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21-Frozen/The Snow Queen: Fearful Symmetry

By |2018-03-18T10:00:54-05:00January 19th, 2016|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

Member’s Episode 2-Japanese Fairy Tales: Unintended Consequences

By |2018-03-15T19:57:59-05:00November 27th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

16-Russian Fairy Tales: She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named

By |2018-03-15T14:56:05-05:00November 18th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , |

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, [...]

15-Slavic Folklore: Bad Wolf

By |2018-03-15T14:56:19-05:00November 11th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

The Story of Urashima Taro

By |2018-03-15T19:58:16-05:00October 9th, 2015|Categories: MythPodcast|Tags: , , , , |

This was one of the more comprehensive public domain versions I could find: Long, long ago in the province of Tango there lived on the shore of Japan in the little fishing village of Mizu-no-ye a young fisherman named Urashima Taro. His father had been a fisherman before him, and his skill had more than doubly [...]

11-Japanese Fairy Tales: Key Details (Urashima Taro, The Boy Who Drew Cats)

By |2018-03-15T14:57:28-05:00October 7th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

7-Little Mermaid: Cry with the Saints

By |2018-03-18T10:00:39-05:00September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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, [...]

5A-Slavic Folklore: Tried and Died

By |2018-03-15T14:58:48-05:00July 29th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

2B-Aladdin: A Whole New World of Problems

By |2018-03-15T20:11:10-05:00May 27th, 2015|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]