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Literature
History

Myths and Legends

By Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser / Bardic

Rank #3 in Literature category

Literature
History
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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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Amazing!!!

By yogiawq - Jan 19 2019
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Best podcast available!! I listen to a lot of podcasts but this one is by far my favorite.

Story telling at its best

By drewski662 - Jan 17 2019
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I love myths and history. You make it awesome.

iTunes Ratings

13349 Ratings
Average Ratings
12357
608
173
117
94

Amazing!!!

By yogiawq - Jan 19 2019
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Best podcast available!! I listen to a lot of podcasts but this one is by far my favorite.

Story telling at its best

By drewski662 - Jan 17 2019
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I love myths and history. You make it awesome.

Top 10 Episode of Myths and Legends

Rank #1: 52-Greek Mythology: An Eternal Flame

Nov 30 2016
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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 Ohio

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

May 20 2015
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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.

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

May 13 2015
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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.

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

Jun 03 2015
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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)  

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Rank #5: 80A-Medusa: Golden Child

Aug 16 2017
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Perseus starts on the quest to slay Medusa...and it's weird.

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Rank #6: 2B-Aladdin: A Whole New World of Problems

May 27 2015
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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.

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Rank #7: 50-Dracula: Bad Blood

Nov 16 2016
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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: 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 Jahzzar

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Rank #8: 68A-Morgan Le Fay: Get Thee to a Nunnery

May 03 2017
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Sorceress. Confidant. Traitor. Sister. All of those words describe Morgan Le Fay, King Arthur's half-sister. She is by far the most complex character I've come across in the Arthurian legends, but she's constantly portrayed in the medieval and early modern texts as a one-note traitorous baddy who is evil because she's an evil sorceress and evil sorceresses are evil. If you're familiar with the legends, you're going to see a Morgan you've never seen before. If you're not, get ready to meet one of the most interesting, tragic figures you'll come across. Sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: Go to http://thegreatcoursesplus.com/myths to get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus, and while you’re there, check out the course “Fundamentals of Photography." Loot Crate: Here's the link for the Groot I was talking about. This 22" figure will be in the one mega crate sent out to a lucky subscriber. The rest of us will have to settle for a bunch of cool pop culture stuff worth twice what we paid for it. Darn. Check out http://www.lootcrate.com/legends code LEGENDS for $3 off any new subscription. Music: “Malachite” by Andy G. Cohen   “Watching from Red Hill” by Artofescapism   “Disinter” by Blue Dot Sessions   “The Face of the Thrush” by Blue Dot Sessions   “Take Me Higher” by Jahzzar   “Snowmen” by Kai Engel   “Even when we fall” by Philipp Weigl   “The Scent of Cedars” by Philipp Weigl   “60s Quiz Show” by Podington Bear   “Fits” by Podington Bear   “Pop Brasilia” by Podington Bear   “Seventh Hill” by Podington Bear   “Starday” by Podington Bear   “Toboggan (Smooth Run)” by Podington Bear   “Trader Ho Hey” by Podington Bear

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Rank #9: 113-Armenian folklore: Occupational Hazard

Jul 11 2018
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The story of the a prince whose life is too awesome

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Rank #10: 24-Thor: Whosoever Holds this Hammer

Feb 24 2016
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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. Become a member! Find the show on iTunes Say hi on Twitter The Prose Edda - THE source for Norse Mythology 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

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