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Feb 28, 2024

The gods (and astrophysicist-folklorist Dr. McTier) are back to channel divine inspiration for YOUR questions. We cover it all, from jobs to housekeeping to dealing with sibling estrangement. 


Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of misogyny, birth, family estrangement, capitalism, irregular eating, and depression.



Dr. Moiya McTier is an astrophysicist and folklorist who hosts Exolore, Pale Blue Pod, and PBS’s Fate & Fabled. She wrote The Milky Way: an Autobiography of our Galaxy, named a best book of 2022 by Publishers Weekly. And she serves as the senior advisor to the Human Artistry Campaign advocating for artists in the face of generative AI.



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Spirits is a boozy podcast about mythology, legends, and folklore. Every episode, co-hosts Julia and Amanda mix a drink and discuss a new story or character from a wide range of places, eras, and cultures. Learn brand-new stories and enjoy retellings of your favorite myths, served over ice every week, on Spirits.