In this limited series, Jamie Loftus investigates and interrogates American spiritualism, a century-old tradition of communing with the dead that takes place in camps full of mediums across the country. Who is drawn to these camps, how did the religion come together, and why are the tarot card readers and the seance-havers fighting? Ghost Church is a look at grief, religion, and loneliness, with on-site reporting and interviews with everyone from spiritualist psychics to Protestant pastors to a very lonely carnival employee.
Spiritualism has been a foundation of American culture since the movement's founding in the 1840s. Through the years, many have tried to find ways to communicate with the dead. Ghost Church by Jamie Loftus is a podcast that explores various aspects of spiritualism around the US.
The host and creator of this podcast is Jamie Loftus. She is a writer, comedian, and actress who has performed in several one-woman shows. These include such titles as I Lost My Virginity on August 15, 2010, and Boss, Who is Girl. She also received an Emmy nomination for her work on Robot Chicken, where she was a writer and voice actor. Loftus also cohosts The Bechdel Cast podcast. She is a likable host, as well as a skilled interviewer. Loftus is a comedian, so many podcast episodes have humor, of course.
Loftus has a sincere interest in spiritualism and the types of people who find solace in it. Throughout the podcast, she travels to various places across the country. In the second episode of Ghost Church by Jamie Loftus, she visits the town of Cassadaga, Florida. This spot has one of the largest populations of psychics and mediums in the US.
Although this is a comedy podcast, empathy is a key component of Ghost Church by Jamie Loftus. Sure, she thinks parts of this are silly, but Loftus never makes fun of her subjects. She encourages listeners to laugh-but never at the people she is talking to. This is a key component to the success of the podcast.
Ghost Church by Jamie Loftus is both funny and insightful. This limited series comprises nine episodes. All episodes are available for listeners to enjoy.