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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: January, 2018
Jan 31, 2018

As I was reading the story of Gouyen, I couldn't believe it was a true story - the lengths and the danger this woman went to in order to bring her husband's killer to justice. She's brave, intelligent, and ruthless when it comes to going after her goals. And her story doesn't end there. Her name ends up associated with one of the most famous Apache warriors in American history and his fight against the United States.

The creature this time is what happens when you reaaaaaaally want to grow wings and pull your own head off (I mean, more than we all want to do all the time)

Music:

"El Tajo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Drch" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Meekness" Kai Engel

"Harbor" by Kai Engel

"La Costilla" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tolls Folly" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Villano" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 24, 2018

I feel pretty confident saying that this episode is the most fun you'll have listening to a story about child murder and cannibalism. Jack of Jack and the beanstalk fame is a hero who's...not really a hero. He's a lazy teenager who's kind of stupid. It's ok, though, because he keeps running into a kind ogre who repeatedly feeds him and saves his life...and he repays her kindness by robbing her blind.

The second story is that of Jack the Giant Killer, which I just recently learned is a different Jack. His story loops in with King Arthur's too, and it's just a lot of fun...if waking up in matted, greasy giant hair is your idea of fun.

The creature this week is a giant pig monster from Greek mythology! Which giant pig monster? Well, that's the fun (hint: there are too many giant pig monsters in Greek mythology).

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Music:

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cylinder Two" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cicle Ariel" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lanky" by Blue Dot Sessions

"March on Gumdrop Field" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Plum King" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Gall" by Podington Bear

"Villano" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 17, 2018

Two vastly different stories of children made from snow. The first is one where the king is called on to solve some dating issues...but then discovers something far colder is at play. The second is the completely real story of a totally legitimately born snow child and what do you mean you don't think he's real? Of course he's real? Well, whatever. You can't prove otherwise so what are you going to do about it?

The creature this week is one that likes to make his home (and his toilet!) out of cinnamon.

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Music:

"Cicle Gerano" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cicle Veroni" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lord Weasel" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Intermezzo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Paper Feather" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Peacetime" by Blue Dot Sessions

"This is Our Home" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 10, 2018

A giant otherworldly monster that shoots fire from its mouth. The treacherous chief that killed his father. A super-smart fish dinner. These are just some of the things that Finn MacCool has to deal with as we wrap up the first part of his story and see how he comes to terms with his father's complicated legacy.

The creature is the best at what it does, and what it does isn't very nice. Because it involves sneaking into your house at night and stalking you with its beady little insect eyes and razor-sharp claws.

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Music:

"So it Goes" by Podington Bear

"The Confrontation" by Podington Bear

"Gale" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Circle DR Valga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Circle Vascule" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lochley Fells" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lumber Down" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 3, 2018

If I could have just re-named myself in grade school, it probably would have been Finn MacCool. I mean, yeah, that's only an English transcription and it's actually spelled Fionn mac Cumhaill and it doesn't really mean "Cool guy named Finn" but, loosely, "Fair one who is the son of Cumhaill" but, you know, details.

Really, really stupid joking aside, today's story is awesome. It's parts tense human drama, revenge tale, and fantasy epic. It has young people trying to avenge their parents, giant monster fights, and, of course, a very smart fish. It's a two-parter, and it's been one of my favorite stories so far on this podcast.

The creature this week is a fire monster who likes to play with his food. Unfortunately, that involves flinging flaming heads at grieving families.

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Music:

"Cab Ride" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cicle Deserrat" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Down by the Bank" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Invernen" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Headway" by Kai Engel

"Slum Canto" by Kai Engel

"Evermore" by Kai Engel

"Cold War Echo" by Kai Engel

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