Here are a list of all the member episodes so far. All these are available to every member and instantly available for download immediately, so if you join today you will have all these episodes just waiting for you, in addition to ad-free shows from episode 40 onward, weekly ad-free episodes, and monthly member episodes.
Member episode 24: Give Him the Finger
A story from the Grimm Brothers about the robber bridegroom...one in which a bridegroom is a robber...but that's really burying the lede, because there are so many more terrible things about him. Like his inability to keep plans. And his emotional distance from his fiancee. And cannibalism.
The creature this time will answer the question of whether or not that goose out there is actually a barnacle. Answer: probably.
Member episode 23: Peer-Reviewed
The story of Chicken Little (AKA Henny Penny AKA too many variations to list) is fun until it isn't.
Member episode 22: A Boy Named Buttercup
A story from Scandinavia about a boy with an uncommon name and an uncanny ability to outsmart witches...but will he take things too far?
Member episode 21: It's a Kind of Magic
A story from Japanese folklore about a young girl whose father disappears...and brings back something magical.
Member episode 20: Your Friendly Neighborhood Iktomi
Today's story is about a man who is also a spider. A spider....person... from Native American folklore. I'm not sure if trademark law prohibits me from describing an anthropomorphic male spider in the most succinct terms, but we're going to be safe. Anyway, Iktomi does whatever a spider can, and also a few things a spider can't, namely conning people.
The creature this time is yet another reason not to sell alcohol to children.
Member episode 19: And We Were Young
The story of the singing bone from the Grimm brothers, and why it's a great idea to go dangerous boar hunting if you have no prior dangerous boar hunting experience. Or a weapon. And feel like it's a good idea to accept items from strange mythological creatures.
The creatures this time are the Moss People, also from German folklore. They are people...covered in moss. But also maybe butterflies.
Member episode 18: We Are the Music Makers
The story of the town musicians of Bremen... a tale where the titular characters are neither musicians or from Bremen. You'll see that it's never too late to start again, and that is doubly true if someone is trying to kill you.
When it comes to the creature this time, get ready to be super annoyed by literally everyone in your life.
Member episode 17: If Wishes were Fishes
In this episode, it's the story of the pike, and why you should talk to your food before you eat it, just in case you can get some wishes. Also, drunk stove driving is bad. Don't do it.
The creature has fashion to die for. Literally. She will murder you and take your hair, and hopefully in that order. It doesn't even look good and I have no idea why she does it.
Member episode 16: Fool Me Twice
This time, it's the story of an elderly couple, their dog, and the worse neighbor of all time. Oh and also way too much feces because I apparently can't get away from the bathroom humor this week.
The creature is knock knock knocking on the walls of the mines warning you about your imminent death...or just saying hi. Nothing urgent or different about those two things.
Member episode 15: What's in the Box?
The story of Pandora from Greek Mythology and Greek mythology is fairly misogynistic. Surprise!
The creature this time will attack you on the road at night...unless you become the monster...and take his bucket.
Member episode 14: Cat Lady
I don't want to give away too much, but this is about an elderly old woman who lives alone with her cat. Also, she consumes an unhealthy amount of cabbage soup.
The creature is hairy and naked (no surprises there), but you don't get to be horrified by this because one look will kill you. Sorry.
Member episode 13: Lend Me Your Ear
A story from Mexican folklore, about a woman who loses (almost) everything and completely changes her life. She lives for years with mercenaries, pirates, and finally, has a confrontation that changes everything.
The creature is a sad, wet, misogynistic chicken.
Member episode 12: Grand Theft Apple
A murder mystery from the collection known as One Thousand and One Nights. The creature is yet another reason to follow the first two rules of the Myths and Legends Podcast and not follow strange voices into the dark forest.
Member episode 11: Godfather Death
A fairly famous story from the Grimm brothers...about the time Death was a dad.
Two creatures this time! One is a super self-conscious ghost who needs a pair of gloves. The other are tiny magical dwarves...from the land of skin diseases.
Member episode 10: Vanity
On this member only episode, we meet a young man who posts a sign outside his store talking about how good-looking he was and how any woman would be entranced by his handsomeness. The issue? If you make that claim, you better be prepared to back it up.
The creature is the Oats Goat! He likes oats! And people! Sometimes when it comes to biting, he can't tell the difference.
Member episode 9: The Pig-faced Gentleman
This is a type of beauty and beast story. One of the earliest European ones put down to paper, actually. It's about a king and queen who give birth to a little boy after being somewhat-blessed by fairies who hole mankind somewhat in scorn. It's messy, bloody, and ultimately a lesson in loving someone no matter their appearance...or how terrible it was for women during the middle ages. Seriously. Listen to this episode, then the one about the pig-faced women and see how different the treatment of the two pig characters is.
Member episode 8: Lazy
The story of Abu Muhammed the idle (also known as, apparently, Abu Muhammed the Lazybones), a young man who was so lazy that he refused to even chew his food, and instead made his mom feed him baby-bird-style. Also, he get's a pet ape and too much money.
The creature will serve you pancakes if you get weary in the field...or take your baby in the middle of the night.
Member episode 7: The Day it Snowed Tortillas
A story from New Mexican folklore in the American Southwest about an astoundingly stupid, but sweet, woodcutter and his turn of luck.
The creature this time is a friendly Welsh one...friendly, that is, unless you don't buy him a beer. Then he'll just torture your local minister and yell at your baby.
Member episode 6: Iron Shoes
On this member episode, it's a fairy tale from German folklore about a young man who wanders in to a dark, seemingly-abandoned castle only to meet a mysterious woman who has a number of difficult tasks for him.
The creature is from Russian folklore, and you'll learn why you need to bring your rooster with you if you want to show up drunk to work.
Member episode 5: The Inch-High Samurai
The story of a boy who leaves home, finds love, and becomes a samurai...all while being little more than one inch tall.
In the creature of the month, you'll see why you shouldn't grow your hair out and dress nicely...especially if you are a security guard at a church.
Member episode 4: Ash-fool
Like many of the fairy tales with super-popular adaptations, an early version of Cinderella is much more bizarre and violent. The old evil stepmother trope is back, but she may just end up doing more damage to her own daughters than Cinderella. I'll also go into the reasons the German version of this story is so much more violent than the others.
The creature is the ia, and it is the devil on your shoulder. He doesn't so much influence your behaviors as sit there and let you screw up all by yourself.
Member episode 3: The Cloak of Beards
Multiple epic battles and a ridiculous idea getting taken way too far end up with one king possessing a cloak made out of the beards of all the kings of the earth. He just covets one more - the beard of a man we've seen before on this podcast. This is the story of the mantle of kings' beards.
The creature of the week is a bad monk who will hang out in your kitchen and try to tempt you into gluttony. As if I needed extra temptation toward gluttony in the kitchen.
Member episode 2: Unintended Consequences
On the second Fairy Tale Friday episode, it's two stories from Japanese folklore. One is a super-adorable story about a monkey playing with a crab, which turns into a bloody revenge tale. The other involves a man in the forest who discovers a very powerful alternative to Rogaine.
The creature of the week is a little guy with big ears and an even bigger appetite.
Member episode 1: Predator
Hey everyone! First, thank you so much for supporting the podcast. Here is the first Fairy Tale Friday episode. If you didn't hear the podcast last week, it's the fairly-horrifying tale of Sleeping Beauty. There's a creature of the week, too! The story of a drunk man from Irish folklore who is the possible origin of the jack-o'-lantern.
Member only short 2: Irish Legends
An extra supplemental story to the Irish legends (22A-22C) that tells the story of a character we saw only glimpses of, but whose tale is tragically interwoven with the rest of the larger legends. It's a short backstory that adds one more level of detail to an already complex and interesting set of stories.
Member only short 1: Baba Yaga
A short character study looking deeper into the weirdness that is the character of the famous Russian witch Baba Yaga and why she might be the way she is.
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