Myths and Legends

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Jason Weiser tells stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules are stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should. All the stories are sourced from world folklore, but retold for modern ears. These are stories of wizards, knights, Vikings, dragons, princesses, and kings from the time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous and wonderful place.

242-Albanian Folklore: Two Roads 47:23
wo 13 okt 2021

242-Albanian Folklore: Two Roads

The story of Zjermi, Handa, the dragon Kuchedra, and about a hundred naked armpit angels from Albania. When it comes to the creature this week, look, we all need our “me” time, just don’t transform your children into sleepy foxes to get it. — Sponsors: Headspace: Get one month free of their entire meditation library […]

241-African Folklore: Hippopotamaster 45:45
wo 6 okt 2021

241-African Folklore: Hippopotamaster

In a story from the folklore of the Sorko people who lived along the Niger river in West Africa, a hippo is causing all sorts of trouble. I mean, hippos are dangerous, but ones that can sprout ovens on their back and shoot fire streams like some kind of final-evolution Pokemon mean this village needs […]

240B-German Fairy Tales: Heart of Stone 47:16
wo 29 sep 2021

240B-German Fairy Tales: Heart of Stone

The conclusion of “A Heart of Stone” by Wilhelm Hauff, where we see what happens when Peter Munk, out of options after threatening the Little Glass Man, turns to the devil to help himself through dire circumstances. The creature, the okuri-inu (送り犬) is a dog that might help you out when you need it most…because […]

240A-German Fairy Tales: Man of Glass 40:29
wo 22 sep 2021

240A-German Fairy Tales: Man of Glass

A German fairy tale about striving, falling short, and then seeking help from dangerous mythological creatures to help you pick up the slack. The creature is Azrail, the giant who is terrible at fighting. — Sponsors: Butcherbox: Get free ground beef for life! Sign up at and get two pounds of ground beef free […]

239-Grimm: Give them a Hand 49:04
wo 15 sep 2021

239-Grimm: Give them a Hand

Three stories from the Grimm brothers of people helping someone out. Sometimes that goes well. Other times you end up with an indescribable urge to bury your nose in filth and hunt for truffles. The creatures are three generations of sleazy Irish water creatures on a redemption arc. — Post/disclaimer: Shakespeare bandages: Twitter: […]

238-Indian Folklore: Blue Raja 49:33
wo 8 sep 2021

238-Indian Folklore: Blue Raja

A story from India about what happens when a murder cult who turns intruders into dogs moves in across the river and why you should get as far away as possible…because of the murder cult that turns people into dogs. The creature is Bolster the giant! He has fun festivals celebrating him (dying)! — Sponsors: […]

di 7 sep 2021


Nighty Night is a horror anthology series where famed attorney, author and podcaster Rabia Chaudry delivers bone-chilling bedtime stories that will be sure to keep you wide awake all night long. These creepy tales will be a mix of both original content and lesser known classics delivered with a modern spin. Listen on all audio […]

237B-Odyssey Finale: To Strive, to Seek, to Find, and not to Yield 49:00
wo 1 sep 2021

237B-Odyssey Finale: To Strive, to Seek, to Find, and not to Yield

Odysseus confronts the suitors, and our long journey comes to its end. The creatures (Bakwas and Dzunukwa) just want to make you a roommate in their strange, invisible house. Or kill you. Or both. — Sponsors: Halo Collar: Go to to save 20% on your Halo Collar! Grubhub: Check it out! Order through the […]

237A-Odyssey Finale: The Shape of Things to Come 42:33
wo 25 aug 2021

237A-Odyssey Finale: The Shape of Things to Come

Odysseys finally landed on Ithaca, but, with 120 angry, armed men in his house who want his wife and life, can he survive his homecoming? The creatures are Black Annis and Gentle Annis. Black Annis is a pale blue and Gentle Annis wrecks boats. — Sponsors: Simplisafe! Save 20% off your Simplisafe system and get […]

236-French Fairy Tale: Piece of Cake 49:04
wo 18 aug 2021

236-French Fairy Tale: Piece of Cake

This week, we’re in French fairy tales with queen who prepared her daughter for the world a little too well, and to the queen’s despair she doesn’t want to marry, choosing to rely instead on her own strength and judgement. Oh, and also there are griffin fights, dragons, sphinxes, giant turkey chariots, evil fairies, and […]