Podcast: Joseph Campbell and ‘The Message of the Myth’

August 9, 2012

Listen in as Bill Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell compare creation myths from the bible and elsewhere, and talk about how religions and mythologies need to change with time in order to maintain their relevance in peoples’ lives.

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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  • SuperJJ Rousseau

    Timing is Everything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Maxwell/100001432131219 Catherine Maxwell

    I happened to watch this broadcast and I was mesmerized by the mind of Joseph Campbell — brilliant!!

  • Julie

    Thank you for bringing this wonderful, wonderful and Powerful series back. I watched the first time, and now it means even more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leslie.gold.18 Leslie Gold

    So wonderful to hear after all these years…now further along on my spiritual journey. Many thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Tenstring Doug Harvey

    Bill — it’s a long story, but there’s no doubt in my mind that the serendipitously timed airing of this series saved my life. Thank you!

  • Manny

    The keys to the universe…. Thank You JC

  • http://www.facebook.com/jjmac1909 John J Macdonald

    Joe and Bill made a fantastic impact on me with these sessions! The TV broadcast (and later the DVD) and the book still take pride of place on my shelves. Thank you for keeping this going Bill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dale.dreyer Dale Dreyer

    The series introduced me to joseph campbell and his book, “the hero with a thousand faces” changed my life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cullen.athey Cullen Athey

    Since watching the original broadcasts and reading a bunch of his books, I have remembered and shared his insights many many times. It will be delicious to revisit your terrific interviews with him–thanks for this gift!

  • Bethann

    Decades ago Campbell’s exhortation to “follow your bliss” encouraged me
    along my fairly idiosyncratic path for some time, despite my cringing
    response to the way the culture saturated us with it’s faddish and
    ubiquitous use of it. More recently, feeling that this motto had worn
    thin in light of all the darkness I encounter on my path, I came across
    another Campbell quote that’s much more suitable for me now. I don’t
    recall the exact phrasing, but Campbell apparently commented that
    finding one’s purpose, or meaning in life isn’t what people are after,
    but rather it’s finding what makes one come alive. Bliss and aliveness
    are different experiences for me, so the distinction is important.
    Coming alive meshes perfectly with where and who I have become. Still,
    following my bliss is part of what got me to this point. Campbell, and
    his work, have been an important guides in living this extraordinary
    life I’m living, even though I don’t always agree with him.

  • John Evans

    Thanks for continuing to bring Campbell and his work to audiences around the world. The Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Power of Myth are thought-provoking and culturally rich arguments for a broader perspective.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PeaceAndLove Gerald Penilla

    So enlightening, I need to listen to this talk once a month, so as to never forget it’s wisdom! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/schiz.opolis.3 Arnold Schizopolis

    The Power of Myth changed my life.

  • charlie

    Brilliant / a grand review 😉

  • Maureen M.

    Thank you for your beautiful caring heart. I watched this series in the 1980’s. These conversations still encourage me to be a strong advocate for my inner self and trust that there is something, bigger, stronger, and more caring than the current zeitgeist. As a species we are doing better than 300 years ago, but we still have a ways to go.

    I am a Canadian who lived in NJ (across from the WTC where I worked) and had to leave the USA after 11 years of Reagan and Bush. I couldn’t believe that the ex-CIA director could be elected President.

    Listening to you and Joseph Campbell fed my soul during a very challenging time for me.

    I still watch and listen to you because you care. And you fair-mindedly look intently at a subject without the bombast of many talking heads.

    Thanks again and many blessings to your days.