Best Folktales podcasts we could find (Updated April 2019)
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Circle Round
Weekly
 
Thoughtfully-selected folktales from around the world are adapted for today's families and feature top talent from the stage and screen. With original music and sound design, these stories delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity. Geared for kids ages 4 to 10 and their grown-ups; created and produced by parents of young children.
 
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Something Scary
Weekly
 
Do you wanna hear something scary? Join Sapphire every week as she brings you the creepiest ghost stories, urban legends, and folktales.
 
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Family Folk Tales
Rare
 
What is Family Folktales? Think of it as a storytime on demand; whether you?re running errands, trying to make dinner, or getting little someones ready for bed, you can listen to a story or two. The stories may be new to you or old favorites, or even different (possibly gorier) versions of those stories you now share with your children.
 
Fairytales, stories and folktales from the mouths of storytellers around the world. For parents, children, families, librarians, teachers and people who are obsessed with "once upon a time" and "happily ever after". Gathering folktales from around the world with princesses, ghosts, clever Jacks and giants. Grimm Download the MP3, Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher or listen at www.storystorypodcast.com. The Stories Podcast, The Story Podcast, Reading With Your Kids Podcast, Sto ...
 
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Activated Stories
Monthly
 
Bringing you comedic folktales from somewhere on the road. Act!vated Stories is presented by Act!vated Story Theatre a national touring theatre troupe for children and their families. Join us for a family friendly story and travel tales.
 
A podcast mixing historical trivia and tabletop roleplaying games.
 
This show was created to introduce the listener to folktales, myths and legends. The story will be told and the lessons will be extracted and discussed. A poetic license has been taken with each story and some will be told in an adult fashion (for those I will post adult content),so be ready to be shocked, and entertained. We are in a new time and although the wisdom is good I have adjusted some of the stories to fit the time. Here is a link to a worksheet to help you define the tales for yo ...
 
The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, The Real Princess and a host of other wonderful tales which form so much a part of childhood are part of Andersen's Fairy Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen. This volume contains eighteen selected stories. Some of them are old familiar friends, while others maybe new to some readers, but all of them equally enchanting and enthralling. Today, these stories are known almost everywhere in the world and have been translated into hundreds of l ...
 
A new podcast focused on the myths, legends and folkloric creatures of the 6 Celtic Nations; Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man.
 
Folklore, fairytales and legends from around the world the way they were meant to be. Brought to you every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Who says you're too old for a good story?
 
A new podcast focused on the myths, legends and folkloric creatures of the 6 Celtic Nations; Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man.
 
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MytholoGuy
Monthly
 
The MytholoGuy Podcast is a well-produced, family friendly, story-telling podcast, created out of a deep love for folklore and mythology. The Podcast showcases myths, legends, and folktales from all over the world, with little to no commentary. The stories speak for themselves. I am a writer, a folklorist, and a podcaster. I am your MytholoGuy.
 
Join English Storyteller Leo Sofer on a journey that may change the way you see the world around you. Each story, intricately woven, shines with a wisdom rarely found in our modern world. Leo Sofer tells stories which invite his listeners to into a realm of infinite potential. Here life's greatest treasures can be found, and the keys to our deeper happiness and fulfillment lie waiting in store for us. The Journey Home begins here... A new story every week. http://www.luminaia.com/stories
 
In October 2017 a woman washed up on a quiet shore in the sleepy New England town of Merrow's Cove. The locals say she was a mermaid. Reporter Emma Kersey returns to her hometown to investigate the case and uncover secrets and folktales that span hundreds of years.Mermaids of Merrow's Cove is a serialized weekly podcast from Massachusetts Public Radio, hosted by journalist Emma Kersey and produced by John Murphy.
 
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Muddy Boots
Monthly+
 
Muddy Boots wanders where sneakers never will, moving on the back roads through the backwoods and to the forgotten cracks of our imagination. Tune in to hear a patchwork of sound, snippet, and song; field recordings from wherever, the random whimsical, and the rare, and not-so-rare. Learn more at muddybootsradio.org/
 
King Alfred and the Cakes. Damon and Pythias. The Sword of Damocles. Bruce and the Spider. These are stories that many people who grew up in the last century would be familiar with. They were included in our text books or to be found in anthologies in our school libraries. However, for a new generation growing up, some of these may be new and unknown. Hence, Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin would indeed be a great addition to your children's bookshelf. James Baldwin, who shares h ...
 
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StoryLand
Monthly
 
MaryAnn Schmidt has enchanted children for years with folktales from around the world. It's difficult to freeze these stories in time because storytelling is a live art embodied by the synergy between the teller and the listener. Now, some of these experiences, recorded live in the classroom have been preserved and shared with children everywhere.
 
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Rendition
Rare
 
Timeless tales re-told. Each week you’ll hear two or three classic stories based around a common, and timeless, theme. Because history may not always repeat itself, but it sure rhymes
 
"Finding the folktales, fables, and philosophies behind your favorite Hollywood films." The Story Cauldron is a weekly podcast that explores the stories behind the cinematic stories you love. Join us every Wednesday as we dive into what Tolkien called the "Cauldron of Story" to see where our movies come from.
 
Uncanny Japan explores all that is weird from old Japan. Strange superstitions, old wives tales, cultural oddities, and interesting language quirks. These are little treasures dug up while doing research for my writing, and I want to share them with you here.
 
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Thistle & Seed
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Are you a fan of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung? Do you like digging deeper into the psyche and learning more about yourself?Thistle and Seed explores Archetypes through short, original folktales written by Chani Petro. Many involve tales of transformation, fantasy, and magical realism. If you're a fan of Hayao Miyazaki, Neil Gaimen, or Christian Anderson, you'll be delighted as you delve into these tales of symbolism and inner knowledge.
 
Bearing a striking resemblance to Aesop of Aesop's Fables fame, American author Joel Chandler Harris' Uncle Remus is also a former slave who loves to tell simple and pithy stories. Uncle Remus or to give it its original title, Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings was published in late 1880 and received instant acclaim. The book was reviewed in hundreds of journals and newspapers across the country, leading to its immense success, both critical and financial. “Remus” was originally a fictio ...
 
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Panda Cub Stories
Monthly
 
Panda Cub Stories are stories told bilingually in Mandarin Chinese and English. Right now, Panda Cub Stories is adapting Class Chinese folktales into Children's audio-visual stories! * For videos that accompany these audio stories, Subscribe to the Panda Cub Stories YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9adM3OzsVRUr1caH8C_PUQ?sub_confirmation=1 *** Pssst! I'm also working to re-adapt Journey to the West, considered one of the “Four Great Classical Novels” of Chinese Literature, ...
 
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Toby's Tall Tales
Monthly
 
Toby Jones shares universal folktales, legends and fables that have captured imaginations and provided lessons for generations. These tales are presented as they were originally written, in their entirety. So please gather around the campfire, open up your little ears, and enjoy… Toby’s Tall Tales.
 
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StoryTokri
Monthly
 
StoryTokri - more than bedtime storiesStoryTokri means a basket of stories and this basket is meant for children of all ages and also those grown-ups who wish to re-live their childhood. Here, you will get to hear stories/folktales from India and around the world, ranging from tales of wisdom and humour to inspirational and mythology. In short, it is your one stop for interesting stories.These are not just bedtime stories but ones that can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime; stories retold by Sneh ...
 
A bilingual storytelling podcast, dedicated to the traditional narratives of Latin America. Tres Cuentos explores the myths, legends and folktales told all across the Hispanic, Indigenous and Afro-Latin American world. This year Tres Cuentos is supported in part by a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program. ...
 
Aggressively Positive is a positive news podcast brought to you by Adam Theroux of Good People Doing Good. We feature positive and inspiring news stories, uplifting and non conventional looks on life, and a look into the uplifting and fun brain of me, Adam Theroux, and the non profit, Good People Doing Good. For more information visit GoodPeopleDoingGood.org or email GoodPeopleDoingGoodORG@gmail.com This was once the podcast feed for “401 Stories”, created by my brother. We have made an agre ...
 
Ghost stories, folktales, myths and legends from the dark backroads of the American South, told by the region's best storytellers. Original short stories and classic campfire tales. Website: http://themoonlitroad.com
 
Ghost stories, folktales, myths and legends from the dark backroads of the American South, told by the region's best storytellers. Original short stories and classic campfire tales. Website: http://themoonlitroad.com
 
A collection of folktales and ghost stories from Southern California.
 
 
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Morado Lens Podcast
Monthly+
 
A feminist podcast hosted by two childhood friends who discuss embracing your #innerbruja, sex, and culture — always funny, always real.
 
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Lone Stars
Monthly+
 
Fred, Forrest, and Los are three Texans with a love for video games, comics, movies, and comedy. Join us every week as we entertain each other with personal stories and retellings of classical Italian Folktales, and even learn something when we play "What does that MEAN?" You can write into the podcast at LoneStarsPodcast@gmail.com
 
A weekly audio series using narration and immersive soundscapes to tell stories.
 
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Listen
Rare
 
Listen is dedicated to bringing you traditional stories told by some of the best Tellers in the World of Storytelling. Gather ’round and Listen to a story.
 
Exploring Okinawan culture wtih Tuigwaa-chan (Helen Fukuhara Yamada) through sanshin, odori (dance), and a variety of other aspects such as arts and crafts, language, history, folk tales, foods, and more. Focus will include Okinawan events locally (DC area), other parts of the USA, and hopefully beyond (world-wide). Although this show highlights Okinawan culture, she hopes everyone in some way can benefit from the general perspective of how one searches and identifies with their heritage, ho ...
 
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Writer's Diary
Weekly+
 
original story-poems, traditional folktales, & reading recommendations for dreamers of all ages
 
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Beowulf by UNKNOWN
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Beowulf. [Translated by Francis Barton Gummere].This is a short but beautiful book, and the Gummere translation really captures the feel of the Old English. Beowulf tells the story of a mysterious young warrior who saves the Spear-Danes from the terrible monster Grendel and his venomous mother. Long a mainstay of English Literature 101 courses at universities around the world, it is not only one of the oldest, but one of the most exciting English folktales ever invented. (Summary by Caeristh ...
 
Many readers will already be familiar with Uncle Remus’ favorite animal characters – Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox among them – and some of the popular tales concerning them. (To this day, “tar baby” as an expression for a particularly sticky situation that is almost impossible to solve, has passed into the English language and common use.) Even people who have never read any of these tales will know exactly why you don’t throw a rabbit into a briar patch, mainly because Walt Disney produced hi ...
 
Totally Made Up Tales is improvised storytelling for the Internet. We record completely new stories without any advance planning, assembled into episodes of sinister, touching and whimsical tales for the discerning listener. Header photo is "Deep Dark Woods" by Connel Soutar, under CC-By on Flickr.
 
Join Tese, The Black TCK as she uncovers the beauty and truth in art and life. Find her everywhere @TheBlackTCK and on her website at theblacktck.com. To join in on the radio show in real time visit https://anchor.fm/theblacktck
 
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Voice of the Fire
Monthly
 
 
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FelaFacts
Rare
 
Representin for my Afro Latinas with a little touch of Black Girl Magic.
 
What do you do for a sixth anniversary? We challenged our readers to find any short works which had 'six' in the title - in any language. The result? LibriVox in all its glorious diversity: sixty-six recordings of poetry, song, short stories, folktales, science fiction, historical documents, travel, art, science and mathematics, in Dutch, English, French and German, from Euclid to the Ziegfeld Follies. (Summary by Ruth Golding)
 
LEGENDS, FOLK AND FAIRY TALES FROM THE AZORES. Some three-fourths of the distance between America and Europe there is a group of nine beautiful islands called the Azores which belong to Portugal. Their names are Flores, Corvo, Fayal, Pico, S. Jorge, Graciosa, Terceira, S. Miguel, and Santa Maria. Many people think them to be the mountain peaks of the submerged continent, Atlantis, which long ago was covered by the ocean.However, when I spent December 1920 and January 1921 in the Azores, I fo ...
 
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The Orphan seeks to regain the comfort of the womb and find safety in the arms of loving parents. To fulfill their quest they must go through the agonies of the developmental stages they have missed. Their strength is the interdependence and pragmatic realism that they had to learn at an early age. Witness the Orphan transform in the tale 'The ...…
 
Enter The Skald’s Circle and hear the story of The Death Bree from Scottish Folklore, as told by Mynogan. Remember, we release new stories for free, weekly on Wednesdays! If you enjoyed this story, and want to earn great rewards while helping The Skald’s Circle produce even better and more frequent content, please consider having a look at our ...…
 
A cobbler takes up with fearsome creatures, but what will happen when they tire of him?By Susan.Poulter@nashville.gov (spoulter).
 
'Who Lived in The Skull' is the perfect story to learn to perform for small children, especially if you learn Arthur Ransome's recommended hand movements.
 
Here we are!!! Episode #16 of Aggressively Positive!! Check out the Support For Skywalker Shirt at GoodPeopleDoingGood.storenvy.com, designed by friends at G Squared Art!! You can become a patron for as low as $1 a month, giving you access to merch discounts and getting you a shoutout at the end of an episode of Aggressively Positive! All money ...…
 
Keep an eye on the sky and the kettle warm for some unusual guests! Richard Martin tells "Girl From Heaven" and Stuart Stotts tells "Baucis and Philemon".
 
Saving the Snake is a Middle Eastern fable about trickery and gratitude and learning from mistakes. It's similar to a story from the Arabian Nights, as well as to our earlier story Anansi and the Story Box; it even has some similarities to the “Brer Rabbit” stories. We come to you from the Bay Area city of Fremont, CA., where we're in the middl ...…
 
This Russian and European folktale stars real-life husband and wife Paul Sparks (House of Cards, Sweetbitter) and Annie Parisse (Friends From College) as a king who's taken prisoner, and a queen whose musical prowess sets him free.
 
This Russian and European folktale stars real-life husband and wife Paul Sparks (House of Cards, Sweetbitter) and Annie Parisse (Friends From College) as a king who's taken prisoner, and a queen whose musical prowess sets him free.
 
Today’s episode is filled with ravenous monsters - both human and non-human. First, Sapphire tells the tale of a family who lets a mysterious salesman into their home late at night. Then, we’ll hear of a young girl’s recurring nightmare of being chased by a faceless creature. And finally, we’ll help a pair of young brothers solve the mystery of ...…
 
I miss my old radio station. I just feel like podcasts are cool but just not the same.
 
In 'Story of The Duck with Golden Eggs' we have a duck who lays golden eggs if cared for, but can make you a Tsar if you eat it. I'll let you guess what happens to the duck.
 
Peter Pan by JM Barrie by Lisa and Pan
 
Another story from the Chinese Fairy Book starring an Ogre, but in the case of 'The Flying Ogre' we also see a heavenly hunter of said ogre.
 
Enter The Skald’s Circle and hear the story of Coals on the Devil's Heath from Irish Folklore, as told by Casimir. Remember, we release new stories for free, weekly on Wednesdays! If you enjoyed this story, and want to earn great rewards while helping The Skald’s Circle produce even better and more frequent content, please consider having a loo ...…
 
The Chinese folktale of 'How The Five Ancients Became Men' explains the creation of the Gods from nature. It's a beautiful mixture of folklore, history and mythology.
 
Jack is back up to his odd ways! Guest host Isabelle Hauser shares Liz Weir telling "Jack and the Magic Horse" and Laura Packer telling "Jack and the Pottle of Brains".
 
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Broadway star Stephanie Hsu (Be More Chill, The SpongeBob Musical) headlines this magical Vietnamese tale about the unexpectedly sweet rewards generosity and contentment can bring.
 
Broadway star Stephanie Hsu (Be More Chill, The SpongeBob Musical) headlines this magical Vietnamese tale about the unexpectedly sweet rewards generosity and contentment can bring.
 
Have you ever received a message that you thought you were better off never knowing? Today's episode is all about unwanted messages that disrupt our lives. First, Sapphire shares the take of a courier on his way to read a letter for an illiterate family. Then, we’ll step into the mind of a young medium who communicates with spirits, whether she ...…
 
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