About the Show
One-Sentence Description: A boozy dive into mythology, folklore and urban legends.
Full Description: Spirits is a history and comedy podcast about mythology, folklore, and urban legends. Every week we pour a drink and dive into a new story from around the world. Hear fresh takes on classic myths and learn new stories from around the world, served up over ice by two tipsy history geeks. With over 4 million downloads and a dedicated weekly audience of 20,000 listeners, we are just getting started!
Schedule: Weekly episodes published every Wednesday at 6:30 AM ET. Episodes alternate between story-focused episodes hosted by Amanda and Julia, and guest episodes featuring a story told by a guest host or urban legends told by our co-creator Eric Schneider. (Story, Guest, Story, Urban Legends).
Length: 40-60 minutes.
Format: First 5 minutes of each episode contain housekeeping and announcements; mid-roll break contains two ads; and end-of-episode credits include links and team credits.
Where to Start? You do not need to listen in order! Choose a region or genre you’re interested in using our episode browser and dive in.
Mission Statement: To better understand ourselves and the world by examining the stories human beings tell one another throughout the ages.
Live Shows: We have performed live at festivals like Brooklyn Horror Fest and Listen Up! Portland, at conferences like PodCon and FlameCon, and at standalone live shows with fellow members of Multitude. Get in touch with us here about performing at your event!
Our Values: We are an independent podcast, a passion project started in late 2016 by three friends. As active members of the podcasting community, we frequently collaborate with our peers and publish resources on how to create great podcasts. We value accessibility, so we publish full transcripts of every episode. We are also committed to diversifying our medium by amplifying voices from marginalized communities on our show, directly and indirectly. We use our platform to hear and tell stories in a way that centers the voices of the currently and historically oppressed, with an active mission to dismantle colonialist, white supremacist, and hetero-patriarchal ideologies. We are always trying to do better and welcome your feedback.
Our Peers: For more podcasts like us, check out the other shows in the internet's best production collective: Multitude. We are active members of the Audio Drama community, contributing writers to the Bello Collective, and frequent recommenders of new podcasts on Twitter.
Amanda McLoughlin (Co-Host)
Amanda is a queer martini aunt and the creator of Multitude. She started making stuff online in the early aughts, and found podcasting while in college. Her career is dedicated to helping other creators make a living by making stuff online by providing consulting services to podcasters and writing stunning resumes business. She and Julia grew up on Long Island reading sci-fi and learning technical theater, and she now lives in Queens, New York.
Julia Schifini (Co-Host)
Julia is a writer, historian, voice actor, and lover of all things creepy and cool. She first became interested in mythology back in elementary school, where she and Amanda spent recess creating trading cards for Greek gods. Julia holds degrees in history and religious studies, and lives on Long Island, New York. You can hear her act on Tides and What's the Frequency.
Eric Schneider (Editor, Monthly Co-Host)
Eric is a professional editor and videographer. He was an early member of the YouTube community, and has been listening to podcasts and producing web video ever since. He edits Spirits, Waystation and the ICG Creator Chat, and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
Our listeners, nicknamed “Conspiriters,” are some of the smartest, most curious people out there. Their support, both by sharing the show with their creepy-coolest friends and by pledging to our Patreon page, keep the show going.
Here are just a few of the beautiful artworks they’ve made for us!
Selected Press Mentions
Featured in publications like Wired, Buzzfeed, and the A.V. Club, Spirits has been named a Best Podcast of 2017 and 2018, Best Mythology Podcast, Best History Podcast by Women, and Best Podcast for Curious Minds.
For interview and appearance requests, get in touch with us here.
A.V. Club: Weekly Podmass Review Column
Reviewed in the AV Club's long-running Podmass column. (Read)
BBC: Culture Podcasts that will Blow Your Mind
Recommended for "historians who enjoy the odd tipple"! (Read)
Discover Pods: 11 History Podcasts to Decide Whether the Past was Any Good
Elena Fernandez-Collins writes, “[Julia and Amanda] have an endearing relationship, full of goofs, boozy drinks, and intricate education on the place mythology has in our daily lives, institutions, and structural oppression.“ (Read)