"Finding the folktales, fables, and philosophies behind your favorite films"

Welcome to the home of The Story Cauldron, a weekly podcast that explores the stories behind your favorite cinematic stories. Join us every Wednesday as we dive into what Tolkien called the "Cauldron of Story" to see where our movies come from.

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.

New Episodes

Popular Episodes

Since we kicked things off last year, these have been some of our most popular episodes!

Upcoming Episodes

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"The Rocketeer" [S2: Episode 11]

A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero.

"The Giver" [S2: Episode 12]

In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.

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"Idiocracy / WALL-E" [Episode 13]

Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.


In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

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"Children of Men / The Road" [Episode 14]

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.


In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.

Meet the Hosts


Bobby: 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 married 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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Anthony: 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 who has recently moved cross-country to return to graduate school. A Tolkien nut with irrationally strong opinions about superheroes, theology, and coffee.

Top Films: Stranger Than Fiction, Children of Men, Jurassic Park, The Princess Bride, Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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Garrett: 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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