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The Hero's Journey℠ Podcast

Jeff Garvin and Dan Zarzana

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The Hero's Journey℠ Podcast is a fun, insightful look at movies through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s world-renowned mythological framework, hosted by writer/BFFs Jeff Garvin and Dan Zarzana. The trademark Hero’s Journey℠ is used under license from the Joseph Campbell Foundation (www.jcf.org).
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Myth Matters

Catherine Svehla

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Welcome to Myth Matters, a thought-provoking exploration of the role myth plays in contemporary life life and the intersection of myth, creativity, and consciousness. Host Catherine Svehla PhD. shares her knowledge of mythology and depth psychology to find insight and explore possibilities. Member of the Joseph Campbell Foundation MythMaker℠ Podcast Network. Learn more at www.mythicmojo.com and keep the mystery in your life alive.
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Joseph Campbell wrote, "Everything starts with a story." That statement is the foundation of The Are We Where Yet podcast. Since the dawn of time, stories have been as important to the advancement of mankind as anything else that one could name. Stories have united us, instructed us and have left us enchanted. They are what protect us from making the same mistakes as others that have come before us, like a lamp unto our feet. At their very best, they inspire us to pursue our dreams and somet ...
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Send Catherine a text Message Apple's ad for the new iPad has evoked some very strong reactions, reactions that illuminate old links between image, metaphor, myth, and our collective notions about creativity and the creative process. The current cultural conversation is a good starting point for reflection on some commonly held images of creativity…
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Unexplained deaths. Strange marks on the skin. Unidentifiable metal implants. Do you want to believe? This is the Hero’s Journey℠ of The X-Files Pilot. The Hero's Journey℠ Podcast is a fun, insightful look at stories through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s world-renowned mythological framework, hosted by writers/BFFs Jeff Garvin and Dan Zarzana. Plea…
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Send Catherine a text Message "Well, that's the trick: the sudden unexpectedness inside the over-known." --- Heather McHugh What type of mood does the word "poetry" evoke for you? Do you associate poetry with the profound and weighty? The concerns of the soul and the seriously sacred? I rarely look to poetry for a laugh and I wonder why, when there…
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Send Catherine a text Message Fate and free will, and the longing for purpose and prospect of destiny that hangs somewhere in-between. How do these forces shape our lives? Do we play assigned roles in a cosmic plan or make it all up as we go? These questions weave through many myths and stories. What answers do we find and how can we live with the …
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Study your case file, steam up a pot of fava beans, and put the lotion in the basket. This is the Hero’s Journey℠ of The Silence of the Lambs. About Special Guest Dan Butler: Dan Butler is an award-winning writer, producer, director, and actor with a career spanning four decades. He’s probably best known for his portrayal of Bulldog Briscoe on one …
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Send Catherine a text Message “A yogi sees Me in all things and all things within Me.” Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita The Bhagavad-Gita is an important Hindu teaching story embedded in the Mahabharata, an astonishing epic poem. Astonishing for its length- 100,000 verses-- and for its beauty. Astonishing for the complexity of the social and spiritual …
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Send Catherine a text Message Last Monday, February 26th was Tell a Fairy Tale Day. I began preparation for this episode with the intention of telling you a fairy tale, perhaps one that was connected to the holiday. This process opened up reflection on the necessity of a well-developed imagination to meet life challenges in a creative and satisfyin…
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Grab your sketch pad, change your hair color yet again, and remember me. This is the Hero’s Journey℠ of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The Hero's Journey℠ Podcast is a fun, insightful look at stories through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s world-renowned mythological framework, hosted by writers/BFFs Jeff Garvin and Dan Zarzana. Please follow…
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In this bonus episode of Pathways, Joseph Campbell answers questions from his lecture on the symbolism of Christianity, Buddhism, European Paganism, and the Arthurian Romances. Pathways with Joseph Campbell is hosted by Brad Olson, PhD and is a production of the Joseph Campbell Foundation. It is produced by Tyler Lapkin. Executive Producer, John Bu…
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Send Catherine a text Message We have an ever- increasing wealth of myths and stories, fueled by new discoveries and ongoing mythmaking. There are also dominant myths and stories, and dominant ideas about myths and stories, that limit the usefulness of this inheritance and the possibilities we entertain. In the last episode, I turned to the Hero's …
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In this episode of Pathways (the final full episode of season 3), Joseph Campbell speaks about similarities in the symbolism of Christianity, Buddhism, European Paganism, and the Arthurian Romances. Host, Bradley Olson introduces the episode and gives commentary after the lecture. Pathways with Joseph Campbell is hosted by Brad Olson, PhD and is a …
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Sharpen your shword, prepare your aloe burn treatment, and commit the Code to heart. Thish ish the hero’sh journey of Dragonheart. The Hero's Journey℠ Podcast is a fun, insightful look at stories through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s world-renowned mythological framework, hosted by writers/BFFs Jeff Garvin and Dan Zarzana. Please follow us on X and…
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Send Catherine a text Message It's only January and 2024 already feels like a year of consequence. Crazy weather and climate change, war, elections, ideological, religious, and cultural conflicts, and Pluto's move into Aquarius, heralding a long underworld journey of transformation in our communities, social contracts, technology, idea of service, …
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This bonus episode of Pathways is the audio from a slideshow presentation that followed the lecture that he gave at Skowhegan on July 27th 1987. The lecture was podcast Episode 27: Artists, Poets, & Writers. Even though we cannot see the slides that professor Campbell is showing, his rich description is able to guide us through the presentation. Th…
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In this episode of Pathways entitled, "Literary Wizardry - A Discussion with Joseph Campbell, recorded on December 15th 1970, Joseph Campbell holds a discussion session with students after his address to the student body of Sarah Lawrence College on the work of Thomas Mann. Host Bradley Olson gives an introduction and commentary after the lecture. …
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Pay your tab at the Green Dragon and pack your second breakfast. We’re going on an adventure! This is the hero’s journey of Peter Jackson’s 2001 adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The Hero's Journey℠ Podcast is a fun, insightful look at stories through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s world-renowned mytho…
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In this Bonus episode recorded at the Jung Institute in 1982, Joseph Campbell discusses elementary and ethnic ideas as two different interpretations of myth using the work of Freud, Jung, and Thomas Mann. Pathways with Joseph Campbell is hosted by Brad Olson, PhD and is a production of the Joseph Campbell Foundation. It is produced by Tyler Lapkin.…
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Send Catherine a text Message The solstice will soon be upon us, followed by the arrival of a new year. A time of endings and beginnings. Reckoning. This passage through winter darkness here the in northern hemisphere leads me to Norse mythology and my fascination with the god Odin. Odin is a god who lives with the prophecy that his world will end …
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Send Catherine a text Message "I am destined to die either by a crocodile, a serpent, or a dog; it is the will of the gods. Then let me go forth and follow my heart's desire while I live.". 2023 is drawing to a close. "The Tale of the Doomed Prince," a fairy tale found in ancient Egyptian papyri from 1550 BCE or so, is an interesting companion to y…
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In this episode of Pathways entitled, "Erotic Irony & Mythic Form", Joseph Campbell gives an address to the student body of Sarah Lawrence College about mythology and the work of Thomas Mann. It was recorded on December 15th 1970. Host Bradley Olson gives an introduction and commentary after the lecture. Pathways with Joseph Campbell is hosted by B…
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Flee your abusive aunt and uncle, take a running start at the barrier between platforms nine and ten, and change into your school robes. This is the Hero’s Journey of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The Hero's Journey℠ Podcast is a fun, insightful look at stories through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s world-renowned mythological framework, ho…
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Send Catherine a text Message The existence of monsters, alongside gods and goddesses, is a distinguishing feature of myths, fairy tales, and legends. Defeating a monster is often the test of the hero, the act that makes that individual a hero. And yet, life is full of challenges and dangers. There are plenty of opportunities for various forms of h…
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In this bonus episode, Bradley Olson sits down with JCF's, Stephen Gerringer to discuss JCF's newest addition to the Collected Works, Myth and Meaning: Conversations on Mythology and Life. The book encompasses a wide-ranging collection of insights from legendary mythologist Joseph Campbell, sourced from rare and previously unpublished interviews, c…
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This episode entitled, "Artists, Poets, & Writers", was recorded at Skowhegan on July 27th 1987. This was one of the last public lectures that Campbell gave before his death in October of the same year. The talk encompasses a discussion of myth, writing, and art. Host Bradley Olson offers an introduction and commentary at the end. Pathways with Jos…
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Light a candle, beware the moon, and keep clear of the moors. This is the hero’s journey of An American Werewolf in London. The Hero's Journey℠ Podcast is a fun, insightful look at stories through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s world-renowned mythological framework, hosted by writers/BFFs Jeff Garvin and Dan Zarzana. Please follow us on X and Instag…
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Send Catherine a text Message The season around Halloween and Samhain is a liminal time when shadows grow and lengthen in the world and psyche. The old Celtic stories of poet warriors and fairies feel especially potent to me right now, so I'm dipping back into the collection Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens for this story offering. "The Enchante…
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In this bonus episode, Joseph Campbell answers questions following the lecture that he gave with the same name from EP 26. It was recorded in 1967 at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and is the second lecture in the series Mystical Experience and the Hero's Journey. Host Bradley Olson offers an introduction to some of the ideas discussed…
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Send Catherine a text Message Sedna is the goddess mother of the sea, marine animals, and the underworld in the myths of the Inuit people, an indigenous Arctic culture. This episode is an exploration of variations on her origin story, and some of the questions and possibilities Sedna raises in this time of climate change and fundamentalism. Support…
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In this episode entitled, "The Quest For The Grail", Joseph Campbell discusses the Grail Legends. It was recorded in 1967 at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and is the second lecture in the series Mystical Experience and the Hero's Journey. Host Bradley Olson introduces the lecture and offers a commentary at the end. Pathways with Josep…
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Squeeze into those leather pants, locate the stage, and crank up your amp to 11. This is the hero’s journey of This is Spinal Tap. The Hero's Journey ℠ Podcast is a fun, insightful look at stories through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s world-renowned mythological framework, hosted by writers/BFFs Jeff Garvin and Dan Zarzana. Please follow us on X an…
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Send Catherine a text Message "I went out to the hazel wood, Because a fire was in my head, And cut and peeled a hazel wand, And hooked a berry to a thread.." ---from "The Song of Wandering Aengus" by W.B. Yeats The Salmon of Knowledge is a mythical creature in Irish folklore associated with poetry and knowledge of deep truths. Any person who ate a…
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In this bonus episode, Joseph Campbell answers questions following the lecture that he gave with the same name from EP 25. The questions deal with the contrast of mystical experience in the east and west. Questions topics include: the meaning and definition of samadhi, how an eastern mystic compares to the western mystic, how a mystic in the wester…
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Send Catherine a text Message “Dogs are our link to paradise.” -- Milan Kundera Sometimes a "little" detail in my day triggers thoughts about my mythic orientation and brings stories to mind. This episode began with a short news story about a dog. Which led me to a Jicarilla Apache creation myth and an Irish legend about Fionn MacCool. These storie…
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In this episode entitled, "Mystical Experience & The Hero", Joseph Campbell discusses the transformation myth undergoes over time. and the ways that myth must change to remain functional and alive. It was recorded in 1967 at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Host Bradley Olson introduces the lecture and offers a commentary at the end. Pa…
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Cover your tracks, prepare your alibi, and get ready to stare into the donut hole. This is the hero’s journey of Knives Out. The Hero's Journey ℠ Podcast is a fun, insightful look at movies through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s world-renowned mythological framework, hosted by writer/BFFs Jeff Garvin and Dan Zarzana. Please follow us on Twitter and …
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This bonus episode was recorded at Loyola College in 1972. It was a Q&A session following a lecture called "Imagination & It's Relation to Theological Inquiry." The lecture recording, unfortunately, was unavailable. In this session, Campbell answers questions about the feminine principle in Buddhism, how fear of women in patriarchal cultures affect…
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Send Catherine a text Message "I don’t think the meaning of life is what we’re seeking. I think it’s an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have residences within our own innermost being in reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive." -- Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth The m…
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Send Catherine a text Message "Rationality and logic can be spiritual." -- Alan Lightman, Mr. g The antagonism between Western science and myth/religion has shaped human history and continues to obstruct the quest for a holistic understanding of existence. In Myths to Live By, Joseph Campbell outlines the conflict and offers solutions to the modern…
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In this episode entitled, "Hellenism & Christianity", Joseph Campbell discusses the influence of Greek mythology and Hellenism on Christianity. It was recorded on April 24th, 1972 in his classroom at Sarah Lawrence College. Host Bradley Olson introduces the lecture and offers a commentary at the end. Pathways with Joseph Campbell is hosted by Brad …
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Identify your mark, stack the deck, and know your escape route. This is the hero’s journey of The Sting. The Hero's Journey ℠ Podcast is a fun, insightful look at movies through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s world-renowned mythological framework, hosted by writer/BFFs Jeff Garvin and Dan Zarzana. Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram. To see ex…
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