Joseph Campbell & The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers
When Bill Moyers sat across from Joseph Campbell in the library of George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch a quarter of a century ago to begin a series of conversations that would continue over two summers, neither of them could anticipate the extraordinary impact their collaboration would produce. Campbell was the foremost interpreter of the world's great mythologies - the stories told by humans since the dawn of history to explain the mysteries of the universe - who had collaborated with Lucas on the film director's "Star Wars" trilogy. But despite his vast learning, his almost 40 years as a remarkable teacher, and the scholarly acclaim for his major works ("The Masks of God" among them), only a handful of people had ever seen or heard him in person. That changed when Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers was broadcast on PBS. It fired the imagination and intellect of millions of people and became a phenomenon.
Joseph Campbell & The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers Previous Broadcasts
The Hero's Adventure / The Message of the Myth / The First Storytellers (Episode #101V)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 4, 2004 -- 9:00 PM
The Hero's Adventure
This program explores what heroes of all cultures have in common and how everyone must undertake a similar hero journey of his/her own in order to find fulfillment.
The Message of the Myth
This program examines the creation story in "Genesis" and compares it to other creation stories from around the world. Campbell explains why the snake was blamed for the fall, how computers are related to mythology, and why myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of human life.
The First Storytellers
This program examines the myths of early hunting societies, the role of ritual in the transition from child to adult, and what happens when a society no longer embraces a powerful mythology.
- KQED Channel 9: Fri, Jun 4, 2004 -- 9:02 PM
Sacrifice & Bliss / Love & The Goddess / Masks of Eternity (Episode #104B)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 11, 2004 -- 9:00 PM
Sacrifice And Bliss
This program examines planting cultures and their emphasis on death, sacrifice, and rebirth. Also discussed are the importance of sacred places and the creative imagination to psychological well-being.
Love And The Goddess
This programexamines the importance of romantic love, the holy grail, and marriag e as sacrifice in human history. Also discussed was the symbolic significance of the virgin birth in relation to the importance of the goddess image.
Masks of Eternity
This program offers insights into the emotions associated with art, eastern versus western religions, the idea of god, the meaning of human suffering, and experiencing the rapture of being alive.
- KQED Channel 9: Fri, Jun 11, 2004 -- 9:01 PM