The Emerald explores the human experience through a vibrant lens of myth, story, and imagination. Brought to life through the wise, wild, and humorous vision of Joshua Michael Schrei — a teacher and lifelong student of the cosmologies and mythologies of the world — the podcast draws from a deep well of poetry, lore, and mythos to challenge conventional narratives on politics and public discourse, meditation and mindfulness, art, science, literature, and more. At the heart of the podcast is the premise that the imaginative, poetic, animate heart of human experience — elucidated by so many cultures over so many thousands of years — is missing in modern discourse and is urgently needed at a time when humanity is facing unprecedented problems. The Emerald advocates for an imaginative vision of human life and human discourse as it questions deep underlying assumptions about societal progress.


Title Date published
Neck Hairs of the Shapeshifter (w/ Simon Thakur) 2022-03-09
For the Divine Mother of the Universe (w/ Nivedita Gunturi) 2022-02-07
Snail Juice & Bear Fat & Werewolf Moons (w/ Leah Song of Rising Appalachia) 2022-01-10
The Body is the Metaverse 2021-12-03
Festivals! Initiation and the Brilliance of Eternity 2021-11-18
On Resonance: Caves, Hooves, Hearts, Harps... and the Birth of Culture 2021-10-12
Becoming a Ruin: Decomposing and Regrowing the Mythic with Sophie Strand 2021-09-16
Mapping The Mystic: Geographies of Ecstasy in Consciousness and Culture 2021-08-31
The Shape of Stories: How Myths Move Through Bodies and Worlds 2021-08-05
TRA is for Trance: On the Linguistics of Crossing Over 2021-07-15
On Trauma and Vegetation Gods 2021-06-22
The Emerald Turns Two 2021-06-01
Tyson Yunkaporta on Pattern, Kinship, and Story in a World of Decontextualized Minds 2021-05-26
Semele, Kuṇḍalinī, and the Path of Interiorized Lightning 2021-05-08
Trickster Jumps Sides: Disruption and the Anatomy of Culture 2021-04-21
The Many Voices of Water, Part 2: Imagining Water Beyond Lines 2021-04-02
How Trance States Shape the World 2021-03-12
The Many Voices of Water, Part 1: Oceans of Melancholy and Bliss 2021-02-04
Give the Drummer Some: Trance, Danger, and Rapture in the Oldest Instrument of All 2021-01-19
When Exactly Was the Age of Reason? 2020-12-30

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