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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: February, 2018
Feb 28, 2018

What do you do if an obvious witch stops you on the road and asks a favor? Keep walking, right? Well, for the first time in possibly the entirety of this podcast, here's an example of someone speaking to an evil-looking witch in the dark forest and it actually working out. It's the story of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Tinderbox".

Our second story is from Vietnam, and a poor family, a smart child, an evil moneylender, and a fly conspire to cause some legal difficulties.

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Music:

"Down and Around" by Podington Bear

"Holding Hands" by Podington Bear

"Lens Flare" by Podington Bear

"Solemn Oath" by Podington Bear

"Storm Passing" by Podington Bear

"Scalloped" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Wahre" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Slider" by Blue Dot Sessions

Feb 21, 2018

Things get weird this week. The knights continue their quests through the Country of Strange Adventure, and the side-quests becomes the main quest as the knights get involved with:

  1. Bad breakups
  2. Vengeance
  3. Dragons eating dogs eating stags
  4. Death choirs
  5. Elderly women looking for a good time
  6. Church decorations
  7. Way too much more

Also, were you wondering what happened to Arthur's incestuous offspring, Mordred? Neither was anyone else! But he's back just in time for something horrible to happen.

 

The creature this time is the cuero, a nice looking blanket to keep sand off you on the beach and also maybe your skin as well.

 

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Let me know if you want a list of excellent mythology-related audiobooks, because I can get you a long list of myths and legends related audiobooks. You already love listening to stories, so check out Audible at http://audible.com/myths or text MYTHS to 500-500 for a 30-day trial and a free first audiobook.

 

 

Music:

 

"Lick Stick" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dark Water" by Podington Bear

"Nocturne Op 27 No 1" by Podington Bear

"Rain on Glass" by Podington Bear

"Pxl Cray" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Plataz" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Vik Fence Lardha" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Bivly" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Mad Scientist" by Fog Lake

"Connect the Dots" by Statusq

Feb 14, 2018

Yvain and Gawain are just two best friends taking a fun trip together. Nevermind that they've been exiled from Camelot forever, making it a mandatory best friends vacation. It sparks the beginning of a yearlong quest filled with morbid church decorations, dragon diets consisting solely of puppies, and sad, creepy knights. Basically your standard Arthurian legend.

The creature of the week is a fearsome critter who loves your scent...especially if that scent is rum...

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Music:

"Blue Highway" by Podington Bear

"Ice Pack" by Podington Bear

"In My Head" by Podington Bear

"Miss You" by Podington Bear

"In the Back Room" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Peacoat" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Borough" by Blue Dot Sessions

Feb 7, 2018

The story of William Tell is so much more than an arrow and an apple. It's the story of a reluctant hero, a tyrannical ruler, and why you shouldn't let your prisoners drive the vehicle you're using to take them to prison.

The creature this week is the cockatrice, and if you see a frog keeping eggs warm, that is just a completely normal and ok thing that won't end up destroying you and everyone you love.

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Music:

"Cicle Clavis Textile" by Blue Dot Sessions

"In Paler Skies" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Gullwing Sailor" Blue Dot Sessions

"KeoKeo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Caspian Sea" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Vik Fenceta" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Waltz for Zacaria" by Blue Dot Sessions

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