Hyacinth Podcast mixes scholarly research with the work of writers, artists, and artisans. Through interviews, storytelling, and music, it gets to the heart of big ideas that can bring us together as human beings and make our lives better.
Each episode features interviews with people who have incredible stories to share. We ponder anger, beauty, love, loss, fear, glory, and other shared experiences that are sometimes hard to talk about, but that matter a lot to who we are. In the process, scholarly ideas come out from behind pay-walls and fancy journals and enter into free, accessible spaces where we can think and talk about them together.
Because of this excerpt from T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land:
“You gave me hyacinths first a year ago;
They called me the hyacinth girl.”
—Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not
Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither
Living nor dead, and I knew nothing,
Looking into the heart of light, the silence.”
Ah, the human conundrum: the very things that bring us to life are nearly impossible to capture and have a habit of passing by too quickly. Over and over again, we fail to adequately memorize, express, or even understand the most impactful experiences of our lives.
Hyacinth Podcast is the process of “Looking into the heart of light” - staring straight into the most hard-to-articulate emotions and experiences - and then sharing what I see. Usually, I can’t figure it out alone, so I call up someone who has written a book or lived an interesting life. The more diverse the voices, the better.
For Eliot, beauty was an ineffable antidote to the tragedy and destruction of his post-First World War world. And I think it still is. That’s why each episode is made with care. And while I take research seriously and approach difficult topics, I also want to give you a beautiful listening experience, lush with carefully curated conversations, original music, and thoughtful soundscape.
I hope you enjoy it and thank you so much for being here.
Hyacinth is produced in Canada by writer and musician, Carmel Mikol. Carmel holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and is a Graduate student at Queens University. She is also an award-winning songwriter who has toured across North America and the UK.
Visit carmelmikol.com for music.