Fairy tales

55-Grimm: My (Bird) Heart Will Go On

By |2018-12-23T19:10:43-05:00January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Episodes, Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

48-Snow White: Killer Queen

By |2018-03-15T14:43:24-04:00October 31st, 2016|Categories: Episodes, MythPodcast, Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

45-Rumpelstiltskin: Let’s Make a Deal

By |2018-03-15T19:57:45-04:00September 20th, 2016|Categories: Episodes, MythPodcast, Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Member episode 9-Beauty and a Beast: The Pig-faced Gentleman

By |2018-03-15T14:46:44-04:00June 25th, 2016|Categories: MythPodcast, Podcast|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

26-Japanese Fairy Tales: Wisdom

By |2021-02-10T09:34:14-05:00March 8th, 2016|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , |

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, [...]

Member’s Episode 5-Japanese Folklore: The Inch-high Samurai

By |2018-03-15T19:57:52-04:00February 25th, 2016|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , |

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. Music: "I need to start writing things [...]

Member’s Episode 4-Cinderella: Ash-fool

By |2018-03-15T14:49:13-04:00January 28th, 2016|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

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