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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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Aug 30, 2017

An episode with a story from Scandinavia about trolls. Not the internet kind. No, these are the less annoying ones that will murder you in the forest. 

Two creatures this week! And they are dogs! And Myths and Legends will ruin dogs for you, too!

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Aug 23, 2017

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Wrapping up the story of Perseus, we'll see that fated confrontation with the eternally cosmetologically-challenged monster, Medusa, as well as fall in love. Turns out it's really easy to meet people when they are imprisoned beneath you. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

The creature this time is the gargoyle, which ages phenomenally...because it's in indestructible dragon head. Unlike the monsters from that 90s cartoon that was awesome at the time but which did not age well at all...

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Music:

"Thematic" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Doghouse" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Are We Loose Yet?" by Blue Dot Sessions

"A Simple Blur" by Blue Dot Sessions

"A Palace of Cedar" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sensitive" by Podington Bear

"Small Pond" by Gurdonark

"Quantum Field Theory" by Rolemusic

 

Aug 16, 2017

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Medusa is probably the most misunderstood villain in all of Greco-Roman Mythology, famous only for being a monster...and the hero's quest to kill her. We'll learn all about her background and follow the quest of one fated to clash with her. Also this is Greek mythology so everyone is terrible all the time always.

The creature this week is the floating head and he's kind of like Pac-man...if Pac-man had a taste for people and delicious chestnuts.

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Music:

"Toppler" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Soothe" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Seamless" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Partly Sage" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Old Skin" by Podington Bear

"Little Dipper" by Podington Bear

"Astrisx" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Comet Trails" by Moon

"Orbs of Light" by Moon

 

 

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Disclaimer:

Non-graphic talk of Zeus impregnating a woman by turning into a shower of gold (?) and non-graphic talk of how Poseidon raped a woman and then the woman was blamed for it because she was irresistible.

Aug 9, 2017

We're back in the cold, unforgiving north, at the very beginning of Odin's reign. We'll see him meet a new friend while being completely unsuspicious in giant land, a threat come from another world to try to topple the Aesir, and the lengths Odin will go to in order to gain power, acquire knowledge, and thwart his coming doom.

The creature this week is an antlion. When a mommy ant and a daddy lion love each other very much, they think of ways to express their love and, well, you'll see...

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Music:

"The Nightmare" by Lee Rosevere

"Not Alone" by Lee Rosevere

"Sad Marimba Planet" by Lee Rosevere

"Twirl Into Insanity" by Keshco

"Decompression" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Bogero" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pukae" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Midday" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sunset at Goat Fell" by Graham Bole

"Rooftop" by Jahzzar

Aug 2, 2017

Starting at the beginning of the universe and going to the beginning of the epic and mildly disturbing battles between Set and his nephew Horus, Egyptian mythology is epic, funny, interesting, and bizarre. It's taken way too long to get into this mythology, and I'm excited to dive in.

The creature has no problem diving in...to your mouth. As a newt. Things really only go downhill from there.

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