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Myths and Legends

Jason Weiser tells stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules are stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should. All the stories are sourced from world folklore, but retold for modern ears. These are stories of wizards, knights, Vikings, dragons, princesses, and kings from the time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous and wonderful place.
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Apr 17, 2019

Robin Hood is a name that has echoed through the ages as a noble outlaw - one who takes from the rich and gives to the poor and who, with his bow and arrow and merry men, makes the powerful, cruel leaders answer for their treatment of the downtrodden.

He wasn’t always that symbol.

In his earliest tellings, Robin Hood is a much different outlaw. He’s a cutthroat who lives on the edges of the society. He takes from rich and poor alike and gives to his own. He will grow into the symbol that will be known a world over, but he’s not there yet.

This is the beginning of the story of Robin Hood.

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Music:

“Chrome and Wax” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Wandering” by Steve Combs
 
“Something Elated” by Broke For Free
 
“Middle” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Crumpet” by Blue Dot Sessions 
 
“Setting Up” by Blue Dot Sessions
Apr 10, 2019

If you hear her weeping, it might already be too late. A life fraught with loss and betrayal creates a tragic and dangerous being that's trapped between life and death, salvation and destruction. She's crying out on the edge of madness for those she's lost, and she might be coming for the ones you care about most. This week, it's a deep dive into the stories behind La Llorona, the weeping woman from Latin American folklore.

The creature this week is the chupacabra, which is either a vicious blue imp, a spiky naked bear, or a coyote with advanced mange. One of these things is not like the other.

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Music:

"Threads and Veils" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Charcoal Lines" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pickers" by Blue Dot Sessions

 

Apr 3, 2019

Where we left off, Cú Chulainn was getting dung smeared in his face by a stronger, magical king. None of that matters, because Cú Chulainn won. Of course he did. He's Cú Chulainn. Today's story picks up years later. As it turns out, killing people indiscriminately for all of your adult life (and pretty much all of your childhood) has consequences. Today, we'll learn what those are.

The creature is lady Kiya, from Japan, and she's a great reason to be honest with people about your feelings.

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Music:

“Scaffoldings” by Podington Bear

“Minor Islands” by Podington Bear

“Forces” by Podington Bear

“Blue Blanket” by Podington Bear

“Guild Rat” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Campanula” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Uncertain Ground” by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 27, 2019

Swan hunting, demon horde fighting, and marriage counseling: we’re back in the stories of Cú Chulainn, the hound of Ulster, after he won the war. He’s at a party, celebrating, but then his wife hints that she’d like one small thing, and that snowballs into him going to battle in fairy land against Senach the Spectral, shadow king. Really, though, if you’re a legendary hero, pretty much any todo list can end up with you fighting a shadow king.

The creature is Master Stoorworm, and he's still around. You can find him in the Orkney Islands and Iceland. Oh, sorry, did I say "in?" I meant "as."

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Music:

"Um Pepino" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Manaan" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Basketliner" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Flunked Funk" by Podington Bear

"Bjork" by Podington Bear

Mar 20, 2019

Gawain, Kay, and Bishop Baldwin are road tripping, but it's starting to rain. Kay won't camp out in the rain, so that only leaves one option: Carl's house. The knights are in for one of the strangest nights of their life.

The creature this week is the mantindane, from Kenya, maybe an evil poison monkey...or an alien trying to create a race of alien-human hybrids.

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Mar 13, 2019

Young Dionigi is an apprentice to the master tailor, Maestro Lattantio. It’s a good job and, frankly, the best one he could get. The problem? He wants a better one. He wants to be a wizard. His boss wants him to get back to work.

The mamlambo is the reason why you don’t want to date the guy you grew in a jar.

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Music:

“So It Goes” by Podington Bear

“Pounded Piano” by Podington Bear

“Tiptoe Treadline” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Rainday” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Our Only Lark” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Elmore Heights” by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 6, 2019

It’s the long awaited, frequently requested return of Pecos Bill, and we’ll see the aftermath of the incident with the twister, watch him pitch the devil as an investor in his new startup, and fall in love...all while thinking that he’s secretly a coyote.

The creature is Mama Dlo, from Trinidad and Tobago, and she will love you and leave you (at the bottom of the river, for you to slowly and painfully heal so she can love you again).

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Music:

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Feb 27, 2019

The jig is up, the news is out, they finally found Tristan and Isolde. They were renegades who had it made, but they were caught red-handed...mainly because of the blood...when Tristan and Isolde fell into the dwarf's trap and attempted a late night tryst. The executioners are already building their pyre, and they will be thrown atop it in the morning.

The creature is a horse with gross little noodle legs. Oh and also he might try eat you, but really, which mythological creature won't try to eat you?

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Music:

“Thin Passage” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Stucco Grey” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Holo” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Entwined Oddity” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Deathly Recitation” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Closing” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Brooks” by Kai Engel

“Symphony No 1 (Hope)” by Steve Combs

“Stickle” by Blue Dot Sessions

Feb 20, 2019

Tristan and Isolde have a problem: they can't get enough of each other. After they inadvertently drank the love potion, they couldn't control their love...and it is looming like a snare, one that will destroy them and everything they love if they let it.

The creature is the loup garou, from Caribbean folklore and it's the reason to carry around a keyhole with you and collect your dog's eye boogers.

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Music:

"Softly Villainous" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Manaan" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Illa Villardo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Alley Crawler" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cylinder Six" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cylinder Four" by Chris Zabriskie

"What Does Anybody Know About Anything" by Chris Zabriskie

"John Stockton Slow Drag" by Chris Zabriskie

"Turkey Vulture" by Chard Crouch

Feb 13, 2019

I don't want to spoil anything for someone who doesn't know this story, but this three-parter has everything: sneering villains, valiant heroes, monster fights, love, loss, betrayal, and someone shoving dragon tongues down their pants despite that not remotely being the best way to transport dragon tongues. It's the long-requested original story of Tristan and Isolde.

The creature is just a hungry snail...who also happens to be four stories tall and in possession of mouth tentacles.

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Music:

"Tartaruga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Um Pepino" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Ranch Hand" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Nocturne Op 27 No 1" by Podington Bear

"Tortoise Shell" by Podington Bear

"Cracked Nut Suite" by Podington Bear

Feb 6, 2019

For once, the king is dead and the queen is alive, and she's going to make sure her daughter avoids the dangers that many princesses have to face. Or, she tries.

The creature is a balding, adorable werewolf with a love of fuzzy slippers.

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Music:

“Lesser Scaup” by Chad Crouch

“Great Egret” by Chad Crouch

“Button” by Chad Crouch

“An Unknown Visitor” by Blue Dot Sessions

“The Callow” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Roadside Bunkhouse” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Min” by Blue Dot Sessions

“House of Grendel” by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 23, 2019

This week, it's a fable from the Philippines with a monkey, a turtle, and Game of Thrones level violence and retribution when something is stolen (don't worry, though. We don't get graphic with it).

The creature of the week is (yet another) reason why you want to kiss that dragon on the mouth. I don't make the rules, I am just confused and bewildered by them.

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Music:

"Cicle Valga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cottonwoods" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dawn Line Approaching" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Over the Fence" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sino de Cobre" by Blue Dot Sessions

"SuzyB" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Thannoid" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tralaga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Wahre" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 16, 2019

This is the episode. This is the episode where Helen of Sparta becomes Helen of Troy, and an event happens that launches 1000 ships toward the city in the east. This is where it all begins.

The creature of the week has a dorky smile and a retainer and will absolutely eat you.

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Music:

"Twilight Grandeur" by Podington Bear

"Thumbscrew" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Palms Down" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dawns" by Ketsa

"CGI Snake" by Chris Zabriskie

"Aloscape I" by Blue Dot Sessions

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Jan 9, 2019

In this prelude to the Trojan War, we learn the origin of the most famous Greek hero, and maybe the most reviled Trojan prince. Also, you shouldn't let Hera plan your wedding because a bitter decade-long war might break out because of it, and if you invite Poseidon, you're going to get an immortal horse as a gift to your wedding so, you know, invite Poseidon.

The creature this week is the Lady of the Land. There are way safer and easier ways to make money than killing dragons. Like kissing dragons on the mouth. Don't worry, I explain it in the Creature of the Week (kind of).

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Music:

"Smooth Actor" by Podington Bear

"Reckoning" by Podington Bear

"Box Canyon" by Podington Bear

"Thom Yorke at Home" by Podington Bear

"Only Lonesome" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Only Lara" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Belted Kingfisher" by Chad Crouch

Jan 2, 2019

Last week, Hera hid that she was pregnant. This week, we learn who the father isn’t, and see the births of two more important figures from Greek mythology. Also, if you’re going for the whole totalitarian dictator thing, make sure you don’t take your wine naps right next to all the people that hate you. Just saying.

The creature this week is the pipe fox. A fun little fox friend who will learn all your friends’ secrets and also rob you and everyone in your life.

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Dec 26, 2018

The origin stories of the Olympians.

The creatures this week are the Yule Lads, their mom, stepdad, and murderous cat.

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Music:

“Rainday” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Pitho Magnus” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Min” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Betrayal” by Lee Rosevere

“Everywhere” by Lee Rosevere

“All the Answers” by Lee Rosevere

“Gilroy Solo” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Campanula” by Blue Dot Sessions

Dec 19, 2018

Mowgli is hiding among the humans to stay safe from Shere Khan after burning and shaming the tiger at the showdown at Council Rock. The problem? The tiger knows where Mowgli is, and he is coming for the man cub.

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Music:

“Where it all happened” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Illa Villardo” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Darkened Treeline” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Your Mother’s Daughter” by Chris Zabriskie

“There’s probably no time” by Chris Zabriskie

“Beignet Interlude” by Blue Dot Sessions

Dec 12, 2018

We catch up with Mowgli after he’s been tossed in a pit of cobras while his friends fight countless vicious monkeys outside. We’ll also see what Shere Khan has been up to for the past seven years…and what his plan is to finally get his claws into Mowgli.

The creatures are sentient umbrellas, because who hasn’t looked at an umbrella and thought, “yeah, I’d like this to be a hairy man leg with a greasy tongue?”

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“Tillis county” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Raskt Landsby” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Evidence Room” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Holiday” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Red-tailed Hawk” by Chad Crouch

“Green-winged Teal” by Chad Crouch

Dec 5, 2018

A boy is lost. A tiger hunts. The wolf pack takes on a new cub. The story of the Jungle Book begins

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 Music:

"Raskt Landsby" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Gra Hovedvei" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dark Water" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Dining Dead" by Nihilore

"Final Sacrifice" by Visager

"Great Egret" by Chad Crouch

"American Crow" by Chad Crouch

Nov 28, 2018

Rostam embarks on his quest to free his king, taken captive in the land of the demons, where he'll not only have to free his stupid, stupid ruler and end the war, but embark on seven labors which will include: letting his horse do a lot of the heavy lifting, a dragon fight, a new friend, and tossing a demon's head like a bride throws a bouquet.

The creatures this week are the kakamora, from Polynesian mythology and, yes, from Moana. Unlike Moana, however, they are way less violent, way more naked, and have a taste for the finer things in life (possum).

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Music:

“Zulia Conspiracy” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Watercool Quiet” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Santo Apure” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Rambling” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Elephants on Parade” by Podington Bear

“Assmack” by Podington Bear

“Paramo Ocho” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Besos y Abrazos” by Rolemusic

Nov 21, 2018

The story of Rostam from the Shahnameh, an important book in Iranian Mythology. It starts out in a weird place, with a strange little Benjamin Button-type baby being raised by a mythological peacock dog, and only gets stranger, but it explores themes of loyalty, fealty, and power, even if a leader is not deserving.

The creature this week is the Jackalope, from Wyoming, and you can only hunt them one day a year. Unfortunately, that day doesn't exist.

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Music:

"Softly Villainous" by Blue Dot Sessions

"De Facto" by Chad Crouch

"Common Merganser" by Chad Crouch

"Gadwell" by Chad Crouch

"Investigation" by Chad Crouch

"An Oddly Formal Dance" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tessalit" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Drch" by Blue Dot Sessions

"As Nihilism Gives Way to Existentialism" by Nihilore

Nov 14, 2018

A fairy tale from Ireland with a genre savvy queen who has one request for her husband: don't let his surely evil next wife get anywhere near her three sons. Of course, things don't really go as planned.

The creature this week is hook girl! Don't bug hook girl, or hook girl will bug you...and by "bug you" I mean "tear you to tiny pieces."

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Music:

"Building the Sled" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Flashing Runner"  by Blue Dot Sessions

"Awaiting an Arrival" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Bauxite" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan" by Chris Zabriskie

"Masonry" by Blue Dot Sessions

 

Nov 7, 2018

A story from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, about revenge, letting go, and moving on. Also why you shouldn't mess with babies that can whisper threats at three months old and survive way more things than you could.

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Music:

"Alphabet Soup" by Podington Bear

"Thin Passage" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Readers do you Read?" by Chris Zabriskie

"Vik Fenceta Lan" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Another Version of You" by Chris Zabriskie

"Vik Fenceta" by Blue Dot Sessions

"NirvanaVEVO" by Chris Zabriskie

Oct 31, 2018

On our annual Halloween episode, it's stories of a monstrous creature who stalks the north woods...and how they might be sitting right next to you.

The creature is a vampire that's super scary...only it can't actually walk...and moreso bounces everywhere...and hates messy rooms.

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Music:

"Traffic" by Kai Engel

"Somnolence" by Kai Engel

"Delirium" by Kai Engel

"Nothing (Bonus Track)" by Kai Engel

"Mare" by Kai Engel

Oct 24, 2018

We're back in Norse Mythology. It's set before Ragnarok (obviously), and it's a story we never got to of Freyja, Odin, Loki, and four dwarves. Freyja makes a lot of new friends, and Loki gets completely out of control at a party and tells all the Aesir exactly what he thinks of them.

The creature of the week is the invunche, a very sad, hairy, contorted baby.

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Music:

"Catching Feathers" by Ketsa

"Midnight" by Ketsa

"The Confrontation" by Podington Bear

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"Walking Shoes" by Blue Dot Sessions

"House of Grendel" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Thom Yorke at Home" by Podington Bear

"Hard Sell" by Ketsa

 

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