Podcast: Joseph Campbell and ‘The Hero’s Adventure’

August 9, 2012

Listen in as Bill Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell begin their groundbreaking and timeless conversation with an exploration of the classic hero cycle, including consistent and enduring hero patterns in literature, real life, and even the Star Wars films. Campbell also encourages the audience to view parts of their own lives as heroic journeys.

Released in 1988, The Power of Myth was one of the most popular TV series in the history of public television, and continues to inspire new audiences.


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  • Ben

    Thank you for this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dorrion.mcmurray Dorrion McMurray

    The Power of Myth and Joseph Campbell changed my life!

  • bob

    i can say that without a doubt that if it hadn’t been for joseph campbell, i would not be alive today!

  • http://www.facebook.com/beetruex Brian Glenn Truex

    it comes to re-awakening our imaginative connection to the
    universe… no one does it better. If you’re fortunate enough to have
    the wisdom of Joseph Campbell in your life, as part of what should
    be our ultimate concern ~
    that of rendering our lives spiritually significant ~
    ooohh what a lucky man/woman you are!

  • http://www.facebook.com/beetruex Brian Glenn Truex

    Dear Bob, ditto!

  • C Lanier

    The wisdom of Joseph Cambell and The Power of Myth is enlightening – it’s as if a “light” comes on and you finally get it!

  • Applebag

    Thank you Mr. Moyers

  • Dan

    I would like to thank you for making these talks available for all to hear. When it first aired it change everything. I would love for you to do the same thing with your Genesis series. It’s been a very long time also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Creoginity Rev. David Gray

    I’ve often wondered how much more wonderful life would be if instead of projecting onto a Jesus figure the role and responsibility of saviour, every soul who claims to follow him towards salvation took personal responsibility for engaging t
    he Christ within themselves and making the heroic journey towards the kingdom of heaven within. Can it be that Jesus found himself because he refused to give up being who he truly was, refused to conform to the political and religious powers of the world even unto death? Indeed, is this not the journey of each spermatozoa that sets itself on the goal of the egg and swims out of the sea of existence as it is experienced for the millions of others who are lost in the sea of being what they are instead of breaking through to the next consciousness of what they are truly capable of being when they give themselves totally to other? Then a new era of adventure begins as the foetus relishes the comfort of the cave of the womb, that meets all its need and nourishes it into a splendour that at its peak is called by the voice of the place where it is anticipated and suddenly finds itself rushing towards the light to be caught by the midwife, and then onwards towards maturity, being perhaps a participator in creation, before the seeming decline of old age and the disintegration into the arms of death, where once again we discover a new stage of the journey … so long as we don’t crave a previous stage to such a degree that we believe that is our all … or nothing …

  • Hilda

    I would love to have a look at all the footage that hit-the-floor! You & Joseph, the ABSOLUTE Top!!

  • Pete

    you are describing the Christian journey, in some ways. We are called to become Christ – anything else is empty piety.

  • Timmy B

    i like jesus