A podcast about pop culture storytelling - and its mythological, historical, and philosophical roots.

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The Midnight Myth Mission

We at the Midnight Myth believe stories are the closest humanity can come to magic. In this endeavor, we commit to using critical thinking and reason as the mechanism to understand the magic of storytelling. We will always optimistically search our stories for their intrinsic and inner value and never simply to find their faults. We respect and seek out diverse opinions, backgrounds, and orientations, reaffirming our commitment to universal human rights through the exploration of the stories we choose to tell.


About the Podcast

The Midnight Myth Podcast is a passion project of Derek Jones and Laurel Hostak, two creative professionals in Philadelphia, PA. Inspired by their love of television, film, and nerd culture, Derek and Laurel explore the universal themes and historical, political, and artistic implications of our favorite stories. From Game of Thrones to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from Star Wars to Harry Potter, we'll find the reasons these great tales continue to inspire.

We like to think of ourselves as storytelling anthropologists tracing the evolution of myth, legend, and fairy tale across cultures and timelines. We try to understand the question philosophers, theologians, and everyday folks have for millennia—what does it mean to be human? And we do so by investigating the most uniquely human act: the telling of stories.

But the conversation doesn't begin or end with the podcast. Get connected with us on social media to ask questions, challenge our interpretations, or suggest your favorite stories for deconstruction. Check us out on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.


About your hosts


Derek Jones is a history buff, drummer, technology enthusiast, who loves a good discussion.

Laurel Hostak is a writer and theatre artist with an unhealthy obsession with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter. In her free time, you'll find her cooking up homemade hot sauce or instagramming her cats.

Derek and Laurel are married. To each other.

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