Rank #1: 2A-Aladdin: The Magician’s Nephew
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
Rank #2: 131A-Greek Mythology: Sudden but Inevitable Betrayal
The origin stories of the Olympians.
The creatures this week are the Yule Lads, their mom, stepdad, and murderous cat.
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“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
Rank #3: 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.
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Music:“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
Rank #4: 1C-Knights of the Round Table: The Lion Knight Rises
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
Rank #5: 119-Sleeping Beauty: Rude Awakening
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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"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
Rank #6: 3A-Vikings: The Norse and the Furious, Bredi’s Drift
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
Rank #7: 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.
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"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
Rank #8: 120A-Holy Grail: Only the Penitent Man Will Pass
The Holy Grail: The greatest legendary item of all time and the focal point of the Arthurian legends. This is its origin.
Beginning as the humble cup of a crucified savior, the Grail will take on legendary status. We'll see how it moved from Jerusalem to a far-flung province on the edge of the world, and we'll meet the people tasked with protecting it, whose great, great, great, great grandchildren will become the heroes of the Arthurian legends.
This is a Grail story unlike any you've ever heard. This is where it all begins.
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"Double-crested Cormorant" by Chad Crouch
"Cicle Vascule" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Cicle Veroni" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Toil" by Podington Bear
"Cylinder Six" by Chris Zabriskie
"Plaid Shapes" by Blue Dot Sessions
"The Things We Save" by Podington Bear
"Trillium" by Podington Bear
Sep 12 2018
Rank #9: 104-Egyptian Mythology: The First Avenger
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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"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
Rank #10: 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).
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"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
Rank #11: 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.
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"Studie I" by Jahzzar
"Aisles" by Jahzzar
Nov 16 2016
Rank #12: 165-Greek Myths: A Tangled Web
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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“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
Rank #13: 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.
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Jan 02 2019
Rank #14: 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?
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"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
Rank #15: 24-Thor: Whosoever Holds this Hammer
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.
Feb 24 2016
Rank #16: 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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"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
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
Rank #17: 166-Grimm Brothers: The Dark Forest
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
Rank #18: 93A-Amazons: Wonder Women
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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Dec 06 2017
Rank #19: 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.
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“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 Sessions
Feb 06 2019
Rank #20: 88-Ragnarok: Doom
The Day of the Wolf. The Doom of the Gods. The end of all things. It has many names, but one word encapsulates it all: Ragnarok. It's what Odin has been dreading and fighting. It's what Loki has been planning. It's the dark end of days where the worlds will drop into eternal night, giants will battle gods, and all will burn.
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Nov 01 2017