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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, 2019
Jan 23, 2019

This week, it's a fable from the Philippines with a monkey, a turtle, and Game of Thrones level violence and retribution when something is stolen (don't worry, though. We don't get graphic with it).

The creature of the week is (yet another) reason why you want to kiss that dragon on the mouth. I don't make the rules, I am just confused and bewildered by them.

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Music:

"Cicle Valga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cottonwoods" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dawn Line Approaching" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Over the Fence" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sino de Cobre" by Blue Dot Sessions

"SuzyB" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Thannoid" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tralaga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Wahre" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 16, 2019

This is the episode. This is the episode where Helen of Sparta becomes Helen of Troy, and an event happens that launches 1000 ships toward the city in the east. This is where it all begins.

The creature of the week has a dorky smile and a retainer and will absolutely eat you.

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Sponsors:

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Music:

"Twilight Grandeur" by Podington Bear

"Thumbscrew" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Palms Down" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dawns" by Ketsa

"CGI Snake" by Chris Zabriskie

"Aloscape I" by Blue Dot Sessions

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That ice cream thing: https://store.benjerry.com/ben-jerrys-pint-lock/(The site I found it on said it was $36, but it's actually way cheaper. My bad.)

Jan 9, 2019

In this prelude to the Trojan War, we learn the origin of the most famous Greek hero, and maybe the most reviled Trojan prince. Also, you shouldn't let Hera plan your wedding because a bitter decade-long war might break out because of it, and if you invite Poseidon, you're going to get an immortal horse as a gift to your wedding so, you know, invite Poseidon.

The creature this week is the Lady of the Land. There are way safer and easier ways to make money than killing dragons. Like kissing dragons on the mouth. Don't worry, I explain it in the Creature of the Week (kind of).

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Sponsors:

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Siren: Check out season two of Siren on Freeform, Thursday January 24th at 8pm.

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Music:

"Smooth Actor" by Podington Bear

"Reckoning" by Podington Bear

"Box Canyon" by Podington Bear

"Thom Yorke at Home" by Podington Bear

"Only Lonesome" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Only Lara" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Belted Kingfisher" by Chad Crouch

Jan 2, 2019

Last week, Hera hid that she was pregnant. This week, we learn who the father isn’t, and see the births of two more important figures from Greek mythology. Also, if you’re going for the whole totalitarian dictator thing, make sure you don’t take your wine naps right next to all the people that hate you. Just saying.

The creature this week is the pipe fox. A fun little fox friend who will learn all your friends’ secrets and also rob you and everyone in your life.

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Sponsors:

Squarespace is the best way to make a website. Try it for free at https://www.squarespace.com/myths and, when you’re ready, use the code MYTHS at checkout to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.

Check out season two of Siren on Freeform, Thursday January 24th at 8pm.

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