The Myth & Culture Podcast

The Myth and Culture podcast revisits ancient myths, once treated as irrelevant to modern life, and demonstrates their interconnectedness with contemporary culture, business, politics, and society. Join renowned mythologist and author Devdutt Pattanaik in conversation with Jerry Johnson, a writer & speaker on Western Philosophy, every fortnight, as they skillfully reframe the hot-button issues of our times to uncover the myths that drive our lives.

10. Is Money a Myth?

Yes, says Devdutt Pattanaik, money is a myth but only until you are hungry.

9. Is Liberty a Western Notion?

No says Devdutt, who takes us back to its deep roots in the Shramanic traditions of India.

8. What Is More Important—Equality or Justice?

In this episode, Devdutt and Jerry tell us how from the western perspective, anarchy and structures exist side by side in India.

7. Pride – Supreme Virtue or Original Sin?

What is the difference between pride, ego, vanity, and arrogance? Is humility always a good thing? Devdutt and Jerry unravel the roots of contemporary ideas about pride and humility.

6. Patriotism, Nationalism and Populism

How is patriotism different from nationalism? Are both forms of populism? Devdutt and Jerry chat about the issues around identity defined by a geographical border.

5. Who Is a Hero?

Heroes, Hermits and Martyrs – From Star Wars to Bollywood, from Buddha to Greek gods.

4. How to Live (Without Anger)

We can identify the causes of anger within us and prevent it from becoming a destructive force. Devdutt Pattanaik tells you how.

3. What We Lose When We Lose the Feminine Instinct

The Purusha and the Prakriti: The world is in the throes of the masculine instinct and it shows.

2. Democracy, Is It About Equality or Authority?

Are authoritarian (‘benevolent’) rulers hijacking the democratic world?

1. Samvaad Not Vivaad: Political Correctness and Free-Speech

Join Devdutt Pattanaik and Jerry Johnson as they talk about the finding the balance between political correctness and freedom of expression.

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