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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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Now displaying: December, 2015
Dec 23, 2015

The story behind the transition from Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus is one that includes murder, priest-punching, and ominous, demonic-looking companions. This episode looks at the legends behind an austere bishop who has been transformed into a magical, portly elf.

**Note: as I say in the show, this episode is not for young children. The story of St. Nick includes grisly murders and mentions of prostitution. Listener discretion is advised.**

The creature of the week is another sort of Santa from Spain who, in the old days, eschewed the coal for bad children for a long, deadly scythe.

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Krampus pictures

The History of Rome

Music

"The Krampus Song" by J Dobbs Rosa (J. Dobbs Rosa on Twitter)

"Threads and Veils" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lathe" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sirius" by Sergey Cheremisinov

"Cheap Suit" by Jason Staczek

"Dune" by Filip Roter

"Sorcery" by Bog

"Christmas Lights" by Patrick Poe

"Fledgling" by Psychadelik Pedestrian

 

 

Dec 16, 2015

The final chapter in the story of Theseus, the Minotaur, and all the other people that have gotten swept up in this drama spanning decades. We'll learn exactly what the Delphic Oracle meant by her prophecy, and how you can use a spool of thread to kill a giant monster.

On the creature of the week, it's a very literal tiny dancer.

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Music:

"Comfort in Uncertainty" by bbatv

"Great is the Contessa" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Big Out There" by Krackatoa

"Hiroko in Deep" by Whodiniz

"When it Gets Dark at 4PM" by Will Bangs

"Reverie" by WVTM

Dec 9, 2015

The story of Daedalus and Icarus is much more than just Icarus flying too close to the sun. Daedalus, the inventor, is directly responsible for the labyrinth and the Minotaur. He's a man whose will to survive and desire for significance drives him to make magnificent things, which only bring death, destruction, and tragedy for him and everyone around him.

On the creature of the week, you'll learn how you can keep a Russian forest-dweller from playing pranks on you. All you have to do is burn his entire forest to the ground.

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Music:

"The Tide" by Alex Finch

"Cab Ride" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Mosic" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lights Out" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Avec Toi" by Dana Boul

"Endless" by Dana Boul

"Last Straws for Sale (Instrumental)" by Lisa Germano

"Something Elated" by Broke for Free

"Wandering" by Steve Combs

 

Dec 2, 2015

We have all heard the story of Theseus fighting that monstrous half-bull, half-man beast known as the Minotaur, but the original story starts years earlier. It involves tensions between two kingdoms, a deadly poetry slam, and dumb bandits.

The creature of the week is a small chicken that will give you lots of gold...if you can keep it from sitting on you in the middle of the night and giving you nightmares.

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Music:

"Cold, Heat, Dust and Dew" by Curious Inversions

"The Shoes they Wear" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Empty Trees" by Ketsa

"Diversity" by Ketsa

"Here is Now" by Ketsa

"Something Elated" by Broke for Free

"Wandering" by Steve Combs

 

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