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  • Essays On Air: Journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety

    · Essays On Air

    A central convention of Greek mythological narratives called katabasis, the hero’s journey to the underworld or land of the dead. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation NY-BD-CCA central convention of Greek mythological narratives is katabasis, the hero’s journey to the underworld or land of the dead – and it’s a theme modern directors return to again and again. That’s what we’re exploring today on our first episode of Essays On Air, a new podcast from The Conversation. It’s the audio version of our Friday essays, where we bring you the best and most beautiful writing from Australian researchers. In this episode, Paul Salmond, Honorary Associate in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University, reads his essay Journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety. Here, he explains how films like Chinatown, The Silence of the Lambs and Apocalypse Now evoke narratives played out in Homer’s Iliad, the story of Theseus and the minotaur and other classic Greek tales. Join us as we read to you here at Essays On Air, a new podcast from The Conversation. Find us and subscribe in Apple Podcasts, in Pocket Casts or wherever you get your podcasts. Additional music and audio Cinematic Music - Eerie - David Szesztay Above Us - David Szestzay Looking Back - David Szesztay Chinatown - My sister, my daughter Chinatown - Evelyn’s last stand McCarthyism in America The Searchers - John Wayne’s Brutal Moment Apocalypse Now - Because it’s judgement that defeats us Fool Boy Media - 80s vibe McMartin Preschool: Anatomy of a Panic | Retro Report - The New York Times The Sopranos - Best Moments and Quotes (season 2) Berkeley Pro-Trump Rally in Chaos Trump: Russia investigation is a witch hunt - CNN Hell or High Water - I’ve been poor my whole life Sicario - Official Trailer Wind River - Official US Trailer Sicario - A Land of Wolves Wind River - Cory’s Daughter Captain America: Civil War - Airport Battle Scene Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Best Buffy Moments Hero of the Winds - Ominous Ambience Valentin Sosnitskiy - Acoustic Guitar Country This episode was edited by Sarah Matthews, and Paul Salmond’s reading was recorded by Eliza Berlage.

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  • Essays On Air: a new podcast from The Conversation bringing the best writing to you

    · Essays On Air

    Our first episode is from Paul Salmond, an expert on the Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University, reading his essay 'Journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety'. Wes Mountain CC-BY-ND, CC BYThe Conversation is launching a new podcast, Essays On Air. It’s the audio version of our Friday essays, where we bring you the best and most beautiful writing from Australian researchers. In each 10 to 15 minute episode, we’ll read aloud fascinating, meticulously researched essays penned by academics who are experts in their fields. These authors bring real knowledge, depth and love to the topics they unpack – and they write beautifully. Our first episode is from Paul Salmond, Honorary Associate in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University, reading his essay Journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety. We’ll also be hearing a moving and deeply personal essay from Michael Adams, Associate Professor of Human Geography at the University of Wollongong, on the cultural meanings of horses. Join us as we read to you here at Essays On Air, a new podcast from The Conversation. Find us and subscribe in Apple Podcasts, in Pocket Casts or wherever you get your podcasts. Additional music Theme music: Snow by David Szesztay, Free Music Archive Ambient Acoustic guitar by Stranger Eight, Freesound.org Additional audio McCarthyism in America (Youtube video) Cosmician - Meadow, fly, horse, crickets Paul Salmond’s audio track and Sunanda Creagh’s reading of Michael Adams’ essay on horses were both edited by Sarah Matthews.

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