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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: October, 2019
Oct 30, 2019

There's something in the forest in 16th century Scotland. It's been there for years. Anyone who sees it doesn't live to tell about it, and it moves seamlessly between land and sea, leaving nothing but body parts in its wake. With a body count in the thousands, it's a legendary historical horror story that's supposedly true.

The creature is a goblin spider. It's a goblin who's also a spider...or, is it? We'll see that things aren't always what they seem on an extended creature of the week.

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Music:

“An Accumulation” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Emmit Sprak” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Cicle Veroni” by Blue Dot Sessions

Oct 23, 2019

The story of Rip Van Winkle is more than just a guy taking a long, alcohol-induced nap. It's a story about a changing time and a man struggling to keep up. It's a story about lost love and and a second chance. It's a story about one of the most insufferable fictional protagonists that you didn't know you hated: Rip Van Winkle.

The creature is the Polong, from Malaysian folklore, the little one-inch tall woman who will cut a hole in your side and just run around inside you, messing all sorts of things up.

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Music:

"Dark Water" by Podington Bear

“Blossoming” by Podington Bear

“Go to Sleep” by Podington Bear

“Tumbler” by Podington Bear

“Toil” by Podington Bear

“Cake” by Podington Bear

Oct 16, 2019

This week, we’re back on the boat to the Trojan War where Agamemnon has a problem. I mean, he always has a lot of problems, but this one involves a bunch of warriors with nothing to do but wait for the winds to pick up, and they're not going to pick up until Agamemnon does what needs to be done.

The creature this week is pollo maligno, the evil chicken. He's honestly perfect for this segment.

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Music:

“Triana” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Matamoscas” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Vela Vela” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Talltell” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Lonely Stairwell” by Blue Dot Sessions

Oct 9, 2019

Jack the giant killer is back, and he’s less Jack the giant killer than Jack the let’s-just-sit-here-and-let-the-giants-die-from-their-own-unforced-errors guy. That’s way less catchy, though.

The creature (pixui) is a constipated robber with daddy issues.

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Music:

“Popism” by Blue Dot Sessions
“The Gall” by Podington Bear
“Mello D” by Podington Bear
“Flatlands 4th” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Twosome” by Podington Bear
“Scallat” by Podington Bear
“Rope Swing” by Podington Bear
“Indian Paintbrush” by Podington Bear

Oct 2, 2019

Two stories, one from Italy, one from England. In the one from italy, Costanza is born which would usually be pretty great...except her parents are already in retirement and have given everything away to her older sisters, so she sets out on her own in the wild medieval world.

The second story is Molly Whuppie, whose parents have left her and her two sisters in the forest to die. Then things get worse.

The creature this week is hoop snake, a snake that's a hoop and also really confused as to why you're diving through it.

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Music:

“Climbing the Mountain” by Podington Bear

“Airliner” by Podington Bear

“In the Box” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Lakkalia” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Ice pack” by Podington Bear

“So it goes” by Podington Bear

“Hardboil” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Box Canyon” by Podington Bear

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Hoop Snake story: https://web.archive.org/web/20060629012039/http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/editors_pick/1925_01-02_pick.html

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