Odyssey: The Podcast is a serialized telling in contemporary language, of Homer’s Odyssey. Over twenty-three hours, master storyteller Jeff Wright delivers a fast-paced, literate, and addictive performance. Each episode features a continuation of the story arc, followed by engaging commentary on the social, cultural and political contexts helpful to maximizing your fun with Homer’s story. Odyssey: The Podcast works brilliantly as a free-standing story, or as a sequel to Trojan War: The Podcast.
EPISODE 14 REUNION
STORY 0:00 – 1:03:05 And finally, Penelope and Odysseus (no longer in disguise) meet. Penelope sets one final test, Odysseus passes it, and certain recognition ensues. Following that, Homer attempts to tie up a few lose ends in his plot – and leaves even more dangling – and The Odyssey comes to a close. POST-STORY...
EPISODE 13 RECOGNITION AND REVENGE
STORY 0:00 – 1:36:40 Our story opens with possible “recognition”. Penelope and a homeless beggar (Odysseus) have a long conversation, and take turns decoding a dream. Does Penelope know that the beggar is Odysseus? The next day Penelope announces that her husband is dead, and now is the day to choose a new husband. Penelope...
EPISODE 12 HOMECOMING
STORY 0:00 – 1:33:40 Odysseus – after twenty years away – wakes up on the shores of his own dear Ithaka. Athena provides her boy with an intelligence briefing, a reconnoiter strategy, and, of course, a disguise. And then Odysseus launches into the most dangerous part of his homecoming journey yet: figuring a way to...
EPISODE 11 DEMODOCUS and THE PHAECIANS
STORY 0:00 – 1:18:30 Odysseus – his identity still a secret – spends a very full day as the guest of the King Alcinous and Queen Arete. Most of the day is spent in Odysseus doing his best to NOT reveal his identity. But songs sung by the bard Demodocus, and an ugly incident on...
EPISODE 10 NAUSICAA
STORY 0:00 – 1:04:45 At the same time as Athena is in Ithaka – “mentoring” Telemachus – Odysseus washes ashore the land of the Phaeacians: badly beat up, half-starved, and totally naked. And his only hope of receiving the xenia that he needs, is to somehow find a way to supplicate a feisty young teenage...
EPISODE 9 TELEMACHUS, MENELAUS, and HELEN OF TROY
STORY 0:00 – 53:45 Athena sends Telemachus off on his first ever “road trip” – to Pylos and to Sparta – in the hopes that it might help the milquetoast young man to “grow a pair”. Telemachus meets some familiar characters from Iliad: windy old king Nestor, blustery Menelaus, and the “enigmatic-as-ever” Helen of Troy...
Thank you so much Jeff Wright. My reading of The Odyssey was accompanied by your fabulous storytelling and analysis and I know I appreciated The Odyssey so much more by being ‘told’ it and then by also hearing your thoughts on the gods and characters and events. Congratulations on such amazing work
Fantastic story teller
Love this podcast. Excellent story teller!
Great entree into the story!