Tales

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 Jan 16, 2020

Chuck Wagon
 Oct 29, 2019
Fantastic. I'm a big fan of 99% invisible, Myths and Legends, and Stuff you should know. Tales has become my favorite.

PavelQR
 Aug 17, 2019
This is a wonderful show. It's so refreshing to listen to tales oftentimes different from the versions we've grown up with. Thank you! Tuning in from Havana 🇨🇺

Mary D
 May 26, 2019
Enjoy hearing the original way they were told.

Description

Traditional fairy tales aren’t exactly suitable for kids. Women vomit spiders. Children get eaten. There’s even murder! Every Wednesday, we take you through the twists and turns of the dark origins of your favorite pieces of folklore. To listen to the full Tales catalog for free, be sure to subscribe on Spotify!

Episode Date
The Palm-Tree Story
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Its exact origins are unknown, but it likely comes from Colombia: a familiar and yet strange tale of a mysterious young boy, who follows three travelers through various tribulations—and into battle against a cruel witch.
Jul 08, 2020
The Buccaneer
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First collected by folklorist Charles M. Skinner in 1896, The Buccaneer is an American folk tale that follows the adventures and misdeeds of a vengeful pirate. When his many sins come back to haunt him, the buccaneer learns his life of cruelty has ghostly consequences.
Jul 01, 2020
The Story of the Yara
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Brazilian legend tells the story of a vengeful mermaid spirit named the Yara who enchants and drowns the men who wander near her river deep in the Amazon. But in this classic tale, a pair of lovers set out to defeat the murderous mermaid, and attempt to use the purity of their love to break her dark spell.
Jun 24, 2020
Introducing FAERIE, A Parcast Original Series!
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Welcome to a world where fairy tales do exist, and “once upon a time” is closer, darker, and more dangerous than you imagined. Welcome to the immersive new Parcast original series, Faerie. Available exclusively on Spotify, Faerie follows the investigation of Ryan Bailey—a young woman who saves a man’s life and is thrust into a secret world of mythological creatures called “faeries.” Join Ryan as she unearths more about their mysterious existence and the covert agency charged with protecting them. This 12-episode event features two new episodes every Monday, free and exclusively on Spotify. Get ready to question your truths and rethink your fantasies in this exclusive clip from Faerie’s first episode. If you want to listen to the full episode, follow Faerie, free and only on Spotify.
Jun 22, 2020
The Princess in the Chest
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In this Danish fairytale, a king's impatience kills and curses his daughter. Each night she's doomed to rise from her crypt as a murderous ghost who kills the sentries watching over her tomb. But soon a drunken stranger comes to town who proves that faith and persistence can turn a monstrous situation into something beautiful.
Jun 17, 2020
Introducing SOLVED MURDERS: TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES, A Parcast Original Series!
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To commemorate its fourth anniversary, Parcast and the team behind Unsolved Murders are taking a closer look at what it takes to catch a killer. In the new series Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries, you'll follow the clues and uncover the missing pieces to some of history's most gripping cases. Every Wednesday, join hosts Carter and Wenndy as they explore the days, months, and even years leading up to a killer being caught. Each episode plays out like a classic murder mystery—where the final reveal is nearly as shocking as the murder itself. Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries is only available on Spotify. Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first episode on the infamous “in cold blood” murders of the Clutter Family. If you want to listen to the full episode, follow Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries, free and only on Spotify.
Jun 10, 2020
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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One of the most well known Arthurian Legends, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells the story of a young knight who has his moral character called into question, when a mysterious stranger comes to King Arthur's court...with a deadly request.
Jun 10, 2020
The Witch in the Stone Boat
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This Icelandic folktale is the story of a prince and princess from far away kingdoms who overcome distance and differences of culture for love. But just as they set out to build a new family, their happiness is endangered by the schemes of a duplicitous troll-witch.
Jun 03, 2020
The Tongue-Cut Sparrow
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This Japanese Morality tale from the 1600s tells the story of an old couple and their pet sparrow. When their neighbor gets annoyed at the sparrow's constant chirping, things take a dark turn into the supernatural. When you let greed and bitterness guide your actions, no good will come of them.
May 27, 2020
The Singing Bone
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Collected by the Brothers Grimm, this story certainly is a grim tale about brotherhood. It involves a pair of men who promise to rid the kingdom of a deadly boar—and how their conflict leads to a murder that just won't stay buried.
May 20, 2020
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Pt. 2
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Though it has become a classic children’s story, the original version reads more like a horrific fever dream: Alice finds herself lost in a mysterious land full of murderous Queens, and terrifying beasts. Although her biggest challenge turns out to be getting a grip on her own identity.
May 13, 2020
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Pt. 1
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This classic tale of Alice, the rabbit hole, and an extraordinary adventure has captivated millions of children across the world. But few remember just how strange Lewis Carrol's work really is—as well as the unsettling rumors that defined its author.
May 06, 2020
The Disobedient Daughter
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In this Nigerian folktale, a woman refuses every suitor who seeks her hand in marriage. When the perfect husband finally arrives, she defies her parents and marries him. She soon learns that sometimes perfection is only skin deep.
Apr 29, 2020
Sneak Peek: DAILY QUOTE, A Parcast Original Series!
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Whether you’re jumpstarting the morning, searching for that midday pick-me-up, or trying to finish the evening off strong… Daily Quote offers some of history’s most inspirational quotes whenever you need them—365 days a year. In this 2-3 minute podcast, you’ll be given a quote that will motivate, uplift, and renew your outlook on life. You’ll also dive deeper into the context surrounding the quote—learning more about its origin and the meaning behind it. Enjoy this sneak peek of Daily Quote ahead of its launch on Monday. April 27th! In this exclusive episode, we highlight the poignant words of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. For more pathways to positivity, subscribe to Daily Quote free on Spotify! 
Apr 26, 2020
NEW: The Loyal Mongoose
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We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Tales today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Is a wild animal ever safe to have around the house? This Indian morality tale tells the story of a couple that adopts a mongoose as a pet...only to fear that it may put their newborn at risk. But sometimes rushing to judgment can be more dangerous than even the most untamed animal.
Apr 22, 2020
Crossover Week: Mythical Monsters (Mermaids)
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If you enjoy the stories told in Tales, check out this episode from our series Mythical Monsters: They’re one of history's most pervasive mythological creatures, appearing in the folklore of cultures from around the world. From the temples of Ancient Assyria to the epic poems of Ancient Greece, mermaids have endured the test of time to make a big splash in pop culture.
Apr 15, 2020
The Three Cows
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In Celtic cultures, the feast of Samhain is one to be respected. A time when the mortal world and the realm of the fairies are at their closest. When a farmer refuses to sacrifice a cow for the feast, he risks the wrath of both his community...and the spirits that live beyond his fireplace.
Apr 08, 2020
Mistress Lucia
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A prince who wants a bride, a woman with latent magical powers, and a scheming maid... This Mexican fairy tale tells the story of love gone wrong—and why we should maintain a healthy respect for nature.
Apr 01, 2020
Parcast Classic: Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves Pt. 1
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Due to the unfortunate spread of COVID-19, Parcast has decided to halt recording for the time-being. This is a precautionary measure taken to ensure the safety of our hosts and staff. In the meantime, we're excited to share one of our classic episodes that we know you'll enjoy! A modest wood chopper finds a stolen fortune in a magical cave, but can't keep the secret from his greedy brother. The next time Ali Baba visits the cave, he is greeted not by robbers, but by the corpse of his dead brother.
Mar 25, 2020
The Magic Cask
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In this Chinese fairy tale, a poor family discovers a magical jar that will give them anything they want. But when tensions arise among the family, a blessing can easily turn into a curse.
Mar 18, 2020
Introducing SUPERNATURAL WITH ASHLEY FLOWERS, A Parcast Original Series!
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Most mysteries can be solved by looking at the facts. But sometimes, the facts don’t lead to a logical explanation, and the truth lies somewhere in the unknown…Join Parcast and Crime Junkie’s Ashley Flowers as they dive deep into the strange and surreal to explain some of the world’s most bizarre true crime occurrences in the new series, Supernatural with Ashley Flowers. Every Wednesday, Ashley digs into a different mystifying crime—where the most fitting theory isn’t always the most conventional. Join Ashley in this exclusive clip from the first episode as she takes on the mysterious “Lead Masks Case.” To finish this episode, subscribe to Supernatural with Ashley Flowers free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Mar 16, 2020
The Sandman Pt. 2
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An adult Nathanael attempts to overcome the traumatic experiences of his childhood. But he knows, deep down, that Coppelius will always return, ready to take his eyes.
Mar 11, 2020
The Sandman Pt. 1
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Young Nathanael fears the one who comes in the night, who takes the eyes of children. His fear only grows when his father's co-worker, Coppelius, begins to show signs of being the boogeyman himself.
Mar 04, 2020
Donkeyskin
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It is a dark, strange story that combines fantastical elements with an uncompromising, bleak worldview. At its core, Donkeyskin tells the tale of a beautiful French Princess who escapes the terror of incest and abuse through hard work and perseverance. It also features one of the most detestable villains in fairy tale history.
Feb 26, 2020
Tales Rewind: Bluebeard
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On the last Sunday of every month, Parcast Rewind replays a classic episode of Tales that you might have missed!  A key. A forbidden locked door. And bloody secrets. A cautionary tale, Bluebeard warns of the danger of rich men with unchecked powers, and of the deadly risk to women who become disobedient.
Feb 23, 2020
Introducing PARCAST DAILY, A Parcast Original Series!
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Every Monday through Friday, Parcast Daily filters through all of your favorite Parcast shows to highlight one timely and relevant episode premiering each day. You might hear about a calculating killer on Female Criminals, delve into the minds of history and fiction’s greatest bad guys on Villains, or spiral down into intrigue and speculation on Conspiracy Theories. Whatever your tastes, you’ll always get something new on Parcast Daily. Enjoy this exclusive clip from our featured episode: “The Knights Templar Pt. 1.” To finish this episode, subscribe to PARCAST DAILY free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Feb 20, 2020
Chonguita
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In this piece of Philippine folklore, Chongquita the monkey bride marries an ill-tempered man. When he becomes violent at a party, her astonishing secret is revealed.
Feb 19, 2020
The Little Mermaid
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A story of a young mermaid who dreams of becoming human so that she can gain a soul. When she falls in love with a human prince, she asks the sea witch if she can turn her human, and in return, the sea witch cuts off the little mermaid's tongue.
Feb 15, 2020
Listen First! KILLER KNOWLEDGE, A Parcast Original Series!
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Sure, you’re a fan of true crime—but are you ready to put your skills to the test and be crowned an undisputed expert? Then try your hand at Parcast’s new trivia podcast, Killer Knowledge. Every Tuesday, two competitors go head-to-head to correctly answer multiple-choice true crime questions. Whoever gains the most points after 20 questions, wins! It’s all the murder, mystery, and suspense you’ve come to expect from Parcast, now in a fast-paced, interactive format.  Play along in this exclusive clip from our episode on the Manson family with a couple of very special contestants and Parcast hosts, Greg and Vanessa, and see how well you measure up! To find out who wins, follow KILLER KNOWLEDGE free on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts!
Feb 04, 2020
Biancabella and the Serpent Pt. 2
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In this framing narrative, the brash storyteller Lauretta continues the tale of Biancabella. Many of those listening begin to weep, feeling for the mutilated queen. But they continue to listen, eager to find out what happens next...
Feb 01, 2020
Tales Rewind: Rapunzel
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On the last Sunday of every month, Parcast Rewind replays a classic episode of Tales that you might have missed!  In this early version of the Rapunzel fairy tale, young Persinette is locked away in a tall tower away from men and told by her mother to never cut her beautiful golden hair.
Jan 26, 2020
Biancabella and the Serpent Pt. 1
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First published in the 16th century, Biancabella and the Serpent is an Italian fairytale on morality. It’s the third fable on the third night of revelry, told by a woman named Lauretta who presents a cautionary narrative of how women should treat each other—lest disaster and misfortune befall them.
Jan 18, 2020
Listen First! SECRET SOCIETIES, A Parcast Original Series!
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They’ve been around for thousands of years…orchestrating some of history’s most controversial events. And if not for their radical actions, you may never have even known they existed. Every Thursday, take a journey through hidden passageways and become a member of Parcast’s diabolical series, SECRET SOCIETIES. Each society is explored in 2 episodes—exposing the people and context responsible for its founding, and analyzing the psychology behind their beliefs. Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first episode on Yale’s mysterious “Skull and Bones” fraternity. To finish this episode, subscribe to SECRET SOCIETIES free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Jan 09, 2020
Best of 2019: Puss in Boots
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Here’s one of our listeners’ most requested episodes of 2019: By 1697 the story of an incredible cat spread to Paris, where author Charles Perrault created his own version, entitling it “La Maître Chat,” ou “Le Chat Botté” which means “The Master Cat,” or “The Booted Cat.” Unlike his modern DreamWorks counterpart, Puss in Boots was originally female, overshadowed by her male counterpart.
Jan 04, 2020
Father Frost
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The Russian fairy tale “The Story of King Frost” features the ancient figure of Ded Moroz, a winter deity who can be just as dangerous as he is lovable.
Dec 21, 2019
Gryla and the Yule Lads
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Every culture has its unique ways of celebrating the winter solstice, but none of them are quite as dark and strange as the Icelandic tale of Gryla and her children, the Yule Lads.
Dec 07, 2019
Listen First! SPORTS CRIMINALS, A Parcast Original Series!
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They’re sport’s greatest heroes… displaying superhuman-like abilities to overcome intense pressure. But when it comes to the downfalls of fame, money, and ego—they’re far more human than super. Every Thursday, Parcast’s original series SPORTS CRIMINALS keeps score on the darker side of sports. Each episode chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of some of sport’s biggest names. Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first of two captivating episodes on disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. To finish this episode, subscribe to SPORTS CRIMINALS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Nov 24, 2019
Sister Alionushka, Brother Ivanushka
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As a witch's curse brought their father's kingdom to ruin, Princess Alionushka and Prince Ivanushka were forced to flee from the only home they had ever known. During their flight, they struggle to overcome temptation, and the witch tries to end their lives once and for all.
Nov 23, 2019
Listen First! DOG TALES, A Parcast Original Series!
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They’re four-legged, full of love and often times more like family than their nickname suggests. Parcast’s endearing original series, DOG TALES, tells the true stories of heroic canines that have gone above and beyond their “best friend” duties. Every Monday, embark on a new journey of courage, service and unwavering sacrifice by our most loyal companions. Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first episode on Buddy the German Shepherd—America’s first seeing-eye guide dog. To finish this episode, subscribe to DOG TALES free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Nov 14, 2019
Uncle Wolf
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The “little glutton” who travels through the woods in Italo Calvino’s Italian Folktales carries a special delivery for Uncle Wolf. But when she can’t resist the goodies, and replaces the contents, Uncle Wolf becomes angry and sets out for revenge.
Nov 09, 2019
Par for the Story: POLITICAL SCANDALS, A Parcast Original Series!
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Every Tuesday leading up to the 2020 election, POLITICAL SCANDALS counts down the 52 most controversial events in American history—uncovering the ugly truth behind some of our most infamous elected officials. And now you can hear a special clip from the first episode on the cutthroat circumstances surrounding the election of 1800. To finish this episode, subscribe to POLITICAL SCANDALS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Nov 03, 2019
Aladdin Pt. 2
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Fame, glory, wealth and a beautiful bride—Aladdin truly did have everything he had ever wanted. However, his old enemy Nassim hadn’t forgotten his betrayal, and set out to steal Aladdin’s magic lamp.
Oct 26, 2019
Listen First! VILLAINS, A Parcast Original Series!
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Bad guys. Black hats. Evildoers. They are the bane of every hero’s existence…and the subject of Parcast’s dastardly new original series, VILLAINS. Every Friday, VILLAINS dissects the greatest foils from history and fiction—uncovering origins, analyzing impacts, and exploring the complexity of character and motive.  In this clip, we explore the creation of an iconic, modern-day psychopath of the silver screen—Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. To finish this episode, subscribe to VILLAINS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Oct 22, 2019
Aladdin Pt. 1
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Growing up an impoverished young ne’er-do-well, Aladdin is recruited by a sorcerer from the Maghreb. What seems like a sorcerer’s goodwill soon reveals itself as a hidden agenda and a quest for a magic lamp.
Oct 12, 2019
Bonus: Today In True Crime - Zodiac Killer
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On this day in 1969, the Zodiac Killer’s last confirmed victim was shot and killed.
Oct 11, 2019
Introducing: MYTHICAL MONSTERS, Vanessa's new show!
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The great heroes of myth are known throughout the world. Their deeds are legendary. But what would these champions be without obstacles in their path? Dragons, sea serpents, giants, demons...they aren't merely foils to the hero. They are primal symbols reflecting ancient truths. Our new podcast, MYTHICAL MONSTERS, tells the stories of these beasts and asks what they represent to mankind. 

In this episode, we look at the legendary Kraken! To listen to the rest of this episode subscribe to MYTHICAL MONSTERS on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts!

Sep 30, 2019
Cinderella: Ye Xian
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Ye Xian had an ideal childhood - raised by the wife of the village chief, she wanted for nothing. But when sudden tragedy strikes her family, she is left in the care of a stepmother who despises her. In this ancient Chinese telling of Cinderella, it is a magical fish, not a fairy godmother, that grants Ye Xian her happy ending.
Sep 28, 2019
All Tales Episodes Now Available!
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Thank you for being a loyal listener! We’re excited to announce all Parcast Network episodes older than 6 months are now available for free on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. 
Sep 24, 2019
All Tales Episodes Now Available!
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Thank you for being a loyal listener! We’re excited to announce all Parcast Network episodes older than 6 months are now available for free on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. 
Sep 23, 2019
The Ant and the Grasshopper
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Some insects work tirelessly throughout the year, preparing for the cold months of winter, when crops dry up and food is scarce. However, the grasshopper in this story prefers to while away the summer playing music... and when the cold months draw in, she finds it increasingly difficult to locate a sympathetic ear...

Sep 14, 2019
Introducing: NATURAL DISASTERS, a new Parcast Original!
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Humans are the most adaptable species on the planet. We endure fierce blizzards, build communities in the blistering heat of the Sahara, erect societies on mountains. Our new podcast, NATURAL DISASTERS reminds us Mother Nature is ultimately always in control.

In this clip, we take you through the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a massive volcanic event that took both native Indonesian peoples and Dutch colonists by surprise. Subscribe to NATURAL DISASTERS to listen to the rest of this episode!
Sep 02, 2019
Pinocchio
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The original 1883, Italian version of Pinocchio is far darker than the version modern audiences are acquainted with. Pinnochio is pathologically selfish, and the world he inhabits is full of villains. Murderous circus owners, thieving woodland creatures, and a guilt-trip inducing Blue Fairy all cross his path. 

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Aug 31, 2019
The Blue Belt II
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Mads is alone on a desert island. He was blinded, maimed, and left for dead without his magical belt to save him. He must find a way to return home and reclaim everything his mother Inga and the troll Gunnar took from him. Then, he may be worthy of his one true love.

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Aug 17, 2019
Introducing: MEDICAL MYSTERIES, a new Parcast Original!
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In our new podcast, MEDICAL MYSTERIES, we follow desperate patients battling mysterious symptoms--from the bizarre to the terrifying--as determined doctors race against the clock for a diagnosis. From rare genetic disorders to a worldwide pandemics, we explore the high stakes world of medicine, and the secrets of the human body.

In this clip, we introduce one of the most notable patients of all time, Joseph Merrick, otherwise known as “The Elephant Man.” To listen to the end of this episode, subscribe to MEDICAL MYSTERIES, on Spotify or anywhere you listen to Parcast Originals!
Aug 06, 2019
The Blue Belt
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In this Norwegian Folktale, a beggar woman and her son happen upon a mysterious magical belt lying on a dirt path. Against his mother's advice, the boy Mads picks it up. Soon, the magical strength it gives him is the only protection he has from a host of hostile creatures, and humans, who want to do him harm.

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Aug 03, 2019
The Dog and the Sparrow
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This dog has known nothing but abuse and neglect his entire life. When a kindly sparrow frees him from his horrible master, he is absolutely ready to take life by the reigns. However, the world is a lot more cruel than either of these animals could have possibly expected.

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Jul 20, 2019
The Brave Little Tailor
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Many of us wish we could be a dashing hero living a life of adventure. But only the Brave Little Tailor could kill seven flies and think he is ready to fight trolls, cyclops, unicorns and giant boars. Not only does he have to survive this gamut of enemies, he must then convince a princess that he is worthy of her love.

Parcasters - How does a lie become a life altering conviction? There is no more tragic example than the Bernard Baran case. Find out more today by listening to Not Guilty on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast Originals.
Jul 06, 2019
Catskin
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Despised by her father after her mother died in childbirth, Eloise schemes to run away from home. In this rare English fairytale, freedom comes at a high price, and winning the love of a prince is nothing compared to winning the love of one's own father.

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Jun 22, 2019
Sweetheart Roland
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Henriette wants nothing more than to live with her love, but her evil stepmother would never allow it. She devises a plan that sends her on an adventure filled with wands, thorns, invisible cloaks and more. But happy endings are not always happy.

Parcasters - Theodosia Burr Alston is more than a character in a song from Hamilton! Find out about her life and mysterious disappearance this week on Gone. Available now at parcast.com/gone
Jun 08, 2019
Introducing: THE DARK SIDE OF, a new Parcast Original!
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Hollywood is one of our most celebrated institutions, but do you know the dark shadows draped over its early years? In this new Parcast Original, we reexamine unknown and overlooked histories of society's beloved cultural touchstones. Every multi-episode series will take on a new topic, from the music industry, to sports, and even dating and romance.


In this clip, we introduce the complicated story of Hollywood's founding as a religious utopia. Subscribe to THE DARK SIDE OF on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast to listen to the rest of this episode!
May 29, 2019
The Haunted Ship
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Nassos never wanted to be a sailor, but he inherited his father's ship nonetheless. His true passion is music, but when he plays his violin on deck at night, he summons something unnatural from beneath the waves.

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May 25, 2019
The Gingerbread Man
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Though many can repeat this famous cookie's classic rhyme, few know of his origins. Descended from a long line of European "Runaway Pancake" stories, the Gingerbread Man has always been a tale that ends in tragedy - though the details of that tragedy have changed over time.

Parcasters - Take a tour of the mythical city of Atlantis, covered this week on Unexplained Mysteries and Conspiracy Theories! Listen today at parcast.com/unexplained and parcast.com/conspiracy
May 11, 2019
Not Guilty, Vanessa’s new podcast!
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In this new podcast, we dive into cases resulting in acquittal or exoneration, examining the crimes, trials, and verdicts that make us ask the question: what defines guilt? If you enjoy true crime, courtroom drama, and high stakes storytelling, you won’t want to miss an episode of NOT GUILTY. Subscribe today on Spotify, or wherever you get your shows!


In this clip we introduce the unsolved murder of Bonnie Lee Bakley, and the suspicious actions of her husband, actor Robert Blake.

May 06, 2019
Sleeping Beauty
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Princess Talia's parents were warned that she must never touch a spindle, or she would face certain death. Though they try their hardest to protect her from such a device, Talia nevertheless pricks her finger on one and falls into a deep sleep. 

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Apr 27, 2019
The Goose Girl
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In a wicked twist on the old trading places trope, a princess's devious maid takes her clothes and poses as the princess. The disgraced royal is then forced to herd geese for a living, but her mother's charm gives her the opportunity to reclaim her birthright. It is left to the princess to convince the king of her true identity and to get revenge against her former maid.

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Apr 13, 2019
The Juniper Tree
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In one of the Grimm Brothers’ darkest tales, a young boy named Jakob faces off against an evil stepmother. But even the help of a magical tree may not be enough to defeat a cold-hearted murderer…

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Mar 30, 2019
Snow White & Rose Red
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This story follows a young Snow White and her sister as their mother forces them to spend time together. As they go about their chores, their encounters with an ungrateful dwarf lead them to form a bond capable of surviving any ordeal. Of course no Brother's Grimm tale would be complete without at least one character meeting a grisly end.

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Mar 16, 2019
Verde Prato
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After secretly marrying a commoner, Prince Francesco uses a magical glass tunnel to spend nights with his true love. But a pair of jealous sisters endangers the couple's rendezvous, and the secret wife, Nella, must save the day, or lose the love of her life.

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Mar 02, 2019
Little Red Riding Hood
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A story that has been told for generations all over the world. The modern retelling is well known however, the French, Thai and Norwegian versions vary significantly. In some versions the antagonist tricks the young girl into cannibalizing her grandmother. One thing remains constant: sweet innocent grandma does not make it out alive. 


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Feb 16, 2019
Puss in Boots
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By 1697 the story of an incredible cat spread to Paris, where author Charles Perrault created his own version, entitling it La Maître Chat, ou le Chat Botté which means “The Master Cat, or The Booted Cat.” Unlike his modern DreamWorks counterpart, Puss in Boots was originally female, overshadowed by her male counterpart. 

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Feb 02, 2019
The Enchanted Quill
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A crow enlists the help of a woman, instructing her to pluck a feather to make magical wishes. The feather gives her the power to refuse suitors and cook delicious meals. The Enchanted Quill is one of 500 fairy tales preserved in a collection that belonged to historian folklorist Franz Xaver von Schönwerth in the 1860s. 

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Jan 19, 2019
The Snow Queen
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Disney’s Frozen has nothing on this dark and devastating Danish fairy tale. “The Snow Queen” was first published in 1844 by Hans Christian Andersen and has since been adapted into movies, television shows, operas and ballets. Two children, Gerda and Kay, battle the Snow Queen and try to find a balance between good versus evil.

Jan 05, 2019
Br’er Rabbit
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Rooted in both African and Native American legend, Br’er Rabbit, is a collection of folklore first published in 1881 by Joel Chandler Harris. Br’er Rabbit represents not only enlightenment and rebellion against authority, but also deceit, greed, spite and even homicidal rage.

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Dec 22, 2018
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
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This well known warning teaches us that liars are not believed, even when they speak the truth. Do you know the dangerous outcome of weaving tall tales?


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Dec 08, 2018
Sinbad the Sailor II
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Sinbad is back on his ship and setting sail for Persia, hopefully one of his most lucrative trips yet. However, it is not money that Sinbad is looking for… but love. 

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Nov 24, 2018
Sinbad the Sailor
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Confronted with stormy seas, monsters and pirates,  Sinbad the fearless sailor, must attempt to steal the magical, “Book of Peace.” Will he complete his journey after being shipwrecked in Basra?

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Nov 10, 2018
Peter Pan III
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Hurt and unable to fly, it seems like Peter Pan is out of luck. Will anyone be there to come to his aid when he needs it the most?


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Oct 27, 2018
Peter Pan II
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Not only does a jealous Tinkerbell attempt to murder Wendy, but we find out about a much darker side to Peter Pan. 
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Oct 13, 2018
Peter Pan
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In this version, young Peter flies to an island and introduces himself as Peter the Bird. Upon learning he is not a bird, but human, he loses faith in his ability to fly. Stuck on the island, Peter asks the birds for help in hopes of returning home to his mother. When he finally returns to the window of his home and sees her, he discovers that in life, there are no second chances.
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Sep 29, 2018
Hercules II
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Once he completed the twelve labors and paid his debt to society, Hercules married Deianira. Their marriage was a happy one until he accidentally put on a poison tunic. The pain was so intense, Hercules decided that he would rather die than endure the torturous poison. But in death, he would find something he never thought he’d find. 
Sep 15, 2018
Hercules
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After strangling his music teacher Linos in a fit of rage, Hercules was confronted by two beautiful women, Vice and Virtue. He was to choose a path for the rest of his life. One would be a path of hardship leading to glory. The other a path of pleasure and irresponsibility. Which path would he choose?
Sep 01, 2018
The Fountain of Youth
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One day, Toshiro the wood cutter wandered into a remote part of the forest to cut wood and drank from a nearby pond.  In his reflection, he saw a man only 25 years old - the water had transformed him. His wife, Chizue insisted that she should drink from the same pond, to become as young as her husband - but she never returned. Toshiro returned to the pond, only to find a terrible surprise.
Aug 18, 2018
Rapunzel
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In this early version of the Rapunzel fairy tale, young Persinette is locked away in a tall tower away from men and told by her mother to never cut her beautiful golden hair. When a prince hears her beautiful singing and is drawn to the tower, Persinette must decide whether to heed her mother’s warning or believe the charming prince.
Aug 04, 2018
Thumbelina
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Thumbelina is a girl no bigger than a human thumb. Due to her small stature, she is very attractive to animals, who try to kidnap and marry her. Among her suitors: a toad, a beetle, and a mole. Yet, the one with whom she connected most was the swallow she nursed back to health. Would the swallow allow Thumbelina to be taken by another animal, or would they live happily ever after?
Jul 21, 2018
The Nightingale
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The Emperor requests that his kitchen maid, Mei, bring to him the nightingale whose melody is so sweet that she can make your heart dance. Mei finds the bird, and the Emperor is so impressed that he invites the bird to stay and sing forever. But when the Emperor receives a wind-up bird who sings a different and more beautiful song, he doesn't realize that the choice between them will become a matter of life and death.
Jul 07, 2018
Momotaro
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Momotaro is a brave Japanese boy adopted by a childless couple, after they find him inside of a peach. Years later, Momotaro says goodbye to his family to defeat the Oni (demons or ogres) who live on a distant island. With the help of a dog, a pheasant, and a monkey, Momotaro finds their castle. Will Momotaro’s bravery be enough to defeat the black magic of the Oni?
Jun 23, 2018
The Tinderbox
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A soldier returning from battle steals a magical Tinderbox from a witch. He uses the Tinderbox to bring himself more riches than he could have ever imagined. But what he wanted more than anything, was a chance to meet the Princess. So he used the Tinderbox to not only meet the princess, but also to become King. 
Jun 09, 2018
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves III
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After having his first revenge plot foiled, Massood, captain of the thieves, swore revenge against Ali Baba, the man who killed 37 of his men. What Massood didn’t account for was that Ali Baba was not their killer. But he would soon figure out who was.
May 26, 2018
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves II
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Massood, captain of the thieves, concocts a plan to get even with Ali Baba for stealing riches from his cave. Posing as a weary oil merchant, he asks Ali Baba for a place to stay and store his 37 jars of oil. But not all the jars are full of oil... 
May 19, 2018
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
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Ali Baba, a modest wood chopper, finds a stolen fortune in a magical cave, but can't keep the secret from his greedy brother. The next time he visits the cave, he is greeted not by robbers, but by the corpse of his dead brother. Will Ali Baba be next?
May 12, 2018
The Pied Piper Of Hamelin
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A town in Germany had a serious rat infestation, and turned to a mysterious visitor to fix their problem. The piper played his magical fife to lure the rats to a certain doom, but the mayor reneged on the payment he promised for the service. Months later, when the piper returned, he used his powers to seek revenge...
Apr 28, 2018
Mulan
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The tale of Hua Mulan seems simple: she was a devoted daughter who risked her life to become a warrior in place of her father. She returned from war a hero. But an older version of this tale is dark and complex, featuring death, betrayal, and a tragic ending.
Apr 14, 2018
The Ugly Duckling
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In this classic story of metamorphosis, a young duckling struggles to fit in with everyone around him. He goes off on his own, only to find his feelings of depression deepen. Will he ever find the peace he is searching for, and a place where he belongs?
Mar 31, 2018
Bluebeard
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A key. A forbidden locked door. And bloody secrets. A cautionary tale, Bluebeard warns of the danger of rich men with unchecked powers, and of the deadly risk to women who become disobedient.
Mar 17, 2018
Beauty and the Beast III
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The Beast grants Beauty a trip home, and she gladly accepts the time with her family. On the final night of her trip, she doesn’t want to return to the Beast’s castle, even if that means the death of the Beast. But a dream leads her to rethink this decision. She rushes back, in hopes of saving his life. Will she return in time?
Mar 03, 2018
Beauty and the Beast II
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Trapped within the Beast’s beautiful castle, Beauty grows anxious of her imminent death. In her dreams, she meets with a prince, who happens to be a fellow prisoner of the Beast. She becomes determined to save this man... before her time runs out. 
Mar 03, 2018
Beauty and the Beast
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The merchant Marc lost everything — his wife, his job, his home — leaving his children unsatisfied with their new, poor lifestyle. In a final attempt to please at least one of his twelve children, he goes to pick a lovely rose...and finds himself bargaining for his life with a beast. 
Feb 17, 2018
Birth of a Beauty
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This is the second of two prequel episodes to Beauty and the Beast. Despite different social standings, King Ernest marries a commoner, Alice. But Alice has a secret, and this secret causes her to disappear overnight, leaving the king and their daughter alone. And Alice doesn’t just disappear; her lies and secrecy get her imprisoned, and leave her poor daughter cursed. 
Feb 14, 2018
Birth of a Beast
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This is the first of two prequel episodes to Beauty and the Beast. Kidnapping. Lies. Lust. Tragedy. The original story of Beauty and the Beast is quite different than the story you know today. We go back to one of the oldest recorded versions of this classic fairy tale, starting with the violent, twisted events that lead up to a boy becoming a beast. 
Feb 14, 2018
Welcome Trailer!
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The Frog Prince. Sleeping Beauty. Beauty and the Beast.You think you know these stories, but do you really? Every other Saturday, Tales presents the original versions of fairy tales, not the popular, watered-down versions. Tales premieres Saturday, February 17th. Here is a sneak peek.
Feb 05, 2018
Find Full Archive of Tales on Stitcher Premium
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Dec 31, 2013