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Myths and Legends
Myths and Legends
Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser, Nextpod

Jason Weiser and Carissa Weiser tell stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories... more

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Episodes

1001 Nights: Science and Geometry

A story from "One Thousand and One Nights" about three wondrous gifts: a clock, a security system, and a fake... more

17 Jul 2024 · 42 minutes
Danish folklore: Sweet Pea

Three stories from Denmark about learning from your mistakes. Or not learning, and donating six full bags of gold to... more

10 Jul 2024 · 44 minutes
Monkey King: The Eyes Have It

We're back in the story of the Monkey King and the Journey to the West where maybe this monastery is... more

03 Jul 2024 · 48 minutes
European Fairy Tales: Mermaider (part 2 of 2)

Undine the water elemental has a soul. And an evil uncle. And a friend who is in love with her... more

26 Jun 2024 · 52 minutes
European Fairy Tales: The Elements (part 1 of 2)

The story of Undine, by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, is a direct precursor to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little... more

19 Jun 2024 · 36 minutes
Greek Myths: Things as they Are

The story of Demeter from Greek mythology is one of finding her place in the world. A world run by... more

12 Jun 2024 · 48 minutes
Flemish folklore: Stuck

Two stories from Flanders (the region of Belgium, not Homer Simpson's annoyingly nice neighbor) about people who are stuck. One... more

05 Jun 2024 · 42 minutes
Aesop's Fables: State of Nature

It's fable time on Myths and Legends...despite fables being neither myths nor legends... They're fun, though, and you might just... more

29 May 2024 · 36 minutes
Japanese folklore: Pilgrims

Two stories from Japan. On the first, a former samurai's wife is up to something and he's going to figure... more

22 May 2024 · 36 minutes
Indian Fairy Tales: Eye Love You

When your seven spouses all have the same dream on the same night and ask you not to do the... more

15 May 2024 · 38 minutes
Irish folklore: Daft Monk

The madcap story of what happens when a monk decides he doesn't want to be a monk anymore. He wants... more

08 May 2024 · 39 minutes
Monkey King: Roadblock

Back in the Journey to the West and Monkey has a fan club, the Tang Monk teaches an impromptu class,... more

01 May 2024 · 38 minutes
Korean folklore: Goblin

Two stories of goblins (도깨비) from Korean folklore and how, if they stop by, you'll want to have drinks on... more

24 Apr 2024 · 38 minutes
English folklore: Of Mice and Men...and Frogs...and Birds

When your parents get you three tiny men in a golden box as a going away present. The creature is the... more

17 Apr 2024 · 45 minutes
Slavic Folklore: One High Five Man

The story of Yaroslav is one of growing up and figuring out who you are...so you can stop accidentally killing... more

10 Apr 2024 · 42 minutes
Chinese folklore: Broken

Two stories from Chinese folklore about broken things. A broken pot, a broken future, and how things can come together... more

03 Apr 2024 · 34 minutes
English folklore: In a Pickle (jar)

Two stories from English folklore about perspective, and how you can't get something for nothing, but you can absolutely get... more

27 Mar 2024 · 40 minutes
Leprechauns: Lucky

The saga of Fergus mac Léti is, apparently, the first time leprechauns make their appearance in folklore. It's also the... more

13 Mar 2024 · 37 minutes
Celtic Folklore: A Berry Good Day...for Murder?

Munachar and Manachar are two friends out for a fun day of berry picking, but when one commits the only... more

06 Mar 2024 · 35 minutes
Monkey King: Winded

Back in the Journey to the West where Monkey and the gang are actually having an easy time of it... more

28 Feb 2024 · 48 minutes
Icelandic Folklore: Dog Days

A lost prince, a magic TARDIS barrel, and a talking dog take us to Jötunheim and back in the story... more

21 Feb 2024 · 42 minutes
1001 Nights: Nifty Fifty

A story from 1001 Nights about how to get rid of that annoying babysitter and what to do if your... more

14 Feb 2024 · 44 minutes
Greek/Roman myth: There's Something About Ares

The stories of the creation from Roman/Greek mythology, the first werewolf, and Pygmalion, and also some Ares stuff because this... more

07 Feb 2024 · 42 minutes
Japanese folklore: Cursed

Two stories about finding people who like you for you. Not because you wear a rice bowl on your head.... more

31 Jan 2024 · 38 minutes
Irish folklore: Beggars Belief

The story of a storyteller who can't think of a story to tell, and how a stranger solves that problem... more

24 Jan 2024 · 34 minutes
French folklore: The Darling Formerly Known as Prince

How do you ensure your children grow up to be good people? You work with a fairy to design jewelry... more

17 Jan 2024 · 38 minutes
Dragons: Alternate History

A mother and son are surviving at the end of the world, while monsters prowl the wasteland all around. And... more

10 Jan 2024 · 40 minutes
Korean folklore: Ghosts and Goblins

Three(ish) stories from the Korean peninsula about ghosts and goblins. Kind of. Some are actual ghosts and goblins (도깨비). Some... more

03 Jan 2024 · 42 minutes
Monkey King: My Own Worst Enemy

We're back in the stories of the Monkey King on the Journey to the West and we'll see that not... more

27 Dec 2023 · 45 minutes
World Folklore: Untitled Goose Episode

Two myths and a lie! Two stories this week are tales from world folklore. One is a tale created by... more

20 Dec 2023 · 45 minutes
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Two stories about finding people who like you for you. Not because you wear a rice bowl on your head. Or because... more