Myths and Legends

By Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser / Bardic

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Ala
 Nov 28, 2018
This podcast keeps me company on my drive to work. I love stories and these are told exactly in the way I like to listen to them. Thank you! :)


 Nov 14, 2018

wanderlust and murder
 Nov 10, 2018
Love, love, love it! One of my favorite treats! Great stories from all around the world, told with a humorous edge.


 Nov 5, 2018

Priya
 Nov 2, 2018
A well done podcast with rich history and fun commentary.

Description

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.

Episode Date
130B-Jungle Book: The Strength of the Pack
32:49

We catch up with Mowgli after he’s been tossed in a pit of cobras while his friends fight countless vicious monkeys outside. We’ll also see what Shere Khan has been up to for the past seven years…and what his plan is to finally get his claws into Mowgli.

The creatures are sentient umbrellas, because who hasn’t looked at an umbrella and thought, “yeah, I’d like this to be a hairy man leg with a greasy tongue?”

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“Tillis county” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Raskt Landsby” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Evidence Room” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Holiday” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Red-tailed Hawk” by Chad Crouch

“Green-winged Teal” by Chad Crouch

Dec 12, 2018
130A-Jungle Book: Welcome to the Jungle
36:29

A boy is lost. A tiger hunts. The wolf pack takes on a new cub. The story of the Jungle Book begins

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 Music:

"Raskt Landsby" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Gra Hovedvei" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dark Water" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Dining Dead" by Nihilore

"Final Sacrifice" by Visager

"Great Egret" by Chad Crouch

"American Crow" by Chad Crouch

Dec 05, 2018
129B-Persian mythology: Champions
38:32

Rostam embarks on his quest to free his king, taken captive in the land of the demons, where he'll not only have to free his stupid, stupid ruler and end the war, but embark on seven labors which will include: letting his horse do a lot of the heavy lifting, a dragon fight, a new friend, and tossing a demon's head like a bride throws a bouquet.

The creatures this week are the kakamora, from Polynesian mythology and, yes, from Moana. Unlike Moana, however, they are way less violent, way more naked, and have a taste for the finer things in life (possum).

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Music:

“Zulia Conspiracy” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Watercool Quiet” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Santo Apure” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Rambling” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Elephants on Parade” by Podington Bear

“Assmack” by Podington Bear

“Paramo Ocho” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Besos y Abrazos” by Rolemusic

Nov 28, 2018
129A-Persian Mythology: The Mammoth that Rides
35:01

The story of Rostam from the Shahnameh, an important book in Iranian Mythology. It starts out in a weird place, with a strange little Benjamin Button-type baby being raised by a mythological peacock dog, and only gets stranger, but it explores themes of loyalty, fealty, and power, even if a leader is not deserving.

The creature this week is the Jackalope, from Wyoming, and you can only hunt them one day a year. Unfortunately, that day doesn't exist.

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Music:

"Softly Villainous" by Blue Dot Sessions

"De Facto" by Chad Crouch

"Common Merganser" by Chad Crouch

"Gadwell" by Chad Crouch

"Investigation" by Chad Crouch

"An Oddly Formal Dance" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tessalit" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Drch" by Blue Dot Sessions

"As Nihilism Gives Way to Existentialism" by Nihilore

Nov 21, 2018
128-Irish folklore: Give Him the Finger
41:32

A fairy tale from Ireland with a genre savvy queen who has one request for her husband: don't let his surely evil next wife get anywhere near her three sons. Of course, things don't really go as planned.

The creature this week is hook girl! Don't bug hook girl, or hook girl will bug you...and by "bug you" I mean "tear you to tiny pieces."

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Music:

"Building the Sled" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Flashing Runner"  by Blue Dot Sessions

"Awaiting an Arrival" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Bauxite" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan" by Chris Zabriskie

"Masonry" by Blue Dot Sessions

 

Nov 14, 2018
127-Finnish Mythology: The Boy who Lived
40:42

A story from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, about revenge, letting go, and moving on. Also why you shouldn't mess with babies that can whisper threats at three months old and survive way more things than you could.

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Music:

"Alphabet Soup" by Podington Bear

"Thin Passage" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Readers do you Read?" by Chris Zabriskie

"Vik Fenceta Lan" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Another Version of You" by Chris Zabriskie

"Vik Fenceta" by Blue Dot Sessions

"NirvanaVEVO" by Chris Zabriskie

Nov 07, 2018
126-Wendigo: Hunger
33:51

On our annual Halloween episode, it's stories of a monstrous creature who stalks the north woods...and how they might be sitting right next to you.

The creature is a vampire that's super scary...only it can't actually walk...and moreso bounces everywhere...and hates messy rooms.

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Music:

"Traffic" by Kai Engel

"Somnolence" by Kai Engel

"Delirium" by Kai Engel

"Nothing (Bonus Track)" by Kai Engel

"Mare" by Kai Engel

Oct 31, 2018
125-Norse Mythology: Bound
37:05

We're back in Norse Mythology. It's set before Ragnarok (obviously), and it's a story we never got to of Freyja, Odin, Loki, and four dwarves. Freyja makes a lot of new friends, and Loki gets completely out of control at a party and tells all the Aesir exactly what he thinks of them.

The creature of the week is the invunche, a very sad, hairy, contorted baby.

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Music:

"Catching Feathers" by Ketsa

"Midnight" by Ketsa

"The Confrontation" by Podington Bear

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"Walking Shoes" by Blue Dot Sessions

"House of Grendel" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Thom Yorke at Home" by Podington Bear

"Hard Sell" by Ketsa

 

Oct 24, 2018
124-Greek Mythology: The Fall
44:09

Theseus has had a long and storied life, but now he faces his greatest challenge: after you've accomplished everything you set out to do and your name will live on for generations, what comes next?

 

The creature is the, impundulu environmentally-conscience bird who only uses alternative fuels for its tiny plane. Unfortunately, the alternative fuel is human blood.

 

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Theseus episodes:

17A: https://www.mythpodcast.com/3329/17a-theseus-its-dangerous-to-go-alone/

17B: https://www.mythpodcast.com/3339/17b-icarus-and-daedalus-a-portrait-of-the-artificer-as-a-young-man/

17C: https://www.mythpodcast.com/3390/17c-theseus-i-volunteer-as-tribute/

46A-D (Argonauts): https://www.mythpodcast.com/4228/46a-argonauts-assembly-required/

76 (Atalanta): https://www.mythpodcast.com/12714/76-greek-myths-lioness/

93A: https://www.mythpodcast.com/12938/93a-amazons-wonder-women/

93B: https://www.mythpodcast.com/12945/93b-theseus-love-and-war/

 

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Music:

"A Rush of Clear Water" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Baroque" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Curio" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dirty Wallpaper" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Myrian" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Celadon" by Podington Bear

"Tweetstorm Gathering" by Podington Bear

"Telltale" by Podington Bear

"SuzyB" by Blue Dot Sessions

"John Stockton Slow Drag" by Chris Zabriskie

"There's Probably No Time" by Chris Zabriskie

"Trap" by Jahzzar

Oct 17, 2018
123-Dark Tower: Directions
34:05

A game turns dark as a child disappears. Her brothers must follow her into a land that's like a mirror image of our own to get her back from the king who lives in the dark tower. Oh and also Merlin is barely any help at all.

The creature this time is the ilomba, from Zambia, and it's a terrible reason to collect your fingernail clippings.

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The Stephen King Quote: https://blogs.loc.gov/catbird/2017/08/how-did-stephen-king-to-the-dark-tower-come-through-robert-brownings-childe-roland/

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Oct 10, 2018
122-Indian Folklore: Let it Be
32:53

A king fighting against fate. A young man surviving the impossible. A hermit reading the future from his toilet. This week, it's the long road to becoming who you were always meant to be.

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Music:

"Raven" by Chad Crouch

"CGI Snake" by Chris Zabriskie

"We Always Thought the Future would be Kind of Fun" by Chris Zabriskie

"Nuthatch" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Petaluma" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Releasing the Sculpture" by Podington Bear

"Nocturne" by Podington Bear

"New Skin" by Podington Bear

"Cloudbank" by Podington Bear

Oct 03, 2018
121-Grimm Brothers: King of the Mountain
37:31

A man loses everything except for his children and his field, but it's while he's in that field with his children that he receives a visit from a mythological creature...and makes a deal that will change all of their lives forever.

The creature of the week is a mythpodcat! She just loves to dance! And set you on fire!

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Music:

"Red-winged Blackbird" by Chad Crouch

"Clear and Present" by Ketsa

"Divider" by Chris Zabriskie

"Lope and Shimmer" by Podington Bear

"That Kid in the Fourth Grade Who Really Liked the Denver Broncos" by Chris Zabriskie

"Retrograde" by Podington Bear

"Minor Islands" by Podington Bear

"Bell Solo" by Blue Dot Sessions

Sep 26, 2018
120B-Holy Grail: Beyond the Sea
37:59

Seven people have been informed that they will be pivotal in the quest for the greatest holy object that has ever existed: the Holy Grail. First, they have to get it to England. That, of course, will involve angelic post-it notes, ships with ejector seats, attacking giants, and, the most unbelievable thing of all (to some of our characters): multi-colored wood.

We'll see how the Grail comes to Britain and that the end of Joseph's quest is just the beginning.

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"Svela Tal" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Degradation" by Podington Bear

"All the Ways" by Podington Bear

"All the Colors in the World" by Podington Bear

"Mr. Mole and Son" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Flashing Runner" by Blue Dot Sessions

"It's Always too late to Start Over" by Chris Zabriskie

"Osprey" by Chad Crouch

Sep 19, 2018
120A-Holy Grail: Only the Penitent Man Will Pass
35:10

The Holy Grail: The greatest legendary item of all time and the focal point of the Arthurian legends. This is its origin.

Beginning as the humble cup of a crucified savior, the Grail will take on legendary status. We'll see how it moved from Jerusalem to a far-flung province on the edge of the world, and we'll meet the people tasked with protecting it, whose great, great, great, great grandchildren will become the heroes of the Arthurian legends.

This is a Grail story unlike any you've ever heard. This is where it all begins.

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Music:

"Double-crested Cormorant" by Chad Crouch

"Cicle Vascule" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cicle Veroni" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Toil" by Podington Bear

"Cylinder Six" by Chris Zabriskie

"Plaid Shapes" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Things We Save" by Podington Bear

"Trillium" by Podington Bear

 

Sep 12, 2018
119-Sleeping Beauty: Rude Awakening
33:39

It's the first written version of Sleeping Beauty, put down to paper in the 1600s by the Neapolitan writer Giambattista Basile. And it's horrifying.

 

The creature is elephant rat. It's an elephant whose also a rat sometimes. No big deal. Now move along and let him murder in peace.

 

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 Music:

"Running on Empty" by Podington Bear

"Sylvestor" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Midday" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Black Cosmos Ring" by Podington Bear

"The Nightmare" by Podington Bear

"Studie I" by Jahzzar

"Betrayal" by Lee Rosevere

"Support Me in This Moment That I'm About to Lose Hope" by Nihilore

Sep 05, 2018
118-Jewish Folklore: The Eyrie
34:53

The king is annoyed. All of these people want to make him work. It's just...not fair. Sure, they're starving and about to riot in the streets, but actually showing up to work is really going to cut into his sitting around time. Unfortunately, he might not have a choice. The people are getting angry, and that leads to a journey west, farther than anyone in his kingdom has ever gone, to unearth an ancient secret.

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The article I referenced: https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1

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Music:

"Parade" by Nctrnm

"Building the Sled" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Slow Line Stomp" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Vulcan Street" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cylinder Three" by Chris Zabriskie

Aug 29, 2018
117-Romanian Folklore: What did it Cost?
38:37

This week, it's the fairy tale "Youth without Age and Life without Death", from Romania, a tale of love, loss, impossible quests, and acheiving your dreams. Also, why you shouldn't make idle promises to a kid that's just an hour old. It might end with them playing dominos with your horses and taking half of your kingdom's worth of gold.

 

The creature this week is the hili, from Lesotho, Africa. If you've never seen Big Bird's toilet...well...that's because it's you.

 

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Music:

 

“Flutterbee” by Podington Bear

“Nearly Nowhere” by Ketsa

“Kestrel” by Chad Crouch

“Rambling” by Ketsa

“Worlds Edge” by Ketsa

“Flashing Runner” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Algea Trio” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Traffic” by Kai Engel

“Daedalus” by Kai Engel

“Cold War Echo” by Kai Engel

“Haunted Past” by Ketsa

Aug 22, 2018
116B-Mexican Legends: Outlaw Country
36:09

Joaquin is out of control. He is riding through town, doubling the rewards on his own wanted posters. He has cowed or killed anyone who has tried to stop him, and he thinks he is untouchable. He's not wrong, either. The only people who know his face are either very trusted or very dead. Still, the more he pushes, the more the state of California pushes back, until one man is finally commissioned with a bill from the California legislature to hunt him down for good.

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Music:

Opener” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Moon Bicycle Theme” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Dropped Ticket” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Sopor” by Kai Engel

“Scraper” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Wistful” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Insatiable Toad” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Vibrant Canopy” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Comatose” by Kai Engel

“Silent Flock” by Blue Dot Sessions

Aug 15, 2018
116A-Mexican Legends: Alta California
43:35

It's 1850. The gold rush in the wild west, and Joaquin Murrieta seeks a better life in the US state of California, only recently taken from Mexico in the Mexican-American War. He tries to play by the rules and live by the laws, but everything keeps getting taken from him over and over again. Tired of living underfoot in a land that used to be his homeland, Joaquin decides to stand up and take his place as one of the legendary bandits of the old west.

The creature this week is the headless mule. Like, a firebreathing one that moves around, not just a dead mule.

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Music:

“Something Elated” by Broke For Free
“Bald Eagle” by Chad Crouch
“Global Warming” by Kai Engel
“Emmit Sprak” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Roll On” by Ketsa
“Pied-billed Grebe” by Chad Crouch
“Maree” by Kai Engel
“We Drive 3 Days” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Masked” by Ketsa
“Meekness” by Kai Engel
“Residual Anxieties” by Ketsa
“Life in Letters” by Ketsa
“Sad Moments” by Ketsa
“Dangerous Swing” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Wandering” by Steve Combs

 

Aug 08, 2018
115-Chinese Folklore: Another Brick in the Wall
44:20

The story of Meng Jiangnu and the Great Wall is one of the four great folktales of China. It's the story of love, tyranny, and standing up for what is right, no matter the cost.

If you like your evil creatures without any way to defeat them whatsoever, then this week's creature might be for you.

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Music:

"Mindset" by Ketsa

"Calming Storms" by Ketsa

"Management" by Ketsa

"Our Digital Compass" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Rate Sheet" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tolls Folly" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tumblehome" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Slate Tracker" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lonely Stairwell" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Morning Colorwheel" by Blue Dot Sessions

Aug 01, 2018
114B-Indian Stories: Heavy
37:14

The world has been quiet for centuries, but everyone knows that they will return. The demon kings. An ancient evil destined to be reborn a third and final time.

Then, one day, a child is born. The parents rejoice, but only for a moment. There is something different about the child, and there are rumors that the monster has been reborn once again and, after his battle with the one destined to fight him through the ages, the world will never be the same.

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That roach: https://bardic.link/b9fiF

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Music:

"Good Evening Melancholy" by Ketsa

"Plague" by Kai Engel

"Slum Canto" by Kai Engel

"Tiptoe Treadline" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Arctic Draba" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sal's Piano Solo" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jul 25, 2018
114A-Indian Stories: Calamity
35:54

Three lifetimes, two guardians, one objective: get back home. In our long overdue first foray into stories from India, it's the story of Jaya and Vijaya, the gatekeepers to Vishnu's celestial abode and the fateful decision they made one day that would change everything. It's the story of a demon that, reborn across generations and millennia, battles heroes that are born for the fight.

The creature this week is an angry bird who is less about wrecking towers and more about exsanguinating the corpses of his enemies.

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Music:

"Silent Dreams" by Ketsa

"Moon Love" by Ketsa

"Our Names Engraved" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sanctuary" by Podington Bear

"Seventh Hill" by Podington Bear

"Ervira" by Blue Dot Sessions

"4 Point Path" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jul 18, 2018
113-Armenian folklore: Occupational Hazard
42:00

The prince is having a bad day...because the prince is having a great day. His life is just too easy. Too awesome. He is suffering from too much luxury. It's definitely not because he's into a girl who doesn't like him back. Nope. Not at all.

Ok, it totally is. But don't tell his mom.

The creature this week is a homicidal sea monster baby, because sure.

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Jul 11, 2018
112C-Pinocchio: Whale Jail
44:48

It's the end for Pinocchio. We left him last week the lead suspect in a murder investigation (no, I'm not joking), and we'll catch up to him on the beach, facing the authorities as he stands over the body with the murder weapon in hand.

Also a lot of other stuff happens. Like, way too much stuff, like deep-fried puppets, snail butlers, and sleazy millionaires. And that's just in the first half of the episode.

The creature this week is a gentleman who is so polite as to bow at every opportunity...but not so polite that he won't take every opportunity to fart out of his three anuses (still not joking).

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Music:

"Le Monstre" by Chad Crouch/Podington Bear

"Caterpillar Brigade" by Chad Crouch/Podington Bear

"Go To Sleep" by Chad Crouch/Podington Bear

"Stages of Awakening" by Chad Crouch/Podington Bear

"Blossoming" by Chad Crouch/Podington Bear

"Lamb and Wolf" by Chad Crouch/Podington Bear

"Bell Club" by Chad Crouch/Podington Bear

"Paper Boat" by Chad Crouch/Podington Bear

"Coopers Hawk" by Chad Crouch/Podington Bear

"Svela Tal" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jun 27, 2018
112B-Pinocchio: Nosey
36:07

I wouldn't really call Pinocchio ill-fated. That implies that it's undeserved, and it's definitely not. The little guy lies like it's a second language. Regardless, a lot happens to our little buddy in this episode, starting with him coming back from the dead.

The creature this week is the Hai Ho Shang, a vicious merman from Chinese mythology who absolutely has some opinions on your dancing.

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Music:

"Slow Dial" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lakeside Path" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Arbinac" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Taoudella" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Plaque" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Our Names Engraved" by Blue Dot Sessions

"New Skin" by Chad Crouch

"Red-tailed Hawk" by Chad Crouch

Jun 20, 2018
112A-Pinocchio: No Strings Attached
43:02

Prison. Assassins. Marionette dance parties. The original story of Pinocchio has it all. Of course, you know of Pinocchio and Geppetto, but did you know that Geppetto, in order to get the wood to make Pinocchio, had to chew on an old man's wig? Or that the original story had a shockingly brutal end, even for an 1800s children's tale? Check it out. This story is wild.

The creature this time is a giant grasshopper who wants to have your kids over for dinner. And no, he's not being playfully ambiguous with that wording. He's going to eat your children and there's nothing you can do to stop him because he's a twelve foot tall grasshopper.

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Music:

"Anna's Hummingbird" by Chad Crouch

"Great Egret" by Chad Crouch

"Single Player" by Chad Crouch

"Staggering" by Chad Crouch

"Frogs in Tuxes" by Podington Bear

"Climbing the Mountain" by Podington Bear

"Little Black Cloud" by Podington Bear

"Puzzler" by Podington Bear

Jun 13, 2018
111-Thumbelina: Sweet Summer Child
38:54

Thumbelina's life is already difficult. She lives in early modern Denmark and is no bigger than her mom's thumb. Oh, and also, everyone wants to marry her. And by everyone, I mean everyone. Frog moms want her to marry their sons and, somehow, the story gets stranger from there. In true Hans Christian Andersen fashion, this fairy tale for children about a girl being born from a flower and trying to find love contains kidnapping, death threats, crushing nihilism, and sleazy moles. Childhood was different back in the 1800s.

The creature are shrimp fries! But you have to act now or they'll be gone...oh, wait...no. My bad. They died 200 years ago.

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Music:

"Buzzy Minuet" by Chad Crouch

"De Facto" by Chad Crouch

"Platformer" by Chad Crouch

"Drawing Mazes" by Chad Crouch

"Idle Ways" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Uncertain Ground" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Velda Tallow" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sal's Piano Solo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Arbic Tallow" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Button" by Chad Crouch

Jun 06, 2018
110-Viking Myths: Alone
44:09

Odin. Jotunheim. Shin Tinder. We're (basically) back in Norse mythology with the legendary story of Hadingus, a Viking king that hates being king. We'll visit nearly half of the worlds in Norse mythology as we follow a spectacularly bad ancient Norse hero.

The creature this time is a way to get superpowers...if you ever wanted to be a bitter, stinky, homicidal muppet.

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"Orange Juicier" by Podington Bear

"Holding Steady" by Podington Bear

"So We Go" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Closet Interlude" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Bristlecone" by Podington Bear

"Shade Ways" by Podington Bear

"Telltale" by Podington Bear

"We Make a Good Team" by Podington Bear

"House Finch" by Chad Crouch

"Journies" by Podington Bear

May 30, 2018
109-Athens: Home
54:19

The city of Athens is one of the most famous of the ancient world and its royal family was plagued with, well, weirdness. Between the dragon kings and the bird people, you either had to be sure to trust no one, or to never go anywhere ever because the wind or even the dawn could be out to get you.

The creature of the week is a fairy cow by the name of Fuwch Gyfeiliorn which I have the good sense to not even begin to attempt to say.

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Music:

"Bombadore" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Records" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Slow Line Stomp" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Rate Sheet" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Setting Pace" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Jog to the Water" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Minor Islands" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Crumbling Dock" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Waves of Intensity" by Podington Bear

 

May 23, 2018
108-Tom Thumb: Thumbs Up
35:00

Tom Thumb is the story of a guy named Tom...who is as big as his dad's thumb. A practical joke by a wizard, Tom went on to become Sir Thomas Thumb, the greatest knight in the realm, but not before becoming indigestion for a giant, a raven's canker sore, and exploring all the thrilling intricacies of a cow's digestive system.

The creature this week is a fish that's more manly than I'll ever be.

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Music:

"Le Monstre" by Podington Bear

"Pives and Flarinet" by Podington Bear

"Elephants on Parade" by Podington Bear

"Releaseing the Sculpture" by Podington Bear

"Two Boys and a Girl" by Podington Bear

"Airliner" by Podington Bear

"New Skin" by Podington Bear

"Denouement" by Podington Bear

"Waiting for the Moment that Never Comes" by Lee Rosevere

"You're Enough" by Lee Rosevere

May 16, 2018
107B-Golem: To Dust You Shall Return
35:07

It's quiet. Too quiet.

It has been years since the last blood libel and the Jewish community in Prague is starting to relax. Then, the Maharal receives a sign from God a few days before Passover, letting him know that the danger is far from over.

On the creature of the week, if you can't take the heat, get out of the desert. Or stay in the desert and be like the Funeral Mountain Terrashot.


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Music:

"Just need a walk under the lights of the boulevard" by Bisou de l'enfant sauvage

"After midnight kiss" by Bisou de l'enfant sauvage

"Ocean Ending" by Soft and Furious

"The Coil Winds" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lost in Russia" by TRG Banks

"Alchemical" by Blue Dot Sessions

May 09, 2018
Bonus-U.S. Folklore: Gaslighting
08:47

As a way to say thank for voting for Myths and Legends for the Webbys (and for being the reason why we won!), we wanted to share an additional story this week. It's from the southern United States, and it was originally an episode on the Myths and Legends member feed. It's a story of two wives in a stupidity arms race over who has the worse husband.

The creature is the reason why the owl is such a shady bird that never comes out during the day.

Thanks again for your vote. If you liked this episode and want more like it, there are now 31+ other episodes on the member feed. Go to support.mythpodcast.com for more info.

All music this week by Podington Bear

May 05, 2018
107A-Golem: Guardian
35:41

In 16th century Prague, a people are under attack. Accused of an unspeakable crime they didn't commit, they have no recourse: even the rulers of the city have turned against them. They can't find justice, so they have to make justice - a silent guardian to watch over their community, one to keep the wolves at bay. But is he too late to help guard the innocents against the sinister machinations of one man?

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Music:

"An Opus in Bb" by Blue Dot Sessions

"A Simple Shroud" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Beeth" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Andelo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Toothless Slope" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Valantis" by Blue Dot Sessions

May 02, 2018
106C-African Legends: Who Tells Your Story
34:11

The king returns to his homeland after nearly a decade of exile. An evil sorcerer king is at the apex of his power. Owls deliver insults and dating is difficult no matter who you are. The epic story of Sundiata, the first emperor of Mali, concludes.

 

The creature of the week is the grey man of Ben MacDhui, a...grey man. Who lives on the mountain of Ben MacDhui. And also he's naked because why not?

 

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Music:

 

"Fantasy and Denoument" by Podington Bear

"In" by Podington Bear

"Elipse" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Waves" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Endeavour" by Jahzzar

"Ruins" by Jahzzar

"We Drive 3 Days" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Thin Passage" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pacing" by Blue Dot Sessions

 

 

Apr 25, 2018
106B-African Legends: Bad Move
34:21

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A new shadow rises to the north of Mali and an evil sorcerer king (and connoisseur of severed heads) will rise, but not before Djata, Sogolon, and others are forced into exile by the ruthless queen mother. It's part 2 of the story of Sundiata: an epic of old Mali.

The creature this week is a good-guy African dragon who, in a refreshing twist, is the victim of all of his interactions with humans.

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Music:

"Somnolence" by Kai Engel

"Delirium" by Kai Engel

"Oneiri" by Kai Engel

"Little Black Cloud" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Plum" by Podington Bear

"Taoudella" by Blue Dot Sessions

Apr 18, 2018
106A-African Legends: Long Live the King
36:34

The epic of Sundiata, the founder of the Mali empire, has everything - magical old women, evil magician kings, nice magician kings, and helpful buffaloes. The first part is like Mean Girls...if Mean Girls was set in 12th century Africa. But really, it's a fantastic tale of love, loss, and perseverance and I hope you like it.

 

The creature today has a surprise for you! It's her mule legs! Also she's going to eat you!

 

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Music:

"Alum Drum Solo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Gaena" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Gale" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Daedalus" by Kai Engel

"Low Jack" by Podington Bear

"Ringtail" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lonely Stairwell" by Blue Dot Sessions

Apr 11, 2018
105B-Reynard: Ferocious Mr. Fox
33:41

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Reynard, having received a pardon from the Lion who was a King, is up to his old tricks. Like, immediately. He bit the head off the rabbit that was accompanying him on a holy pilgrimmage before he even left the kingdom.

Of course, the ground is shrinking beneath Reynard, and it won't be long before the fox who needs to deceive to survive runs into the king's justice and the king will only fall for the same lies so many times.

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Music

"When we set out" by Podington Bear

"Bit Rio" by Podington Bear

"Massive Attack" by Podington Bear

"Puppy" by Podington Bear

"Bell Solo" by Podington Bear

"Mystery Coat" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Noe Noe" by Blue Dot Sessions

 

Apr 04, 2018
105A-Reynard: Fox on the Run
37:58

Despite cute talking animals, the world in the stories of Reynard the fox is a rough place. The fox might not be the biggest or toughest animal in the kingdom, but he is the smartest. Once he gets talking, run, because there's no way you're going to come out the other end in one piece.

The creature this week is an angry muddy ghost dad.

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Music:

"Bad Cut" by Podington Bear

"LA" by Podington Bear

"Reddit" by Podington Bear

"Roscoe" by Podington Bear

"Curious Process" by Podington Bear

"Operatives" by Podington Bear

"Cicle Vascule" by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 28, 2018
104-Egyptian Mythology: The First Avenger
34:43

Horus's uncle Set murdered his father, and because his mother was shrewd, he gained the throne and the murderer was exiled to the South. There was just one problem: Set wasn't going to go quietly. He vowed on the day he left to kill Horus, feast on his flesh, and reclaim the throne for himself. The boy Pharoah, Horus, watched Set and his followers go, and knew he had to be ready. The war was coming.

The creature this time is the vegetable man, and, no worries, he's not going to make you eat your vegetables. As a (possible?) vegetable himself, he's way more interested in eating you.

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Music:

"Twilight Grandeur" by Podington Bear

"Pythagoras" by Podington Bear

"Graduation" by Podington Bear

"Blammo" by Podington Bear

"Bare Shoulders" by Podington Bear

"Strange Dog Walk" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dangerous Swing" by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 21, 2018
103-Middle Eastern Folklore: Shipshape
33:12

A story about a king and his garden...that somehow turns into a story with genies, witches, boats full of male models, guys getting boiled alive, angry kitties, and secret agent mice. It's the story of the bronze ring, as collected by Scottish writer Andrew Lang.

The creature this time just wants to pop on by your hut for a beer and maybe turn you into an undying goblin. Because he likes you so much.

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Music:

"Cicle Ariel" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Nuthatch" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Molerat" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lime Beat" by Podington Bear

"Lamb" by Podington Bear

"Two Faces" by Podington Bear

"Soldier's Story" by Podington Bear

"Smack" by Podington Bear

Mar 14, 2018
102-Charlemagne: Honor Among Thieves
32:00

Charlemagne is the Holy Roman Emperor, and as a Holy Roman Emperor in a legend, it's not surprising that he'd get a command directly from God. What is surprising, however, is that the command is less than holy.

The angry, bitter bird people on the creature of the week will be the death of chairs as we know them.

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"Little Strut Surprise" by Podington Bear

"K2" by Podington Bear

"Gentle Marimbas" by Podington Bear

"Chrysalis" by Podington Bear

"B7 Bomber" by Podington Bear

"Cicle Gerano" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cobalt Blue" by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 07, 2018
101-Fairy Tales: Three Dog Night
33:16

What do you do if an obvious witch stops you on the road and asks a favor? Keep walking, right? Well, for the first time in possibly the entirety of this podcast, here's an example of someone speaking to an evil-looking witch in the dark forest and it actually working out. It's the story of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Tinderbox".

Our second story is from Vietnam, and a poor family, a smart child, an evil moneylender, and a fly conspire to cause some legal difficulties.

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Music:

"Down and Around" by Podington Bear

"Holding Hands" by Podington Bear

"Lens Flare" by Podington Bear

"Solemn Oath" by Podington Bear

"Storm Passing" by Podington Bear

"Scalloped" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Wahre" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Slider" by Blue Dot Sessions

Feb 28, 2018
100B-Knights of the Round Table: Family Reunion
50:58

Things get weird this week. The knights continue their quests through the Country of Strange Adventure, and the side-quests becomes the main quest as the knights get involved with:

  1. Bad breakups
  2. Vengeance
  3. Dragons eating dogs eating stags
  4. Death choirs
  5. Elderly women looking for a good time
  6. Church decorations
  7. Way too much more

Also, were you wondering what happened to Arthur's incestuous offspring, Mordred? Neither was anyone else! But he's back just in time for something horrible to happen.

 

The creature this time is the cuero, a nice looking blanket to keep sand off you on the beach and also maybe your skin as well.

 

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Music:

 

"Lick Stick" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Dark Water" by Podington Bear

"Nocturne Op 27 No 1" by Podington Bear

"Rain on Glass" by Podington Bear

"Pxl Cray" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Plataz" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Vik Fence Lardha" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Bivly" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Mad Scientist" by Fog Lake

"Connect the Dots" by Statusq

Feb 21, 2018
100A-Knights of the Round Table: Buddy System
32:46

Yvain and Gawain are just two best friends taking a fun trip together. Nevermind that they've been exiled from Camelot forever, making it a mandatory best friends vacation. It sparks the beginning of a yearlong quest filled with morbid church decorations, dragon diets consisting solely of puppies, and sad, creepy knights. Basically your standard Arthurian legend.

The creature of the week is a fearsome critter who loves your scent...especially if that scent is rum...

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Music:

"Blue Highway" by Podington Bear

"Ice Pack" by Podington Bear

"In My Head" by Podington Bear

"Miss You" by Podington Bear

"In the Back Room" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Peacoat" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Borough" by Blue Dot Sessions

Feb 14, 2018
99-William Tell: One Shot
34:00

The story of William Tell is so much more than an arrow and an apple. It's the story of a reluctant hero, a tyrannical ruler, and why you shouldn't let your prisoners drive the vehicle you're using to take them to prison.

The creature this week is the cockatrice, and if you see a frog keeping eggs warm, that is just a completely normal and ok thing that won't end up destroying you and everyone you love.

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Music:

"Cicle Clavis Textile" by Blue Dot Sessions

"In Paler Skies" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Gullwing Sailor" Blue Dot Sessions

"KeoKeo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Caspian Sea" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Vik Fenceta" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Waltz for Zacaria" by Blue Dot Sessions

Feb 07, 2018
98-Native American History: Runner in the Night
31:30

As I was reading the story of Gouyen, I couldn't believe it was a true story - the lengths and the danger this woman went to in order to bring her husband's killer to justice. She's brave, intelligent, and ruthless when it comes to going after her goals. And her story doesn't end there. Her name ends up associated with one of the most famous Apache warriors in American history and his fight against the United States.

The creature this time is what happens when you reaaaaaaally want to grow wings and pull your own head off (I mean, more than we all want to do all the time)

Music:

"El Tajo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Drch" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Meekness" Kai Engel

"Harbor" by Kai Engel

"La Costilla" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tolls Folly" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Villano" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 31, 2018
97-Jack and the Beanstalk: Sleeping Giant
38:58

I feel pretty confident saying that this episode is the most fun you'll have listening to a story about child murder and cannibalism. Jack of Jack and the beanstalk fame is a hero who's...not really a hero. He's a lazy teenager who's kind of stupid. It's ok, though, because he keeps running into a kind ogre who repeatedly feeds him and saves his life...and he repays her kindness by robbing her blind.

The second story is that of Jack the Giant Killer, which I just recently learned is a different Jack. His story loops in with King Arthur's too, and it's just a lot of fun...if waking up in matted, greasy giant hair is your idea of fun.

The creature this week is a giant pig monster from Greek mythology! Which giant pig monster? Well, that's the fun (hint: there are too many giant pig monsters in Greek mythology).

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Music:

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cylinder Two" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cicle Ariel" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lanky" by Blue Dot Sessions

"March on Gumdrop Field" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Plum King" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Gall" by Podington Bear

"Villano" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 24, 2018
96-Russian Folklore: Cold as Ice
36:00

Two vastly different stories of children made from snow. The first is one where the king is called on to solve some dating issues...but then discovers something far colder is at play. The second is the completely real story of a totally legitimately born snow child and what do you mean you don't think he's real? Of course he's real? Well, whatever. You can't prove otherwise so what are you going to do about it?

The creature this week is one that likes to make his home (and his toilet!) out of cinnamon.

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Music:

"Cicle Gerano" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cicle Veroni" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lord Weasel" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Intermezzo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Paper Feather" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Peacetime" by Blue Dot Sessions

"This is Our Home" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 17, 2018
95B-Irish Legends: Finn the Human
40:03

A giant otherworldly monster that shoots fire from its mouth. The treacherous chief that killed his father. A super-smart fish dinner. These are just some of the things that Finn MacCool has to deal with as we wrap up the first part of his story and see how he comes to terms with his father's complicated legacy.

The creature is the best at what it does, and what it does isn't very nice. Because it involves sneaking into your house at night and stalking you with its beady little insect eyes and razor-sharp claws.

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Music:

"So it Goes" by Podington Bear

"The Confrontation" by Podington Bear

"Gale" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Circle DR Valga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Circle Vascule" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lochley Fells" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lumber Down" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jan 10, 2018
95A-Irish legends: Wanted
35:06

If I could have just re-named myself in grade school, it probably would have been Finn MacCool. I mean, yeah, that's only an English transcription and it's actually spelled Fionn mac Cumhaill and it doesn't really mean "Cool guy named Finn" but, loosely, "Fair one who is the son of Cumhaill" but, you know, details.

Really, really stupid joking aside, today's story is awesome. It's parts tense human drama, revenge tale, and fantasy epic. It has young people trying to avenge their parents, giant monster fights, and, of course, a very smart fish. It's a two-parter, and it's been one of my favorite stories so far on this podcast.

The creature this week is a fire monster who likes to play with his food. Unfortunately, that involves flinging flaming heads at grieving families.

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Music:

"Cab Ride" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cicle Deserrat" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Down by the Bank" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Invernen" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Headway" by Kai Engel

"Slum Canto" by Kai Engel

"Evermore" by Kai Engel

"Cold War Echo" by Kai Engel

Jan 03, 2018
Bonus-The Time Machine: Inspector Spacetime
44:03

Since Myths and Legends is off this week, I thought I would run an episode from our other show, Fictional. It's a podcast where we adapt and retell stories from all over fiction. Today's episode is part one of "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells. If you're not already subscribed, this is a chance to check out the new show, and if you are, we'll see you next week with a new Myths and Legends!

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Here are the original shownotes for this episode:

"The Time Machine" is a book written by the father of science fiction, H.G. Wells. This is a book so famous that it actually coined the phrase "time machine" to refer to a machine that travels through time. It is a short but sprawling book, flinging mankind into the farthest future where we see how the consequences of our actions today can affect the world for millennia. It still holds up, too. It's a little more plot- and concept-heavy than today's novels, but it's a fascinating story full of interesting twists.

The villain this time is neither fascinating nor full of twists. He's a one-note idiot obsessed with returning to a past that never was.

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Music:

“Cylinder Three” by Chris Zabriskie

Additional music by Breakmaster Cylinder

 

 

Dec 29, 2017
94-Norse Legends: A Very Viking Christmas
28:49

The story of a few violent, zombie-filled Christmases from Norse legend.

There are two creatures this week! The first is the gloso! A friendly little piggy who will stop by to say hi. Except if you forget her Christmas gift. Then she turns into a demon of the night with glowing red eyes. The other is the nisse, a gnome will merely beat you senseless for forgetting his gift. Basically just remember to get gifts for all the mythological creatures on your list.

Music:

"Anxiety" by Kai Engel

"Floret" by Kai Engel

"Delicant" by Podington Bear

"Morels" by Podington Bear

"Sorrento" by Podington Bear

"Steps" by Podington Bear

"Storm Passing" by Podington Bear

Dec 20, 2017
93B-Theseus: Love and War
36:30

The Amazons are at the gates, and they want what they came for: the sister of the queen that was kidnapped by Theseus...but does Antiope, the Amazon, want to return? What will the horribly outmatched and, let's face it, outwitted Theseus do? How does this whole segment only take up 1/3 of the episode? We'll see on this week's thrilling conclusion to...last week's story.

 

The creature this week is why you don't want to go to that fun worm dance party on the beach. I know. We ruin everything.

 

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music:

 

"After Midnight" by Kai Engel

"Delirium" by Kai Engel

"Silence" by Kai Engel

"Visum" by Kai Engel

"Oecumene Sleeps" by Kai Engel

"Crying Earth" by Kai Engel

"Dancing on the Edge" by Kai Engel

"Vik Fence Haflak" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Vik Fence Sahder" by Blue Dot Sessions

Dec 13, 2017
93A-Amazons: Wonder Women
37:19

There is a monster that's worse than all other monsters. He's (literally) the father of monsters. His donkey-head scrapes the stars and his hands are a hundred snake heads. He was born for one singular purpose: to destroy the Olympians, and that's just what he'll do. His name is Typhon.

And that's just the first story today. Then we launch into the main story, about Theseus and the Amazons. We'll pick back up with our buddy Hercules as he's being terrible and get a background on the Amazons and see why you shouldn't do exactly what Theseus does.

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Dec 06, 2017
92-Greek Myths: Gigantic
37:56

There is someone that isn't happy that the family of Zeus and Hera is sitting on Olympus. Well, there are many people that aren't happy about it. Actually most people except for Zeus and his family aren't thrilled about it. Even then, they all kind of hate each other.

Regardless, someone finally comes along to do something about Zeus and his ilk. Someone from their past...and she's coming with an army...an army that has the ability to finally put an end to the Olympians once and for all.

The creature this time is a jacked angry unicorn with fabulous hair.

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Music!

"Tumult" by Kai Engel

"Periculum" by Kai Engel

"Tumbler" by Podington Bear

"Jackbird" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Black Frame" by Rolemusic

Nov 29, 2017
91-Greek Myths: Fatherhood
35:15

Two stories of just terrible, terrible fathers from Greek mythology. The first is really only in the story for a few minutes, but helps to bring about two giants that could end his reign. The second is one who admits his mistake and takes pity on the boy before trying to do right by him. And it ends much, much worse than if he had done nothing at all.

The creature this time is an elephant unicorn who has one weird trick to make you feel strong. Hydras hate him.

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Music:

"Beautocracy"

"Lullaby"

"Plum"

"Rarified"

"Aim is True"

"Tortoise Shell"

"Uptown"

by Podington Bear

"Hammer and Damper"

"Line Exchange"

"Slow Driver"

by Blue Dot Sessions

 

Nov 22, 2017
90-Viking Legends: Mighty
41:41

The land of giants. Jotunheim. The realm of the monstrous "other" from Norse myth. Thorstein grew up being told it was only a legend, and he probably thought as much...until he walked into it.

This is the epic saga of Thorstein Mansion-Might, a legendary Viking who is bigger than doors.

The creature this time is Dr. Big Bird. He's a big bird who is an ancient world doctor. That sounds impressive until you think that probably anyone alive today is qualified to be an ancient world doctor.

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Music:

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cases to Rest" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Aim is True" by Podington Bear

"Boardwalk" by Podington Bear

"Chrysalis" by Podington Bear

"Degradation" by Podington Bear

"March" by Podington Bear

"Miss You" by Podington Bear

"Rubber Robot" by Podington Bear

"Tarnish" by Podington Bear

"These Times" by  Blue Dot Sessions

"Well Water" by Blue Dot Sessions

Nov 15, 2017
89-Maui: The Mauiest Maui
34:31

Maui. Trickster. Demigod. Sometimes-fish.

Abandoned at birth but in the possession of great power, the story of Maui is the story of an underdog that came to help the human race in immeasurable ways: giving them fire, pulling up islands, making the day longer, killing monsters to give coconuts, and convincing the sun to give us some more time in the day...by beating him mercilessly with a fishhook.

The creature is a square hedgehog. It's yellow, and makes a terrible pet, because not only does it like to get your horses sick, but it's not remotely housebroken and enjoys urinating basically everywhere.

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Music:

"Am Trans"
"Cake"
"Ice Pack"
"Rubber Robot"
"So it Goes"
"Spring Comes Early"
"Surface Tension 1"
"Swing Lo"
"The Confrontation"
all by Podington Bear

Nov 08, 2017
88-Ragnarok: Doom
47:16

The Day of the Wolf. The Doom of the Gods. The end of all things. It has many names, but one word encapsulates it all: Ragnarok. It's what Odin has been dreading and fighting. It's what Loki has been planning. It's the dark end of days where the worlds will drop into eternal night, giants will battle gods, and all will burn.

 Sponsors:

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Nov 01, 2017
87-Werewolves: The Lost
37:41

Werewolves are people that turn into wolves. Or they don't. Maybe they just wear a fancy wolf belt. Or maybe part of a wolf skin. Or maybe they just like to think they're a wolf. Or maybe they're just people that like killing. Werewolf stories are simple ones, but there's no simple answer as to why this thing happens. And it did. A lot. All throughout history there are stories of Werewolves, stretching back as far as Ancient Greece. As it turns out, humans being monstrous is as old as humanity itself.

The creature this time is the reason why you'll want to avoid the river if you see a ghostly woman crying out for her children. But if you're not already doing that, a podcast description won't save you.

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Oct 25, 2017
86-Grimm: Clever
35:39

Clever Hans is clever. He knows the best way to store needles and knives and how to carry a goat in your pockets on long walks through the country. He's even getting married to Gretel, and we'll see how taking advice on wooing your fiancee from your mom can end up in way too much mutilation.

The second story is also about Hans! A different one. It's about cat chefs and following voices down into the dark places under the earth.

The creature is why you'll want to pack a lunch and brush up on some cicada-speak (protip: it's just buzzing) the next time you plan on stealing from the guardians of the forest.

Sponsors:

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All music by Podington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions

Oct 18, 2017
85B-Slavic Folklore: Hold on to Your Hat
35:23

The conclusion to the dwarf with the long beard, a story about a dwarf. And a long beard. And entering the ear canals of magic horses for fun and profit. We'll see the epic struggle between brothers come to an end, as well as a powerful argument in favor of facial hair.

The creature this time is big, warm cat named Big Ears! He has Big Ears! And an army of demonic cats to do his will!

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Music:

"Remember Trees" by Chris Zabriskie

"I Should have been more human" by Chris Zabriskie

"Shake It" by Jahzzar

"Denouement" by Kai Engel

"Warbled Reflection" by Podington Bear

"Den" by Podington Bear

"The Telling" by Blue Dot Sessions

"White Limit" by Blue Dot Sessions

Oct 11, 2017
85A-Slavic Folklore: For the Right Reasons
32:22

Today's story comes from Slavic folklore and it was so much fun. It's surprisingly complex and full of magic, love, and a sleazy little kidnapper who just can't catch a break.

Did you know cotton balls were vegetarian friendly snacks? I mean, they're also living things, but they are primarily plants. They taste like old fish and/or honey, but they are low cholesterol so, you know, there's that.

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Music:

"Vanagon" by Podington Bear

"Qi" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Waypoint 7" by Blue Dot Sessions

"We Drive Three Days" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Old Regrets" by Lee Rosevere

"The Secret to Growing Up" by Lee Rosevere

Oct 04, 2017
84-Famous Fairy Tales: Rule of Three
35:02

Threes are everywhere in folklore, and today we look at stories where they feature the most prominently: The three bears, the three little pigs, and Cinderella. The tales told and adapted for children children, the three pigs and Cinderella,  are extremely bloody and unforgiving, while the one that was originally for adults - the three bears - is about three very chill best bear friends enjoying a fun afternoon before dealing with a deeply psychologically troubled intruder.

The creature this time adds to our list of mythpodcats...and it's further proof that, given half a chance at victory, your cat wouldn't hesitate to kill you.

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Music:

"Associations" by Podington Bear

"Don't Go" by Podington Bear

"In My Head" by Podington Bear

"Rope Swing" by Podington Bear

"As I was Saying" by Lee Rosevere

"More on That Later" by Lee Rosevere

"Alphabet Soup" by Podington Bear

"Relinquish" by Podington Bear

Sep 27, 2017
83-Tale of Tales: Skin Deep
42:31

The "Tale of Tales" is a very famous, moderately deranged collection of folklore from 16th century Italy. It's by the author Giambattista Basile, a storyteller who traveled the Mediterranean region collecting stories. The collection known as "Tale of Tales" follows a similar framing narrative to "1001 Nights", with the storyteller telling the king stories in a very loosely-connected fashion.

I'm not even going to say the titles for today's stories, but they are two of the most famous in the collection and wildly unpredictable. They're gross, violent, weird, and interesting - so, basically like everyday life.

The creature is a man...who is a bat. But he's not Batman, because Batman can't handle this little guy's intensity.

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Music:

"Sad Marimba Planet" by Lee Rosevere

"Are we Loose Yet?" by Blue Dot Sessions

"August (Summer Nights)" by Kai Engel

"November Mist" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Shiny" by Podington Bear

"Yellow Dust" by Rolemusic

"Swapping Tubes" by Blue Dot Sessions

"In the Back Room" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Petaluma" by Blue Dot Sessions

Sep 20, 2017
82B-Arabian Nights: Show Me What You Got
34:32

We have to go deeper.

Well, for Scheherazade to survive, she always has to have another level of story to go to - she always has to have another layer of protection, to keep the king interested or her story might end with the rising of the sun.

Luckily the king is very easy to impress because these stories are bananas.

The creature is a funny little guy who just wants to wash his beans in piece. Or eat you. Depending on how playful he's feeling.

 

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Music:

"Myrian" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pieces" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Slimm" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sage the Hunter" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Venndet" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Fits" by Podington Bear

"Glitter" by Podington Bear

"Samara" by Podington Bear

 

Sep 13, 2017
82A-Arabian Nights: I'll Most Likely Kill You in the Morning
31:13

(Have you checked out Fictional? Check out Fictional! There are three episodes waiting for you. Go to https://fictional.fm for more info.)

The collection known as "Arabian Nights" actually has an overarching story. And it is...interesting. Full of djinn, demons, kings, and slaves, it's an incredibly interesting way to set up one of the best known collections of folklore. The framing narrative (a way to set up a story-within-a-story) is actually much more interesting than many of the stories it sets up, with betrayal, trickery, and probably the most sex and violence we've encountered so far on this podcast.

The creature this time is a wise old owl...who doesn't have a problem bringing it in the fight against demons trying to steal your fingernail clippings.

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Music:

"Changing Reality" by Kai Engel

"Modum" by Kai Engel

"All the Colors in the world" by Podington Bear

"Don't Go" by Podington Bear

"Everybody" by Podington Bear

"Falling Falling" by Podington Bear

"Turning to You" by Blue Dot Sessions

"When in the West" by Blue Dot Sessions

Sep 06, 2017
81-Trolls: Breakups
33:32

An episode with a story from Scandinavia about trolls. Not the internet kind. No, these are the less annoying ones that will murder you in the forest. 

Two creatures this week! And they are dogs! And Myths and Legends will ruin dogs for you, too!

Sponsors:

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Aug 30, 2017
80B-Perseus: I'm Set Free
36:23

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Wrapping up the story of Perseus, we'll see that fated confrontation with the eternally cosmetologically-challenged monster, Medusa, as well as fall in love. Turns out it's really easy to meet people when they are imprisoned beneath you. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

The creature this time is the gargoyle, which ages phenomenally...because it's in indestructible dragon head. Unlike the monsters from that 90s cartoon that was awesome at the time but which did not age well at all...

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Music:

"Thematic" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Doghouse" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Are We Loose Yet?" by Blue Dot Sessions

"A Simple Blur" by Blue Dot Sessions

"A Palace of Cedar" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sensitive" by Podington Bear

"Small Pond" by Gurdonark

"Quantum Field Theory" by Rolemusic

 

Aug 23, 2017
80A-Medusa: Golden Child
34:34

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Medusa is probably the most misunderstood villain in all of Greco-Roman Mythology, famous only for being a monster...and the hero's quest to kill her. We'll learn all about her background and follow the quest of one fated to clash with her. Also this is Greek mythology so everyone is terrible all the time always.

The creature this week is the floating head and he's kind of like Pac-man...if Pac-man had a taste for people and delicious chestnuts.

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Music:

"Toppler" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Soothe" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Seamless" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Partly Sage" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Old Skin" by Podington Bear

"Little Dipper" by Podington Bear

"Astrisx" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Comet Trails" by Moon

"Orbs of Light" by Moon

 

 

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Disclaimer:

Non-graphic talk of Zeus impregnating a woman by turning into a shower of gold (?) and non-graphic talk of how Poseidon raped a woman and then the woman was blamed for it because she was irresistible.

Aug 16, 2017
79-Odin: The War to Begin all Wars
39:53

We're back in the cold, unforgiving north, at the very beginning of Odin's reign. We'll see him meet a new friend while being completely unsuspicious in giant land, a threat come from another world to try to topple the Aesir, and the lengths Odin will go to in order to gain power, acquire knowledge, and thwart his coming doom.

The creature this week is an antlion. When a mommy ant and a daddy lion love each other very much, they think of ways to express their love and, well, you'll see...

Sponsors:

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Music:

"The Nightmare" by Lee Rosevere

"Not Alone" by Lee Rosevere

"Sad Marimba Planet" by Lee Rosevere

"Twirl Into Insanity" by Keshco

"Decompression" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Bogero" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pukae" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Midday" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sunset at Goat Fell" by Graham Bole

"Rooftop" by Jahzzar

Aug 09, 2017
78-Egyptian Mythology: The Master Namer
34:20

Starting at the beginning of the universe and going to the beginning of the epic and mildly disturbing battles between Set and his nephew Horus, Egyptian mythology is epic, funny, interesting, and bizarre. It's taken way too long to get into this mythology, and I'm excited to dive in.

The creature has no problem diving in...to your mouth. As a newt. Things really only go downhill from there.

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Music:

 

Aug 02, 2017
77-Romanian Folklore: Mrs. Piggy
37:15

The story of a dark (well, dark-ish. Actually, kind of not even that. You'll see.) prophecy, a kingdom overrun by monsters (again, kind of), and one woman's globe spanning quest to do what's right (that's pretty much correct). Also, pig plague parties are only fun if you're a talking swine with a moderately sinister agenda.

The creature this time is the Alkutane, from the folklore of the Pacific Northwest, in the US. These creatures will leave fun little baubles by your ear. Oops. My bad, I meant to say bubbles. Bubbles filled with your undigested brains. And they're not fun.

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Music:

"Vanagon" by Podington Bear

"Trellis" by Podington Bear

"TrailwaysA" by Podington Bear

"Bambi" by Podington Bear

"Daemones" by Kai Engel

"Modum" by Kai Engel

"Locked Up" by Fleslit

"Cach" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jul 26, 2017
76-Greek Myths: Lioness
40:20

The story of Atalanta is one of the woman who just couldn't be stopped...and of a world that had a big, big problem with that. Giant monster fights, meddling gods, and well-known heroes make an appearance in the story of a heroine who just can't be kept down.

The creature this week is Al, from North Africa, and he's a great reason to not run with scissors.

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Music:

"Gringo Steele Rocks the 40" by Rolemusic

"Death on the Battlefield" by Rolemusic

"Seventh Hill" by Podington Bear

"Vengeful" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tuck and Point" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Cast and Favor" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Set the Tip Jar" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Mercurial Vision" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lemon and Melon" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Andelo" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jul 19, 2017
75-Pecos Bill: Rider on the Storm
34:32

The story of Pecos Bill is that of a true American Hero...who spends half the story naked and who legitimately thinks he is actually a coyote. But don't tell him that. He's cool and won't hurt you, but you'll get into a long discussion and won't actually convince him or his horse (named Pegasus/Widowmaker/Jeremy) that he's actually a human being. Also, while we're at it, he can lasso water and air because I guess when you ask the audience to suspend disbelief, you go for broke.

The creature this time is the Mongolian Death Worm. It's a sand worm, but don't go getting your maker hooks just yet, because it's no Shai Hulud. And that's a problem, because instead of the spice melange that will give you longevity and maybe prescience, it spits a virulent neurotoxin that will do precisely the exact opposite.

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Music:

"Vibrant Canopy"

"Seamless"

"Scraper"

"Opener"

"Moon Bicycle Theme"

"Middle"

"Gondola Blue"

"Doubled"

"An Introduction to Beetles"

by Blue Dot Sessions

Jul 12, 2017
74-Japanese Folklore: Do You Really Want to Live Forever?
29:53

The story of Sentaro the millionaire* is about a man with a dream. Well, not really a dream, but a deep, abiding fear of death. Soon, he becomes so obsessed with avoiding the inevitable that it leads him on a journey across Japan and later the world to find a way to avoid that which will come to us all.

The creatures this time are from the US and one will "please and excite" you in the forest...then lure you back to its place where it will turn you into an electric eel burrito.

*Sentaro is not a millionaire and really not very smart at all.

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Music:

"Waltz and Fury" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tralaga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Twosome" by Podington Bear

"Spring Comes Early" by Podington Bear

"Big Blue" by Podington Bear

"Norvik" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Drone Pine" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Chilvat" by Blue Dot Sessions

Jul 05, 2017
73-Japanese Folklore: I will find you
43:41

A young woman's father is taken, and she decided to go to the edges of the known world to get him back, to a faraway island harboring a dark and terrible secret.

The creature this week is skunk ape! He's 0% skunk, 0% ape, and 100% into stealing your produce.

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Music:

"Two Dollar Token" by Blue Dot Sessions
"These Times" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Slow Casino" by Blue Dot Sessions
"Yellow Dust" by Rolemusic
"In My Head" by Podington Bear
"Down and Around" by Podington Bear
"Cylinder Six" by Chris Zabriskie
"Cylinder Five" by Chris Zabriskie
"Drone Thistle" by Blue Dot Sessions
"What Does Anybody Know About Anything" by Chris Zabriskie

Jun 28, 2017
72-Kelpie: Party Horse
39:54

A sea horse (but not that type of sea horse) that haunts the coasts of Scotland, the kelpie is a legendary cryptid that represents the dangerous unknown of the water...as well as new guys stopping by your village for the sole purpose of picking up women.

The creature this time is the Shojo, a Japanese yokai, who is living its best life: by lounging on the beach drinking and pulling off daring heists.

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Music:

 “Closer” by Blue Dot Sessions

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jun 21, 2017
71C-Sinbad: There and Back and There and Back Again
45:34

If you've ever wondered about giving that strange old man a piggy-back ride in the woods, the philosophical nuances of way too much grave robbing, or how many people are necessary to take down a four-story-tall baby bird, well, then this is the episode for you. Sinbad finishes up his epic tale of epicness and we see what led to him falling back on his plan "B" of living a life of leisure on his near-infinite wealth.

The creature this time is the reason you should take a giant bat with you everywhere you go.

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Music:

“Decompression” by Blue Dot Sessions

 
 
 
 
 

 

Jun 14, 2017
71B-Sinbad: Snake Eyes
38:09

Whether it's deadly literary references, sticky cows, or extremely inappropriate eulogies, the stories of Sinbad have it all...as long as by "it all" you're looking for a story of how a rich (and, let's face it, not-so-smart) guy for whom everything pretty much always works out. It's like Mr. Magoo without the nearsightedness and with much, much more impalement and cannibalism.

The creature the creature this week is a great excuse to keep your house well-stocked with red peppers and pet crabs.

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The clip from Planet Earth II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3OjfK0t1XM

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Music:

“Patched In” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Brass Buttons” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Diner Gothic - Dasher” by Blue Dot Sessions

"Downhill Racer” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Floor Shine” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Inventio” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Midday” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Slider” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Sweetly” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Wax Paper Jewel” by Blue Dot Sessions

“Gorgon” by Jesse Spillane

“Harbor” by Kai Engel

Jun 07, 2017
71A-Sinbad the Sailor: Venture
35:00

Sinbad (no, not that Sinbad) is probably the 3rd most famous story from a collection titled "One Thousand and One Nights". It's a story of loss, hardship, and redemption...and then partying so hard that you forget all that loss, hardship, and redemption and need to do it all over again. Six more times. On the plus side, it's not just about an out-of-touch rich guy being out-of-touch and rich, but being so while experiencing some pretty weird stuff.

The creature this time is an awkwardly hot squirrel thing who wants to cram a metaphor about pride down your throat.

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Music:

“Hickory Interlude” by Blue Dot Sessions

 
 
 
 
 
May 31, 2017
70-Ugly Duckling: Fowl Play
33:46

It seems like with a lot of fairy tales someone looked at the original, thought that there was absolutely no way they could tell that to a child, and re-wrote it to get rid of the shocking violence and general terribleness of every creature ever. "The Ugly Duckling" by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen is no exception. It's shockingly violent and sad at times, but underneath its brutality and ridiculousness is a profound theme that still resonates today. Also birds are jerks.

The creature this time is the Loveland Frog. It's a large-ish frog from my hometown in Ohio. Ohio is so boring we can't even have a cool cryptid.

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Music:

“Just a Blip” by Andy G. Cohen

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 24, 2017
69-Midas: You Got the Touch
37:33

Don't, under any circumstances, trust the Midas touch. The king of unforced errors, Midas is a well-known figure in mythology mainly because of horrible decision making and lack of foresight. They say any publicity is good publicity, and I hope that is the case for Midas, who took a bad choice and used it to propel himself to everlasting notoriety.

Mouse bears. The creatures this week are mouse bears. They have the ferocity of bears and the ability to sneak into your cupboards like mice. Needless to say, they're super annoying.

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Music:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 17, 2017
68B-Morgan le Fay: Her Majesty
45:22

Wrapping up this two-part series on Morgan le Fay, we'll see her devious schemes within schemes come to fruition with one aim in mind: killing King Arthur and seizing the throne for herself.

The creature this week is fish man, from Spain. He's kind of like a superhero if all superheroes did was lay around and drink wine at their parents' house.

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Music:

“Lamplist” by Blue Dot Sessions

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 10, 2017
68A-Morgan Le Fay: Get Thee to a Nunnery
34:12

Sorceress. Confidant. Traitor. Sister.

All of those words describe Morgan Le Fay, King Arthur's half-sister. She is by far the most complex character I've come across in the Arthurian legends, but she's constantly portrayed in the medieval and early modern texts as a one-note traitorous baddy who is evil because she's an evil sorceress and evil sorceresses are evil. If you're familiar with the legends, you're going to see a Morgan you've never seen before. If you're not, get ready to meet one of the most interesting, tragic figures you'll come across.

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Music:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 03, 2017
67B-Gawain and the Green Knight: Head On
39:50

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.

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Music:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Apr 26, 2017
67A-Gawain: To the Dogs
44:26

You probably had to read the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in high school. I know I did, and it's a great story. There are beheadings, green guys, confusing interactions with ladies. It might be one of the most violent non-Die Hard Christmas stories. Anyway, everyone knows that. You probably don't know the story I'll tell today. It's of how Gawain grew into the paragon of virtue he's known as in the legends. It involves, of course, dog parties, inept knights, and the most grotesque piece of neckwear we will ever talk about on this podcast.

The creature is a bunch of tiny guys who want to hang out in your room and dance, as long as you're cool with it. Just kidding - they don't care if you're cool with it.

 

Music:

"Quiet Still"

"Plaque"

"Pick up the Tempo"

"Marble Transit"

"Chapel Bottom"

"Drifting Spade"

by Blue Dot Sessions

 

"Flapjacks"

"Bumble"

"Mutinee"

"Springtime"

by Podington Bear

Apr 19, 2017
66-Paul Bunyan: Truth in Advertising
33:50

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.

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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

Apr 12, 2017
65-Oedipus: Motherboy
43:35

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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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

Apr 05, 2017
64-Frog Prince: Warts and All
48:40

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.

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Music:

"The Spinnet"

"The Silver Hatch"

"The Shoes they Wear"

"Filing Away"

"Decompression"

and "Brass Buttons" are all by Blue Dot Session


"Vanagon"

"Submerging Blue-Black"

"Trailways A"

"Smolder"

"Sensitive"

"Running on Empty"

and "Down and Around" are all by Podington Bear

"Final Sacrifice" by Visager

"Independent Film" by Steve Combs

Mar 22, 2017
63-Puss in Boots: These Boots
34:35

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.

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

Mar 15, 2017
62-Thor: Hammer Time
36:42

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:

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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

Mar 08, 2017
61-Solomon: One Ring
41:48

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.

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Mar 01, 2017
60C-Beowulf: Unknowable but Certain
35:41

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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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

Feb 22, 2017
60B-Beowulf: The Depths
32:26

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

 

Feb 15, 2017
60A-Beowulf: I'm Kind of a Big Deal
33:05

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

 

Feb 08, 2017
59-Greek Myths: The Violence of Our Ancestors
45:14

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

 

Feb 01, 2017
58-Native American Folklore: Monster
30:42

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

Jan 25, 2017
57-Japanese Fairy Tales: Faithful
33:42

This week, there are two stories from Japanese folklore.  The first has to do with  a butterfly that just won't give up trying to land on the face of a dying man. The second is of a monk-in-training who just doesn't want to stop partying.

The creature is Hedley Cow, and she will give you hope that that the relationship with your crush might work out...but will leave you standing alone in the swamp.

Sponsors:

Check out http://audible.com/myths for some excellent audiobooks. The one I recommended on today's show was "Mythology" by Edith Hamilton.

Music:

"The Face on the Thrush" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tendon" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Planting Flags" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Silent Flock" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Orange Juicier" by Podington Bear

"Grey Grey Joe" by Blue Dot Sessions

"A Path Unwinding" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Slow Lights" by Lee Rosevere

"Summer Days" by Kai Engel

Links:

An abridged English version of the Lotus Sutra

The gummy bear anatomy kit

 

Jan 18, 2017
56-Nepali Folklore: Hope You Guess My Name
32:47

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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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

Jan 11, 2017
55-Grimm: My (Bird) Heart Will Go On
30:41

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

Jan 04, 2017
54C-Gilgamesh: Dust
44:59

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

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

Dec 28, 2016
54B-Gilgamesh: Huge
33:52

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

Dec 21, 2016
54A-Gilgamesh: Did We Just Become Best Friends?
31:24

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

Dec 14, 2016
53-African Folklore: Crocodile Tears
36:44

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

Dec 07, 2016
52-Greek Mythology: An Eternal Flame
40:20

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

Nov 30, 2016
51-Loki: Them Apples
35:56

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.

Sponsors!

Stranglers, by Earwolf

On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stranglers/id1174116487?mt=2

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MVMT watches:

Go to http://mvmtwatches.com/myths for 15% off!

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For 60% off holiday cards: http://www.vistaprint.com and use code MYTHS60 at checkout

Nov 23, 2016
50-Dracula: Bad Blood
38:47

Dracula isn't a creature from myths, legends, or folklore. The fictional vampire is a product of Bram Stoker. The name, though, stretches back centuries to a prince who ruled the kingdom called Wallachia, which borders the land with which he's most famously associated: Transylvania. We'll be talking all about the pseudo-legendary exploits of the real bloody tyrant, the bizarre rules surrounding fictional vampires, and the inspirations for the most famous vampire novel of all time.

If you see your significant other on the roof scraping moss, you should just eat the soup they make you even if it makes you vomit.

Sponsors:

Stranglers, by Earwolf

Stranglers on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stranglers/id1174116487?mt=2

Stranglers site: http://www.earwolf.com/show/stranglers/

Casper Mattresses are amazing! http://www.casper.com/legends

Vistaprint:

For 50% off holiday cards: http://www.vistaprint.com and use code MYTHS at checkout

New show!

Our new show is Career Day. The jobs, lives, and stories of everyday people, every other Tuesday. It's an awesome show and we're really excited about it, so please check it out if it sounds cool.

On iTunes: http://itunes.careerdayshow.com

Online: http://www.careerdayshow.com

The feed (to copy and paste in any player): http://careerdayshow.libsyn.com/rss

 

Music:

"Watermark" by Blue Dot Sessions 

"Independent Film" by Steve Combs

"Scalloped" by Blue Dot Sessions

"A Calendar Spread" by Blue Dot Sessions

"As Nihilism Gives Way to Existentialism" by Nihilore

"Support Me in this Moment that I'm About to Lose Heart" by Nihilore

"Studie I" by Jahzzar

"Aisles" by Jahzzar

Nov 16, 2016
49-Russian Folklore: I Pity the Fool
38:30

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.

NEW SHOW!!

We are super-proud of Career Day, so please check it out and subscribe on iTunes: http://apple.co/2fn0xK8

Here's the website: http://www.CareerDayShow.com

Here's Stitcher: http://stitcher.careerdayshow.com

Or just search for "Career Day" on your podcast app!

Sponsors:

Check out http://www.jackthreads.com to try on clothes BEFORE you buy them. Don't forget code "MYTHS"

Also check out http://ziprecruiter.com/myths

Nov 09, 2016
48-Snow White: Killer Queen
37:46

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.

Sponsors:

Check out http://www.bombas.com for some seriously comfortable socks.

Oh, and here are the fantastic, 1700-year-old ninja turtle socks: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/taking-a-closer-look-at-an-odd-pair-of-very-very-old-socks-84123314/?no-ist

Also, http://www.mvmtwatches.com/myths has very classy watches that will not break the bank. 

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

Nov 02, 2016
47-Urban Legends: In the Dark
29:42

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.

Say hi on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jasontheweiser

Interested in becoming a member? http://support.mythpodcast.com

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

 

 

Oct 26, 2016
46D-Jason and the Argonauts: Scorned
39:11

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/

Cages through the ages: https://amzn.com/B00MS9PSK8

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

Sponsors:

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Bombas! They are very comfortable. Go to http://www.bombas.com for 20% off plus free shipping on your order of four or more pairs.

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

Oct 19, 2016
46C-Jason and the Argonauts: The Long Way Home
41:44

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/

Sponsors:

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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

 

Oct 12, 2016
46B-Jason and the Argonauts: MacGuffin
45:18

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.

Sponsors:

Check out MVMT watches. They look really nice (http://www.MVMTwatches.com/myths)

Blue Apron has good food that's good for the environment, but most importantly (to me) is that you can make awesome home-cooked meals with no planning. Check out http://www.blueapron.com/legends

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

Oct 05, 2016
46A-Jason and the Argonauts: Some Assembly Required
41:03

The beginning of the story of Jason and his legendary Argonauts doesn't start with Jason, but with Zeus being...well, Zeus, and kidnapping an unsuspecting woman. There is a dragon, a giant bronze robot, and court intrigue, leading to some familiar names coming back to help Jason travel to a faraway land and obtain the golden fleece. Those names include Hercules, Theseus, Laertes (father of Odysseus), Autolycus, Peleus (the father of Achilles), Augeus (with the legendarily dirty stables), and more. It's the biggest meetup of everyone we've met so far...well, everyone that isn't in Hades (Sisyphus) tied to a rock (Prometheus) or wandering blind through a plain (Bellerophon).

The creature looks so much like a normal person it's uncanny. I mean, he looks like a normal person once you get past his humorously big ears, nose, and hands. And his gray skin...that sometimes glows. Ok, he looks nothing like a normal person.

Sponsors:

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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

Sep 28, 2016
45-Rumpelstiltskin: Let's Make a Deal
43:23

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.

Sponsors:

Check out that fresh, delicious goodness sent straight to your door. It's Blue Apron: http://www.blueapron.com/legends

Like stories? Like listening? Like listening to stories? Check out audible (the book I mentioned was "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline): http://www.audible.com/myths

Spiders...why'd it have to be spiders? (bit.ly/2cl1yyX)

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

 

Sep 21, 2016
44-Saint George: Here Be Dragons
41:49

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.

Sponsors:

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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

 

Sep 14, 2016
43-Slavic Folklore: The Wasteland
40:43

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

Sep 07, 2016
42-Chinese Folklore (Cinderella): You Only Live Thrice
36:02

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

Aug 31, 2016
41C-Lancelot: It's Complicated
52:52

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/

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Aug 24, 2016
41B-Lancelot: Promises to Keep
40:21

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

Aug 17, 2016
41A-Lancelot: The Stolen Child
39:21

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

Aug 10, 2016
40-West African Folklore: Cold-blooded
40:12

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.

Aug 03, 2016
39-Odin: In the Land of the Blind
41:47

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

Jul 27, 2016
38B-Korean Literature: Master of Two Worlds
48:22

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.

Jul 13, 2016
38A-Korean Literature: Crossing the Threshold
36:47

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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Jul 06, 2016
37-Hercules: The Best at What He Does
45:01

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

Jun 29, 2016
36B-Pocahontas: Between Two Streams
01:01:14

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.

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The Disclaimer (and post):

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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

Jun 22, 2016
36A-Pocahontas: The Empire Business
50:07

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

All other music by Poddington Bear

Jun 15, 2016
35-Beauty and the Beast: Prisoners
51:22

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

 

Jun 08, 2016
34-Greek Mythology: Uphill Battle
44:07

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.

The creature is an 80-foot-tall, sneaky Japanese skeleton who has a drinking problem...in that he has a difficult time drinking the blood spewing from his decapitated victims.

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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

Jun 01, 2016
33-Ali Baba: Inheritance
42:46

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

 

May 18, 2016
32-Tricksters: Wager
40:43

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

 

May 11, 2016
31B-Viking Sagas: Face-off
58:22

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

 

May 04, 2016
31A-Viking Sagas: Odd Man Out
43:53

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

 

Apr 27, 2016
30-Latin American Folklore: Unbreakable
36:46

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

Apr 20, 2016
29-Grimm: Upward Mobility
47:42

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

Apr 13, 2016
28-Prometheus: Adamantine
41:24

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

 

Apr 06, 2016
27C-King Arthur: The Errant Knight
51:46

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

Apr 05, 2016
27B-King Arthur: Mayday
43:13

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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Mar 23, 2016
27A-King Arthur: The Violence Inherent in the System
38:49

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

Mar 16, 2016
26-Japanese Fairy Tales: Wisdom
36:12

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

 

Mar 09, 2016
25-Dragons: This is Where You Get to Make it Right
31:59

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

 

Mar 02, 2016
24-Thor: Whosoever Holds this Hammer
28:40

Norse mythology, like all mythology, is strange. Thor's hammer is gone. It was stolen...or he just left it somewhere and forgot about it. To get it back, though, he's going to have to do something more difficult than fighting legions of giants. He's going to need to get married.

And there's the origin of poetry, which contains way more men formed from spit than you'd expect for the origin of poetry.

On the creature of the week, seriously, just stay out of the woods. It never ends well. Except when it does, and you find love and learn to put on a puppet show.

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Music:

"Beeth" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Direct to Video" by Chris Zabriskie

"An Opus in Bb" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Witch Laws" by Dlay

"Hanami Matsuri" by Fabian Measures

"It's Always Too Late to Start Over" by Chris Zabriskie

Feb 24, 2016
23-Cupid and Psyche: Burned
37:12

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

Feb 17, 2016
22C-Irish Legends: The Spoils of War
49:24

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

Feb 10, 2016
22B-Irish Legends: You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry
33:33

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

 

Feb 03, 2016
22A-Irish Legends (The Tain): Red Ledger
33:36

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

Jan 27, 2016
21-Frozen/The Snow Queen: Fearful Symmetry
40:25

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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"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

Jan 20, 2016
20-Korean Folklore: Prayers
35:46

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

Jan 13, 2016
19-Native American Folklore: Skeletons
28:31

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

Jan 06, 2016
18-St. Nick: Rusty Chains and Candy Canes
32:35

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

 

 

Dec 23, 2015
17C-Theseus: I Volunteer as Tribute
35:51

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

Dec 16, 2015
17B-Icarus and Daedalus: A Portrait of the Artificer as a Young Man
34:39

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

 

Dec 09, 2015
17A-Theseus: It’s Dangerous to go Alone!
28:26

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

 

Dec 02, 2015
Listener-Submitted Episode 1 (Jan Van Hunks, Drop Bear)
24:15

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

 

Nov 25, 2015
16-Russian Fairy Tales: She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named
38:29

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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Nov 18, 2015
15-Slavic Folklore: Bad Wolf
41:11

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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Music:

"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

Nov 11, 2015
13B-Ragnar Lodbrok: Why’d it have to be Snakes?
37:10

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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Nov 04, 2015
14-Doppelgangers: Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night
37:20

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 doppelgängers, 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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Oct 28, 2015
13A-Ragnar Lodbrok: The Beggar King
34:52

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

 

Oct 21, 2015
12-Pig-faced Women: Citation Needed
25:33

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

 

Oct 14, 2015
11-Japanese Fairy Tales: Key Details (Urashima Taro, The Boy Who Drew Cats)
34:27

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

 

Oct 07, 2015
10B-Hercules: Labor Intensive
38:10

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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That story thing I mentioned

Songs:

"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

 

Sep 30, 2015
10A-Hercules: Going into Labor
35:41

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

 

Sep 23, 2015
9-Dogs and Wolves: Generations (Fenrir, The Black Dog, Dog King of Denmark, Gelert)
32:50
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
Sep 16, 2015
8-Merlin: Call of the Wyllt
13:36
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.
Sep 09, 2015
7-Little Mermaid: Cry with the Saints
30:43
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
Sep 02, 2015
6C-King Arthur: How I Met Your Mother
34:35
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
Aug 26, 2015
6B-Merlin: What’s Red, White, and Fighting All Over
30:53
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  
Aug 19, 2015
6A-King Arthur Prologue: The Once and Really Only that One Time King
31:17
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
Aug 12, 2015
5B-Slavic Folklore: The First Horcrux
32:17
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.
Aug 05, 2015
5A-Slavic Folklore: Tried and Died
36:56
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)
Jul 29, 2015
4-Mulan: A Likely Hero
27:09
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
Jul 22, 2015
3E-Vikings: The Debt is Paid
33:54
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)
Jul 15, 2015
3D-Vikings: Blood of the Dragon
28:20
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.
Jul 01, 2015
3C-Vikings: Renewed shall be Blade that was Broken
27:52
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.
Jun 24, 2015
3B-Vikings: All that Hate’s Gonna Burn You Up
25:41
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.
Jun 18, 2015
3A-Vikings: The Norse and the Furious, Bredi’s Drift
30:00
Swords, dragons, werewolves, Vikings, betrayal, and revenge are all hallmarks of the thrilling, yet little known, Saga of the Volsungs, the story of an ill-fated medieval Nordic family. One of J.R.R. Tolkien's first Nordic reads, it's a tale of honor, love, loss, and vengeance, as well as the numerous benefits of just letting it go. Also, I talk about the barbegazi, a helpful little frozen beard with huge feet. Here are the promised pictures! (go to the website for the pictures)  
Jun 03, 2015
2B-Aladdin: A Whole New World of Problems
30:57
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.
May 27, 2015
2A-Aladdin: The Magician’s Nephew
24:08
The story of a poor man who finds a being of unlimited power, and not only uses it to put food on the table, but goes a little farther to take over the kingdom and become the richest man alive. It's the original story of Aladdin, but it's very different from the story you know. The jinni (actual spelling of genie, by the way), don't really grant wishes. Listen to this episode to hear the bizarre original story that led to inspired retellings.
May 20, 2015
1C-Knights of the Round Table: The Lion Knight Rises
32:14
In this episode, you'll see that you should definitely interfere if you see two apex predators fighting to the death in the wilderness. We'll finish the story of Yvain, a knight of King Arthur's court, as he (mostly) sees the error in his ways and (mostly) seeks atonement for his extreme selfishness. After you hear the creature of the week, you won't want to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night for fear of running into this greasy little red guy from Japanese mythology.
May 13, 2015
1B-Knights of the Round Table: You’re So Yvain
17:42
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.
May 06, 2015
1A-Knights of the Round Table: Yvainglory
16:42
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.
Apr 30, 2015
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Apr 27, 2015