Society & Culture
We're baaack! We've been hearing a lot about heroes in the news lately and it's got us thinking. The word's being used to describe doctors, nurses, paramedics, delivery people, truck drivers, and grocery store workers-- all the people who are keeping our society going through the COVID-19 pandemic. But what do we really mean when we call someone a hero? Do our heroes today resemble the heroes of myth? Or are we using the label "hero" to escape societal responsibilities?
Join Darrin and Alison for this special pandemic issue of MythTake. Guest appearance by our new feline production manager!
America's Heroism Trap (Slate)
'Hero' Rings Hollow (LA Times)
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This week’s theme music: “Super Hero” by King Louie’s Missing Monuments from the album “Live at WFMU” (2011). Used under Creative Commons license and available from Free Music Archive.
Episode 32: An Interview with John Bracey
Episode 30: MythTake at the Movies-- Aquaman
Episode 28: Antigone
Episode 27: A Bard and a Horse
Episode 26: The Bakkhai
Episode 25: The Perseids
Episode 24: Wonder Woman
Episode 23: Homeric Hymn to Apollo (Part 3)
Episode 22: Homeric Hymn to Apollo (Part 2)
Episode 21: Theseus
Episode 20: Homeric Hymn to Apollo (Part 1)
Episode 19: Pelops
Episode 18: Homeric Hymn to Dionysus
Episode 17: Heroes at Home Deianara
Episode 16 Heroes at Home: Helen of Troy
Episode 15: Heroes at Home: Megara
Episode 14: Necromancy in Greek Mythology (Hallowe'en Special)
Episode 13: Mythological Tour of the Solar System Ceres/Demeter
Episode 12: Mythological Tour of the Solar System: Pluto/Hades