Best folktales podcasts we could find (Updated February 2018)
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Family Folk Tales
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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.
 
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The Folktale Project
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Who says you're too old for a good fairy tale? Reading original versions of folktales and fairy tales from around the world every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, The Folktale Project is for everyone who has a love of the mystery that surrounds us and the ways we try to explain it.Theme music is Kirigami by Graham Bole. (freemusicarchive.org/music/Graham_B…_01_-_Kirigami)
 
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Inappropriate Folktales
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We are “Inappropriate Folktales Appropriately Told.”™ A service of Storyteller.net and directed by Sean Buvala. ©2016 and beyond. Regualr updates, usually on #storysat Saturdays. Twitter us at @storytelling101 or @storyteller. Most stories told by Sean Buvala unless otherwise noted.
 
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Games From Folktales
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A podcast mixing historical trivia and tabletop roleplaying games.
 
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West African Folk Tales by William H. Barker
 
Compiled by an American missionary, West African Folk Tales by William H Barker is a delightful collection of folk tales from Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania and other countries along the west coast of Africa. These stories spread in various forms to other countries like the West Indies, Suriname, the Netherland Antilles, etc and can be still heard today among the people of these countries. West African Folk Tales is a wonderful read for both young people and older readers alike. The storie ...
 
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Folk Tales Every Child Should Know by MABIE, Hamilton Wright
 
We have always loved stories. people have always entertained each other by telling tales around the campfire; traveling storytellers were huge crowd-pullers. Many of these stories were passed down through the generations, largely unchanged. "The stories made by the people, and told before evening fires, or in public places and at the gates of inns in the Orient, belong to the ages when books were few and knowledge limited, or to people whose fancy was not hampered by familiarity with or care ...
 
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Family Folk Tales
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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.
 
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The Folktale Project
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Who says you're too old for a good fairy tale? Reading original versions of folktales and fairy tales from around the world every Monday through Friday, this podcast is for everyone who has a love of the mystery that surrounds us and the ways we try to explain it.Theme music is Kirigami by Graham Bole. (freemusicarchive.org/music/Graham_B…_01_-_Kirigami)
 
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West African Folk Tales by BARKER, William H.
 
A collection of folk tales mostly centred around Anansi. In West African lore Anansi is known as a trickster god, and is often depicted as either a spider, a human or a combination of both. Thus many of the stories are attempts by Anansi to trick others for his own gain. Other stories are about why certain animals act in certain ways. (Summary by Lizzie Driver)
 
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Key of Gold: 23 Czech Folk Tales, The by BAUDIS, Joseph
 
Not your common fairy tales, this collection is a mixture of morals, quirkiness, and sarcasm. In it one finds ironic derivatives (if not roots) of well known fairy tales such as “The Brave Little Taylor” and “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as some more unusual settings to impart the popular fairy tale themes of justice and happily ever after. Most stories are told with wry humor and often shocking irreverence for the expected fairy tale turn out. This is NOT a book for children, but one for ...
 
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Family Folk Tales
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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.
 
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Activated Stories
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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.
 
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The Moonlit Road Podcast
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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
 
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Circle Round
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Where story time happens all the time
 
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Bedtime Stories Fairytales and Folk Tales from the Lilypad for kids
 
Bedtime Stories, Fairytales and Folk Tales: Lily, a frog, tells stories for kids & families
 
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Bedtime Stories Fairytales and Folk Tales from the Lilypad for kids
 
Bedtime Stories, Fairytales and Folk Tales: Lily, a frog, tells stories for kids & families
 
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The Moonlit Road Podcast
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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
 
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Uncanny Japan - Folklore and Culture
 
Exploring Japanese Myths and Folktales, Superstitions and Language
 
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What The Folklore?
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What the Folklore is a comedy podcast trying to make sense of nonsensical stories. We deal in strange mythology and folktales from around the globe. We can be found at www.facebook.com/wtfolklore.
 
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Listen
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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.
 
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Southern California Ghosts and Folklore
 
A collection of folktales and ghost stories from Southern California.
 
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Stories of the Journey Home - Storytelling
 
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
 
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Totally Made Up Tales
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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.
 
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Celtic Myths and Legends Podcast
 
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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Muddy Boots
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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/
 
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Baba Gonesh
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The Wisdom and World View of Baba Gonesh, guru of all thing spiritual.
 
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The Children's Corner
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How can you grow to create when you don't spend time to imagine? This is the place for children, and the young at heart, to relax and listen to stories from around the world that have been the favorite tales for many generations. Old fashioned storytelling with a modern digital twist.
 
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Mytho-Zoological
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A podcast about all of the creatures we like to imagine go bump in the night, and how they have saturated our culture and history.
 
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LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE - Science Fiction and Fantasy Story Podcast (Sci-Fi | Audiobook | Short Stories)
 
Edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams, LIGHTSPEED is a Hugo Award-winning, critically-acclaimed digital magazine. In its pages, you'll find science fiction from near-future stories and sociological SF to far-future, star-spanning SF. Plus there's fantasy from epic sword-and-sorcery and contemporary urban tales to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folk tales. Each month, LIGHTSPEED brings you a mix of originals and reprints featuring a variety of authors, from the bestseller ...
 
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Circle Round
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Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10, tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world featuring top talent from the stage and screen. Stories are adapted for today’s families into 10 to 20 minute episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.
 
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Circle Round
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Where story time happens all the time
 
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By Kids, For Kids Story Time
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Classic Children's fairy tales, presented as audio dramas, performed by kids, for kids. Including stories from Hans Christian Anderson, the Grimm Brothers, Greek myths, African folk tales and more.
 
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LMAW Lite
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If you love the stories of the Legends Myths and Whiskey podcast but hate the banter, then this is the podcast for you.
 
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Radio Okinawa by Tuigwaa-chan
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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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Texas Tales' Podcast
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some old, maybe some newabout people, animals and times in Texas
 
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Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
 
Talking animals, wicked stepmothers, valiant tailors, cruel witches! Sixty-two stories that feature familiar figures like Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Rumplestiltskin, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Snow-White and Rose Red as well as lesser-known characters like The White Snake, Sweetheart Roland and Clever Elsie are contained in this volume of Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The original volume published in 1812 contained more than 85 tales and this number kept increasing ...
 
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CommonPlace
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new world folk tales
 
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Circle Round
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Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10, tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world featuring top talent from the stage and screen. Stories are adapted for today’s families into 10 to 20 minute episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.
 
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Blank for non-Blank Podcast
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This feed hosts the group episodes of all members of the blank for non-blank network. Episodes cover topics from multiple academic perspectives, including math, science, linguistics, and philosophy. Think of a conversational debate between seven terminally smooth-talking, professor-like twenty year olds. That is not what this podcast is, but it works as a functional analogy.
 
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Blank for non-Blank Podcast
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Group episodes of the members of blank for non-blank, an educational podcasting network talking about all the cool stuff.
 
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What The Folklore?
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What the Folklore is a comedy podcast trying to make sense of nonsensical stories. We deal in strange mythology and folktales from around the globe. We can be found at www.facebook.com/wtfolklore.
 
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And Then What?
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Once upon a time there were two women who liked stories, so they decided to start a podcast all about them. And Then What? is story time for adults. Amy Jones, a video producer and writer, and Becky Brynolf, charity person & script reader, hang out in Amy's back room and tell each other stories –true stories, anecdotes, urban legends, messed up folk tales, long jokes, things we saw on Reddit, things we've written ourselves, anything.
 
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Japanese Fairy Tales by Yei Theodora Ozaki
 
Many of us are familiar with Grimm's Fairy Tales, or children's stories from France, England, China, India and Germany, but are less aware of similar folk tales and children's stories from Japan. Japanese Fairy Tales by Yei Theodora Ozaki captures the exotic flavor, traditions and customs of this ancient land. Published in 1903 entitled the Japanese Fairy Book, the title was changed in the 1908 edition to Japanese Fairy Tales. Theodora Ozaki was the daughter of a wealthy Japanese aristocrat ...
 
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Lightspeed MagazineLightspeed Magazine - Science Fiction & Fantasy
 
Edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams, Lightspeed is a critically-acclaimed online magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction from near-future stories and sociological SF, to far-future and star-spanning SF. Plus, there's fantasy from epic sword-and-sorcery and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. Each month, Lightspeed brings you a mix of originals and reprints, and featuring a variety of authors — from the bestsellers and aw ...
 
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Wisdom, Wit and Wonder
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A podcast featuring folk tales, traditional stories, myths and legends that simply refuse to be forgotten.
 
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What Say the Oracle?
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What Say the Oracle? is a humorous podcast about mythology and how completely insane folk tales are. Our show covers myths from all over the world, alternating cultures every three or so episodes to keep it fresh.
 
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Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
 
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 ...
 
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Dale Gilbert Jarvis - Storyteller
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One of Canada's favourite storytellers, and much in demand at festivals and concerts across the country, Dale specializes in ghost stories, tales of the fairy folk, and traditional folk tales and local legends from his home in Newfoundland, as well as stories from Ireland, the United Kingdom, and beyond.
 
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401 Stories
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This book contains four hundred and one stories and each one is an adapted folktale, fairy tale, urban legend, modern myth, or some other synonym for the same thing: "Once upon a time, something happened." 401 Stories is a project of storyteller Joe Theroux and is intended for and enjoyed by children as well as grownups. For more information go to 401Stories.com
 
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Blaidh's Tales
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Lost folk tales from various countries and cultures. To read the written poetry then visit http://blaidhstales.weebly.com/fairy-tales.
 
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Stories Podcast - A Free Children's Story Podcast for Bedtime, Car Rides, and Kids of All Ages!
 
An old Irish folktale about a Fairy rath (rath is an old Irish word for glade) and some farmer who invade their favorite Hawthorne tree. Fun songs! Ad-free at patreon.com/stories
 
This week's story is brought to you by our amazing guest Mindy Scott. She tells us this story of "Chimidyue" a Native South American folktale about a little girl who gets lost in the forest. Chimidyue, though naive, is able to navigate this new world better than she originally thought. Don't worry this one is a definitely not a downer (thank go ...…
 
Combining Arts with Reading (3:47)Learning to read involves a whole lot more than just words and letters. Here’s an obvious example – picture books. What child isn’t well-served, motivated, and inspired to learn to read with a few illustrations on the pages? Perhaps less-obvious, is this matter of pursuing literacy – and the support that can co ...…
 
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Super Pulp Science Podcast
 
This week's guest is Jorge Requena: writer, filmmaker, comic creator and singer/guitarist of The Mariachi Ghost, a critically-acclaimed Mexican prog-rock fusion band based out of Winnipeg. Jorge tells Gregory about how an old Mexican folk tale inspired a comic book and his band, how comic books influenced him as a child, and how he sees the wor ...…
 
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Bedtime Stories Fairytales and Folk Tales from the Lilypad for kids
 
In this Merry Christmas 2017 episode, three children journey to Gingerbread Land on a Gingerbread Train. Inspired by the a 1934 version by Einar Nerman.
 
Happy holidays! This month we talk about scaring children including folktales from Mexico and the Philippines - but most importantly, Santa. Join us as we take a trip around the world exploring the background and history of stories from our youth and discussing the psychological benefits of being scared. Our intro and outro music is by Elvis Herod…
 
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Bedtime Stories Fairytales and Folk Tales from the Lilypad for kids
 
This Tales From the Lilypad original by Marlene Wurfel is a mash-up of new story and ancient Greek myth. There are bits from Theseus and the Minotaur, bits from Arachne and Athena's story, bits from Charlotte's Web, and entirely new bits, all woven together for contemporary heros and princessess. Warning: contains lots and lots of spiders.…
 
Once upon a time, ages and ages ago, the rabbit had a long tail, but the cat had none. She looked with envious eyes at the one the rabbit had. It was exactly the sort of a tail she longed to have. The rabbit was always a thoughtless careless little beast. One day he went to sleep with his beautiful long tail hanging straight out behind him. Alo ...…
 
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The Folktale Project
 
One day a wolverine was out walking on the hill-side, when, on turning a corner, he suddenly saw a large rock. ‘Was that you I heard walking about just now?’ he asked, for wolverines are cautious animals, and always like to know the reasons of things. ‘No, certainly not,’ answered the rock; ‘I don’t know how to walk.’ ‘But I SAW you walking,’ c ...…
 
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Expanded Perspectives
 
On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys start the show off talking about how a man in Maury County says he saw an unidentified bird he believes could be a Thunderbird. Then, a woman believes that her and her daughter hit what can only be described as a Ghost Deer on night while driving home in rural Maine. Then, people were fermenting ...…
 
RAGE. On the journey into “spiritual adulthood”, we can (and will) come into many uncomfortable emotions. Often people on spiritual paths don’t deal with these. They try to get out of them as quickly as possible. Tonight’s show will be about one of the more difficult emotions — rage. It’s not popular to talk about, and it’s scary. But it’s a re ...…
 
Yetide Badaki ("American Gods") and Dayo Okeniyi ("Shades of Blue") star in this Nigerian folktale about thunder and lightning and how they found their home in the sky.
 
Yetide Badaki ("American Gods") and Dayo Okeniyi ("Shades of Blue") star in this Nigerian folktale about thunder and lightning and how they found their home in the sky.
 
¡Hola amigos! In celebracion of Dia De Los Muertos (better late than never!) this week the ladies bring us Fantasmas Mexicanos. Vanessa va primero with the folk tale of La Muerte Blanca who hates life but loves knocking on doors, paired with Allagash Brewing Co’s Allagash White. Then Melissa va segundo with the story of Mexico, Missouri (loopho ...…
 
Brandon and Dustin discuss fake news, folk tales, myths, and legends on this belated Halloween special. Join us as we discuss the "real life" Freddy Krueger. The Killer Clown at the Fright Night Horror Massacre. The world's very first vampire, Jure Grando. A spooky video game that's not Polybius. That's right, we're talking about the Killswitch ...…
 
Once when a Raven was flying over some reefs near the shore of the sea, he was seen by some Sea-birds that were perched on the rocks. They began to revile him, calling him disagreeable names: “Oh, you offal eater! Oh, you carrion eater! Oh, you black one!” until the Raven turned and flew away, crying, “Gnak, gnak, gnak! why do they call me such ...…
 
MaryAnn Schmidt tells the Persian folktale, Fareedah's Carpet. The story is part of a collection of Tale Type 480; folk stories of compassion and greed.
 
Today's episode features an interview with the artist, Emily Schwank. Schwank is a professional photographer who specializes in portraits of people. Her warm and natural style shows the authentice personality of her subjects. Find out more about her work at: https://raincliffsphotography.com/ On the Alchemy of Art podcast we interview artist fr ...…
 
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Movie Club
 
A Movie Club Folktale.
 
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Bedtime Stories Fairytales and Folk Tales from the Lilypad for kids
 
This is a rerecording of Episode 1 of Tales from the Lilypad: Hootie. He's a little Northern Pygmy Owl who is afraid... of the daylight.
 
Hey Genre Junkies! Sandra, Scott, and a new guest Jen are closing out the Halloween Season! We discuss the 1820 American folktale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving, as well as the short story "Penlight" - a narrative so gruesome Scott couldn't even participate. We also throw in some recommendations for other spooky books, movie ...…
 
Are geniuses born, or made? In this week's episode we hear two ancient stories about brilliant youths, and we see both perspectives to this question. These two folktales also happen to be the genesis of two modern movie genres. Music by: Ben Murray-Smith and Liam-LRYBy alex@alexcespedes.com (Alex Cespedes).
 
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The Story Cauldron Podcast
 
We're getting into the Halloween spirit in the Story Cauldron this week as the guys take a look at a fun mash-up of Universal Pictures' classic movie monsters and the folktales behind creatures like vampires, werewolves, and Frankenstein's monster. Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Mary Shelley, Norse (and Roman) mythology, Robert Louis Stevenson, the Bi ...…
 
It's a modern folktale (of sorts) this week, inspired by a folk and fairytale workshop run by Zoe Gilbert from London Lit Lab (www.londonlitlab.co.uk/) Email the podcast at rawstoriespodcast@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter at @rawstoriespod. See you in a fortnight!
 
Each of Anansi's six sons are born with a unique difference. In the end, their differences save the day. Anansi is an African folktale character who often takes the shape of a spider. Ashanti, West Africa.
 
Also known as Anansi Does the impossible, this tale explains why there are so many stories about Kawku Anansi. The popular African folktale character often takes the form of a spider. From Ashanti, West Africa
 
MaryAnn takes listeners on an amazing adventure with the traditional Irish folktale, Brave Margaret.
 
Stories since the beginning of time have been thrilling us by having characters take on false identities. In this episode we look at one legendary song and two folktales that show us the GOOD and BAD consequences of pretending to be someone we're not. Major thanks to Christopher Wallace, Aaron Shepard, and O. Henry for their contribution to the ...…
 
Get ready to laugh out loud when you hear MaryAnn tell this story, written by Jill Wright. It is one of the few stories in the collection that is not a folktale.
 
Giant Without a Heart is a Norwegian folktale. It's also MaryAnn Schmidt's most frequently requested story.MaryAnn is a teacher and professional storyteller. She tells her stories live to children listening. Some of the stories are so old, they come from a time before there was even writing. Sit back and listen. But don't forget, the best way t ...…
 
Love stories are as old as time, but then again, so are stories about its creepy sibling-emotion: infatuation. Unrequited love often brings a feeling of obsession, and these two folk tales paint the picture of the lengths humans will go to just to catch the apple of their eye.By alex@alexcespedes.com (Alex Cespedes).
 
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The Folktale Project
 
A Lion once fell in love with a beautiful maiden and proposed marriage to her parents. The old people did not know what to say. They did not like to give their daughter to the Lion, yet they did not wish to enrage the King of Beasts.
 
Today's episode features an interview with the Expressive Artist and Counselor Shelley Klammer and the true story of Rorschach and the Inkblot Tests. Shelley is a Registered Expressive Arts Educator/Consultant with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She is also a Registered Counselor and Counseling Supervisor with the Associ ...…
 
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