Twenty-five years ago, renowned scholar Joseph Campbell sat down with veteran journalist Bill Moyers for a series of interviews that became one of the most enduring and popular programs ever aired on PBS. In dialogues that span millennia of history and far-flung geography, the two men discuss myths as metaphors for human experience and the path to transcendence, touching on topics including world religion, heroic figures, and pop culture. This series demonstrates that, despite superficial differences between cultures, all stories are humanity’s story.
For the first time, you can listen to all six episodes of “The Power of Myth”, the beloved 1988 PBS series featuring mythologist and storyteller Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers. In these playable and downloadable conversations, Moyers and Campbell explore the powerful influence of enduring myths on the choices we make and the ways we live. Listen to all 6 episodes as podcasts here.
Filmed at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch and New York’s American Museum of Natural History, this series redefined “good television” through smart conversation that connects to us all. In the first interview, filmed at George Lucas’ “Skywalker Ranch”, Moyers and Campbell discuss the relationship between Campbell’s theories and Lucas’s creative work. Twelve years after the making of The Power of Myth, Moyers and Lucas met again for the 1999 interview, the Mythology of Star Wars with George Lucas & Bill Moyers, to further discuss the impact of Campbell’s work on Lucas’s films.
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For anyone that wants to tell stories, this is a MUST.