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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: June, 2017
Jun 28, 2017

A young woman's father is taken, and she decided to go to the edges of the known world to get him back, to a faraway island harboring a dark and terrible secret.

The creature this week is skunk ape! He's 0% skunk, 0% ape, and 100% into stealing your produce.

Sponsors:

Carvana: now you can buy a car online and either have it delivered to you (yes) or go pick it up from a car vending machine (an even bigger yes). Check out http://www.carvana.com/legends (code LEGENDS) for more info.

Away: The suitcase that powered our store at a con and the only one I have that I trust with our expensive sound equipment. Seriously, it's a well-designed, sturdy, and smart piece of luggage that you will wonder how you lived without. Check out http://www.awaytravel.com/legends

Music:

"Two Dollar Token" by Blue Dot Sessions
"These Times" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Slow Casino" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Yellow Dust" by Rolemusic
"In My Head" by Podington Bear
"Down and Around" by Podington Bear
"Cylinder Six" by Chris Zabriskie
"Cylinder Five" by Chris Zabriskie
"Drone Thistle" by Blue Dot Sessions
"What Does Anybody Know About Anything" by Chris Zabriskie

Jun 21, 2017

A sea horse (but not that type of sea horse) that haunts the coasts of Scotland, the kelpie is a legendary cryptid that represents the dangerous unknown of the water...as well as new guys stopping by your village for the sole purpose of picking up women.

The creature this time is the Shojo, a Japanese yokai, who is living its best life: by lounging on the beach drinking and pulling off daring heists.

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That incredibly readable book on Celtic myths and legends: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0786711078/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_dp_T2_VOCszbY1WGRBD

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Sponsors:

Audible:

Check out http://www.audible.com/binge for a really great deal for a full year of Audible!


Dollar Shave Club: for a great shave at a great price, check out Dollar Shave Club at http://www.dollarshaveclub.com/legends for a $15 value for only $5. Get razors straight to your door whenever you want them.


Carvana: You can buy a car online! And pick it up as early as the next day! From a car vending machine (what?)! Check out http://www.carvana.com/legends for more info.

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Music:

 “Closer” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Cottonwoods” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Dirtbike Lovers” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Drch” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Flaked Paint” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Mknt” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Tensor” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“The Big Ten” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Turning on the Lights” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Halter Top” by Podington Bear
 
“Rain On Glass” by Podington Bear
 
“Satellite Bloom” by Podington Bear
Jun 14, 2017

If you've ever wondered about giving that strange old man a piggy-back ride in the woods, the philosophical nuances of way too much grave robbing, or how many people are necessary to take down a four-story-tall baby bird, well, then this is the episode for you. Sinbad finishes up his epic tale of epicness and we see what led to him falling back on his plan "B" of living a life of leisure on his near-infinite wealth.

The creature this time is the reason you should take a giant bat with you everywhere you go.

Sponsors:

Casper Mattresses. They are really comfortable mattresses that you will miss when you are away from home and want to letters to telling them such but that would be for naught because mattresses don't possess thumbs or sentience. If you want to give this whole "amazingly comfortable mattress" thing a try, you can for 100 days risk free at home. Check out casper.com/legends (code LEGENDS) to get $50 off a mattress purchase.

Dollar Shave Club. You can get razors for only a few dollars a month. They are super-smooth, close shaves and you don't even need to leave your house to get them. Well, the razors, that is. You generally don't leave your house to shave. Unless you're stately, plump Buck Mulligan shaving on the roof. Don't be Buck Mulligan, though. That guy was a jerk. If you're interested in really great razors and not hassling tortured artists, check out dollarshaveclub.com/myths. You can get a $15 value for only $5.

Music:

“Decompression” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Liptis” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Sunday Lights” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Toppler” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Across the River” by Podington Bear
 
“All the Ways” by Podington Bear
 
“Just Watching” by Podington Bear

 

Jun 7, 2017

Whether it's deadly literary references, sticky cows, or extremely inappropriate eulogies, the stories of Sinbad have it all...as long as by "it all" you're looking for a story of how a rich (and, let's face it, not-so-smart) guy for whom everything pretty much always works out. It's like Mr. Magoo without the nearsightedness and with much, much more impalement and cannibalism.

The creature the creature this week is a great excuse to keep your house well-stocked with red peppers and pet crabs.

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Sponsors:

Blue Apron: For fun, fresh ingredients and recipes delivered to your house weekly, check out http://www.blueapron.com/legends to get your first three meals free with free shipping.

Loot Crate: The theme for June is alter-ego, with stuff from Spider-man, the Hulk, DC Comics, and more. Be sure to subscribe at http://www.lootcrate.com/legends (code LEGENDS) by the 19th at 9PM PST.!

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The clip from Planet Earth II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3OjfK0t1XM

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Music:

“Patched In” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Brass Buttons” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Diner Gothic - Dasher” by Blue Dot Sessions

"Downhill Racer” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Floor Shine” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Inventio” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Midday” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Slider” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Sweetly” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Wax Paper Jewel” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Gorgon” by Jesse Spillane

“Harbor” by Kai Engel

“Front Runner” by Podington Bear
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