168: Grimms’ Fairy Tales and ‘Gretel & Hansel’ (Myth Movie Night)


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You would think that the horror movie version of a Grimm Fairy Tale would be the scariest version, but you would be wrong. We examine the original story of Hansel & Gretel, talk about the moral quandaries of famine, and dive into the origins of Amanda’s favorite Grimm adaptation: Into the Woods.

This week, Amanda recommends Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel M. Lavery. Buy a copy and see our new lists of previous recommendations, guest books, and more at spiritspodcast.com/books!

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Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about cannibalism, child death/endangerment/abandonment, 9/11, anti-Semitism, starvation, famine, death by fire, fat-shaming, imprisonment, and death.


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Spirits was created by Julia Schifini, Amanda McLoughlin and Eric Schneider. We are founding members of Multitude, an independent podcast collective and production studio. Our music is "Danger Storm" by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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