why you should never yeet your children.   This week Amanda recommends F...more

  • 115: The Epic of Gilgamesh (Part 1)

    Feb 06 2019

    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 Frankenstein for Amanda to get use out of her literature degree. Join us as we talk about Gilgamesh’s dating profile, cocktails for when you’re visiting the realm of the gods, and a bull’s butt. This week, Julia recommends the new Netflix show Russian Doll.   Sponsors - Mrs. Fields - Get...more

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

    Jan 30 2019

    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 Amanda recommends Object Lessons by Bloomsbury.   Sponsors - Calm, the #1 app for meditation, mindfulness, and sleep. Get 25% off a Premium subscription at calm.com/spirits - Skillshare is an online learning community where you can learn—and teach—just about anything. Visit skillshare...more

  • 113: Brazilian Creatures

    Jan 23 2019

    We’re rounding up some of the most interesting Brazilian mythological creatures. From chaotic good tricksters, to snakes that just want to be left alone, to headless mules that are definitely on fire, there are some great stories this week. And remember, gotta take the stink with the wish.   Sponsors -The dark fantasy TV show Siren returns on Thursday, January 24th at 8 p.m. on Freeform! Be sure to watch! - Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that finds and delivers clothes, shoes, ...more

  • 112: Mythological Cross-Dressing (with Andrea Lam)

    Jan 16 2019

    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 Greece, Norse mythology, Chinese poetry, and beyond! We also chat about disaster bis, make too many puns and portmanteaus, and debate how best to cut a bagel. And remember: Never Sleep.   Julia’s recommendation this week is The Cryptonaturalist.   Guest Andrea Lam is a writer and actor. Follow her on Twitter @AndreaNLam!   Sponsors -The dark fantasy T...more

  • 111: The Benandanti

    Jan 09 2019

    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 fennel stalks, we’ve got primary source accounts, and we’ve got discussions about how you can make your community just a little bit better.   Sponsors - Calm, the #1 app for meditation, mindfulness, and sleep. Get 25% off a Premium subscription at calm.com/spirits - Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that finds and delivers clothes, shoes,...more

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

    Jan 02 2019

    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 house ghosts, talk about spooky friendship goals, the weirdest summer trip EVER, and why “lock ins” are just the creepiest form of sleep over.   Amanda recommended this week the podcast, Working Sunday!   Sponsors - Lola, providers of organic cotton tampons, pads, liners and more. Use code spirits to get 40% off any of their flexible subscriptions at...more

  • 109: Winter Solstice

    Dec 26 2018

    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 the Winter Solstice is celebrated around the world. We got recipe ideas, talked about death and darkness a lot, and talked about poetry. Y’know, all the Spirits classics.   Sponsors - Audible, the best place to get audiobooks and more. Go to audible.com/spirits or text spirits to 500-500 to start your free trial and redeem your free audiobook. This w...more

  • 108: Wild Goddesses of Northern Europe (with Michelle Nickolaisen)

    Dec 19 2018

    We are joined by Michelle Nickolaisen, who takes us through the nuances of several European goddesses including Freya and Perchta. We also chat about their childhood experiences with paganism, getting the wrong metaphors from the Chronicles of Narnia, and Sigrid the Hotty (we mean, Haughty).   For more information on the goddesses we talked about in this episode, check out the fantastic article that Michelle wrote!   Guest Michelle Nickolaisen is a writer and podcaster! You can follow them on T...more

  • 107: Anansi

    Dec 12 2018

    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 African diaspora. We share a couple of classic Anansi tales, including how the world got stories, how Anansi (accidentally) shared wisdom with the world, and one featuring, of course, death. Our recommendations this week are Cinnamon & Gunpowder, DisneyWar, & Black Culture and Black Consciousness.   Sponsors - Mrs. Fields is your destination for fresh-...more

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

    Dec 05 2018

    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 of your urban legends, including all of the haunted house stories we could squeeze in. We recommended this week Good Company, The Haunting of Hill House, and Customs Out of the Closet.   Sponsors - Calm, the #1 app for meditation, mindfulness, and sleep. Get 25% off a Premium subscription at calm.com/spirits - Honeybook is a purpose-built business ...more

  • 105: Rangda

    Nov 28 2018

    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 really beautiful poetry. As always, fight the patriarchy!   Sponsors - Skillshare is an online learning community where you can learn—and teach—just about anything. Visit skillshare.com/spirits to get two months of Skillshare Premium for $0.99! This week Julia recommends The Fundamental of Magic Tricks. - Mrs. Fields is your destination for fresh-b...more

  • 104: Living Witchcraft (with Lisette Alvarez)

    Nov 21 2018

    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 parking lot of Spaghetti Warehouse, and how we can all better serve our communities!   Guest Lisette is a podcaster and writer. You can follow her at @LisetteWalking and find her show at https://www.kalilastormfire.com/   Sponsors - Backblaze is your source for unlimited cloud bac...more

  • 103: Ganesha

    Nov 14 2018

    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 how he became the remover of obstacles.   Sponsors - Shaker & Spoon is a subscription cocktail box that brings world-class cocktails into your kitchen once a month. Get $20 off your first box at http://shakerandspoon.com/spirits - Skillshare is an online learning community where yo...more

  • 102: Your Urban Legends XV: Schools are Spooky

    Nov 07 2018

    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 account of a recent tarot reading! Check out Happy Leather Goods Co at http://bit.ly/happyleatherco!   Sponsors - Honeybook is a purpose-built business management platform for creative small businesses. Get 50% off your first hear on HoneyBook.com with code SPIRITS. - RXBAR is a whole food protein bar. Get 25% off your first order at http://rxbar.co...more

  • 101: Día de los Muertos (with Trina Espinoza)

    Oct 31 2018

    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 tells us about the history of the holiday, the different ways it’s celebrated across the Americas, and her own personal experiences with The Day of the Dead growing up!   Guest Trina Espinoza is also known as msbeautyphile, and runs a Youtube web series dedicated to demystifying beauty, cosmetics, and personal care products. You can subscribe to her ...more

  • 100: The Fae

    Oct 24 2018

    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 schools, and find out why the Grimm Brothers weren’t just fucked-up grandpas. Sponsor - Skillshare is an online learning community where you can learn—and teach—just about anything. Visit skillshare.com/spirits to get two months of Skillshare Premium for $0.99! This week Julia recomme...more

  • 99: The History of Horror Films

    Oct 17 2018

    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 decapitations, yelling about ‘genre’, and a surprise special guest! FLASKS! TEES! NEW SPIRITS MERCH! Check it out at spiritspodcast.com/merch   Sponsor - Honeybook is a purpose-built business management platform for creative small businesses. Get 50% off your first hear on HoneyBook.com with...more

  • 98: Your Urban Legends XIV: Restaurant Ghost Wars

    Oct 10 2018

    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 a secret taken TO THE SPIRIT WORLD. We also got to chat with Chris Mullins about the long, slightly haunted history of McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Philadelphia! If you’re ever in Philly, make sure to check out McGillin’s Old Ale House for a nice beer and some ghosts! Catch a sne...more

  • 97: Clowns

    Oct 03 2018

    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 afraid of clowns, who started the “killer clown” trope, and where the killer clown sighting phenomenon comes from.   Sponsor - Calm, the #1 app for meditation, mindfulness, and sleep. Get 25% off a Premium subscription at calm.com/spirits - Audible - Go to audible.com/spirits or text spirits to 500-500 to start your free trial and redeem your free ...more

  • 96: Ghost Stories (with Paul Bae)

    Sep 26 2018

    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 tell us some of his best stories. Featuring Mr. Bae’s “Hour of Horror”, a haunted Toys R Us, and many stories that remind us why we will never go into the woods on our own again. Catch a sneak peek of the NEW MERCH on our Patreon page! You can also get tickets to our LIVE SHOW at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival!   Guest Paul Bae is a writer and podcas...more

  • 95: Izanami & Izanagi

    Sep 19 2018

    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 death into it, and definitely isn’t one to emulate. Including the happy-ish tale of Ebisu, Trinitite, and Amanda’s tea recommendation. You can also get tickets to our LIVE SHOW at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival!   Sponsors - Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that finds and delivers clothes, shoes, and accessories to fit your body, budget...more

  • 94: Your Urban Legends XIII: Mostly Outtakes Really

    Sep 12 2018

    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 denies playing Pokemon in movie theatres. All in all, we deliver some of the most buckwild stories to date, including the Bunny Man Bridge, mistakes in masonry, and better ways to cure your ghost coyote infected loved ones.   You can also get tickets to our LIVE SHOW at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival!   Sponsor - Calm, the #1 app for meditation, mindf...more

  • 93: Divination

    Sep 05 2018

    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 practices. Also featuring rock kids, on-the-spot D&D character creation, our Pro-Onion Podcast, gelato-filled veins, and letting the universe surprise you.   Sponsor RXBAR: Get 25% off your first order at RXBAR.com/spirits by entering promo code “spirits” at checkout!   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on...more

  • 92: Fakelore (with David Rheinstrom)

    Aug 29 2018

    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 invented to sell lumber? Does it make him any more or less a part of American folklore? Also featuring amazing accents, Olsen Twin movies, and just wayyyy too many puns!   Amanda recommends this week The Changeling by Victor LaValle.   Guest David Rheinstrom is on Twitter @IcarusFloats. Do yourself a favor and follow him to hear some great stories!  ...more

  • 91: Pele

    Aug 22 2018

    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 about mythology as history, the cutest names in mythology, the history of hula hoops, and how you can find some hair of the goddess whenever a volcano erupts.   Sponsor Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that finds and delivers clothes, shoes, and accessories to fit your body, budget, and lifestyle. Get started at stitchfix.com/spirits f...more

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

    Aug 15 2018

    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 school blood magic. Then we switch to an interview with Tim, chatting about how he became a cryptonaturalist, his first encounter with the Yowie, and his love for finding mystery in the world. Help us learn more about you at spiritspodcast.com/survey!   Guest Tim the Yowie Man is a cryptonaturalist, travel writer, and environmentalist. You can follow him...more

  • Episode 89: Šauška

    Aug 08 2018

    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 about veggie divination, World War II espionage, our favorite drunk snacks (and how they’re not frogs), and what impression we’ll leave behind in the world once we’re gone.   Sponsor Audible - Go to audible.com/spirits or text spirits to 500-500 to start your free trial and redeem your free audiobook. This week Julia recommends The City of Lost Fortunes...more

  • Episode 88: Sharks (with Melissa Marquez)

    Aug 01 2018

    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 specializes in the intersection of shark folklore and conservation. We chat about making scientific education accessible, human infested beaches, and what a shark-filled Big Brother house would look like!   Guest Melissa Marquez is the founder of The Fins United Initiative and hosts the Spanish language podcast, ConCiencia Azul, which interviews Spanish-spea...more

  • Episode 87: Horses

    Jul 25 2018

    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 FROM AROUND THE WORLD. Amanda guesses a lot of stuff wrong, but embraces her fear of creature hybrids. Julia breaks out some poetry and the most horrifying horse creatures known to man. Y’know, the usual stuff. Check out the newest Multitude show, HORSE, in any podcast app, at horsehoops.com, or on Twitter @HORSE_Hoops.   Sponsor RXBAR: Get 25% off...more

  • Introducing HORSE Ep. 1: My Dad, The Commissioner

    Jul 23 2018

    HORSE is a new podcast from Multitude about all things basketball—except the wins and loses. Eric Silver and Mike Schubert dig up the weirdest, funniest, silliest parts about basketball to tell you about. just like we do with mythology and folklore!   Subscribe to HORSE today in your podcast app by searching “Multitude.” And follow them @Horse_Hoops on Twitter for those good good memes.   -The Spirits Team   ---   HORSE Show notes   Full Court Press: “I Don't Know Who the F That Is” vs. Drew Ble...more

  • Episode 86: Your Urban Legends XI

    Jul 18 2018

    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 of Spooky Boys, Eric’s existential crisis, cats that say hello, our desire to visit all the haunted restaurants in the world, ROAD TRAINS??, and our disbelief at business naming in Ohio. Remember, stay creepy, stay cool, and stay… pasta?   Sponsor Skillshare is an online learning community where you can learn—and teach—just about anything. Visit skil...more

  • Episode 85: Brigid & Áine

    Jul 11 2018

    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 & Áine! We cover late-night booty calls, perpetual flames, SWORD NAMES, and terroir—but for people. There’s nothing like summer in the city, or in this case, Ireland.   CW: This episode contains some discussion about sexual assault.   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Yo...more

  • Episode 84: Talking Badgers (with Adal Rifai)

    Jul 04 2018

    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, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, deer man, and the Hog King & Queen, and make about a hundred jokes along the way.   Guest Adal Rifai is an improviser with Whirled News Tonight and Revolver, as well as one of the stars of the amazing Hello From the Magic Tavern. You can find him on twit...more

  • Episode 83: Mermaids

    Jun 27 2018

    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 offer. From buff mermaid moms to outcast mermaid communities to the types of mermaids that prevent disease and bring long life, we’ve got it all! Also featuring reflections on human sacrifice, crushing on wrestlers, and our favorite moments from Alan Menken movies.   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us ...more

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

    Jun 20 2018

    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 names, and-- what’s that? A THIRD SPAGHETTI CHALLENGER HAS APPEARED? Mostly, we’re starting to wonder… is spaghetti haunted?   Sponsor Skillshare is an online learning community where you can learn—and teach—just about anything. Visit skillshare.com/spirits to get two months of Skillshare Premium for $0.99! Our favorite Skillshare classes: “The Hitc...more

  • Episode 81: Bathala and His Daughters

    Jun 13 2018

    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 sweeping the nation, Julia gushes over her love of etymologists, and Amanda admits her late-in-life cloud revelations. Julia’s cocktail this week was inspired by the Ocean Mist.   Sponsor Huge thanks to Shaker & Spoon for creating our Legend Patron boxes! Check them out and sign up f...more

  • Episode 80: Genderfuck the Gods (with Andrea Lam)

    Jun 06 2018

    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 world that subvert gender norms! We chat about how you should never trust your Trickster God to make a business deal, being invested in snakes’ love lives, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and #myfavoritearse.   Guest Andrea Lam is a writer, publicist and actor. Follow her on Twitter @AndreaNLam!   Sponsor Audible - Go to audible.com/spirits or text spirit...more

  • Episode 79: Jiutian Xuannü

    May 30 2018

    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 we love the story of Jiutian Xuannü! We dive into the stories of the goddess, what our wrestling personas would be, crave some Cinnabon, plan a zoo trip, and have a lot of fun with phrases like “invisibility ability” and “physiological cosmology”. All this, and more, in episode 7...more

  • Episode 78: Your Urban Legends IX - The Beer Sweats

    May 23 2018

    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 which version of the Grinch is scariest, and attempt to save Editor Eric from a bad case of the beer sweats. Also, there’s some creepy stories in there. Just wait until you hear about Kimberly.   News clipping from Remus for Eric’s first story.   Sponsor Sunday Scaries. Visit fo...more

  • Episode 77: Kalevala (with Elena Varg)

    May 16 2018

    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 failed marriages. We talk about the ultimate Finnish Fanfiction, singing as magic, the Devil’s Zoo, magical saunas, and how sometimes you have to take one for the team if it means world peace. We have the full cast of characters for this episode, plus music and art that Elena recommends, on our Patreon!   Guest You can follow Elena on Twitter @elena_...more

  • Episode 76: Yowie

    May 09 2018

    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 the ins-and-outs of one of Australia’s most popular cryptids. Also featuring some Star Wars fact-checking, Victorian naturalist slamming, and our newest friend, Tim the Yowie Man.   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Faceb...more

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

    May 02 2018

    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, Amanda and Julia are put to the test to see if they can parse actual folklore from a morass of weird stuff from Eric’s brain, the internet, and beyond! The best part is, you can play along at home—download your scorecard on our Patreon. The Scientology/Neopets relationship, as mentioned in this episode, is a great read.   Guest Eric Silver is an aud...more

  • Episode 74: Your Urban Legends VIII - Grandma Extravaganza

    Apr 25 2018

    It’s GRANDMAS GRANDMAS GRANDMAS. All the grandmas! From demon grandmas in Texas, motivational ghosts (You Only Ghost Always), to helpful anti-murder spirits. We also debate the habitat for Ghost Charizards, ask if you have to pay finders’ fees for ghosts, and enjoy some Ohio color commentary from Editor Eric. Then we all cried over Amigo, the Stone Dog. #stonedoggo   This week’s recommendation corner: Potterless, Waystation, Join the Party, and TV Party!   Sponsor Dashlane - Never forget another...more

  • Episode 73: Orishas

    Apr 18 2018

    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 tradition with the help of liminal spaces, our Ocean Mom, your own personal deity, and reflections on third culture kids.   Sponsor Talis Clothing makes gorgeous shirts inspired by astrology, divination, and psychic protection. Get 15% off your order at bit.ly/spiritstalis by using code SPIRITS at checkout!   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us...more

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

    Apr 11 2018

    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 of the world, the Silmarillion, and all its intricacies. We talk about how eagles are apparently better than wolves, the goddess of empathy and sorrow, the reason music is so legit, silver fox elves, and sooooooo much more. Seriously, this is a buckwild episode.   Guest You can find Emma Sherr-Ziarko on Twitter @TheGreatDilemma and acting as Command...more

  • Episode 71: Hierarchy of Angels

    Apr 04 2018

    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 is nearly always better untranslated, and ask what the deal is with sceptres, really?   Sponsor RXBAR: Get 25% off your first order at RXBAR.com/spirits by entering promo code “spirits” at checkout!   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow u...more

  • Episode 70: Your Urban Legends VII - Heck Puppers

    Mar 28 2018

    Your stories this week were buck WILD. From fires and the mafia, to demon hunting internships, and secret government projects with some secret cannibalism, we are on a wild ride this episode. Julia wants to adopt a heck pupper. Eric decides he definitely doesn’t want to have a creepy kid. Amanda believes that electricity is caused by demons. All this and more in Your Urban Legends.   Sponsor Talis Clothing makes gorgeous shirts inspired by astrology, divination, and psychic protection. Get 15% o...more

  • Episode 69: Succubus Roundup

    Mar 21 2018

    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 shrimp, while Julia plans on how her demon form would trap men in her web.   Sponsor Talis Clothing makes gorgeous shirts inspired by astrology, divination, and psychic protection. Get 15% off your order at bit.ly/spiritstalis by using code SPIRITS at checkout!   Find Us Online If you l...more

  • Episode 68: Hollywood Urban Legends (with James Oliva)

    Mar 14 2018

    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 deep dive into the urban legends and spooky happenstances of Hollywood and the movie industry. Featuring William Shatner as the virtuous hero(???), why an incubus should be called a dudeubus, and the story of James Dean, Lesbian Icon.   Content warning: discussion of death, suicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, homicide, and motor vehicle accid...more

  • Episode 67: Maya Creation Story

    Mar 07 2018

    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 important questions, like why did the gods create humans, and would you still love her if half her skin was gone? Julia has an existential crisis about babies and marriage, and tries to come up with some ideas for monkey sociology.   Sponsor - RXBAR: Get 25% off your first order at RXBAR.com/spirits by entering promo code “spirits” at checkout!   Find U...more

  • Episode 66: Your Urban Legends VI - Yule Lads

    Feb 28 2018

    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 feline, Julia tries to explain away questionable Girl Scout trips, and Eric discovers that there is a lot of licking in Icelandic folklore. Read more about the Edinburgh kirkyard here.   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Goodreads, and review us on Apple Podca...more

  • Episode 65: Inanna

    Feb 21 2018

    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, the androgynous demon aesthetic, and SO MUCH MUSIC FROM OKLAHOMA. Hear Amanda’s cover of “The Raven” on the Our Fair City tumblr.   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Goodreads, and revie...more

  • Episode 64: Jane Eyre (with Vanessa Zoltan)

    Feb 14 2018

    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, wives in attics. Enter Spoiler Alert Central with us as we dive into the nitty gritty of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, learn why a short engagement is ALWAYS a red flag, hear about the weirdest scene in all of literature, and tell you why beeswax and white vinegar are all you need to clean your mansion.   Guest Vanessa Zoltan can be found on Tw...more

  • Episode 63: Food Gods

    Feb 07 2018

    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 by vomiting, our favorite corn recipes, and just what positions we would play in Quidditch.   Find Us Online - patreon: http://patreon.com/spiritspodcast - twitter: http://twitter.com/spiritspodcast - facebook: http://facebook.com/spiritspodcast - instagram: http://instagram.com/sp...more

  • Episode 62.5: The Confrontation

    Feb 02 2018

    This has gone on long enough. We’re getting our Eric back! Featuring Kristen DeMercurio as the Spagghost. Series written by Eric Silver.   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Goodreads, and review us on Apple Podcasts to help new listeners find the show. You can support us on Patreon to unlock bonus audio content, director’s commentaries, custom recipe cards, and so much more. Merch is for sale at spirit...more

  • Episode 62.4: The Inside Man

    Feb 01 2018

    We reach out to a secret contact in Akron, Ohio—Amanda’s cousin Chad. Featuring David Rheinstrom as Chad. Written by Eric Silver.   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Goodreads, and review us on Apple Podcasts to help new listeners find the show. You can support us on Patreon to unlock bonus audio content, director’s commentaries, custom recipe cards, and so much more. Merch is for sale at spiritspodcas...more

  • Episode 62.3: Your Spaghetti Warehouse Stories

    Jan 31 2018

    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, Jake Song, Wil WIlliams, Paul M., Chris P., Alex Brown, Lucille Valentine & Mani, and James Oliva. Written and edited by Eric Silver.   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Goodreads, and review us on Apple Podcasts to help new listeners find the show. You ...more

  • Episode 62.2: The Expert

    Jan 30 2018

    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 in less than 24 hours). Featuring Danielle Shemaiah as Dr. Halström. Written by Eric Silver.   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Goodreads, and review us on Apple Podcasts to help new listeners find the show. You can support us on Patreon to unlock bonus ...more

  • Episode 62: Ouija Boards

    Jan 29 2018

    This week, we read up on Ouija boards and try one out in Amanda’s apartment. What can go wrong?   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Goodreads, and review us on Apple Podcasts to help new listeners find the show. You can support us on Patreon to unlock bonus audio content, director’s commentaries, custom recipe cards, and so much more. Merch is for sale at spiritspodcast.com/merch. To read up on us, lis...more

  • Episode 61: Deer Woman

    Jan 24 2018

    This week, we read some first-person accounts about the Deer Woman, a spirit in several indigenous North American cultures that punishes the wicked and protects women. We discuss imperialism, weird rules in fairy tales, the flaws in studying history, and how the woods seems (depends on where you’re at). Read the first-person accounts we reference and many more: The Lakota Deer Woman, Mythic Passages, Deer Woman: An Anthology.   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the ...more

  • Episode 60: Tarot (with Jolie Kerr)

    Jan 17 2018

    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, Jolie Kerr, who navigates us through the basics of Tarot, the history of the cards, and some Church Intrigue. Meanwhile, we joke about the supernatural skill of playing Bridge and Mahjong, the cards talking shit about your friends, and how the Rosetta Stones solved all problems.   Guest Jolie Kerr can be found on Twitter @joliekerr. Listen to Ask a Clea...more

  • Episode 59: Lạc Long Quân and Au Cơ

    Jan 10 2018

    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 stumbled upon. We discuss amicable conscious uncoupling, Pokemon inspiration, Taco Bell’s new stolen slogan, and rage against (certain) Shakespeare productions. And hey, remember, you ARE the box.   Sponsor - RXBAR: Get 25% off your first order at RXBAR.com/spirits by entering promo ...more

  • Episode 58: Your Urban Legends V

    Jan 03 2018

    You sent us some great stories this week: protective women spirits, murderous otters, toe-crunching bear grannies, and so many more! Amanda explains what the ideal ghost roommate would be like. Julia pitches an article series on accidentally dating cryptids. Eric grapples with what it would be like to have a ghost host. We all argue over horrifying ways one can incorporate chicken legs into your look. Thanks to Audible for sponsoring us this week. Get your free book and 30-day trial at audible.c...more

  • Episode 57: Language

    Dec 27 2017

    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 stuff right (and wrong), Amanda has breakfast in bed with the Oxford Dictionary, you discover what a plowie is, and we all realize that language isn’t always an exact science. Check out Waystation on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your pods. We’re also @WaystationPod on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr. Our sponsor this week is...more

  • Episode 56: King Arthur (with Christian Madera)

    Dec 20 2017

    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, even in the Middle Ages; how OT3s can solve all problems; how freaky historians can get; and why “whiskey” is a word that transcends language. You can find Christian online at Once and Future Nerd, and on Twitter and Tumblr! The fabulous Professor E.R. Udite is on tumblr for your ...more

  • Episode 55: Yuki-onna

    Dec 13 2017

    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 the icy cold, who comes back seeking the warmth that will destroy her. We spin a tale of Amanda’s future bed & breakfast, redefine what a terrible Hallmark card would be, talk pre-blizzard strategies, and more! (Contains discussion of recovery from trauma and abuse.) Thanks to Tab for a Cause for sponsoring us this week. Grab the extension and star...more

  • Episode 54: Your Urban Legends IV

    Dec 06 2017

    Spaghetti Warehouse makes its return, along with some spaghetti conspiracies. Grandpa comes back with a Bloody Bones follow up. A fan from Shropshire tells us why they avoid wearing hoodies. We learn never to look a gift camel in the mouth. And, as always, we get freaked out by the creepy stories you’ve got. Our sponsor this week is StoryBlocks, which gives you high-quality stock images, video, and vectors for a fraction of the cost. Check out storyblocks.com/spirits to start your free 7-day tri...more

  • Episode 53: Sedna & Inuit Shapeshifters

    Nov 29 2017

    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 horrible marriage and overbearing father to being the queen of the sea and underworld. Then we dive into the land where the spirit and human worlds are blurred, and shapeshifters lurk among us. Featuring conquering mountains, kawaii children snatchers, motivational fish posters, and more! Thanks to Tab for a Cause for sponsoring us this week. Grab the e...more

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

    Nov 22 2017

    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 don’t love basketball (just don’t tell Mike), we know you all love a good conspiracy theory. So stick around for sweet burns on our hosts, how many envelopes fit on the head of a needle, Yu-Gi-Oh Heart of the Cards-ing things, and why EVERYONE should love Space Jam. The video of the ~fixed~ draft is here. Find Eric Silver on Twitter @el_silvero and...more

  • Episode 51: Zeus

    Nov 15 2017

    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 her job, how Homer kept grudges like a forlorn high school senior, long cons like Ocean’s Eleven, and more! To sum things up, toxic masculinity sucks. Content Warning: Discussion of sexual assault. If this is a topic you’d like support about, head over to http://rainn.org to learn about free resources available to you. We are supported this week by ...more

  • Episode 50: Your Urban Legends III

    Nov 08 2017

    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 through some of the creepiest things that have happened to our listeners. Also featuring a Haunted Trolley Problem, why possession is the same as a concussion, and how old timey people got it on. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Goodreads, and review us on iTunes to help ...more

  • Episode 49: La Lechuza

    Nov 01 2017

    #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 will swoop down out of the darkness. We also chat about the evils of colonialism, the transfer of matter in magic, pitch a horrifying spin off to Spirits, and tell more owl stories from around the world. Our sponsor this week is StoryBlocks, which gives you high-quality stock imag...more

  • Episode 48: College Ghost Stories (with Jeffrey Gardner)

    Oct 25 2017

    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 leading the haunted tour through Kenyon College urban legends, we discuss the best practices in surviving haunted places or for rushing a frat, pitch a Roman Mars/Bruno Mars ghost podcast, and let you know why you should never go to estate sales. Find Jeffrey Gardner on Twitter @OFCRadio. Catch up on the excellent show Our Fair City in any podcast ...more

  • Episode 47: Sekhmet

    Oct 18 2017

    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, Sekhmet. We talk about balance in the world and in our lives; Julia schools Amanda on the hierarchy of lion prides; and we create a mythologically themed beer! Learn more about Assassin’s Creed: Origins at bit.ly/spiritsac! If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow...more

  • Episode 46: Your Urban Legends II

    Oct 11 2017

    We’re telling your creepy stories this week! From haunted theatres to farms and rivers to something called a Dinglehole, we bring you listener stories that made us giggle and gave us goosebumps. Listen as we come up with band names, discuss haunted rooms in our high school, and reveal how Amanda definitely misunderstood the premise of Field of Dreams. Huge thanks to Shaker & Spoon for sponsoring us this week! Check them out and sign up for a box of your own at http://shakerandspoon.com/spirits I...more

  • Episode 45: Creepy Kids

    Oct 04 2017

    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, Julia rounds up the creepiest stories about the spookiest kids to start off #creeptober, while Amanda shows her hand at how few horror movies she’s seen. We get inventive with urban legend backstories, quiz each other on classic horror movies, reminisce about creepy kids from our past. Our sponsor this week is StoryBlocks, which gives you high-quality...more

  • Episode 44: Circe (with Jess Zimmerman)

    Sep 27 2017

    #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 into pigs, enchanting sailors with herbs and feasts, and turning A WOMAN INTO A BUNCH OF DOGS FROM THE WAIST DOWN, Circe is the biggest badass the Odyssey has to offer. Featuring how ace/aro folks would make a killing in the love potion business, how you should never eat food given to you by a beautiful woman, the question of cannibalism in men-pigs...more

  • Episode 43: Javanese Mermaid Queen

    Sep 13 2017

    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. Mortal princess turned mermaid queen, we take away lessons of mindfulness, the duality of life, and the fact that you definitely can’t smoke gillyweed from Harry Potter. Also featuring a lot of Moana references, Magic Girl transformations, and the goddess equivalent of Venmo. Go to http://videoblocks.com/spirits to get all the stock footage you can ima...more

  • Episode 42: Werewolves

    Aug 30 2017

    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 werewolves as you know them, and werewolf & werewolf-adjacent stories from around the world. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Goodreads, and review us on iTunes to help new listeners find the show. You can support us on Patreon to unlock bonus audio content, director’s...more

  • Episode 41: Reptilians & Cults (with Kelly Weill)

    Aug 16 2017

    We’re kicking folklore into the 21st century to bring you this #kindacultykindacool episode. We’ve brought in reporter Kelly Weill to discuss Reptilians, cults, GOOP, and more as we dive into some recent events involving cult communities. What makes a cult? Why is steak tartare a faux pas among Reptilian watchers? How is the internet changing new religious movements? We cover all this and more! Content warning for violent crime, suicide, and harassment. If you or a loved one are experiencing tho...more

  • Episode 40: Laumes

    Aug 02 2017

    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 these Lithuanian goddesses, imagining people complexly, a chapter full of nipples, the word ‘tweak’, rainbow ribbons and more this week on Spirits! MERCH MERCH MERCH! http://spiritspodcast.com/merch ! Kinda Creepy Kinda Cool shirts and Water Spirits pins are available for preorder through August 4th, and will be on sale at DFTBA.com after that too. If...more

  • Episode 39: Toyotama-Hime

    Jul 19 2017

    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 through a lot. Listen as we tell the story and reminisce on past breakups, trashy werewolf romance novels, secrets as anniversary presents, divine prenups, and more! MERCH MERCH MERCH! http://spiritspodcast.com/merch! Kinda Creepy Kinda Cool shirts and Water Spirits pins are now av...more

  • Episode 38: Swedish Year Walk (with Soha)

    Jul 05 2017

    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 (@sokareemie), animorphs, goat heads, and more video game references than you can shake a stick at. It’s a long walk, but a little booze and a few jokes makes it all the more fun. You can find Yearwalk the game on Steam! Thanks to Winc for sponsoring this episode of Spirits! Visit tryw...more

  • Episode 37: Rainbow Serpent

    Jun 21 2017

    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 sex ed, how stories change with the environment, and how not EVERYTHING has to be phallic, jeez. See that rainbow up there? That means water and rain (and goofs) aren’t too far behind. Thank you to Audible for returning as a sponsor! Visit http://audible.com/spirits for a free boo...more

  • Episode 36: Your Urban Legends I

    Jun 07 2017

    You sent them, we read them! In this episode of Spirits, we read out your creepy, vaguely horrifying, usually fascinating hometown urban legends and folklore. From Ouija board mishaps to creepy goat-legged ladies and grandpas who love scaring their grandkids, we had a blast sharing your stories with the world! Julia recommends the gorgeous audio drama, The Far Meridian. Amanda recommends this week the work of Tana French! Find out more about this week’s myths: Donkey Lady, Bloody Bones, The Fem...more

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

    May 24 2017

    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, dig into the historical roots of Wonder Woman and the Amazons, and revel in the super queer nature of paradise. Join us to find out just how scared of powerful women the Greeks really were! A blog post version of the episode is also available here. Find out more about Greg Rucka and his work at GregRucka.com or on Twitter @RuckaWriter. For more on ...more

  • Episode 34: Beaivi the Sun Goddess

    May 10 2017

    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 know narwhals are real, and how butter is better when it’s got a little bit of culture. Julia recommends this hilarious Pikachu video and Amanda recommends Your Name. Discuss Sabriel with us on Goodreads (Spirits Book Club, anyone?). If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading ...more

  • Episode 33: Egyptian Afterlife

    Apr 26 2017

    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 when we finally arrive in paradise, it will be full of good goofs, bad puns, video game references, and our favorite musical finales. Our recommendations this week: Nancy by WNYC (podcast) and MST3K (Netflix). See the 42 Principles of Mat here, the Girl Scout motto here, and Aman...more

  • Episode 32: The Butterfly Lovers (with Linda)

    Apr 12 2017

    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 canon, with twists, turns, and detours to Dana Scully’s shoulder pads, Amanda’s graveyard traditions, and Julia’s favorite IRL treasure hunt. We promise to fill you with only a little bit of existential sadness at the end. Our recommendations this week: focused.af and Wynonna Erp. You can listen to us praise ‘She’s the Man’ on our friend Caroline’s po...more

  • Episode 31: Mami Wata

    Mar 29 2017

    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 in life. We talk snakes that can swim, Amanda’s lack of football knowledge, complicated relationships with water and exes, and how Mami Wata is the Fuck Mother we’ve been waiting for. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, & Goodreads, and review us on iTunes to help new listeners find t...more

  • Episode 30: The Morrigan

    Mar 15 2017

    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 bull is, and of course some epic mispronunciation as we discuss Badb, Macha, Nemain, and Anann. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast! Hit up audible.com/spirits for a free audiobook plus a 30-day trial, and to show your support for Spirits. We recommend The Long Way to a ...more

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

    Mar 01 2017

    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 dive deep into a story of devotion, roses, snake skirts, widowers, adult-born gods, human sacrifice, and the power of very pious grandmas. Stick around for some hot takes on mythology-inspired fashion, why you shouldn’t try to avoid your divine mom, and reasons to always believe the guy in your small town that says he spoke to God. Find Catherine on ...more

  • Episode 28: Kali

    Feb 15 2017

    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 battles, make clothing out of limbs, and be both feared and loved by the best damn battle goddess we know. Also featuring Amanda trying to list Transformers (just you wait), organic food vs. Chicken McNuggets, and an obligatory Harry Potter reference. Want to be our Shiva? Take our ...more

  • Bonus Episode: Seductress Roundup

    Feb 08 2017

    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 supernatural dating. We teach you the warning signs that your Tinder date may be a living skeleton (key: avoid red lanterns) and why you should never cheat on your significant other (unless you’re cool with dismemberment). Valentine’s Day has never been so creepy, yet oh so cool! Want to...more

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

    Feb 01 2017

    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 you 30 myths in as many minutes - we hit almost every continent (fuck you, Antarctica), tell stories of warrior goddesses, magma monsters, creepy bears, and why Wario definitely isn’t a Maori deity. And hey, we want to take a minute to thank you all. We made it a year because of you, our amazing listeners. So, stay creepy & stay cool. Want to give us ...more

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

    Jan 18 2017

    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 archetype behind grumpy Obi-wan Kenobi, stories of our theatre school dropout days, and just how to get past self-loathing when fighting the forces of evil. Mischa Stanton is creator of Ars Paradoxica and audio producer of The Bright Sessions. Find them on Twitter @MischaEtc. Our Ti...more

  • Episode 25: Time

    Jan 04 2017

    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 spirits who control what is to come in the next year. Nail down a funny, tipsy future full of pop culture flubs, Pokémon goofs, and weird holiday films with Episode 25, Time! If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, & Goodreads, and review us on iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Pl...more

  • Blooper Reel #1

    Dec 28 2016

    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 approaches. Tweet us your favorite! @SpiritsPodcast If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, & Goodreads, and review us on iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, dir...more

  • Episode 24: Krampus (with Eric Schneider)

    Dec 21 2016

    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 traditions, questionable origins, and weird pop culture surround Europe's favorite chain-wielding holiday figure. End the year in style with a creepy/cool holiday story and a side of (a lot) of eggnog. Follow Eric on Twitter @ImEricSchneider. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, & Goodrea...more

  • Episode 23: Koschei the Deathless (with Ivan Plis)

    Dec 07 2016

    There's nothing quite like a fairy tale. Heroes on quests, helpful magical animals, and… hidden sex dungeons?! We break down the famous Russian folktale of Koschei the Deathless, which defies the conventions of all the fairy tales we've heard and read before this! (Except the Little Mermaid. That's still messed up.) Hear our take on Bird Husbands, Russian Gary Stus, a turducken of death, and a badass warrior princess that deserved more air time, all with the help of special guest Ivan Plis (@iva...more

  • Episode 22: Hometown Urban Legends

    Nov 23 2016

    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 with! From haunted asylums, to spooky roads, to demonic possessions, hear the stories that got us into the creepy & cool early on. Hear our take on Sweet Hollow Road, Kings Park Psychiatric Center, and the Amityville Horror, classic stories from our childhood home of Long Island, Ne...more

  • Episode 21: Medusa and the Gorgons

    Nov 09 2016

    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. Also featuring translation issues, our favorite fictional pigs, and the do’s and don'ts of Greek dating. Our first ever sponsor is Central Curios! Listener Aaron produces gorgeous, handmade, one-of-a-kind wands that all come with certificates explaining that wand’s unique lore. Check...more

  • Episode 20: Midnight Mary (with Grace McCreight)

    Oct 26 2016

    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; we bring pizza recommendations, burial advice, and New England jokes galore. Keep it spooky this Halloween with the legend of Midnight Mary! If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new li...more

  • Bonus Episode: Jack O'Lanterns

    Oct 19 2016

    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 pumpkins, and always faces? How about that odd name? Join us for a short, info-packed dive into the gooey history of this Halloween classic. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio con...more

  • Episode 19: Japanese Urban Legends

    Oct 12 2016

    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 give you a round up before Halloween. We’ll teach you how to survive an encounter with these spirits—and how to scare your friends next time you find yourselves together on a dark and stormy night. Myths discussed: The Red Room Curse, Aka Manto (Red Cape), The Fatal Fare, Kuchisake-onna (The Slit-Mouthed Woman), Teke Teke, and Kashima Reiko/Kamen S...more

  • Episode 18: South African Rain Queens

    Sep 28 2016

    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 of queens ruling the Balobedu people of South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Politics is fun when it’s matriarchal and magical, people. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, behi...more

  • Episode 17: Stonehenge (with Lauren Shippen)

    Sep 14 2016

    Across the misty moors of Wales and England, we stumble across the Druids' most mysterious landmark: Stonehenge. Follow us into the shadowed origins of this ancient formation and speculate with us about its purpose. Special guest Lauren Shippen, creator of the wildly successful podcast The Bright Sessions, takes us through options from aliens, to human sacrifice, to archaeoacoustics. Stumble with us through our favorite theories behind one of England's most notable landmarks! Find Lauren on Twit...more

  • Episode 16: Bird Ladies of Russia

    Aug 31 2016

    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 hunters. Plus: inexplicable boobs galore! If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, behind-the-scenes photos, custom recipe cards, and more. Every bit helps as we get our first se...more

  • Episode 15: Maui

    Aug 17 2016

    Before you see Disney’s upcoming movie Moana, learn all about the badass demigod Maui, origin stories of the Pacific Islands, and very human mythological metaphors of Polynesia and Hawaii. The sun is a pigeon, the matriarchy wins, and we meet the Jean-Ralphio of the sea. If you love Star Wars and the sunny shores of tropical islands, this is the episode for you. All this and more for our quinceañera episode! If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us o...more

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

    Aug 03 2016

    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 tells us all about his first-hand experience with this classic Orlando urban legend, plus the historical roots of the modern-day town. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, ...more

  • Episode 13: Chinese Demonology

    Jul 20 2016

    Dive with us into the treacherous waters of Chinese Demonology, where giant clam monsters and sea serpents lurk. We encounter everything from zombies, to Pokemon Go, to monkeys creepier than your childhood Furby. Enjoy this quick tour of the bad, the ugly, and the actually-kinda-funny! If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content...more

  • Episode 12: Erzulies and Haitian Voodoo

    Jul 06 2016

    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 love, motherly love, and love gone wrong. Plus, more about Amanda’s and Julia’s eclectic childhood hobbies! For just a taste of Once on This Island, check out their 1991 Tony Awards performance. Then imagine sixth-graders performing it. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in...more

  • Episode 11: Golem (with Eric Silver)

    Jun 22 2016

    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 Jewish lore, Yiddish insults, and pop culture references for you to enjoy. Find Eric on Twitter @El_Silvero. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, behind-the-scenes photos, cust...more

  • Episode 10: Norse Mythology Part II - Ragnarok

    Jun 08 2016

    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 like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, behind-the-scenes photos, custom recipe cards, and more. Every bit helps as we get o...more

  • Episode 9: Norse Mythology Part I

    May 25 2016

    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 for a 'Spirits' first. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, behind-the-scenes photos, custom recipe cards, and more. Every bit helps as we get our first season off the groun...more

  • Episode 8: Bigfoot (with Jake M.)

    May 11 2016

    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 about famous Bigfoot sightings, the cryptozoology internet, and possible explanations for this ubiquitous legend. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, behind-the-scenes phot...more

  • Episode 7: Great Floods

    Apr 27 2016

    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 too many puns to count. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, behind-the-scenes photos, custom recipe car...more

  • Episode 6: Gameunjang the Korean Goddess

    Apr 13 2016

    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 (with some top-notch drunken diversions). If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, behind-the-scenes photos, custom recipe cards, and the opportunity to become a producer. Ever...more

  • Episode 5: Tailypo (with Eric Schneider)

    Mar 30 2016

    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 excellent movie pitch and some highly suspect Gilligan’s Island headcanon. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content,...more

  • Episode 4: Eros and Psyche

    Mar 16 2016

    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 between Eros and Psyche. You may have heard their names, but never this version of their story! If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, behind-the-scenes photos, custom recipe c...more

  • Episode 3: Aswang the Philippine Ghoul

    Mar 02 2016

    Join us on a journey to the Philippines as we learn more about this delightfully creepy vampire/witch/ghoul. Surprisingly, aswang make pretty good neighbors! If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, behind-the-scenes photos, custom recipe cards, and the opportunity to become a producer. Every bit helps as we get our first sea...more

  • Episode 2: Selkies and Kelpies

    Feb 17 2016

    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 spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, behind-the-scenes photos, custom recipe cards, and the opportunity to become a producer. Every bit helps ...more

  • Episode 1: Persephone and Hades

    Feb 02 2016

    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 straight from ancient Greece. Help Spirits grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our Patreon for bonus audio content, behind-the-scenes photos, custom recipe cards, and ...more

  • Welcome to Spirits

    Feb 01 2016

    Spirits is 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.   Find Us Online If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, & Goodreads, and review us on Apple Podcasts to help new listeners find the show. You can support us on Patreon to unlock bonus audio content, director’s commentaries, custo...more