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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: December, 2019
Dec 24, 2019

This week, it is the insane original story behind the popular holiday ballet. In this story for children, we'll get some contradictory lessons for the kids. Getting into a van with a stranger offering candy? Bad. Getting into a silver carriage with a man offering a whole magical world full of candy? Awesome (not really - seriously, kids don't do that).

In a podcast full of problematic and wildly different original tellings of popular adaptations, this might be the most different and most problematic.

The creature this week is a haggard old woman who travels from town to town letting kids know if they're on the naughty list...using her knife and a bag full of garbage.

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Music:

"Hard Won" by Podington Bear

"Dowl" by Podington Bear

"March on Gumdrop Field" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Plum King" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Caprese" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Curious Case" by Blue Dot Sessions

Dec 18, 2019

Two (originally children's) tales that underscore the shocking brutality of the world in which these stories were told. The first one is that of three roommates: a sausage, a bird, and a mouse, who decide to mix things up for once. The second is the Robber Bridegroom, a story where a woman has to marry a man who horrifies her...and the lengths she'll go to in order to get out of it.

The creature is the Roperite, a vengeful, narcissistic bird who just can't get over the Roadrunner's good luck.

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Music:

“Ice Pack” by Podington Bear
“Our Only Uplift” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Deadly Recitation” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Pelliu” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Parasol” by Blue Dot Sessions

Dec 11, 2019

The story of a weaving contest between a goddess and a woman challenging the cruelty and tyranny of the Olympians leads us into three more stories: Pandora's box; the great flood of the ancient Greek world; and the love story of Idas and Marpessa, two people who saw the gods taking whatever and whoever they wanted, and said "no."

The creature this week is the rolling calf. It's neither rolling nor a calf. Discuss.

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Music:

“Dense” by Podington Bear

“At Our Best Alone” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Constellation” by Podington Bear

“Matamoscas” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Little Black Cloud” by Podington Bear

“Four and Fourteen” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Broken Branch” by Podington Bear

Dec 9, 2019

A short supplemental that finishes the story of Lady White Snake...because there wasn't enough story left for a full episode.

There's still a full Myths and Legends episode coming out on Wednesday!

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Music:

"Louver" by Blue Dot Sessions

Dec 4, 2019

Xu Xian is dead. He discovered the truth about his wife and he died.

I mean, yeah, he's dead...but he's also unwittingly married to a 1700 year old magical demon snake on a redemption arc, so...you know...something might happen.

Seriously, though, this is a packed episode. There are magical (if not wholly unexpected) resurrections, crustacean armies, Doctor Strange ripoffs, and that's just in the first half.

The creature this time is the suppon no yūrei, and probably a good idea to give up eating turtle altogether.

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Music:

“Throughput” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Storm Passing” by Podington Bear

“Threshold” by Podington Bear

“John Stockton Slow Drag” by Chris Zabriskie

“Undercover Vampire Policeman” by Chris Zabriskie

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