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151A-Faust: A Man of Wealth and Taste (ad-free)

By |2019-08-13T16:44:18-04:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Member Post|

The story of Faust and his infamous deal is one that has survived for hundreds of years. Beginning as whispers in Germany in the 1500s, it grew to plays and, most famously, a play by the German writer Goethe, largely considered to be one of the greatest works of German literature. The story has been done [...]

150B-European Epics: Where the Shadows Lie (ad-free)

By |2019-08-07T00:05:46-04:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Member Post|

From the end of the world to the underworld and Armageddon itself, Kalevipoeg does way too many things. The creature will throw acres of caustic feces in your direction. -- Sponsors: This episode is sponsored by Anchor. Anchor is a Spotify-owned company that makes it easy for anyone to make a podcast, for free. Get started [...]

150A-European Epics: King Me (ad-free)

By |2019-07-30T22:38:30-04:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Member Post|

From the Estonian epic, the Kalevipoeg, comes the story of, well, Kalevipoeg, the son of a giant who battles sorcerers who are trying to get with his mom and throws rocks the size of Volkswagens to win the kingship, all while trying to carve out a place in the world for his people and his homeland. [...]

149-Japanese Fairy Tales: Son of a Peach (ad-free)

By |2019-07-13T15:46:56-04:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Member Post|

Why you absolutely should take the biggest peach you can find in the supermarket and sing to it. It might just hatch a baby! Unfortunately your fairy tale baby will do what fairy tale babies do: grow up and hear that call to adventure, going out to seek their fortune, taking no more than a plucky [...]

148B-Monkey King: Leaps and Bounds (ad-free)

By |2019-07-10T00:40:23-04:00July 9th, 2019|Categories: Member Post|

The monkey king has done it all: he was immortal, he had allied with all the mythological creatures he could find, and he controlled an army 40,000 strong...but heaven didn't care about any of that. They were coming for him, whether or not it was legal, and there was nothing he could do to stop them. [...]

148B-Monkey King: Good Little Monkey (ad-free)

By |2019-07-02T21:47:12-04:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Member Post|

Sun Wukong, the (Handsome) Monkey King, is both an actual monkey and an actual king…and presumably handsome according to whatever standard that is judged. One of the most famous anti-heroes of Chinese literature, we start his story, and the story of the extremely famous “Journey to the West” at the beginning, with the story of the [...]

147B-Antigone: Authority (ad-free)

By |2019-06-26T00:48:11-04:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Member Post|

A dark story gets darker as Antigone battles an authoritarian state in the form of her uncle Creon. -- Sponsors: Go to to check out an awesome home security system Learn more about IBS-C at -- All music by Blue Dot Sessions

147A-Oedipus: Team Spear It (Ad-free)

By |2019-06-19T00:18:29-04:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Member Post|

When we last left the Oedipus family, they all found out they were more related than they ever thought possible. It's somehow about to get even worse. Sponsor: If there is something interfering with your happiness or preventing you from achieving your goals, BetterHelp online counseling can help. For 10% off your first month, go to [...]

146-Scandinavian Fairy Tales: Twinning (ad-free)

By |2019-06-11T23:06:55-04:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Member Post|

The story of Tatterhood is unlike any I've ever read on the podcast, and it's so excellent. The problem? I can't really say much without ruining the story. So check it out, you won't be disappointed. The creature is Tomcod, a catfish that's actually a catfish. It's a lot more off-putting than you'd think. -- Sponsor: [...]