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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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Not 5 stars. 999,999,999,999,999 stars

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THE best podcast on all of TuneIn. Period.

Five stars

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Awesome podcast makes the 12 hrs I’m at work seem like no time at all! Keep up the good work

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14516 Ratings
Average Ratings
13425
653
197
126
115

Not 5 stars. 999,999,999,999,999 stars

By kingkong573.05 - Apr 02 2019
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THE best podcast on all of TuneIn. Period.

Five stars

By josht0127 - Apr 02 2019
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Awesome podcast makes the 12 hrs I’m at work seem like no time at all! Keep up the good work

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Myths and Legends

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Rank #1 in Literature category

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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: 52-Greek Mythology: An Eternal Flame

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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

Nov 30 2016
40 mins
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Rank #2: 80A-Medusa: Golden Child

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

Aug 16 2017
34 mins
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Rank #3: 68A-Morgan Le Fay: Get Thee to a Nunnery

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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

May 03 2017
34 mins
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Rank #4: 113-Armenian folklore: Occupational Hazard

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The story of the a prince whose life is too awesome

Jul 11 2018
42 mins
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Rank #5: 57-Japanese Fairy Tales: Faithful

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This week, there are two stories from Japanese folklore.  The first has to do with  a butterfly that just won't give up trying to land on the face of a dying man. The second is of a monk-in-training who just doesn't want to stop partying. The creature is Hedley Cow, and she will give you hope that that the relationship with your crush might work out...but will leave you standing alone in the swamp. Sponsors: Check out http://audible.com/myths for some excellent audiobooks. The one I recommended on today's show was "Mythology" by Edith Hamilton. Music: "The Face on the Thrush" by Blue Dot Sessions "Tendon" by Blue Dot Sessions "Planting Flags" by Blue Dot Sessions "Silent Flock" by Blue Dot Sessions "Orange Juicier" by Podington Bear "Grey Grey Joe" by Blue Dot Sessions "A Path Unwinding" by Blue Dot Sessions "Slow Lights" by Lee Rosevere "Summer Days" by Kai Engel Links: An abridged English version of the Lotus Sutra The gummy bear anatomy kit  

Jan 18 2017
33 mins
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Rank #6: 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: 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

Nov 16 2016
38 mins
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Rank #7: 67A-Gawain: To the Dogs

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You probably had to read the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in high school. I know I did, and it's a great story. There are beheadings, green guys, confusing interactions with ladies. It might be one of the most violent non-Die Hard Christmas stories. Anyway, everyone knows that. You probably don't know the story I'll tell today. It's of how Gawain grew into the paragon of virtue he's known as in the legends. It involves, of course, dog parties, inept knights, and the most grotesque piece of neckwear we will ever talk about on this podcast. The creature is a bunch of tiny guys who want to hang out in your room and dance, as long as you're cool with it. Just kidding - they don't care if you're cool with it.   Music: "Quiet Still" "Plaque" "Pick up the Tempo" "Marble Transit" "Chapel Bottom" "Drifting Spade" by Blue Dot Sessions   "Flapjacks" "Bumble" "Mutinee" "Springtime" by Podington Bear

Apr 19 2017
44 mins
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Rank #8: 61-Solomon: One Ring

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According to folklore, King Solomon had a ring. Given to him by God, it allowed him control demons...but it also had some other powers unknown to Solomon, powers that make it essential for fighting dragons, escaping witches, and taking nice Sunday afternoon flights through the country.  The creature is a shaggy, mostly-kind monster who is really great at walking on hillsides and really terrible at helping you hang pictures. Sponsor: Loot Crate: check out http://www.lootcrate.com/legends (Code: LEGENDS) for this month's Primal crate, with stuff from Overwatch, Wolverine, Jurassic World, and Predator  

Mar 01 2017
41 mins
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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. 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

Feb 24 2016
28 mins
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Rank #10: 95A-Irish legends: Wanted

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The story of Finn MacCool, a legendary Irish warrior

Jan 03 2018
35 mins
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Rank #11: 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. Our sponsor: Loot Crate. Don't forget the promo code LEGENDS! Become a member? Find the show on iTunes 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
41 mins
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Rank #12: 64-Frog Prince: Warts and All

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The story of the frog prince is well known - a beautiful princess meets a frog, kisses him, and he turns out to be a prince. Except, in the earliest version, it doesn't go like that at all. I won't spoil it, but the original frog prince is extremely bizarre, and I had the most fun writing it of any episode so far. The second story is of a frog princess, from Russian folklore, and not only is it a great story in its own right, with a stupid king and a ridiculous dating service, but we'll catch back up with our favorite witch living in a house on chicken legs and a certain deathless sorcerer early in his career. The creature of the week shoots hail out of its ears and kills anyone it sees...unless you're carrying a sack of llama fat. Sponsors: The Great Courses Plus: Text MYTHS to 86329 to get a free trial of The Great Courses Plus, and while you’re there, check out the course “Great Mythologies of the World”.  (Standard message and data rates apply.) Stamps.com is AMAZING. I'm not joking. They make my life over at bardic.fm infinitely easier. If you want to make your life better, go to stamps.com and use the code LEGENDS. Music: "The Spinnet" "The Silver Hatch" "The Shoes they Wear" "Filing Away" "Decompression" and "Brass Buttons" are all by Blue Dot Session "Vanagon" "Submerging Blue-Black" "Trailways A" "Smolder" "Sensitive" "Running on Empty" and "Down and Around" are all by Podington Bear "Final Sacrifice" by Visager "Independent Film" by Steve Combs

Mar 22 2017
48 mins
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Rank #13: 117-Romanian Folklore: What did it Cost?

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A father makes a promise he can't keep. It's kind of not his fault, though. Being a new parent is super tiring.

Aug 22 2018
38 mins
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Rank #14: 71C-Sinbad: There and Back and There and Back Again

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If you've ever wondered about giving that strange old man a piggy-back ride in the woods, the philosophical nuances of way too much grave robbing, or how many people are necessary to take down a four-story-tall baby bird, well, then this is the episode for you. Sinbad finishes up his epic tale of epicness and we see what led to him falling back on his plan "B" of living a life of leisure on his near-infinite wealth. The creature this time is the reason you should take a giant bat with you everywhere you go. Sponsors: Casper Mattresses. They are really comfortable mattresses that you will miss when you are away from home and want to letters to telling them such but that would be for naught because mattresses don't possess thumbs or sentience. If you want to give this whole "amazingly comfortable mattress" thing a try, you can for 100 days risk free at home. Check out casper.com/legends (code LEGENDS) to get $50 off a mattress purchase. Dollar Shave Club. You can get razors for only a few dollars a month. They are super-smooth, close shaves and you don't even need to leave your house to get them. Well, the razors, that is. You generally don't leave your house to shave. Unless you're stately, plump Buck Mulligan shaving on the roof. Don't be Buck Mulligan, though. That guy was a jerk. If you're interested in really great razors and not hassling tortured artists, check out dollarshaveclub.com/myths. You can get a $15 value for only $5. Music: “Decompression” by Blue Dot Sessions “Liptis” by Blue Dot Sessions   “Sunday Lights” by Blue Dot Sessions   “Toppler” by Blue Dot Sessions   “Across the River” by Podington Bear   “All the Ways” by Podington Bear   “Just Watching” by Podington Bear  

Jun 14 2017
45 mins
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Rank #15: 70-Ugly Duckling: Fowl Play

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It seems like with a lot of fairy tales someone looked at the original, thought that there was absolutely no way they could tell that to a child, and re-wrote it to get rid of the shocking violence and general terribleness of every creature ever. "The Ugly Duckling" by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen is no exception. It's shockingly violent and sad at times, but underneath its brutality and ridiculousness is a profound theme that still resonates today. Also birds are jerks. The creature this time is the Loveland Frog. It's a large-ish frog from my hometown in Ohio. Ohio is so boring we can't even have a cool cryptid. Sponsors: Three words: FRONT. POCKET. WALLET. Get one, and say goodbye to an achey back from sitting at an angle all the time. Not only that, but they are hard to pickpocket. Not only THAT, but they are RFID shielded, meaning people can't scan your pocket and get your credit card info. Also, they come in cool leathers, like moose. Really, check it out. The owner is a friend of the show and a regular listener. Go to http://rogueindustries.com and use code LEGENDS at checkout for free shipping. Dollar Shave Club: For just $5, you can get their top-of-the-line razor and a tube of shave butter (which unlike the Seinfeld episode isn't real butter and won't lead to Newman taking a bite out of you). Just go to https://dollarshaveclub.com/myths  Detour: I've always wondered what I'm missing out on when I'm walking through a city. Now, there's a way to know. Guided tours right on your phone that you can share with friends. Check out http://detour.com/myths Music: “Just a Blip” by Andy G. Cohen   “Warmer” by Andy G. Cohen   “Faster Faster Brighter” by Blue Dot Sessions   “Parade Shoes” by Blue Dot Sessions   “Rafter” by Blue Dot Sessions   “Tripoli” by Blue Dot Sessions   “Like Starlight through a Veil” by Philipp Weigl   “Midnight Blue” by Podington Bear

May 24 2017
33 mins
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Rank #16: 56-Nepali Folklore: Hope You Guess My Name

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A story of a young woman from Nepal who has a (sadly) common problem for folklore, but a very uncommon solution. Also she eats goat vomit. She probably doesn't enjoy it, though. The creature this time is the Habetrot, and she'll make you want to wear stone glasses...and them promptly throw them down in horror and run away. The Myths and Legends store is now up! Check it out at http://www.mythpodcast.com/store Say hi to me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jasontheweiser ----- Check out http://www.blueapron.com/legends to get your first three meals free with free shipping. It is a fantastic service, and I highly recommend it. ----- The Heifer International thing: It's just a little something we wanted to do after learning about the situation in Nepal. If you'd like to donate, we made it super-easy. Just go to http://fundraise.heifer.org/mythpodcastand you'll be redirected to the page. ----- Music: "Springtime" by Podington Bear "Spring Comes Early" by Podington Bear "Just Watching" by Podington Bear "Golden Hour" by Podington Bear "Clover" by Little Glass Men "Your Pulse" by Little Glass Men "A Night to Kill and Die" by Gumbel

Jan 11 2017
32 mins
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Rank #17: 88-Ragnarok: Doom

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The end of Norse mythology

Nov 01 2017
47 mins
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Rank #18: 104-Egyptian Mythology: The First Avenger

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The battles of Horus and Set rage for 90 years along the Nile.

Mar 21 2018
34 mins
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Rank #19: 46A-Jason and the Argonauts: Some Assembly Required

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The beginning of the story of Jason and his legendary Argonauts doesn't start with Jason, but with Zeus being...well, Zeus, and kidnapping an unsuspecting woman. There is a dragon, a giant bronze robot, and court intrigue, leading to some familiar names coming back to help Jason travel to a faraway land and obtain the golden fleece. Those names include Hercules, Theseus, Laertes (father of Odysseus), Autolycus, Peleus (the father of Achilles), Augeus (with the legendarily dirty stables), and more. It's the biggest meetup of everyone we've met so far...well, everyone that isn't in Hades (Sisyphus) tied to a rock (Prometheus) or wandering blind through a plain (Bellerophon). The creature looks so much like a normal person it's uncanny. I mean, he looks like a normal person once you get past his humorously big ears, nose, and hands. And his gray skin...that sometimes glows. Ok, he looks nothing like a normal person. Sponsors: Check out new sponsor Harry's Razors for a free shave kit (just pay shipping, but that's only like $3): http://www.harrys.com/ and use the code MYTHS and checkout. Like listening to stories by professionals who don't fumble the pronunciations constantly? Check out http://www.audible.com/myths Say "hi" on Twitter! Say "good day" on Facebook! Music: "The Longshoreman" by Blue Dot Sessions "Spell" by Rolemusic "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" by Podington Bear "One Dirty Sleeve" by Blue Dot Sessions "Micolai" by Blue Dot Sessions "Haena" by Blue Dot Sessions "Discovery Harbor" by Blue Dot Sessions "Space (Outro)" by Andy G. Cohen "Castle Theme" by Visager

Sep 28 2016
41 mins
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Rank #20: 81-Trolls: Breakups

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A story from Scandinavian folklore about trolls

Aug 30 2017
33 mins
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