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Myths and Legends Podcast by Jason Weiser

Myths and Legends Podcast

by Jason Weiser

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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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67B-Gawain and the Green Knight: Head On


Wed, Apr 26, 2017


I wanted to name this episode "it's not easy being green," but it really is. The Green Knight had his head chopped off last episode...but still carried it out of the most uncomfortable Christmas dinner ever. Really, it's not easy being Gawain, who has to go present his neck in payment. Except it really is easy being Gawain. Most of this episode will consist of him sleeping until noon in a fancy castle. But he still has that date with destiny on New Year's Day...and by "destiny" I mean a hairy green gentleman who is really good at pole vaulting.

If you disrespect the hobbies of the creatures this week, they will make your life mildly uncomfortable for like an evening. You've been warned.

Sponsors:

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Music:

“A Perceptible shift” by Andy G. Cohen
 
“Monkeybars” by Andy G. Cohen
 
“Curious Case” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Felt Lining” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“PolyCoat” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Tiny Putty” by Blue Dot Sessions
 
“Chance” by Kai Engel
 
“Run” by Katie Engel
 
“Scenery” by Kai Engel
 
“Love Wins” by Lee Rosevere
 
“Bloomer” by Podington Bear
 
“Dark Disco” by Podington Bear
 
“Funk” by Podington Bear
 
“Guestlist” by Podington Bear
 
“Little Black Cloud” by Podington Bear
 
“We Make a Good Team” by Podington Bear
 
“Wednesday Night Flavor” by Podington Bear


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67A-Gawain: To the Dogs


Wed, Apr 19, 2017


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



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66-Paul Bunyan: Truth in Advertising


Wed, Apr 12, 2017


You know how to make your stories completely resistant to any ridicule from a future podcaster? Make them as ridiculous as possible. The stories of Paul Bunyan arose from the camps of lumberjacks in the US in the 1880s, but he spread to be a nationwide symbol of American strength and a pioneer spirit. Except that a lot of what we know about Paul Bunyan might actually not be folklore, but stories made up to sell stuff. Also, if someone tells you to put something up your nose that feels like bees and lightning, just say no.

Sponsors:

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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.)

Music:

"Nothing will grow here"

"Wake up, heroic figure"

"Fight the apocalypse but before a quick nap"

"STOP TALKING AND MOVING"

by Komiku

 

"Goodnight Esme"

"Three Kites Circling"

by Axletree



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65-Oedipus: Motherboy


Wed, Apr 05, 2017


The story of Oedipus is fun until it isn't. I've met people with varying degrees of familiarity with the story. Some are familiar only with the central premise of the story, while others' knowledge only extends to a certain disgusting little complex popularized by a similarly-disgusting Viennese psychologist. Regardless, the story of Oedipus is a fascinating commentary on fate, our willing blindness to uncomfortable truths, and why you should, under no circumstances, talk to prophets. Seriously, they will mess up your life.

The creature this week is the Tanuki from Japan, with two big surprises for you.

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Sponsors:

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Music:

"Skeptic"

"Modest House"

"In My Head"

"A1 Rogue"

by Podington Bear

 

"Readers Do You Read"

"Wonder Cycle"

"Everybody's Got Problems that Aren't Mine"

by Chris Zabriskie

 

"Seeker" by Kai Engel

"Mogul" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Plaster Combo" by Blue Dot Sessions



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64-Frog Prince: Warts and All


Wed, Mar 22, 2017


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



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63-Puss in Boots: These Boots


Wed, Mar 15, 2017


The story of Puss is Boots is that of a cat who wears boots and talks. The character of the cat has somehow gone on to be voiced by Antonio Banderas, take part in a one really successful franchise, spin off into its own movie AND Netflix series. The 2011 movie alone went on to gross, and I'm not making this up, over half a billion dollars worldwide. The original is something you haven't heard before, and has ogre fights, a cat con artist, and dating advice from the Myths and Legends Podcast.*

The creature this week has the boring job of constantly trying to destroy the universe, but hey, it gets two weeks paid vacation a year.

Sponsors!

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.) 

Audible is pretty awesome. Go to http://www.audible.com/myths to get started today. Here's the link to Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology

 

*Taking dating advice from the Myths and Legends Podcast is generally not advised.



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62-Thor: Hammer Time


Wed, Mar 08, 2017


Quite possibly the last episode on Norse mythology before we start on the epic showdown that is Ragnarok, this story has Thor earning a ridiculous facial feature and wetting himself in terror. Also, you shouldn't follow Loki into the wilderness, no matter how good the party he is telling you about sounds, and we'll learn how far is too far when it comes to idle, drunken boasts in the halls of the gods.

The creature is a sweet little flaming chicken who will steal for you and not feel bad about it at all. Oh, you have some moral issues with stealing? Well, the flaming chicken doesn't have moral issues with burning your house to the ground, so you might want to keep your compunctions to yourself.

Sponsors:

Check out http://www.blueapron.com/legends to get excellent, fresh, pre-portioned ingredients shipped to your home alongside recipes to turn them into amazing meals. Don't forget code LEGENDS.

For a new sponsor this time, we have 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.) 

Music:

"Tiny Spoons" by Podington Bear

"Swapping Tubes" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sreda Vniecaps" by Rolemusic

"Patched In" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Neil Takes Two" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Moonglow" by Podington Bear

"Firefly" by Podington Bear

"Fantasy" by Podington Bear

"Arame" by Blue Dot Sessions

"A Thought" by Podington Bear

"The Final Road" by Visager



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61-Solomon: One Ring


Wed, Mar 01, 2017


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:

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60C-Beowulf: Unknowable but Certain


Wed, Feb 22, 2017


There has been a menace sleeping in Beowulf's homeland since he was born. It has lived for centuries, and it is strong and dangerous, while Beowulf has lived for only eighty years, and is weakening. Yet, their paths draw them inexorably toward one another in a battle that will live on in legend, but might destroy them both. 

The creature this week is why you should keep a giant vat of moonshine in your backyard.

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Career Day everywhere else: http://www.careerdayshow.com

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Sponsors: 

http://www.stamps.com, and don't forget to use the code LEGENDS. Seriously, if you need stamps or postage for any reason, check out this site. They have made the Myths and Legends store possible.

As always, http://www.blueapron.com/legends is amazing. Use the code LEGENDS for your first three meals free with free shipping.

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"Another Beek Beep Beer Please" by Rolemusic

"The Dirty" by Podington Bear

"Bass Rider" by Podington Bear

"Moonsea" by Jelsonic

"Jettisoned" by Podington Bear

"Ice Cave" by Visager

"Wipe my Face Away" by Keshco



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60B-Beowulf: The Depths


Wed, Feb 15, 2017


It's round two for everyone's favorite (only?) Geatish hero, as he bravely takes on...his former adversary's mother. Really, it's way more interesting than it sounds. Also she's not Angelina Jolie, but a terrifying, demonic swamp hag.

The creature this week is so cute you won't even mind that it watches you sleep.

The Bogey Man: http://amzn.eu/8FZRv67

Our awesome sponsors:

http://www.lootcrate.com/legends code "LEGENDS" for awesome geek and gamer gear.

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"Lights out" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dark Sanctum (Boss Fight)" by Visager

"Pho" by Jahzzar

"Sunset at Goat Fell" by Graham Bole

"But Enough about Me Bill Paxton" by Chris Zabriskie

"Wrong Dreams" by Gumbel

"The Secret to Growing Up" by Lee Rosevere

"What does Anybody Know About Anything" by Chris Zabriskie

 



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60A-Beowulf: I'm Kind of a Big Deal


Wed, Feb 08, 2017


You know the story of Beowulf. I don't need to do this. But really, there's mead. There's Grendel. There are mead-fueled fights with Grendel. It's just a fun, (kind of) light re-telling of the classic story, minus all the yelling, Angelina Jolie, and eye explosions of the 2007 movie.

The creature this week is why you have that perpetual sun burn. And vampire fingers.

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Career Day this week: http://itunes.careerdayshow.com or just http://careerdayshow.com

Blue Apron: http://www.blueapron.com/legends

MVMT watches: http://www.MVMTwatches.com/myths

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Music:

"The Telling" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Last Whale" by Jelsonic

"Stipple" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Our Quiet Company" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Forecasting" by Podington Bear

"Dunes" by Podington Bear

"Coronea" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dark Sanctum (Boss Fight)" by Visager

"Title Theme" by Visager

 



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59-Greek Myths: The Violence of Our Ancestors


Wed, Feb 01, 2017


Many connected stories from Greek mythology. We'll start with story of Hades and Persephone, and learn why she's always hanging around the underworld (hint: it's not because she wants to). Then, I'll tell the story of the curse of the house of Atreus, starting with Tantalus and his questionable food choices. It's a long, dark episode, so get ready.

The creature is the Nakki, from Finland, who just wants to drown you and look good while doing it. Is that too much to ask?

The store: http://www.bardic.fm

Loot crate! http://www.lootcrate.com/legends

MVMT watches: http://www.mvmtwatches.com/myths 

Music:

"White Filament" by Blue Dot Sessions

"What it is" by Podington Bear

"Helmer Sprak" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Thoughtful" by Lee Rosevere

"Casual Uncertainties" by Gurdonark

"Aquamarine, My Distant Blue" by Nihilore

"Deserted City" by Kai Engel

"Captain Socrates" by Nihilore

"As Nihilism Gives Way to Existentialism" by Nihilore

 



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58-Native American Folklore: Monster


Wed, Jan 25, 2017


The first story today is from the Mi'kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Maliseet people, about all the things that can go wrong when creating the animals and why you shouldn't drink gross monster waste water. The second story is from Cree fokllore, about Monster Skunk farting everyone to death because this is a serious podcast that takes itself very seriously.

The creature is evil. Literally, she is the embodiment of evil from Russian folklore...a little old lady living in the woods.

The Heifer International fundraiser: https://fundraise.heifer.org/mythpodcast

Music:

"Yellow Dust" by Rolemusic

"Straw Fields" by Rolemusic

"Rarified" by Podington Bear

"Mirabelle" by Podington Bear

"Pacing" by Blue Dot Session

"Fragile, Do Not Drop" by Podington Bear

"Call Now" by Podington Bear

"In the Back Room" by Blue Dot Session

"Independent Film" by Steve Combs

"Feather on the Crest" by Blue Dot Sessions



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57-Japanese Fairy Tales: Faithful


Wed, Jan 18, 2017


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

 



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56-Nepali Folklore: Hope You Guess My Name


Wed, Jan 11, 2017


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

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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.

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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.

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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



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55-Grimm: My (Bird) Heart Will Go On


Wed, Jan 04, 2017


This story from the Grimm brothers has giants, witches, magical animal organs, enchanted produce, and a helpful (and maybe a little homicidal) cloud buddy who just wants to aid you in finding the next steps on the journey that is life. This story is bizarre and wonderful and a testament to the endurance of love and the continuing admonishment to avoid entering spooky castles in dark folklore forests.

The creature this time is from Wales and has to try really, really had to place her one tusk-like vampire tooth in your neck before you wake up.

If you want to say hi, http://www.twitter.com/mythpodcast and http://www.facebook.com/mythpodcast are great places.

We also opened the Myths and Legends store at http://www.mythpodcast.com/store

Music:

"Spins and Never Falls" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Chrome Muffler" by Podington Bear

"Automatic" by Podington Bear

"Am Trans" by Podington Bear

"Pavement Hack" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Intermezzo" by Podington Bear

"Grebe" by Podington Bear

"Giving Tree" by Podington Bear



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54C-Gilgamesh: Dust


Wed, Dec 28, 2016


The end of the saga of Gilgamesh...and possibly the end of Gilgamesh, but not if the demi-god has anything to say about it. After a tragic loss, Gilgamesh goes on a quest to defeat mankind's greatest enemy - death itself, and he learns the secrets of our destructive past.

The creature this week slathers his naked body in mud and twigs. Hows that for juxtaposition?

Sponsors:

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Music:

"Seasong" by Jelsonic | "The Terrerium" by Blue Dot Sessions | "Sunbeam" by Podington Bear | "Holding Hands" by Podington Bear | "Pacing" by Blue Dot Sessions | "Neil Takes Two" by Blue Dot Sessions | "Lead Shroud" by Blue Dot Session | "Epiphany" by Podington Bear | "Dry Air" by Podington Bear | "Studie I" by Jahzzar | "There's a Special Place for some People" by Chris Zabriskie



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54B-Gilgamesh: Huge


Wed, Dec 21, 2016


Gilgamesh and his new best friend are heading out on an adventure to fight a firebreathing giant named "Hugeness the Terrible." Also there's a giant deadly bull fight, talk of zombies, some tiny shoes, and light hand-holding. If those things don't make you want to listen to this episode I can't think of anything else that would.

The creature this week is splinter cat, the enemy of arboretums everywhere.

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

Music:

"LA" by Podington Bear

"Insatiable Toad" by Blue Dot Sessions

"In the Back Room" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Great is the Contessa" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Gnossienne 3" by Podington Bear

"Gnossienne 4" by Podington Bear

"Dark Wonder" by Julie Maxwell

"The Group of Girls Die First" by Keshco

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie



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54A-Gilgamesh: Did We Just Become Best Friends?


Wed, Dec 14, 2016


The Epic of Gilgamesh is amazing. It is quite possibly the oldest epic we have, and though it only exists in fragments, it tells a surprisingly human story. There are questions of life and death, such as what it all means and why are we here? It delves into the issues of what it means to be a human rather than just a beast, what it means to be a good ruler, and what it means to leave a legacy. These are questions relevant even today, over 4,000 years after this story was told.

Of course, it is also folklore, so there is a troubling amount of hairy nudity.

All-in-all, this three-parter will be epic.

For the creature of the week, we'll meet a creepy forest dweller with an unexpected hobby.

The Disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/12092/54a-gilgamesh-best-friends/

Career Day on itunes: http://itunes.careerdayshow.com

Career Day's website: http://www.careerdayshow.com

Career Day/Carissa on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/carissaweiser

Music:

"Savage Steel Fun Club" by Rolemusic

"Thread of Clouds" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Steadfast" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Nuthatch" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Formant" by Podington Bear

"Curious" by Podington Bear

"Cats Corps" by Blanket Music

"Bare Shoulders" by Podington Bear

"Title Theme" by Visager



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53-African Folklore: Crocodile Tears


Wed, Dec 07, 2016


The story of a dragon slayer from South Africa has, of course, dragons, but it also has giant towers, underwater villages, and a frog who is just trying to have a nice dinner with his family without all the insults, thank you very much.

The creature this week is the world-famous Leprechaun. You should definitely not let him hold your baby.

MVMT watches are awesome: http://www.MVMTwatches.com/myths for 15% off and free shipping.

Blue Apron is an excellent way to make a great dinner without the planning...or the shopping. Check out http://www.blueapron.com/legends for your first three meals free!

Music:

"Scape from the city" by Rolemusic

"Peter Gray" by Podington Bear

"Manele" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Haena" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Front Runner" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Fives" by Podington Bear

"Chain Link" Blue Dot Sessions



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52-Greek Mythology: An Eternal Flame


Wed, Nov 30, 2016


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:

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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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51-Loki: Them Apples


Wed, Nov 23, 2016


Three stories of Loki, the infamous trickster from Norse mythology. Most of his hijinks are light-hearted, and end with him getting his comeuppance, but it comes in the form of being a bridesmaid at Thor's wedding or (as in this episode) an extremely uncomfortable game of tug-of-war. What happens when a trick gets taken too far? What is the final act that turns friends into enemies and creates a rift that will consume the worlds?

The creatures this week are squat hairy naked dudes. Again. These ones are watching their sodium intake, though.

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50-Dracula: Bad Blood


Wed, Nov 16, 2016


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.

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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



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49-Russian Folklore: I Pity the Fool


Wed, Nov 09, 2016


The unexpected story of a fool, an epic quest, and a flying ship. Also, why you should respect your elders, especially if they want to give you a lot of free bread and vodka.

The creature is the Lake Worth Monster, from Texas in the US. It is either a monstrous man-goat-fish...or a teenager who likes ice cream.

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48-Snow White: Killer Queen


Wed, Nov 02, 2016


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.

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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 Keshco



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47-Urban Legends: In the Dark


Wed, Oct 26, 2016


For this Halloween episode, we are doing something different. Instead of diving into the stories of the past, I’m telling stories of the present. Urban legends are a more modern version of folklore where, instead of telling stories of hydras and butter cats, we tell stories of things that might just exist. In these, people are the true monsters, and the most mundane of situations can be strange, dangerous, and terrifying.

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That article about the woman in the cupboard: http://bit.ly/2eOTYhI

Music:

“Independent Film” by Steve Combs

“A Certain Lightness” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Aisatsana” by Graham Bole

“Trap” by Jahzzar

“Bravado” by Gurdonark

“Direct To Video” by Chris Zabriskie

 

 



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46D-Jason and the Argonauts: Scorned


Wed, Oct 19, 2016


The end of the story of Jason, Medea, and the Argonauts. Things have been pretty easy for Jason. Medea solved all of his problems before he even knew he had them on the Argo, and her fairly violent murder-by-proxy of Pelias secured Iolcus for Jason's father. It would probably be a very bad idea to cheat on Medea, right? Hard times are about to catch up with Jason.

The creature of the week is the selkie, and they will either give you a tragically beautiful story to tell your half-seal children, or curse your entire island...depending on how creepy you are.

Links I talked about:

The selkie movie, "Song of the Sea": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1865505/

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"Medea" by Euripides: http://a.co/hWck30M

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Music:

"On Belay" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Gentle Heart" by Podington Bear

"Floating in Space" by Podington Bear

"Ember" by Podington Bear

"Bright and Blank" by Blue Dot Sessions

"I Believe in You" by Lee Rosevere

"Themes from Penguins on Parade" by Lee Rosevere

"Thaw (Outro)" by Kai Engel

"Solitude" by Jahzzar

"Curtains are Always Drawn" by Kai Engle



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46C-Jason and the Argonauts: The Long Way Home


Wed, Oct 12, 2016


It finally comes time to fight the dragon, (hopefully) survive the return journey home, and have the showdown with Pelias. This is a big episode. If you've made it this far in the series, though, it probably doesn't matter what I write here, because you are either into the Argonaut story or not. Really, though, it is a cool episode and there are about three twist murders, a wedding, and a king with a great name.

The creature is the sea-trow, shockingly dumb and frightfully ugly, you might be offended by his pranks...if they made any sense...

Want to say hi on Twitter? I'm http://www.twitter.com/jasontheweiser

Disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/4251/jason-argonauts-long-way-home/

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Music:

"Free Radicals" by Podington Bear

"Darkling Skies" by Jelsonic

"Danse Morialta" by Kevin MacLeod

"Another Brilliant Age" by Jelsonic

"Anniversary Song" by Blanket Music

"Wolf Dunes" by Fields Ohio

"And So Then" by Lee Rosevere

"The Secret to Growing Up" by Lee Rosevere

"Whispers Invoke Paranoia" by Nihilore

 



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46B-Jason and the Argonauts: MacGuffin


Wed, Oct 05, 2016


The quest for the golden fleece begins for the legendary heroes packed aboard the Argo. We find them making all haste for Colchis...except for all the times they stop to feast...and drink too much...and meet beautiful women...and get in unnecessary boxing matches. We also meet the princess Medea; catch up with Cupid (Eros), a hot-shot toddler who plays by his own rules; and Theseus will remember something very, very important.

The creature this week is a roaring, spectral bull...who isn't all that dangerous, just incredibly annoying.

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Music:

"The Terrarium" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Shifty Crow" by Podington Bear

"Peter Gray" by Podington Bear

"Midday" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Krok" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Jackbird" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Insurrection" by Podington Bear

"Inessential" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Hammer and Damper" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Galoshes" by Podington Bear

"Fives" by Podington Bear

"Dread" by Podington Bear

"Chopin - Mazurka Op 67 No 3" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Black Cosmos Ring" by Podington Bear



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46A-Jason and the Argonauts: Some Assembly Required


Wed, Sep 28, 2016


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.

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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



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45-Rumpelstiltskin: Let's Make a Deal


Wed, Sep 21, 2016


Three stories of people making deals. The first is from Japanese folklore, and it's about making the most of what you have...even when what you have is a dirty piece of straw and a fly friend. The second story is about a man who made a deal with the devil...and all the stupid (maybe brilliant?) decisions he made after that deal. The third story is that of Rumpelstiltskin, a weird little imp that might have been a hero if he didn't insist on purchasing humans.

The creature of the week the poludnica, and she is looking out for you and your rights at work...violently.

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Music:

"Wahre" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Solemn Application" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Roscoe" by Podington Bear

"Micolai" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lost and Found" by Podington Bear

"Lope and Shimmer" by Podington Bear

"Lead Shroud" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Giving Tree" by Podington Bear

"Denouement" by Podington Bear

"Bootstraps" by Podington Bear

"Bambi" by Podington Bear

 



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44-Saint George: Here Be Dragons


Wed, Sep 14, 2016


Three and a half stories of monsters of the ancient world. We meet vile beasts that lurk in the forests, the murky deep, and the wide, desolate places of the world. We meet the baby, the Thor, and the saints that slay them. We meet bears that can be bribed with cake. Folklore is weird.

The creature is a little blue person. I know it's a struggle to not play in barley fields after school. It's a temptation we all deal with every day. Just don't do it. It will end with you being eaten by a little blue monster. Also, don't sumo wrestle children in the street.

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The discussion post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/4219/44-saint-george-dragons/

Music:

"Blammo" by Podington Bear

'Filesharer's Lament" by Blanket Music

"Manele" by Blue Dot Sessions

"McKrary" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Molasses" by Podington Bear

"Crush at Maracas Bar" by Rolemusic

"Showers" by Podington Bear

"Wahre" by Blue Dot Sessions

 



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43-Slavic Folklore: The Wasteland


Wed, Sep 07, 2016


A story of a super-powered Russian hero fighting the evil, also super-powered villain known as Nightingale the Robber. Nightingale can fly, kill with a scream, and lives in the shadows of his forest. The journey will take our hero from home, through multiple stays with Baba Yaga(s), and finally into a confrontation with the legendary bandit on a quest to become the man he never thought he could be.

The creature this week is sweaty, hairy, and naked...and the only way you can beat it is by wrestling it.

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Music:

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"What Does Anybody Know About Anything?" by Chris Zabriskie

"Denzel Sprak" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Zither Sprak" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Rough Hewn" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Snowcrop" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pukae" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Low Jack" by Podington Bear

"Kiss" by Podington Bear

"Old Regrets" by Lee Rosevere



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42-Chinese Folklore (Cinderella): You Only Live Thrice


Wed, Aug 31, 2016


This week, it's two of the earliest Cinderella stories, one of which is the earliest written version of this type of story, pre-dating European versions by 1000 years. It has evil step-mothers, murderous step-sisters, and helpful cows who will vomit up your work and call you stupid.

Trying to grow a beard and keep your five-year-old from having dreadlocks? Then you do not want this week's creature hanging around your house.

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Music:

"Interstate 70 Rain Chants" by Fields Ohio

"Djangle" by Poddington Bear

"Vault" by Jahzzar

"I'm going for a coffee" by Lee Rosevere

"And So Then" by Lee Rosevere

"Slow Lights" by Lee Rosevere

"Third in Line" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tortoise Shell" by Podington Bear



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41C-Lancelot: It's Complicated


Wed, Aug 24, 2016


It's the conclusion of the Lancelot story, and we'll immediately pick up after last week's fairly cheap cliffhanger ending. He'll finally see the end of his quest... Either by plummeting to the choppy waters below...or by the lions on the other side of the sword...or the castle full of people who want to kill him on the other side of the lions.

The creature is the Tannarak, who just wants to date you or steal your child. It really does not care, which is fairly problematic.

The discussion post and the disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/4180/41c-lancelot-complicated/

Link for the new show: https://www.mythpodcast.com/new-show-form/

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41B-Lancelot: Promises to Keep


Wed, Aug 17, 2016


Things get weird on Lancelot's journey to become a knight of the Round Table...if Merlin trying to pick up a twelve-year-old last week wasn't strange enough. This week has ancient prophecies, a dangerous quest, a father and son stalker duo, kind of too much hair-smelling, and a sleazy innkeeper. Arthur has a particularly bad month, where his two closest friends turn in their resignations.

The creature this week will protect your kids...by kidnapping them?

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Music:

"Feldspar" by Poddington Bear

"Flute Feet" by Poddington Bear

"Hundy Mil Tight" by Poddington Bear

"Into the Unknown" by Poddington Bear

"One Quiet Conversation" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Outside the Terminal" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Ray Gun Lull" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Provisions" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Ants" by Rolemusic



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41A-Lancelot: The Stolen Child


Wed, Aug 10, 2016


We're back in the time of King Arthur, picking up right about where we stopped off last time (though you don't need to have heard last time to listen today). We'll be talking about the story of Lancelot - where this incredibly important character came from and why he's know as Lancelot of the Lake (spoiler alert, he grew up in a lake). Merlin gets weird, and we catch up with a certain lion-befriending knight that helped to kick off this whole podcast.

The creature is the bouncy bear who is basically a bullet-proof superhero...if all superheroes did was eat horses and sleep.

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Discussion post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/4161/41a-lancelot-stolen-child/

Music:

"It's always too late to start over" by Chris Zabriskie

"Twelve Monkeys (Instrumental Version)" by Josh Woodward

"Black is the Color" by Poddington Bear

"Lone Road" by Poddington Bear

"Old Skin" by Poddington Bear

"Spinning Meter" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Rampart" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Two Boys and a Girl" by Poddington Bear



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40-West African Folklore: Cold-blooded


Wed, Aug 03, 2016


Five stories of a very savvy, completely unscrupulous turtle from Nigeria. He's a trickster we've met before, but he has an entire episode of semi-murderous turtle hijinks. Even though turtles are cute and seemingly harmless, they should not be trusted under any circumstances ever. You should also avoid going into business with them, when possible.

The creature this week is the hyosube, from Japanese folklore. He's a crazy little guy who will give you fevers for just being polite.

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All music by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions.



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39-Odin: In the Land of the Blind


Wed, Jul 27, 2016


Born in ice and fire, Norse mythology starts violently...and strangely. There's a blood ocean, a giant primeval cow, and some light grandpa murder. Thor and Loki take two kids on a field trip to Jotunheim, where, like any family vacation, Thor gets in a drinking contest and wrestles an old lady. Then, Odin travels to the far reaches of the void for wisdom and learns that he must pay a terrible price only to learn that the end, when the universe will once again be bathed in ice and fire, is coming.

The creature of the week is the sandman and you shouldn't let your kids listen to it, especially if it's right before bedtime. Basically, growing up in the middle ages was terrible and I don't know how anyone made it out without some severe psychological trauma.

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Music:

"Virality Ratio" by Steve Combs and Simon Mathewson

"Pilgrimage-initiation" by Wayne Kinos 

"The Origination" by Nihilore

All other music by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions



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38B-Korean Literature: Master of Two Worlds


Wed, Jul 13, 2016


The Conclusion of the "Story of Hong Gildong" takes us from the household drama of last episode to a story that spans the entirety of the Korean peninsula, with Gildong earning his title of the Korean Robin Hood. It then moves beyond Korea to mythical lands, where Gildong battles demons and becomes a doctor. Or pretends to be a doctor. I mean, it's a frontier setting in the 1600s, let's not split hairs. It's basically the same thing.

The creature this time, is cactus cat. It's a cat who wants to get drunk and party like it's 1910.

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Music:

All music  by Blue Dot Sessions and Poddington Bear. Except for the awesome chip tune song by Role Music.



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38A-Korean Literature: Crossing the Threshold


Wed, Jul 06, 2016


Hong Gildong has been called the Korean Robin Hood, but really oversimplifies the story. It is both an awesome adventure tale with dragons, magic, assassins, demons, bandits, and betrayal, and a complex human drama, where one young man must find and understand his place in the world. It's both action-packed, and heartbreaking. The titular character, Gildong, was born a second-class citizen, and he was determined to make a way for himself in a world that kept pushing him down, even if that meant living outside the law. This is his story.

The creature this time is the saalah, and they are what happens when a mommy genie and a daddy human (or the other way around) love each other very much.

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37-Hercules: The Best at What He Does


Wed, Jun 29, 2016


Hercules is as terrible as he is awesome. There are sea monsters, centaurs, people being thrown off of things, Hydra poison, and Hercules making ridiculous choices. Basically, it's everything you could want from a Hercules episode. Oh, and he dies, because apparently he can do that.

The creature this time is the Mamagwasewug, and he just wants to borrow a smoke off you...or he'll burn your house down.

 

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Music:

"Cheap suit" by Jason Staczek

"Silence" by Kai Engel

"Deserted City" by Kai Engel

"At the End Everyone Dies" by Kai Engel

"Leafless Quince Tree" by Rolemusic

All other music by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions.

Bibliography:

"Metamorphoses" by Ovid 9:1-282

"The Women of Trachis" by Sophocles

"The Library of Greek Mythology" by Apollodorus 2:6-8

"Library of History" by Diodorus Siculus 4:32

"The Greek Myths" by Robert Graves



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36B-Pocahontas: Between Two Streams


Wed, Jun 22, 2016


An abbreviated history of Pocahontas and John Smith, this episode looks at the conflict largely from the Powhatan side. This isn't the Disney version. It is gritty, dark, violent, and, if Mattaponi oral history is to be trusted, fairly disturbing. Still, it tells the story of a clash of worlds, and one woman who stood in the middle to bring a brief peace.

The creature this week lives in lime trees and, in return for probably not paying rent, will hurt you if you're mean to the tree.

Our sponsors:

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My interview on The Podcast Digest:

http://www.thepodcastdigest.info/2016/06/tpd-96-jason-weiser-from-myths-and.html

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The Disclaimer (and post):

https://www.mythpodcast.com/4096/36b-pocahontas-two-streams/

Music:

"What does anybody know about anything" by Chris Zabriskie

All other music (besides intro/outro and COTW) by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions



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36A-Pocahontas: The Empire Business


Wed, Jun 15, 2016


The story of Pocahontas and John Smith has turned from compelling historical story of a brave woman who united two warring nations, to a melodramatic, oversimplified love story. In reality, Pocahontas likely never view Smith as more than a friend, since she was 11 when they first met. But they won't meet quite yet. We need to talk about the world they both inhabit, and the nations that will collide in the early 17th century.

Then, on the creature of the week, you'll see why you want to bring hair clippers when checking on your infant in the middle of the night.

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Music:

"Wipe my Face Away" by Keshco

"Cloudz" by Jahzzar

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35-Beauty and the Beast: Prisoners


Wed, Jun 08, 2016


This is not the Beauty and the Beast you've heard. It's not even the story the one you've heard is based on. That one is a super-pared-down version of an 18th century French novella. The original contains way too much description about fairy politics and power structures, 18th century Pandora, and an idea for a "Downton Abbey" reboot...with monkeys.

The creature of the week is Papa Bois, from Trinidad and Tobago. He will show you why regular exercise and a balanced diet of strangers lost in the forest will keep you healthy well into old age.

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Music:

"March" by Kai Engel

"Train" by Sergey Cheremisinov

"Usless Confusion" by much,

"Comet Trails" by Moon

"She Does Her Best (feat. Small Colin)" by Six Umbrellas

"Falling into You" by Little Glass Men

"Captain Socrates" by Nihilore

"Everest" by Scott Holmes

"Stay 17" by Peter Rudenko

"Todas las promesas" by Gumbel

"Space(Outro)" by Andy G. Cohen

"Breeeze" by Jelsonic

"Dizzy Spells - Instrumental" by Josh Woodward

"Midnight Undercover" by Jelsonic

"Seasong" by Jelsonic

 



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34-Greek Mythology: Uphill Battle


Wed, Jun 01, 2016


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.

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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 Tuck



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33-Ali Baba: Inheritance


Wed, May 18, 2016


As you've probably come to expect, the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, perhaps the second most famous story from One Thousand and One Nights, is much more violent than modern adaptations would have us believe. Medieval Persia was a dangerous place, and you needed to have your wits, a lot of luck, and apparently an extremely loyal, wily slave girl to survive.

The creature this week is the Nix, and it will give you yet another reason to shout at strangers in the grocery store.

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Music:

"Golden" by Little Glass Men

"The Falsehood of Positivity" by Rowan Box

"Cavern" by Jahzzar

"XX" by Jahzzar

"CGI Snake" by Chris Zabriskie

"Wonder Cycle" by Chris Zabriskie

"Night Without Sleep (Instrumental)" by David Mumford

"Arcade Paradise" by Scott Holmes

 



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32-Tricksters: Wager


Wed, May 11, 2016


Three stories of tricksters. We have Coyote from Native American mythology giving great gifts and racing a turtle. There's also Anansi the spider-man from West African folklore, who is trying to buy the stories of the world. We also catch up with our old friend Loki from Norse mythology, who just wants to give Thor's wife an impromptu, un-asked-for haircut.

The creature of the week is an emaciated horse who will either play harmless pranks on you, or crush you to death in the street.

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Music:

"Waltz Ohia" by Fields Ohio

"Redhead" by Jahzzar

"Modulation of the Spirit" by Little Glass Men

"Wild Ones" by Jahzzar

"The Beat Influence" by Cullah

"Theme K" by Steve Combs and the Delta Is

"Inner Light" by Kevin MacLeod

 



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31B-Viking Sagas: Face-off


Wed, May 04, 2016


The conclusion of the Saga of Arrow-Odd, a man who is destined to live 300 years, yet cursed to be killed by his favorite horse. He's watched his friends and brothers die in his struggle with his adversary, the evil half-troll Ogmund, but this battle is destined to stretch over centuries, into a world that looks completely different to both of them.

The creatures this week hang out in pantries, and either tempt you with too much cake or destroy your ill-gotten, likely buttercat-acquired food.

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Music:

"Everybody's Got Problems that Aren't Mine" by Chris Zabriskie

"Back in Time" by Jason Staczek

"What does Anybody Know About Anything" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cheap Suit" by Jason Staczek

"You've Sent for the Absent" by Rowan Box

"Royal Flush" by Keshco

"Shadowplay (goth dream pop)" by Keshco

"Thoughtful" by Lee Rosevere

"Yokushun" by Rolemusic

"Saying Goodbye in the Rain (piano)" by Jelsonic

 



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31A-Viking Sagas: Odd Man Out


Wed, Apr 27, 2016


The saga of the legendary Viking Arrow-Odd contains trolls, ogres, giants, magic arrows, and a sorceress getting smacked in the nose. The mistakes of one Viking's past...or just a Viking being a Viking, haunt him. There's a dangerous Viking teddy bear, and if an angry, famed warrior offers to show you his arrows up close, do not take him up on that offer.

On the creature of the week, you'll see that when you're at the supermarket, someone might just secretly be a giant purple blob that lives in the river.

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Music:

"Theme I" by Steve Combs and Delta Is

"Sirian Star" by Ars Sonor 

"Casual Uncertainties" by Gurdonark

"Words Fall Apart (Instrumental)" by Josh Woodward

"Scale-Free" by Oorlab

"Buffering" by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots

"Polar Vortex" by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots

"Peekdoor Quest" by Rolemusic

 



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30-Latin American Folklore: Unbreakable


Wed, Apr 20, 2016


A story from Chilean folklore about the smartest woman in the world, her talking shoe, and a prince that deserved a slap on the face.

The creatures this week are the abatwa, from South Africa, and you'll learn why ants are the best roommates ever.

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Music:

"Puzzle Pieces" by Lee Rosevere

"a long night" by bbatv

"Play Pelagic" by Little Glass Men

"Neon Hippies" by Fields Ohio

"Hedonic State" by Mike B. Fort

"Theme W" by Steve Combs & Delta Is

"Deep Cave (Dip and Cavern Remix)" by Jahzzar



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29-Grimm: Upward Mobility


Wed, Apr 13, 2016


Two stories from the Grimm brothers, both of which have people going up, but in different ways. The first is the story of Rapunzel, and the second is about a small tailor who uses one success to face giants, a rampaging boar, and a unicorn when seeking the hand of the princess. The only problem? His greatest achievement may be based on a lie, and he's either the world's smoothest con man or completely delusional. Or both.

The creature this week is a stack of old weasels. That catch things on fire.

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Music:

"Satellites and Waterfalls" by Nihilore

"Where it Goes" by Jahzzar

"The Journey" by Marcos H. Bolanos

"AS Nihilism Gives Way to Existentialism" by Nihilore

"Windy Bluffs" by Visager

"Scramby Eggs" by Andy G. Cohen

"Beat the Burglar" by Scott Holmes

"We Can Make You Feel Alive Wholesale" by Winjer3

"Wipe my Face Away" by Keshco

"Seasong" by Jelsonic



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28-Prometheus: Adamantine


Wed, Apr 06, 2016


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.

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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

 



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27C-King Arthur: The Errant Knight


Tue, Apr 05, 2016


Old foes resurface as Balin, the fugitive knight, flees from King Arthur's court. He'll find himself on a perilous (and, at times, ridiculous) quest, where he'll inadvertently put the events in motion that will start the quest for the Holy Grail. Oh, and Arthur gets the Round Table and gets married.

The creature this week is the little naked person buried just below the ground who will scream horrendously if you try to pick him out. Also, he might just kill you.

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Music:

“Decompression” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Celadon” by Podington Bear

“Waltz Opus Posthume” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Now You Are Here” by Sergey Cheremisinov

“Lorca” by Thorn1

“Independent Film” by Steve Combs

“Chasing the Port Chains” by Rolemusic

“Turquoise” by Podington Bear

“March” by Kai Engel

“Midnight Blue” by Podington Bear

“Sepia” by Podington Bear

“Trillium” by Podington Bear



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27B-King Arthur: Mayday


Wed, Mar 23, 2016


When we left king Arthur, the monstrous Questing Beast was lumbering toward him. We'll learn all about that beast and the line of kings cursed to hunt it. Then, Merlin shows up with a chilling plan to solve the problem of the child that is destined to grow up to destroy Arthur. We'll also meet Balin, a disgraced knight who just got out of jail and meets with an unexpected quest for redemption...that might just curse all of England.

On the creature of the week, you'll learn why you want to stock up on pineapples, especially if you are pregnant and don't want this mosquito-like vampire coming after you.

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27A-King Arthur: The Violence Inherent in the System


Wed, Mar 16, 2016


The story of the legendary King Arthur, from just after when he pulled the sword from the stone.Though he's in his late-teens or early-twenties, he is not at all taken seriously by his barons or petty kings, who revolt almost immediately. Less than one year into his reign, he is hiding behind the walls of a castle waiting for the best moment to escape, all while Merlin stands atop the wall shooting fire at the armies assembled out front.

The creature of the week is the Mahaha, and you'll see yet another reason why you shouldn't trust the blue shirtless man wanting to tickle you.

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Music:

“Far from Home” by Ketsa

“Floor Shine” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Pl4y1ng” by Rolemusic

“Wounds” by Ketsa

“Denzel Sprak” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Sunset” by Kai Engel

“Springtime” by Poddington Bear

“Forgetfulness” by Ketsa



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26-Japanese Fairy Tales: Wisdom


Wed, Mar 09, 2016


This week: two folktales from Japan. One is about a humble, happy stone cutter who becomes a power-mad, bitter stone cutter. The other is about, surprise surprise, supernatural occurrences at a Buddhist temple in a remote mountain region.

The creature of the week is...or are...the blue men of the Minch. They are blue, men, and very, very good at writing poetry.

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Music:

"Fistful of Dub" by Spinning Merkaba

"Brooks" by Kai Engel

"Byte" by NWMA

"Weathervane" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Teenage Dream" by  Yusuki Tsutsumi

"Thoughtful" by Lee Rosevere

"Under Suspicion" by Lee Rosevere

"XX" by Jahzzar

"Lil Couak Part 1" by Couak Vador

"Paper Napkin" by Blue Dot Sessions

 



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25-Dragons: This is Where You Get to Make it Right


Wed, Mar 02, 2016


The story of a famous dragon from the folklore of north east England is filled with knights, curses, and, of course, the need to kill your favorite childhood dog. The story of the Lambton Worm is a quest for redemption where many people die because of a young man who just wants to yell cuss words at children and throw his trash in a well.

The creature of the week is the butter cat. That should be enough to want to listen to the creature of the week.

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Music:

"Another Version of You" by Chris Zabriskie

"Whispering Through" by Asura

"Heart and Mind" by Kai Engel

"Ride with the Moon" by TRG Banks

"Touch the Darkness" by Kai Engel

"Horse Ride 1" by TRG Banks

 



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24-Thor: Whosoever Holds this Hammer


Wed, Feb 24, 2016


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



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23-Cupid and Psyche: Burned


Wed, Feb 17, 2016


In this famous story from Greek Mythology, we'll meet Cupid (not a baby), as he accidentally nicks himself with his own arrow. In a podcast episode that is  like the movie "Mean Girls" with a trip to the Greek underworld, you'll see why it is against the law to harbor someone who's prettier than a goddess.

The creature of the week is a forest creature that operates on a very annoying wood chip economy.

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The bag of dirt

Music:

"Sonar Despierto" by Zifhang

"Sidecar" by Podington Bear

"The Vault" by Trigg & Gusset

"The Coil Winds" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Transmogrify" by Podington Bear

"Here is Now" by Ketsa

"Trellis" by Podington Bear



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22C-Irish Legends: The Spoils of War


Wed, Feb 10, 2016


A double-sized episode with the whole epic and slightly-ridiculous story of a cattle raid that ended up taking way longer than it should have. It involves a young man hulking out numerous times, several creative ways to kill your opponent in single combat, and a fight to the death between best friends. Also, you'll see why you shouldn't bring your squirrel to an active war zone.

The creature of the week is a scary, hairy little zombie who, like Jack Frost, will nibble at your toes. Unlike Jack Frost, though, he will bite them clean off.

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Music:

"As Dust Gathers" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Rally" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Catching Feathers" by Ketsa

"Burn" by Massimo Ruberti

"Play Pelagic" by Little Glass Men

"Beautiful Rain" by Ketsa

"Dubrelli" by Synapsis

"Journey Near Complete" by Ketsa



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22B-Irish Legends: You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry


Wed, Feb 03, 2016


Queen Medb, King Ailil, and Fergus make their way into Ulster while the army is crippled by feeling as if they are going into labor. Only one man, barely out of childhood himself, can stand against the invaders and protect his people until they are able to rise. That man is Cu Chulainn. This week, we learn the origin story of this Irish superhero (he's kind of literally a superhero, too. He can hulk out.), including how he got his name, which basically means dog.

The creature of the week is one that will, unsurprisingly, drag you into the river and kill you. What is surprising, though, is the party that happens in your village when you kick it out.

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Music:

"Hiroko Life" by Whodiniz

"Brick Wall (Instrumental)" by Simon Panrucker

"Venus in Furz" by Steve Combs

"Contrarian" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Invitation to the Voyage" by Julia Kent

 



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22A-Irish Legends (The Tain): Red Ledger


Wed, Jan 27, 2016


Starting an epic string of legends from Celtic folkore. We're back in the time of kings, princesses, and intrigue. You'll see how you can steal a kingdom with fancy accounting, curse a nation because of a careless comment, and start a war to prove to your spouse how rich you are.

The creature of the week is the monaciello from Naples, Italy. When he's not helping you, he's stealing your clothes...off your body...

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Music:

"Turning" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Something for Nothing" by Ketsa

"Flag of No Country" Julia Kent

"Swan's Melody" by REW<<

"Passageways to Happier Hours" by REW<<

"Thaw (Outro)" by Kai Engel



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21-Frozen/The Snow Queen: Fearful Symmetry


Wed, Jan 20, 2016


It's the original story of the Snow Queen, more commonly known as the source material for the hyper-popular Disney movie named "Frozen". The original, though, is incredibly different, and contains much more violence, kidnapping, and weirdness than the adaptation.

On the creature of the week, you'll see why you shouldn't get drunk and take walks by the river

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Music

"Get Far" by Muddy Wires

"Threadbare Cashmere" by REW<<

"A Leaf in the Wind" by Coldnoise

"Morbid Imagination" by Kai Engel

"Baroque" by Jon Watts

"Snowfall" by Kai Engel

"Headlights/Mountain Road" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tar and Spackle" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Wisteria" by Blue Dot Sessions



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20-Korean Folklore: Prayers


Wed, Jan 13, 2016


This week, it's a horror story from Korean folklore. A little girl gets lost in the forest, and then a strange problem begins tearing her family apart.

Then, on the creature of the week, you'll see how buying sunglasses for the guard might help you rob a temple.

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Music:

"When the Guests have Left" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Vindicta (Lost Radio Reshape)" by Astral & Shit

"Moon" by Massimo Ruberti

"Fleeting" by Coldnoise

"Spell" by Rolemusic

"January" by Kai Engel

"Midnight" by Ketsa



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19-Native American Folklore: Skeletons


Wed, Jan 06, 2016


The first episode of much-requested Native American folklore has giants, ghosts, anthropomorphic coyotes, jilted lovers, and the reason for why the tick got so flat. Because you've always wondered how the wood tick got to be so flat.

On the creature of the week, it's an animal from Australian folklore who is lurking in stagnant water, just waiting to give you a deadly hug.

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Music:

"Hiroko Dream" by Whodiniz

"The Soft Glow of Christmas Lights" by Will Bangs

"Jenny Slate" by Steve Combs

"Brought" by Ketsa

"December" by Kai Engel

"Parade Shoes" by Blue Dot Sessions



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18-St. Nick: Rusty Chains and Candy Canes


Wed, Dec 23, 2015


The story behind the transition from Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus is one that includes murder, priest-punching, and ominous, demonic-looking companions. This episode looks at the legends behind an austere bishop who has been transformed into a magical, portly elf.

**Note: as I say in the show, this episode is not for young children. The story of St. Nick includes grisly murders and mentions of prostitution. Listener discretion is advised.**

The creature of the week is another sort of Santa from Spain who, in the old days, eschewed the coal for bad children for a long, deadly scythe.

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The History of Rome

Music

"The Krampus Song" by J Dobbs Rosa (J. Dobbs Rosa on Twitter)

"Threads and Veils" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lathe" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sirius" by Sergey Cheremisinov

"Cheap Suit" by Jason Staczek

"Dune" by Filip Roter

"Sorcery" by Bog

"Christmas Lights" by Patrick Poe

"Fledgling" by Psychadelik Pedestrian

 

 



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17C-Theseus: I Volunteer as Tribute


Wed, Dec 16, 2015


The final chapter in the story of Theseus, the Minotaur, and all the other people that have gotten swept up in this drama spanning decades. We'll learn exactly what the Delphic Oracle meant by her prophecy, and how you can use a spool of thread to kill a giant monster.

On the creature of the week, it's a very literal tiny dancer.

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Music:

"Comfort in Uncertainty" by bbatv

"Great is the Contessa" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Big Out There" by Krackatoa

"Hiroko in Deep" by Whodiniz

"When it Gets Dark at 4PM" by Will Bangs

"Reverie" by WVTM



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17B-Icarus and Daedalus: A Portrait of the Artificer as a Young Man


Wed, Dec 09, 2015


The story of Daedalus and Icarus is much more than just Icarus flying too close to the sun. Daedalus, the inventor, is directly responsible for the labyrinth and the Minotaur. He's a man whose will to survive and desire for significance drives him to make magnificent things, which only bring death, destruction, and tragedy for him and everyone around him.

On the creature of the week, you'll learn how you can keep a Russian forest-dweller from playing pranks on you. All you have to do is burn his entire forest to the ground.

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Music:

"The Tide" by Alex Finch

"Cab Ride" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Mosic" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lights Out" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Avec Toi" by Dana Boul

"Endless" by Dana Boul

"Last Straws for Sale (Instrumental)" by Lisa Germano

"Something Elated" by Broke for Free

"Wandering" by Steve Combs

 



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17A-Theseus: It’s Dangerous to go Alone!


Wed, Dec 02, 2015


We have all heard the story of Theseus fighting that monstrous half-bull, half-man beast known as the Minotaur, but the original story starts years earlier. It involves tensions between two kingdoms, a deadly poetry slam, and dumb bandits.

The creature of the week is a small chicken that will give you lots of gold...if you can keep it from sitting on you in the middle of the night and giving you nightmares.

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Music:

"Cold, Heat, Dust and Dew" by Curious Inversions

"The Shoes they Wear" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Empty Trees" by Ketsa

"Diversity" by Ketsa

"Here is Now" by Ketsa

"Something Elated" by Broke for Free

"Wandering" by Steve Combs

 



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Listener-Submitted Episode 1 (Jan Van Hunks, Drop Bear)


Wed, Nov 25, 2015


An episode of entirely listener-submitted stories! The main story is from South Africa and tells of how a mountain peak got its name from a deadly competition. Deadly because of the cancer risk, but also...well, you'll see.

Then, on the creature of the week, you'll see which household items can repel this ferocious beast and that, wow, koalas make terrifying sounds.

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Music:

"Always The Teasmade, Never The Tease" by Doctor Turtle

"Hammer and Damper" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dub01" by Robodub

"Death on the Battlefield" by Rolemusic

"Something Elated" by Broke for Free

"Wandering" by Steve Combs

 



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16-Russian Fairy Tales: She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named


Wed, Nov 18, 2015


The story of a young woman, her magic doll, and a witch who may be the most terrifying - or the most ridiculous - person you've ever seen. You'll also see that you should definitely not trust a gift from a witch. Especially if that gift is a human skull...that's on fire.

On the creature of the week, if your date has goat hooves it probably will not go well.

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15-Slavic Folklore: Bad Wolf


Wed, Nov 11, 2015


In this Russian Fairy Tale from the same collections as the stories of Koschei the Deathless, we find a prince who goes on a quest for the firebird. This leads us into a Russian nesting quest situation, where he ends up on a quest-within-a-quest-within-a-quest. We'll also follow his doofus brothers, who decide that taking an extended camping trip getting drunk in their silk party tents is much better than questing.

On the creature of the week, it's a large horse-headed monster who will push you down or trample you...all while giggling like a child.

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"Dew" by Cousin Silas/Black Hill

"Mile Post 1" by Alex Fitch

"Jackbird" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Celeste" by Alex Fitch

"Gondola Blue" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Something Elated" by Broke for Free

"Wandering" by Steve Combs



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13B-Ragnar Lodbrok: Why’d it have to be Snakes?


Wed, Nov 04, 2015


The end of the saga of this legendary king has Viking battles, magic cows, and a long con to take over England. Ragnar's poor planning when it comes to cementing his legacy blows up in his face, and we catch up with Aslaug, the daughter of Sigurd and Brynhild, and the atrociously ugly couple that murdered her grandfather.

The creature of the week is a little one-legged boy who grants wishes and has really smelly hair.

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14-Doppelgangers: Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night


Wed, Oct 28, 2015


People throughout history, before they died, have seen something...strange. They have seen ghostly doubles haunting their steps, foretelling their doom. These things are called doppelg?ngers, and while they mean something different now - basically someone that looks like you - their folklore origins are something far more ominous and sinister. This episode is about the shadowy creatures of ill omen that follow us all, and the famous historical figures that have seen theirs before they met their end.

The creature of the week is an extended, creepy story of a creature from Japanese folklore, and a solitary priest that became lost in the mountains.

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13A-Ragnar Lodbrok: The Beggar King


Wed, Oct 21, 2015


The tale of Ragnar Lodbrok, legendary Viking king and main character of the History Channel series "Vikings" and the many women in his life you absolutely do not want to mess with. It contains Viking battles, murder, betrayal, and heartbreak, uncommonly-ugly peasants, and, of course, a dragon fight.

For the creature of the week, if anyone in the woods calls to you from a bush asking you to stop what you're doing to play a tickle game, you should probably say no. You should definitely say no if it's this long-fingered creature who will literally tickle you to death.

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Songs:

"This" by Tryad

"Akantha" by Lazath

"Meditation" by Eracilon

"Python" by Rolemusic

"A Trip to Paris" by Peter Perio

"Something Elated" by Broke for Free

"Wandering" by Steve Combs

 



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12-Pig-faced Women: Citation Needed


Wed, Oct 14, 2015


For over 200 years in western Europe, there was a pervasive belief among large portions of the population that the upper classes in society were hiding something - women horribly cursed with the heads of pigs . Not an insult or a metaphor, no, these were women who were thought literally to be pigs from the neck up. Crowds gathered to harass potential pig-faced women and chase their carriages, and they apparently made appearances at fairs. This is an incredibly bizarre series of events that is all but forgotten in the modern day, but bears were shaved, legacies were tarnished, and there were men from an ocean away proposing marriage to a pig-faced woman.

On the creature of the week, it's a bird who can escape from any predator, but after you hear the route it needs to take, you'll wonder if it shouldn't just let itself get caught.

 

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Songs:

"The Rain" by Carmelo Costanzo

"White City, Black City" by Esther Garcia

"Chaos in the Mouse Kingdom" by DDmyzik

"Quizitive" by Lee Rosevere

"Taking Dark Matter Lightly" by Alan Singley

"Something Elated" by Broke for Free

"Wandering" by Steve Combs

 



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11-Japanese Fairy Tales: Key Details (Urashima Taro, The Boy Who Drew Cats)


Wed, Oct 07, 2015


These are two stories from Japanese fairy tales. I don't want to ruin them, so I can't say too much, but they are amazing. One is about a boy who draws pictures of cats, much to the detriment of his job and a ridiculous amount of ancient books. The other story is about a kind fisherman who saves a turtle and has his whole world turned upside down.

On the creature of the week, it's a naked guy who, if he helps you, just thank him and be on your way. Seriously, who cares if he could have cut the grass more? He did it for free, and it's not worth losing your legs over.

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Songs:

"Tech Toys" by Lee Rosevere

"Ending" by Tadd Euro

"Baby Monster" by Music for your Media

"Scary Chimes Loop" by Chrisoph Schade Composer

"All In All (No Voices)" by VYVCH

 



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10B-Hercules: Labor Intensive


Wed, Sep 30, 2015


Finishing up the twelve labors, Hercules fights way, way too many things: a giant boar, a giant bull, vicious birds, man-eating horses, the three-headed hell hound Cerberus, and more, all as penance for his crime.

The creature of the week are invisible weasel brothers that might give you a small cut or two...or might cut off your legs...all without you feeling it.

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"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"One Last Sunset" by Alan Singley

"Leafless Quince Tree" by Rolemusic

"Strange Kiss" by Alasdair Cooper

"Tilt" by Avaren

"Something Elated" by Broke for Free

"Wandering" by Steve Combs

 



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10A-Hercules: Going into Labor


Wed, Sep 23, 2015


The story of Hercules is one part gritty, serious tragedy and two parts over-the-top monster fights. This week, in the origin story of one of the greatest mythological heroes of the western world, we get to see the human side of the demigod before the story goes completely off-the-rails and it's just one big monster fight topping the next. But don't worry, there are also monster fights this episode.

We'll see that Zeus is essentially the Don Draper of the Greek pantheon, only without all that pesky introspection or likability, and that if your husband cheats on you, you should bring down horrible punishments on everyone but him.

On the creature of the week, it's a grotesque little piggy that just needs a hug.

 

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Music:

"Melancholy" by DDmyzik

"Offerdal" by Simon Mathewson

"Shipwreck in the Pacific Ocean" by Rolemusic

"Scientology and the Masses" by statusq

"Fine without you (Remix)" by Steve Combs

"Something Elated" by Broke for Free

"Wandering" by Steve Combs

 



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9-Dogs and Wolves: Generations (Fenrir, The Black Dog, Dog King of Denmark, Gelert)


Wed, Sep 16, 2015


Instead of one long story, this week I'm telling four stories about canines from folklore from all around the world. We'll go back to the Norse gods and goddesses where Loki will make more poor choices. Then I'll talk about the legend of the black dog of the UK and Ireland. There's the weird and hilarious story of a little dog that was made king of Denmark, and how the people took it surprisingly seriously. Finally, I'll round out the show with the saddest story about a dog you've ever heard.   Also, I know Fenrir is a wolf and not a dog, but his inclusion will fit with the narrative arc of the show, I promise.   On the creature of the week, it's a tiny, angry old man who lives in an anthill and really, really wants you to stay off his lawn.   Say Hi on Twitter: @Mythpodcast Find the show on iTunes E-mail: Jason@mythpodcast.com My miniature dachshund, Abbie! The dog king riddle   Music: "Living Legends" by False Awakenings "Ambient" by Strange Day "In the End" by The Losers "If There's Time" by Odesza "Something Elated" by Broke for Free "Wandering" by Steve Combs

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8-Merlin: Call of the Wyllt


Wed, Sep 09, 2015


A short supplemental on one of the inspirations for Merlin, a man named Myrddin the Wyllt,  a Welsh warrior bard who went insane after seeing his friends die on the battlefield and ran off to a life in the forest. It would have been fine if people didn't keep dragging him back to civilization...or if he had thought at all about what he would do during the winter. You'll see that "insane" in this story is kind of a loose term for "I just want a little 'me' time in the forest." On the creature of the week, you'll meet that thing that yells all night in your kitchen and shatters all your good plates, and I'll guess at what she's doing with all that evil linen thread she's spinning.

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7-Little Mermaid: Cry with the Saints


Wed, Sep 02, 2015


The real story of the Little Mermaid is way more violent and grim than the Disney version, and does not have a happy ending. It's the story of a teenage mermaid who falls in love with a human and makes a deal to get legs, but that's where the similarities end. The original includes bald mermaids, daggers, and a great way to blackmail your kids into being good. If you've ever wanted to know way, way too much detail about a mermaid society, but hate it when your characters have names or plausible motivations, this story is for you. But really, it's very weird, and it makes you wonder why it has not only survived to the modern day, but is incredibly popular and has inspired multiple retellings. In the creature of the week, an ape man you can't hide anything from, but who has an extremely short attention span. Connect with me on twitter: @mythpodcast My e-mail: jason@mythpodcast.com Find the show on iTunes! Songs: “The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan” by Chris Zabriskie "Hypnic Jerk" by Smith Comma John "La Valse de Marian" by Marian Badoi "Keep on Moving" by Ton "Rewound" by Chris Zabriskie "Archimedes" by Jason Staczek "Something Elated" by Broke for Free "Wandering" by Steve Combs

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6C-King Arthur: How I Met Your Mother


Wed, Aug 26, 2015


Wrapping up this current run of King Arthur episodes, we find a kingdom in shambles. We'll see the final(ish..for now at least) battle between the Saxons and the Britons, and then the rule of King Arthur's uncle and father. Uther then decides to risk this extremely tenuous peace to woo a woman who isn't into him at all. And by woo, I mean declare war against her and her husband and use your fancy magician friend's fancy magic to trick her into...well, you'll see. Then, the sword in the stone! Also, the definitely true origins of Stonehenge! The creature of the week carries an impractically large bowl of blood with him at all times - just sloshing around everywhere he goes - that he will dump on you if he catches you on the road at night. Talk to me on twitter Find the show on iTunes Music: "Reveries" by Eracilon "Gymnopedie" by Erik Satie "Taking Dark Matter Lightly" by Alan Singley "Love and Mystery" by Oursvince "Max Flashback" by Lee Rosevere "Something Elated" by Broke for Free "Wandering" by Steve Combs

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6B-Merlin: What’s Red, White, and Fighting All Over


Wed, Aug 19, 2015


This is where we meet Merlin, a son of a demon who uses his evil powers for good. But he's not yet the bearded sorcerer we all kind of know and love. No, he first enters our story as a serious seven year-old with power over magic, the ability to prophesy, and knowledge of the past, present, and future. The only problem? He's about to be executed by Vortigern's magicians. Luckily, his life will be saved by not one, but two dragons. Its the origin story of the world's most famous legendary wizard. Then, on the creature of the week, you'll hear me embarrass myself trying to pronounce the name of this big, stupid dog. Talk to me on twitter Find me on iTunes Music: "Let's Ride" by Alasdair Cooper "Cheap Suit" by Jason Staczek "You Know Who You Are" by Alan Singley "Rivers and Mountains" by The Losers "Something Elated" by Broke for Free "Wandering" by Steve Combs  

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6A-King Arthur Prologue: The Once and Really Only that One Time King


Wed, Aug 12, 2015


The King Arthur legends don't actually start with Arthur, but with several years of war, intrigue, and betrayal among the Britons, and a slippery earl by the name of Vortigern not-so-subtly engineering the deaths of two kings to become king himself. We'll start at the very beginning, with Arthur's grandfather being murdered and his father fleeing across the channel to protect himself from assassins working for a usurper king. We'll also meet Merlin as a child, as he's being hunted by the king's men in the Welsh highlands. On the creature of the week, if you're thinking about a career change into the medical field, forget all that annoying education and just become a Fairy Doctor. This somehow completely real profession from the middle ages doesn't involve any of that pesky schooling that a boring old MD requires, but allows you to heal people from this week's creature, an extremely dangerous and extremely adorable fairy from Gaelic folklore. Talk to me on Twitter Transcript (and pictures) for this episode Find this on iTunes

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5B-Slavic Folklore: The First Horcrux


Wed, Aug 05, 2015


As it turns out, Koschei the Deathless is very, very hard to kill, a fact one could probably guess from his name. This episode explores his tragic origins, as well as the ludicrously complex way he's hidden his soul (a Russian nesting doll situation that's unpleasant for everyone involved). He'll prove his name incorrect as he finally meets his demise in what amounts to the most heart-wrenching egging of all time. In the creature this week, despite forests being kind of the only place where forest fires can take place, this sticky giant thinks nothing of tapping the ashes from his giant cigars into the dry leaves.

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5A-Slavic Folklore: Tried and Died


Wed, Jul 29, 2015


In this story of a dangerous magician from Russian folklore, you'll learn that you should maybe believe your spouse if she says you definitely don't want to know what's behind that door in the dungeon. It's the bizarre, sad, and kind of hilarious story of Koschei the Deathless, a man who seems like a much more serious and dangerous version of the Ice King from Adventure Time. Really, if you're horrible sorcerer who's a little lonely, maybe stop kidnapping princesses and just get a cat. Or a hobby. I hear podcasting is fun? Really, though, this is exactly the type of story I love doing on this podcast. I doubt you've heard it, but it is scary, ridiculous, and a little sad, and I hope you enjoy it. The creature of the week is the Boo Hag, a morning breath vampire, and she's a great reason for you to chew an onion before going to bed. (Link to iTunes) (Link to the website)

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4-Mulan: A Likely Hero


Wed, Jul 22, 2015


The story of Mulan, the woman who took her aging father's place in the army, does not mean what you think it means. The original character is almost completely awesome and very different from many retellings. Unfortunately, the inspiring central message of the story is a modern interpretation of something that was actually very insulting. Also, villain is less of a looming, hulking Hun, and more a bandit with a name of a spandex print. This is the story of Mulan as it was originally told. The creature of the week is why you'll want to make sure you're very drunk before going into the woods alone at night. Link to iTunes for reviews/subscriptions Link to the site

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3E-Vikings: The Debt is Paid


Wed, Jul 15, 2015


The final chapter of the Saga of the Volsungs follows Sigurd as he finds that navigating relationships with the in-laws is way, way more hazardous than fighting a dragon. He finds the famliy he never had, but generations of betrayal and murder finally catch up with what has been perhaps the most honorable of the Volsungs...you know, minus that one tiny murder he committed. Also, if someone with nothing to gain from it tells you a ring is cursed, you should absolutely believe them. In the creature of the week, you'll see why funeral homes should be surrounded by catnip and toy mice in order to keep this giant, spectral Celtic cat from stealing souls. (link to the website) (iTunes link for reviews/subscriptions)

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3D-Vikings: Blood of the Dragon


Wed, Jul 01, 2015


Part four and the penultimate episode in the Saga of the Volsungs, the story of a legendary Norse family finds Sigurd riding with his Vikings in an attempt to reclaim his father's kingdom. Then, there's a fight with the dragon, Fafnir, who is in the possession of the cursed ring. Sigurd, our (so far) valiant hero, folds to the temptations of a magical ring way faster than Frodo, Bilbo, or even Boromir. In the creature of the week, you'll see why you need to treat your footwear will respect and kindness...oh and keep it from getting bored, or else it will come to life and annoy you.

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3C-Vikings: Renewed shall be Blade that was Broken


Wed, Jun 24, 2015


You can clearly see J.R.R. Tolkien's inspiration in this episode, what with that cursed ring finally making an appearance, a legendary sword reforged, and a selfish psychopath of a dragon sitting atop a pile of gold. Loki casually says something when he walks out the door which tears a family apart, and Odin is not fooling anyone when he (seemingly constantly) pretends to be an old man wandering the wilderness. There are also more huge Viking battles as well as more people transforming into animals for no reason at all. The creature of the week is a relative of the leprechaun whose sole goal in life is to get drunk in your basement and harass dogs.

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3B-Vikings: All that Hate’s Gonna Burn You Up


Thu, Jun 18, 2015


The Saga of the Volsungs continues, with a princess held captive by the man who killed her father, and her brother roaming the forest waging a covert guerrilla war...or just robbing people for the fun of it? There are berserker werewolves, magic swords, and a battle of really stupid insults between kings. Also, you'll see if a legendary Norse mustache is an effective filter for poisons. The creature of the week is the fossegrim, a nice guy who loves mutton and teaching people how to play the fiddle.

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


Wed, Jun 03, 2015


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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2B-Aladdin: A Whole New World of Problems


Wed, May 27, 2015


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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2A-Aladdin: The Magician’s Nephew


Wed, May 20, 2015


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


Wed, May 13, 2015


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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1B-Knights of the Round Table: You’re So Yvain


Wed, May 06, 2015


This week, we're continuing the story of Yvain, a knight of King Arthur's court who we left in a very bad spot. He'll find an ally within the castle walls, get a magic ring, and try to find a way to hold out, since it's only a matter of days until Arthur will be there with his knights. The picture linked above is the Mythological Creature of the Week: the sad, sad story of the changeling - a troll baby who's only crime was not being as stylish as a human baby.

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1A-Knights of the Round Table: Yvainglory


Thu, Apr 30, 2015


This week on the Myths and Legends podcast, I’ll introduce the show and discuss what it’ll be about. Then, we’ll start right in on the story of Yvain, a knight of King Arthur's court who'll show that by being a huge jerk to nearly everyone you'll get everything you can ever want, throw it all away, and get it all again! Then, for the mythological creature of the week, the hidden folk of Iceland, cheerful little elves who might give you great gifts or rain rocks down on you.

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