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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: September, 2016
Sep 28, 2016

The beginning of the story of Jason and his legendary Argonauts doesn't start with Jason, but with Zeus being...well, Zeus, and kidnapping an unsuspecting woman. There is a dragon, a giant bronze robot, and court intrigue, leading to some familiar names coming back to help Jason travel to a faraway land and obtain the golden fleece. Those names include Hercules, Theseus, Laertes (father of Odysseus), Autolycus, Peleus (the father of Achilles), Augeus (with the legendarily dirty stables), and more. It's the biggest meetup of everyone we've met so far...well, everyone that isn't in Hades (Sisyphus) tied to a rock (Prometheus) or wandering blind through a plain (Bellerophon).

The creature looks so much like a normal person it's uncanny. I mean, he looks like a normal person once you get past his humorously big ears, nose, and hands. And his gray skin...that sometimes glows. Ok, he looks nothing like a normal person.

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Music:

"The Longshoreman" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Spell" by Rolemusic

"Poor Wayfaring Stranger" by Podington Bear

"One Dirty Sleeve" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Micolai" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Haena" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Discovery Harbor" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Space (Outro)" by Andy G. Cohen

"Castle Theme" by Visager

Sep 21, 2016

Three stories of people making deals. The first is from Japanese folklore, and it's about making the most of what you have...even when what you have is a dirty piece of straw and a fly friend. The second story is about a man who made a deal with the devil...and all the stupid (maybe brilliant?) decisions he made after that deal. The third story is that of Rumpelstiltskin, a weird little imp that might have been a hero if he didn't insist on purchasing humans.

The creature of the week the poludnica, and she is looking out for you and your rights at work...violently.

Sponsors:

Check out that fresh, delicious goodness sent straight to your door. It's Blue Apron: http://www.blueapron.com/legends

Like stories? Like listening? Like listening to stories? Check out audible (the book I mentioned was "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline): http://www.audible.com/myths

Spiders...why'd it have to be spiders? (bit.ly/2cl1yyX)

Music:

"Wahre" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Solemn Application" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Roscoe" by Podington Bear

"Micolai" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lost and Found" by Podington Bear

"Lope and Shimmer" by Podington Bear

"Lead Shroud" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Giving Tree" by Podington Bear

"Denouement" by Podington Bear

"Bootstraps" by Podington Bear

"Bambi" by Podington Bear

 

Sep 14, 2016

Three and a half stories of monsters of the ancient world. We meet vile beasts that lurk in the forests, the murky deep, and the wide, desolate places of the world. We meet the baby, the Thor, and the saints that slay them. We meet bears that can be bribed with cake. Folklore is weird.

The creature is a little blue person. I know it's a struggle to not play in barley fields after school. It's a temptation we all deal with every day. Just don't do it. It will end with you being eaten by a little blue monster. Also, don't sumo wrestle children in the street.

Sponsors:

Blue apron is pretty great! Check out Blue Apron: http://www.blueapron.com/legends

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The discussion post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/4219/44-saint-george-dragons/

Music:

"Blammo" by Podington Bear

'Filesharer's Lament" by Blanket Music

"Manele" by Blue Dot Sessions

"McKrary" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Molasses" by Podington Bear

"Crush at Maracas Bar" by Rolemusic

"Showers" by Podington Bear

"Wahre" by Blue Dot Sessions

 

Sep 7, 2016

A story of a super-powered Russian hero fighting the evil, also super-powered villain known as Nightingale the Robber. Nightingale can fly, kill with a scream, and lives in the shadows of his forest. The journey will take our hero from home, through multiple stays with Baba Yaga(s), and finally into a confrontation with the legendary bandit on a quest to become the man he never thought he could be.

The creature this week is sweaty, hairy, and naked...and the only way you can beat it is by wrestling it.

Check out www.blueapron.com/legends for some awesome meals without pounds of ingredients left over.

Seriously, check out the audiobook "World War Z" from www.audible.com/myths 

Music:

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"What Does Anybody Know About Anything?" by Chris Zabriskie

"Denzel Sprak" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Zither Sprak" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Rough Hewn" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Snowcrop" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pukae" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Low Jack" by Podington Bear

"Kiss" by Podington Bear

"Old Regrets" by Lee Rosevere

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