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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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158-Agamemnon: Fate Proceeds

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. -- Sponsor: Simplisafe! Simplisafe home security is my absolute favorite. They're easy to set up, no hidden fees, and for just $15/month you can protect just about everything in your home. Check them out at https://simplisafe.com/legends and you'll get free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial. -- 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 SessionsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

33mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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176-The Emperor's New Clothes: Matchless

Three stories this week from the Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen about people that are matchless. The first is the tale of the emperor and his new clothes, where an emperor who needs a new coat every hour gets an offer he can't refuse. The second is about a boy who wants to marry the daughter of a monarch and all the cool gadgets and racially insensitive cosplaying he'll do to win her hand, and the third is the story of the little match girl. That one literally has matches in it. I still do puns. The creature is the scariest couch potato in the world. If the seas have couches. I mean, they probably have lots of couches with how much trash we throw into them. Ok, I'm sad now. The store: https://www.mythpodcast.com/store The post on mythpodcast.com: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14116/176-the-emperors-new-clothes-matchless/ -- Sponsors! Looking for another side of Vegas? Visit Aria.com for more. Check out Simplisafe and get free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial. Go to http://simplisafe.com/legends Check out Motherland: Fort Salem on Freeform, premiering Wednesday, March 18th! -- Sources: The Emperor's New Clothes: https://www.mythpodcast.com/sources/the-emperors-new-clothes-by-hans-christian-andersen/ The Swineherd: https://www.mythpodcast.com/sources/the-swineherd-hans-christian-andersen/ The Little Match Girl: https://www.mythpodcast.com/sources/the-little-match-girl-hans-christian-andersen/ -- Music: “Symphony No. 1: II. Truth” by Steve Combs “Thom York (At Home)” by Podington Bear “Symphony No. 1: IV. Hope” by Steve Combs “Delican’t” by Podington Bear “Twosome” by Podington Bear “Introduction to Part 1” by Steve Combs “Despite my Empathy” by Steve Combs “Sex and Death and God” by Steve Combs “April” by Kai EngelSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

39mins

11 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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162-47 Ronin: Wanderers

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. -- Simplisafe: Get all the savings from their massive Black Friday sale! Just visit https://SimpliSafe.com/legends. The offer ends Cyber Monday: December 2nd. -- “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 SessionsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

39mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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78-Egyptian Mythology: The Master Namer

Starting at the beginning of the universe and going to the beginning of the epic and mildly disturbing battles between Set and his nephew Horus, Egyptian mythology is epic, funny, interesting, and bizarre. It's taken way too long to get into this mythology, and I'm excited to dive in. The creature has no problem diving in...to your mouth. As a newt. Things really only go downhill from there. Check out http://www.blueapron.com/legends (code LEGENDS) to get your first three meals free from Blue Apron! Music:See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

34mins

2 Aug 2017

Rank #4

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

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

32mins

13 May 2015

Rank #5

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

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)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

30mins

3 Jun 2015

Rank #6

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170A-Norse Sagas: Good for Nothing

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. The Myths and Legends store: https://www.mythpodcast.com/store -- Sponsors: Head to Squarespace.com/MYTHS for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code MYTHS to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Bank United: Tweet @BankUnited your answer to “What you would do with 54 thousand dollars?” using the hashtag #GoForMore54 -- Music: “Stack me up” by Blue Dot Sessions “Lakkalia” by Blue Dot Sessions “Cach” by Blue Dot Sessions “Lubby” by Blue Dot SessionsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

43mins

22 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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141A-Robin Hood: Merry

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. -- Sponsors: Go to SimpliSafe.com/LEGENDSto check out an awesome home security system Bombas. They are fantastic. Go to http://www.bombas.com/legends(code LEGENDS) to try them out and get 20% off your first order. LeVar Burton Reads is back! http://www.levarburtonpodcast.com -- 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 SessionsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

34mins

17 Apr 2019

Rank #8

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50-Dracula: Bad Blood

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. Sponsors: Stranglers, by Earwolf Stranglers on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stranglers/id1174116487?mt=2 Stranglers site: http://www.earwolf.com/show/stranglers/ Casper Mattresses are amazing! http://www.casper.com/legends Vistaprint: For 50% off holiday cards: http://www.vistaprint.com and use code MYTHS at checkout 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. On iTunes: http://itunes.careerdayshow.com Online: http://www.careerdayshow.com The feed (to copy and paste in any player): http://careerdayshow.libsyn.com/rss   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 JahzzarSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

38mins

16 Nov 2016

Rank #9

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34-Greek Mythology: Uphill Battle

Two stories from Greek Mythology: first, it's the story of Sisyphus, who you might know from his interminable, crushing labor, but who actually really deserved that punishment because of how horrible he was. The second story is of good-guy-Bellerophon, Sisyphus's grandson, who is constantly having that football pulled out from under him just as he is about to kick it. The creature is an 80-foot-tall, sneaky Japanese skeleton who has a drinking problem...in that he has a difficult time drinking the blood spewing from his decapitated victims. Loot Crate is awesome. Check out Loot Crate. (Don't forget the code LEGENDS). Music: "Factory Time" by Visager "Captive" by Steve Combs and Delta Is "The Origination" by Nihilore "Escape Pod" by Steve Combs and Delta Is "F*** Yeh, Capitalism!" by Nihilore "What Lurks in the Blind Spot of a God?" by Nihilore "Beat the Burglar" by Scott Holmes "Liberosis" by Nihilore "Young Love (Bonus Track)" by Steve Combs and Delta Is "Ants" by Rolemusic "Homage to John Carpenter" by Squire TuckSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

44mins

1 Jun 2016

Rank #10

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102-Charlemagne: Honor Among Thieves

Charlemagne is the Holy Roman Emperor, and as a Holy Roman Emperor in a legend, it's not surprising that he'd get a command directly from God. What is surprising, however, is that the command is less than holy. The angry, bitter bird people on the creature of the week will be the death of chairs as we know them. --- Sponsors: Spotify! Check us out on Spotify: http://spotify.mythpodcast.com Bombas! Go to http://www.bombas.com/legends to get 20% off your first purchase of the most comfortable socks in the history of feet. The Great Courses Plus! Go to http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/myths to get a free one month trial today. While you're there, check out "Great Mythologies of the World". LinkedIn! Go to http://linkedin.com/myths for a $50 credit toward your first job post. --- "Little Strut Surprise" by Podington Bear "K2" by Podington Bear "Gentle Marimbas" by Podington Bear "Chrysalis" by Podington Bear "B7 Bomber" by Podington Bear "Cicle Gerano" by Blue Dot Sessions "Cobalt Blue" by Blue Dot SessionsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

32mins

7 Mar 2018

Rank #11

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131B-Greek Mythology: All in the Family

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. -- 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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

36mins

2 Jan 2019

Rank #12

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52-Greek Mythology: An Eternal Flame

Two love stories from Greek mythology...because those go so well. The first is the story of Narcissus and Echo, which was doomed from the moment one jumped out of the bushes at the other for a non-consensual hug. The second story is of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus takes the (non-death) early retirement option from his heroics and just when he thought he was out...they pull him back in. DO NOT LOOK THE CREATURE THIS WEEK IN THE EYE. Sponsors: http://www.lootcrate.com/legends for epic geek and gamer items for the geek on your list (or you. Do it for you. It is pretty cool). Don't forget code LEGENDS! http://www.seedling.com for awesome kits and activities for the children in your life. Don't forget the code LEGENDS at checkout for $10 off your purchase of $30 or more Music: "Twilight Grandeur" by Podington Bear "Submerging Blue-Black" by Podington Bear "Pop Brasilia" by Podington Bear "Night Light" by Blue Dot Sessions "Formant" by Podington Bear "Filesharer's Lament" by Blanket Music "Euphoric" by Podington Bear "Bitter Roll" by Blue Dot Sessions "Old Regrets" by Lee Rosevere "Waltz Ohia" by Fields OhioSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

40mins

30 Nov 2016

Rank #13

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107A-Golem: Guardian

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? --- Sponsors: Make a fantastic website with Squarespace. Turn that dream into a reality by going to http://www.squarespace.com/myths and using the code MYTHS for 10% off your purchase of a website or domain. There's an interesting new podcast by Parcast out called Unexplained Mysteries. Go to http://parcast.com/unexplained or find it on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Spotify, and Google Play. --- 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 SessionsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

35mins

2 May 2018

Rank #14

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132A-Trojan War: The Wars to Come

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). -- Sponsors: Robinhood. The simple, straightforward way to start investing without commission fees straight from your smartphone. Go to http://myths.robinhood.comto get started with a free stock to start building your portfolio. Siren: Check out season two of Siren on Freeform, Thursday January 24th at 8pm. -- 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 CrouchSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

36mins

9 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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145-Achilles: The Age of Heroes

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. -- Sponsors: For 74% off, go to https://omahasteaks.com and type LEGENDS in the search bar to get the Father’s Day Steak Fix package today. Check out https://airbnb.com/experiences to explore one-of-a-kind activities created for the curious. Learn more about IBS-C at https://ohmygut.info/podcast -- 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 BearSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

43mins

5 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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140-La Llorona: No Way Out

If you hear her weeping, it might already be too late. A life fraught with loss and betrayal creates a tragic and dangerous being that's trapped between life and death, salvation and destruction. She's crying out on the edge of madness for those she's lost, and she might be coming for the ones you care about most. This week, it's a deep dive into the stories behind La Llorona, the weeping woman from Latin American folklore. The creature this week is the chupacabra, which is either a vicious blue imp, a spiky naked bear, or a coyote with advanced mange. One of these things is not like the other. -- Sponsor: You've heard the story from folklore, now go see "The Curse of La Llorona" in theaters on April 19th! It's an interesting and terrifying take on the La Llorona legend. You can get tickets now: https://www.fandango.com/the-curse-of-la-llorona-215072/movie-times -- Music: "Threads and Veils" by Blue Dot Sessions "Charcoal Lines" by Blue Dot Sessions "Pickers" by Blue Dot SessionsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

32mins

10 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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134-Grimm: Thirsty

For once, the king is dead and the queen is alive, and she's going to make sure her daughter avoids the dangers that many princesses have to face. Or, she tries. The creature is a balding, adorable werewolf with a love of fuzzy slippers. Sponsors: Robinhood: The simple, straightforward way to start investing without commission fees straight from your smartphone. Go to http://myths.robinhood.comto get started with a free stock to start building your portfolio. 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. Music: “Lesser Scaup” by Chad Crouch “Great Egret” by Chad Crouch “Button” by Chad Crouch “An Unknown Visitor” by Blue Dot Sessions “The Callow” by Blue Dot Sessions “Roadside Bunkhouse” by Blue Dot Sessions “Min” by Blue Dot Sessions “House of Grendel” by Blue Dot SessionsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

38mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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48-Snow White: Killer Queen

The original stories of Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White, despite their Disney adaptations and being fairy tales largely told to children, are incredibly violent and gruesome. They have murder, kidnapping, and, of course, hot dance moves. Bluebeard is, unsurprisingly, a man with a beard that is blue. What is surprising is what you'll find in his basement. The creature is from West Africa and will either sit you down for a months-long compulsory lecture on folklore...or drain your blood with its feet and eat you. I'm not sure which is worse. Sponsors: Check out http://www.bombas.com for some seriously comfortable socks. Oh, and here are the fantastic, 1700-year-old ninja turtle socks: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/taking-a-closer-look-at-an-odd-pair-of-very-very-old-socks-84123314/?no-ist Also, http://www.mvmtwatches.com/myths has very classy watches that will not break the bank.  Music: "Time Waste" by Podington Bear "The Last Whale" by Jelsonic "Seasong" by Jelsonic "Kingbeat 9" by Podington Bear "I'm Fat" by Blanket Music "I Noticed You" by Blanket Music "Dizzy Spells - Instrumental" by Josh Woodward "Backdrop" by Blanket Music "Leave Me on the Subs Bench" by Keshco "Summer Days" by KeshcoSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

37mins

2 Nov 2016

Rank #19

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106C-African Legends: Who Tells Your Story

The king returns to his homeland after nearly a decade of exile. An evil sorcerer king is at the apex of his power. Owls deliver insults and dating is difficult no matter who you are. The epic story of Sundiata, the first emperor of Mali, concludes.   The creature of the week is the grey man of Ben MacDhui, a...grey man. Who lives on the mountain of Ben MacDhui. And also he's naked because why not?   ---   Sponsors:   Check out Blue Apron. Pre-portioned ingredients with professionally-designed recipes delivered to your home on whatever day of the week you choose. It's so easy. Check out http://www.blueapron.com/legends and use the code LEGENDS to get your first three meals free.   With The Great Courses Plus, you can learn anything about pretty much anything. They have so many excellent courses all taught by experts. I fell in love with the Rise of Rome. You can get your first month free by going to http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/myths You'll love it.   ---   Music:   "Fantasy and Denoument" by Podington Bear "In" by Podington Bear "Elipse" by Blue Dot Sessions "Waves" by Blue Dot Sessions "Endeavour" by Jahzzar "Ruins" by Jahzzar "We Drive 3 Days" by Blue Dot Sessions "Thin Passage" by Blue Dot Sessions "Pacing" by Blue Dot SessionsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

34mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #20