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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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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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Please say it ain’t so! It’s like spark notes but in bedtime story format! And I love a good bedtime story! So... can we have some more please?( best Oliver Twist impression) -Quanna (kwa-nah)

Great podcast

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I have listened to all of them

iTunes Ratings

17733 Ratings
Average Ratings
16325
788
277
177
166

Is it over for fictional?!

By Nay-kwa-nah - Jan 22 2020
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Please say it ain’t so! It’s like spark notes but in bedtime story format! And I love a good bedtime story! So... can we have some more please?( best Oliver Twist impression) -Quanna (kwa-nah)

Great podcast

By the shawn17 - Jan 16 2020
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I have listened to all of them
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Myths and Legends

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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.

Rank #1: 2A-Aladdin: The Magician’s Nephew

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The story of a poor man who finds a being of unlimited power, and not only uses it to put food on the table, but goes a little farther to take over the kingdom and become the richest man alive.

It's the original story of Aladdin, but it's very different from the story you know. The jinni (actual spelling of genie, by the way), don't really grant wishes. Listen to this episode to hear the bizarre original story that led to inspired retellings.

May 20 2015

24mins

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Rank #2: 165-Greek Myths: A Tangled Web

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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 11 2019

43mins

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Rank #3: 1C-Knights of the Round Table: The Lion Knight Rises

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In this episode, you'll see that you should definitely interfere if you see two apex predators fighting to the death in the wilderness. We'll finish the story of Yvain, a knight of King Arthur's court, as he (mostly) sees the error in his ways and (mostly) seeks atonement for his extreme selfishness.

After you hear the creature of the week, you won't want to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night for fear of running into this greasy little red guy from Japanese mythology.

May 13 2015

32mins

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Rank #4: 3A-Vikings: The Norse and the Furious, Bredi’s Drift

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Swords, dragons, werewolves, Vikings, betrayal, and revenge are all hallmarks of the thrilling, yet little known, Saga of the Volsungs, the story of an ill-fated medieval Nordic family. One of J.R.R. Tolkien's first Nordic reads, it's a tale of honor, love, loss, and vengeance, as well as the numerous benefits of just letting it go.

Also, I talk about the barbegazi, a helpful little frozen beard with huge feet. Here are the promised pictures! (go to the website for the pictures)

Jun 03 2015

30mins

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Rank #5: 141A-Robin Hood: Merry

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Robin Hood is a name that has echoed through the ages as a noble outlaw - one who takes from the rich and gives to the poor and who, with his bow and arrow and merry men, makes the powerful, cruel leaders answer for their treatment of the downtrodden.

He wasn’t always that symbol.

In his earliest tellings, Robin Hood is a much different outlaw. He’s a cutthroat who lives on the edges of the society. He takes from rich and poor alike and gives to his own. He will grow into the symbol that will be known a world over, but he’s not there yet.

This is the beginning of the story of Robin Hood.

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Music:

“Chrome and Wax” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Wandering” by Steve Combs “Something Elated” by Broke For Free“Middle” by Blue Dot Sessions“Crumpet” by Blue Dot Sessions  “Setting Up” by Blue Dot Sessions

Apr 17 2019

34mins

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Rank #6: 131A-Greek Mythology: Sudden but Inevitable Betrayal

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The origin stories of the Olympians.

The creatures this week are the Yule Lads, their mom, stepdad, and murderous cat.

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Music:

“Rainday” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Pitho Magnus” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Min” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Betrayal” by Lee Rosevere

“Everywhere” by Lee Rosevere

“All the Answers” by Lee Rosevere

“Gilroy Solo” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Campanula” by Blue Dot Sessions

Dec 26 2018

37mins

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Rank #7: 119-Sleeping Beauty: Rude Awakening

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It's the first written version of Sleeping Beauty, put down to paper in the 1600s by the Neapolitan writer Giambattista Basile. And it's horrifying.

The creature is elephant rat. It's an elephant whose also a rat sometimes. No big deal. Now move along and let him murder in peace.

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 Music:

"Running on Empty" by Podington Bear

"Sylvestor" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Midday" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Black Cosmos Ring" by Podington Bear

"The Nightmare" by Podington Bear

"Studie I" by Jahzzar

"Betrayal" by Lee Rosevere

"Support Me in This Moment That I'm About to Lose Hope" by Nihilore

Sep 05 2018

33mins

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Rank #8: 50-Dracula: Bad Blood

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Dracula isn't a creature from myths, legends, or folklore. The fictional vampire is a product of Bram Stoker. The name, though, stretches back centuries to a prince who ruled the kingdom called Wallachia, which borders the land with which he's most famously associated: Transylvania. We'll be talking all about the pseudo-legendary exploits of the real bloody tyrant, the bizarre rules surrounding fictional vampires, and the inspirations for the most famous vampire novel of all time.

If you see your significant other on the roof scraping moss, you should just eat the soup they make you even if it makes you vomit.

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New show!

Our new show is Career Day. The jobs, lives, and stories of everyday people, every other Tuesday. It's an awesome show and we're really excited about it, so please check it out if it sounds cool.

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Music:

"Watermark" by Blue Dot Sessions 

"Independent Film" by Steve Combs

"Scalloped" by Blue Dot Sessions

"A Calendar Spread" by Blue Dot Sessions

"As Nihilism Gives Way to Existentialism" by Nihilore

"Support Me in this Moment that I'm About to Lose Heart" by Nihilore

"Studie I" by Jahzzar

"Aisles" by Jahzzar

Nov 16 2016

38mins

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Rank #9: 24-Thor: Whosoever Holds this Hammer

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Norse mythology, like all mythology, is strange. Thor's hammer is gone. It was stolen...or he just left it somewhere and forgot about it. To get it back, though, he's going to have to do something more difficult than fighting legions of giants. He's going to need to get married.

And there's the origin of poetry, which contains way more men formed from spit than you'd expect for the origin of poetry.

On the creature of the week, seriously, just stay out of the woods. It never ends well. Except when it does, and you find love and learn to put on a puppet show.

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Music:

"Beeth" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"An Opus in Bb" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Witch Laws" by Dlay

"Hanami Matsuri" by Fabian Measures

"It's Always Too Late to Start Over" by Chris Zabriskie

Feb 24 2016

28mins

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Rank #10: 104-Egyptian Mythology: The First Avenger

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Horus's uncle Set murdered his father, and because his mother was shrewd, he gained the throne and the murderer was exiled to the South. There was just one problem: Set wasn't going to go quietly. He vowed on the day he left to kill Horus, feast on his flesh, and reclaim the throne for himself. The boy Pharoah, Horus, watched Set and his followers go, and knew he had to be ready. The war was coming.

The creature this time is the vegetable man, and, no worries, he's not going to make you eat your vegetables. As a (possible?) vegetable himself, he's way more interested in eating you.

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Music:

"Twilight Grandeur" by Podington Bear

"Pythagoras" by Podington Bear

"Graduation" by Podington Bear

"Blammo" by Podington Bear

"Bare Shoulders" by Podington Bear

"Strange Dog Walk" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dangerous Swing" by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 21 2018

34mins

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Rank #11: 2B-Aladdin: A Whole New World of Problems

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In the conclusion of the original Aladdin story, there's the meteoric rise of Aladdin, who is definitely not using magic to do any of this. Really. Will people just stop asking him that, already? I mean, so what if he made the most magnificent palace in the world overnight, and that it randomly disappeared. Nothing at all suspicious about that.

In the creature of the week, there's shapeshifting dolphin people. Here's the picture mentioned in the show...I could see it:
And here's a link to what Mary Sue means.

May 27 2015

30mins

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Rank #12: 28-Prometheus: Adamantine

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The much-requested story of Prometheus, a Titan who was cursed by Zeus to have his liver pecked out every day for defying the Olympian and bringing fire to the earth. We'll also talk about the Titanomachy, the very literal clash of the Titans at the very beginning of Greek mythology, where Zeus comes to power and we all learn that any policy that involves crazy paranoia is basically the only one a Greek god considers.

The creature is the gooseberry wife, but unlike the name, and the berries she protects, she is not sweet, and might eat your child.

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Music:

"The Faslehood of Positivity" by Rowan Box

"Owls" by Jazzar

"Captive" by Steve Combs and Delta Is

"Gminor long delays" by Solo Bass Steve

"Liberosis" by Nihilore

"Something (Bonus Track)" by Kai Engel

"Kelp Grooves" by Little Glass Men

"May" by Kai Engel

Apr 06 2016

41mins

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Rank #13: 107A-Golem: Guardian

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In 16th century Prague, a people are under attack. Accused of an unspeakable crime they didn't commit, they have no recourse: even the rulers of the city have turned against them. They can't find justice, so they have to make justice - a silent guardian to watch over their community, one to keep the wolves at bay. But is he too late to help guard the innocents against the sinister machinations of one man?

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Music:

"An Opus in Bb" by Blue Dot Sessions

"A Simple Shroud" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Beeth" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Andelo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Toothless Slope" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Valantis" by Blue Dot Sessions

May 02 2018

35mins

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Rank #14: 80A-Medusa: Golden Child

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Medusa is probably the most misunderstood villain in all of Greco-Roman Mythology, famous only for being a monster...and the hero's quest to kill her. We'll learn all about her background and follow the quest of one fated to clash with her. Also this is Greek mythology so everyone is terrible all the time always.

The creature this week is the floating head and he's kind of like Pac-man...if Pac-man had a taste for people and delicious chestnuts.

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Music:

"Toppler" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Soothe" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Seamless" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Partly Sage" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Old Skin" by Podington Bear

"Little Dipper" by Podington Bear

"Astrisx" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Comet Trails" by Moon

"Orbs of Light" by Moon

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Disclaimer:

Non-graphic talk of Zeus impregnating a woman by turning into a shower of gold (?) and non-graphic talk of how Poseidon raped a woman and then the woman was blamed for it because she was irresistible.

Aug 16 2017

34mins

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Rank #15: 145-Achilles: The Age of Heroes

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We're back on the road to the Trojan War, with the story of Achilles. Starting from when his father interrupted the ritual to make him immortal, we'll follow him as he goes to that epic Greek daycare run by Chiron and watch as his mother tries to keep him away from the war that is beginning to consume the Greek world.

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Music:

"Clouds at the Gap" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Adventure" by Podington Bear

"Um Pepino" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tillis County" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Falcon Hood" by Podington Bear

"Falling Falling" by Podington Bear

Jun 05 2019

43mins

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Rank #16: 162-47 Ronin: Wanderers

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The story of the 47 Ronin is a historical tale where a powerful daimyo is shamed and killed by a greedy official…the only issue? The victim had dozens of loyal samurai, and they’re not about to forget what happened to the man they served.

The creature is Pricolici, from Romania, a were-dog that is anything but man’s best friend.

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“Bell Solo” by Blue Dot Sessions “Cicle Vascule” by Blue Dot Sessions “Cover Letter” by Blue Dot Sessions “Doubled” by Blue Dot Sessions “Vik Fenceta Lan” by Blue Dot Sessions “Waypoint” by Blue Dot Sessions

Nov 13 2019

39mins

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Rank #17: 132A-Trojan War: The Wars to Come

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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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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 09 2019

36mins

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Rank #18: 160-Halloween Special: Lurking

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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 30 2019

39mins

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Rank #19: 93A-Amazons: Wonder Women

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There is a monster that's worse than all other monsters. He's (literally) the father of monsters. His donkey-head scrapes the stars and his hands are a hundred snake heads. He was born for one singular purpose: to destroy the Olympians, and that's just what he'll do. His name is Typhon.

And that's just the first story today. Then we launch into the main story, about Theseus and the Amazons. We'll pick back up with our buddy Hercules as he's being terrible and get a background on the Amazons and see why you shouldn't do exactly what Theseus does.

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Did you know you can listen to podcasts on Spotify? So...yeah, do that, because they have all the major ones, the app is polished and nice, and you're already going there for your music.

Dec 06 2017

37mins

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Rank #20: 131B-Greek Mythology: All in the Family

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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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Jan 02 2019

36mins

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170A-Norse Sagas: Good for Nothing

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This week, we’re back in the Icelandic sagas with the story of Grettir the strong, who, whether it’s by berserkers crashing his Christmas party, bears stealing his clothes, or his own obscene insult poetry, just can’t catch a break.

Speaking of breaks, you should really break up if you find yourself dating the creature this week.

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Music: “Stack me up” by Blue Dot Sessions “Lakkalia” by Blue Dot Sessions “Cach” by Blue Dot Sessions “Lubby” by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 22 2020

43mins

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169-1001 Nights: A Bottle of Djinn

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A story from the famous Middle Eastern collection of folklore entitled 1001 Nights where, three friends go on a road trip to get so many bottles full of evil genies. There's no such thing as too many side quests when their travels lead them to the legendary City of Brass, one of the greatest cities in the world...one that shut itself off from the world years ago.

The creature is a little guy with red hair who hates being farted on.

The Myths and Legends store: http://www.mythpodcast.com/store

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Music:

“Surface Tension 3” by Podington Bear

“Stucco Grey” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Neon Drip” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Surface Tension 1” by Podington Bear

“No Solace” by Podington Bear

“Placticity” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Warbled Reflection” by Podington Bear

Jan 15 2020

41mins

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168-Robin Hood: Team of Rivals

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How to win friends and influence people and also get beat up a lot in the 12th century. We've talked about Robin's origins, but who are all these other guys? Today we learn some outlaw recruiting strategies (mainly just getting whacked in the ribs with a stick and giving piggyback rides) and meet all the other important members of Robin's crew.

The creature is just a pleasant and fashionable coat who will not so pleasantly remove the skin and muscle and everything from your bones.

The Myths and Legends store! https://www.mythpodcast.com/store

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Music:

“The Bus at Dawn” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Blue Blanket” by Poddington Bear

“Scallat” by Blue Dot Sessions

"Moodswing” by Podington Bear

“Shapeshifters” by Podington Bear

“Pinky” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Lover’s Hollow” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Indian Paintbrush” by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 08 2020

40mins

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167-Nutcracker: Cracked

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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 24 2019

47mins

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166-Grimm Brothers: The Dark Forest

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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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“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 18 2019

39mins

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165-Greek Myths: A Tangled Web

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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 11 2019

43mins

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Supplemental: Lady White Snake Conclusion

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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!

The Myths and Legends store: http://www.mythpodcast.com/store

Music:

"Louver" by Blue Dot Sessions

Dec 09 2019

10mins

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164B-Lady White Snake: Enlighten Me

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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

Dec 04 2019

34mins

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164A-Chinese Legends: Here I Go Again

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The legend of the White Snake is one of the four great folktales of China. Today, we start that with an act of kindness, demons lurking in the places we can’t look, and a (misguided?) monk hoping to bring justice.

When the creature this week has time off, it prefers crashing funerals and projectile vomiting on strangers.

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Nov 27 2019

36mins

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163-Hansel and Gretel: Crumble

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There's a surprising amount to the story of Hansel and Gretel. There's your average fairy tale weirdness, like load-bearing cake and aquatic duck Uber, but there's an unexpected humanity in the story that I think is overlooked. I hope you like it.

The creature is punyaiama, from India, and she's the reason you can't get drunk in your own home.

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"Re:Joyce" by Podington Bear

"Running on Empty" by Podington Bear

"Tarnish" by Podington Bear

"Warbled Reflection" by Podington Bear

"The Snowgarden" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Stack Me Up" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Highride" by Blue Dot Sessions

Nov 20 2019

37mins

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162-47 Ronin: Wanderers

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The story of the 47 Ronin is a historical tale where a powerful daimyo is shamed and killed by a greedy official…the only issue? The victim had dozens of loyal samurai, and they’re not about to forget what happened to the man they served.

The creature is Pricolici, from Romania, a were-dog that is anything but man’s best friend.

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“Bell Solo” by Blue Dot Sessions “Cicle Vascule” by Blue Dot Sessions “Cover Letter” by Blue Dot Sessions “Doubled” by Blue Dot Sessions “Vik Fenceta Lan” by Blue Dot Sessions “Waypoint” by Blue Dot Sessions

Nov 13 2019

39mins

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161-Japanese folklore: Karma

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Two stories from Japanese folklore today dealing with the consequences of our actions. The first has a woman chasing a dumpling across her floor…and into a mysterious, far-away land. The second is what happens when a horrible tragedy brings two people together…only to have their fates tear them apart.

The creature is the Peluda, a vicious turtle dragon (not Bowser, though) who’s mad about not being allowed on Noah’s ark. He’s working out his emotions in…less than healthy ways (by killing everything).

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Jizo article: 

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Music:

“Dog and Pony Show” by Podington Bear

“Evenhanded” by Podington Bear

“Order of Entrance” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Clouds at the Gap” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Um Pepino” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Min” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Releasing the Sculpture” by Podington Bear

Nov 06 2019

35mins

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160-Halloween Special: Lurking

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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 30 2019

39mins

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159-Rip Van Winkle: Bad Dad

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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 23 2019

33mins

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158-Agamemnon: Fate Proceeds

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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 16 2019

33mins

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157-Jack the Giant Killer: Giant Problems

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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 09 2019

34mins

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156-Italian Folklore: Clever Girl

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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

Oct 02 2019

39mins

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155-Fairy Tales: The Pearl

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Two stories of terrible parents. One decides to get rich by strapping a gemstone to an infant's head, and the other let her son do whatever he wanted until the day came when she needed him to do one little thing: babysit a chicken. It did not go well.

The creature is the phooka, from Ireland, and it will fly you to the moon...but not in the charming Sinatra way, but in the literal way where you suffocate.

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Music:

“Wonder Happens” by Podington Bear “Order of Entrance” by Blue Dot Sessions “Highride” by Blue Dot Sessions “Pives and Flarinet” by Podington Bear “Minor Islands” by Podington Bear “Blue Blanket” by Podington Bear

Sep 25 2019

40mins

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154B-Viking Legends: The Army of the Dead

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Hrolf Kraki must avenge his father by confronting his step-father...and brother-in-law. Don't worry, though, the weirdness of last week gets ironed out when we enter more familiar territory for the Viking legends. Our wonderful one-eyed wanderer makes an appearance, kings battle kings, and berserkers battle trolls, draugr, other berserkers, random bystanders, and, well, just about everyone.

The creature this week is Penny Dragon, a dragon that will leave you pennies and maybe also burn down your home.

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Music:

“Lost Shoe” by Blue Dot Sessions “I Recall” by Blue Dot Sessions “Smooth Actor” by Podington Bear “Delta” by Podington Bear “Illustrated Novel” by Podington Bear “Calla Lily” by Podington Bear “Slow Rollout” by Blue Dot Sessions

Sep 18 2019

37mins

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154A-Viking Legends: Family Business

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We’re back in the Norse Sagas with witches, trolls, Norns, magic, elves, and this one-eyed wanderer who definitely isn’t named Odin but have you heard about how awesome Odin is? No? We’ll he’s happy to tell you.

This is the saga of Hrolf Kraki and his twelve legendary berserkers.

The creature is the reason you should actually follow that strange creature into the dark forest (free all-you-can-eat shrimp!)

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Test prep for standardized tests doesn't have to be stressful, boring, or expensive. Visit https://magoosh.com and enter the code MYTHS for a 15% off discount. — Music:

“Keo Keo” by Blue Dot Sessions “Convoy Lines” by Blue Dot Sessions “Degradation” by Podington Bear “Den” by Podington Bear “Senseless” by Podington Bear “Relinquish” by Podington Bear “The Things We Save” by Podington Bear

Sep 11 2019

40mins

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Is it over for fictional?!

By Nay-kwa-nah - Jan 22 2020
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Please say it ain’t so! It’s like spark notes but in bedtime story format! And I love a good bedtime story! So... can we have some more please?( best Oliver Twist impression) -Quanna (kwa-nah)

Great podcast

By the shawn17 - Jan 16 2020
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I have listened to all of them