172: Mermaids, Media and ‘Splash’ (Myth Movie Night)


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We all need a little bit of escapism in times like this, so we’re taking a voyage under the seas to examine the Tom Hanks movie Splash, and how we see mermaids in media. We also ask the very important question: How would a mermaid ride a dolphin?

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Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of Covid19, drowning, eugenics, NSFW discussions about fish people, accidental death, intense weather, colonialism, homophobia, misogyny, ableism, and enslavement.


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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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