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Aug 19, 2020

Avast! What’s that on the horizon? Unlucky bananas, gold hoop earrings, and sons of guns; it must be sailor superstitions! Trim the sails and come on this voyage with us as we suss out the origins of legends taught to every sailor. 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of death, drowning, misogyny, boating accidents/capsizing, labor violations, funerals/burials, objectification of women, starvation, scurvy, corporal punishment, pregnancy/birth, storms/lightning, and suffocation. 



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About Us

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 (, licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.