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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: August, 2018
Aug 29, 2018

The king is annoyed. All of these people want to make him work. It's just...not fair. Sure, they're starving and about to riot in the streets, but actually showing up to work is really going to cut into his sitting around time. Unfortunately, he might not have a choice. The people are getting angry, and that leads to a journey west, farther than anyone in his kingdom has ever gone, to unearth an ancient secret.

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Fictional!

Check out our other show, Fictional! This week it is part two of Dracula. Go to http://fictional.fm or search for "Fictional" wherever you get your podcasts.

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The article I referenced: https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1

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Music:

"Parade" by Nctrnm

"Building the Sled" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Slow Line Stomp" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Vulcan Street" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cylinder Three" by Chris Zabriskie

Aug 22, 2018

This week, it's the fairy tale "Youth without Age and Life without Death", from Romania, a tale of love, loss, impossible quests, and acheiving your dreams. Also, why you shouldn't make idle promises to a kid that's just an hour old. It might end with them playing dominos with your horses and taking half of your kingdom's worth of gold.

 

The creature this week is the hili, from Lesotho, Africa. If you've never seen Big Bird's toilet...well...that's because it's you.

 

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Music:

 

“Flutterbee” by Podington Bear

“Nearly Nowhere” by Ketsa

“Kestrel” by Chad Crouch

“Rambling” by Ketsa

“Worlds Edge” by Ketsa

“Flashing Runner” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Algea Trio” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Traffic” by Kai Engel

“Daedalus” by Kai Engel

“Cold War Echo” by Kai Engel

“Haunted Past” by Ketsa

Aug 15, 2018

Joaquin is out of control. He is riding through town, doubling the rewards on his own wanted posters. He has cowed or killed anyone who has tried to stop him, and he thinks he is untouchable. He's not wrong, either. The only people who know his face are either very trusted or very dead. Still, the more he pushes, the more the state of California pushes back, until one man is finally commissioned with a bill from the California legislature to hunt him down for good.

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Fictional!

Check out our other show, Fictional! This week it is Sherlock Holmes. Go to fictional.fm or search for "Fictional" wherever you get your podcasts.

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Music:

Opener” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Moon Bicycle Theme” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Dropped Ticket” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Sopor” by Kai Engel

“Scraper” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Wistful” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Insatiable Toad” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Vibrant Canopy” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Comatose” by Kai Engel

“Silent Flock” by Blue Dot Sessions

Aug 8, 2018

It's 1850. The gold rush in the wild west, and Joaquin Murrieta seeks a better life in the US state of California, only recently taken from Mexico in the Mexican-American War. He tries to play by the rules and live by the laws, but everything keeps getting taken from him over and over again. Tired of living underfoot in a land that used to be his homeland, Joaquin decides to stand up and take his place as one of the legendary bandits of the old west.

The creature this week is the headless mule. Like, a firebreathing one that moves around, not just a dead mule.

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Music:

“Something Elated” by Broke For Free
“Bald Eagle” by Chad Crouch
“Global Warming” by Kai Engel
“Emmit Sprak” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Roll On” by Ketsa
“Pied-billed Grebe” by Chad Crouch
“Maree” by Kai Engel
“We Drive 3 Days” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Masked” by Ketsa
“Meekness” by Kai Engel
“Residual Anxieties” by Ketsa
“Life in Letters” by Ketsa
“Sad Moments” by Ketsa
“Dangerous Swing” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Wandering” by Steve Combs

 

Aug 1, 2018

The story of Meng Jiangnu and the Great Wall is one of the four great folktales of China. It's the story of love, tyranny, and standing up for what is right, no matter the cost.

If you like your evil creatures without any way to defeat them whatsoever, then this week's creature might be for you.

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The book by Wilt Idema: https://bardic.link/Pieuc

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Music:

"Mindset" by Ketsa

"Calming Storms" by Ketsa

"Management" by Ketsa

"Our Digital Compass" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Rate Sheet" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tolls Folly" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tumblehome" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Slate Tracker" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lonely Stairwell" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Morning Colorwheel" by Blue Dot Sessions

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