The Story Cauldron is a podcast about movies and "sub-creation," something that J.R.R. Tolkien called the final result of Imagination + Art.

No story is an island entire of itself; each one depends on tales already told for foundation and support. Often (though not always) done unconsciously, the story-tellers of every age recombine past history, mythology, devices, and tropes to bring new legends to life; Tolkien described this as the great cultural "Soup" out of which each storytelling "Chef" ladles a new narrative.

We're here to drink up and explore the stories behind the cinematic stories we love.


Nothing is Original...

...though we dared to build
gods and their houses out of dark and light,
and sow the seed of dragons, ‘twas our right
(used or misused). The right has not decayed.
We make still by the law in which we’re made
— J.R.R. Tolkien, "Mythopoeia"

...Everything is Connected


Meet the Hosts

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the movie dude

"With a degree In Mass Communication and Broadcast Journalism, this English and Film teacher learned at a young age what goes into crafting a good story while trying to explain to my parents why the garbage wasn’t out yet. Newly engaged, and a movie fanatic, I get excited around all types of quality consumables, be it podcast, film, food or beverage form."

Top FilmsField of Dreams, Casablanca, Twister, Jurassic Park, Die Hard

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the philosophy guy

With degrees in anthropology and philosophy, I've spent a lot of money reading books you can find for free in a library. Happily married father of three. A Tolkien nut with irrationally strong opinions about superheroes, theology, and coffee.

Top Films: Children of Men, Jurassic Park, The Princess Bride, Atlantis: The Lost EmpireSerenity

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who's here

Currently a student working on his undergrad, this Gilmore Girls fanatic spends his days watching Netflix, playing piano, and most likely spending money on old books, sheet music, and records. Still in the process of winning the county pie contest.

UPDATE: County Pie Contest Level - Passed

Top FilmsBull Durham, The Happiest Millionaire, Clue, The Goonies, Hello, Dolly!

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