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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: May, 2017
May 31, 2017

Sinbad (no, not that Sinbad) is probably the 3rd most famous story from a collection titled "One Thousand and One Nights". It's a story of loss, hardship, and redemption...and then partying so hard that you forget all that loss, hardship, and redemption and need to do it all over again. Six more times. On the plus side, it's not just about an out-of-touch rich guy being out-of-touch and rich, but being so while experiencing some pretty weird stuff.

The creature this time is an awkwardly hot squirrel thing who wants to cram a metaphor about pride down your throat.

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Sponsors:

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Music:

“Hickory Interlude” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Plaque” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Colocate” by Podington Bear
 
“Oui” by Podington Bear
 
“Pure Swell” by Podington Bear
 
“Streetbeat Heat” by Podington Bear
 
“Transmogrify” by Podington Bear
May 24, 2017

It seems like with a lot of fairy tales someone looked at the original, thought that there was absolutely no way they could tell that to a child, and re-wrote it to get rid of the shocking violence and general terribleness of every creature ever. "The Ugly Duckling" by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen is no exception. It's shockingly violent and sad at times, but underneath its brutality and ridiculousness is a profound theme that still resonates today. Also birds are jerks.

The creature this time is the Loveland Frog. It's a large-ish frog from my hometown in Ohio. Ohio is so boring we can't even have a cool cryptid.

Sponsors:

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Dollar Shave Club: For just $5, you can get their top-of-the-line razor and a tube of shave butter (which unlike the Seinfeld episode isn't real butter and won't lead to Newman taking a bite out of you). Just go to https://dollarshaveclub.com/myths 

Detour: I've always wondered what I'm missing out on when I'm walking through a city. Now, there's a way to know. Guided tours right on your phone that you can share with friends. Check out http://detour.com/myths

Music:

“Just a Blip” by Andy G. Cohen

 
“Warmer” by Andy G. Cohen
 
“Faster Faster Brighter” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Parade Shoes” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Rafter” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Tripoli” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Like Starlight through a Veil” by Philipp Weigl
 
“Midnight Blue” by Podington Bear
May 17, 2017

Don't, under any circumstances, trust the Midas touch. The king of unforced errors, Midas is a well-known figure in mythology mainly because of horrible decision making and lack of foresight. They say any publicity is good publicity, and I hope that is the case for Midas, who took a bad choice and used it to propel himself to everlasting notoriety.

Mouse bears. The creatures this week are mouse bears. They have the ferocity of bears and the ability to sneak into your cupboards like mice. Needless to say, they're super annoying.

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Sponsors!

Loot Crate: May's theme is Guardians, with stuff from Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Star Wars, Destiny, and Goonies. Go to http://www.lootcrate.com/legends and use code LEGENDS to get $3 off any new subscription today.

Blue Apron: Like fresh, great quality ingredients and fun recipes and not having to go anywhere for fresh, great quality ingredients and fun recipes? Blue Apron is your thing. Check out http://www.blueapron.com/legends code LEGENDS to get your first three meals free, with free shipping.

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Music:

“Bitter Roll” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Floating Whist” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Glass Runner” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Lead Shroud” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Pacing” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Sylvestor” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Town Market” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Bagd” by Podington Bear
 
“Breadtime” by by Podington Bear
 
“Many Hands” by Podington Bear
 
“Swimmy” by Podington Bear
May 10, 2017

Wrapping up this two-part series on Morgan le Fay, we'll see her devious schemes within schemes come to fruition with one aim in mind: killing King Arthur and seizing the throne for herself.

The creature this week is fish man, from Spain. He's kind of like a superhero if all superheroes did was lay around and drink wine at their parents' house.

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Hey, so Mother's Day is this weekend. As in three days from today. Still looking for something? You can show your mom you're thinking about her and you don't even have to look up from your phone. She doesn't have to know how easy it is and that it took basically no time. We won't tell her. We probably don't even know her. Unless this is Mike, in which case, hi Mike!

There are two excellent options:

Shari's Berries. Super easy. You know why? Because they somehow got the domain http://berries.com. They're delicious and they look fantastic. I got them for my mom on her birthday and my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. You can get her huge, freshly dipped berries starting at $19.99 plus shipping, and you can double the berries for $10. Just go to berries.com and use the code MAL when you click on the mic.

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Both are so easy, that in the time you took reading this you could have Mother's Day wrapped up. We're just looking out for you. Also please don't forget to use code MAL it keeps the lights on.

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Music:

“Lamplist” by Blue Dot Sessions

“One Needle” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Parissi” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Tuck and Point” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Please Listen Carefully” by Jahzzar
 
“60s Quiz Show” by Podington Bear
 
“A1 Rogue” by Podington Bear
 
“All The Colors In The World” by Podington Bear
 
“Canoe” by Podington Bear
 
“Climbing the Mountain” by Podington Bear
 
“Dulcet” by Podington Bear
 
“Loam” by Podington Bear
 
“Modest House” by Podington Bear
 
“Rythn” by Podington Bear
 
May 3, 2017

Sorceress. Confidant. Traitor. Sister.

All of those words describe Morgan Le Fay, King Arthur's half-sister. She is by far the most complex character I've come across in the Arthurian legends, but she's constantly portrayed in the medieval and early modern texts as a one-note traitorous baddy who is evil because she's an evil sorceress and evil sorceresses are evil. If you're familiar with the legends, you're going to see a Morgan you've never seen before. If you're not, get ready to meet one of the most interesting, tragic figures you'll come across.

Sponsors:

The Great Courses Plus: Go to http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/myths to get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus, and while you’re there, check out the course “Fundamentals of Photography."

Loot Crate: Here's the link for the Groot I was talking about. This 22" figure will be in the one mega crate sent out to a lucky subscriber. The rest of us will have to settle for a bunch of cool pop culture stuff worth twice what we paid for it. Darn. Check out http://www.lootcrate.com/legends code LEGENDS for $3 off any new subscription.

Music:

“Malachite” by Andy G. Cohen
 
“Watching from Red Hill” by Artofescapism
 
“Disinter” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“The Face of the Thrush” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Take Me Higher” by Jahzzar
 
“Snowmen” by Kai Engel
 
“Even when we fall” by Philipp Weigl
 
“The Scent of Cedars” by Philipp Weigl
 
“60s Quiz Show” by Podington Bear
 
“Fits” by Podington Bear
 
“Pop Brasilia” by Podington Bear
 
“Seventh Hill” by Podington Bear
 
“Starday” by Podington Bear
 
“Toboggan (Smooth Run)” by Podington Bear
 
“Trader Ho Hey” by Podington Bear
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