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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.

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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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Latest episode is sped up, not a fan

By livvywest - Nov 06 2019
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Love this show, but what’s up with the sped up talking in the latest episode? Bad editing?

My favorite find

By Rnrtcht - Nov 05 2019
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I recently discovered this podcast and can I just say, I am hooked! I listen to it all the time.

iTunes Ratings

17036 Ratings
Average Ratings
15701
766
252
164
153

Latest episode is sped up, not a fan

By livvywest - Nov 06 2019
Read more
Love this show, but what’s up with the sped up talking in the latest episode? Bad editing?

My favorite find

By Rnrtcht - Nov 05 2019
Read more
I recently discovered this podcast and can I just say, I am hooked! I listen to it all the time.
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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: 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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Rank #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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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Rank #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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.

Sponsors:

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Vistaprint:

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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.

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 Jahzzar

Nov 16 2016

38mins

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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: 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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Rank #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 120A-Holy Grail: Only the Penitent Man Will Pass

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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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Music:

"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

35mins

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Rank #18: 88-Ragnarok: Doom

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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.

 Sponsors:

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Nov 01 2017

47mins

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Rank #19: 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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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 #20: 140-La Llorona: No Way Out

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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.

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Music:

"Threads and Veils" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Charcoal Lines" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pickers" by Blue Dot Sessions

Apr 10 2019

32mins

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