43 episodes

Classic lit with a modern tone, every other week.

From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of Dracula, The Time Machine, The Three Musketeers. They're stories written by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft, but with a casual, modern tone. Listen as Jason and Carissa Weiser breathe new life into the classics and tell the stories of some of the greatest books ever written.

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    • 4.9 • 5.3K Ratings

Classic lit with a modern tone, every other week.

From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of Dracula, The Time Machine, The Three Musketeers. They're stories written by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft, but with a casual, modern tone. Listen as Jason and Carissa Weiser breathe new life into the classics and tell the stories of some of the greatest books ever written.

    Tolstoy: The Long Way Home

    Tolstoy: The Long Way Home

    Two men, a servant and his master, take a drive on a snowy evening. The experience will forever alter both of their lives.
    Adapted from "Master and Man" by Leo Tolstoy.
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    If it sounds like it would be your thing, check out Mitos y Leyendas, Myths and Legends in Spanish! https://myths.link/mitos
     

    • 42 min
    Philip K. Dick: Fallout

    Philip K. Dick: Fallout

    It's the 2010s and nuclear war between the US and the Soviet Union has forced humanity into bunkers, scorching the planet and leaving only the Leadys, the semi-sentient robot fighters, to continue to wage the war above against other Leadys.
    The humans below, however, think that their Leadys might have other motives...
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    Adapted from "The Defenders" by Philip K. Dick.

    • 32 min
    Sherlock Holmes: Dealbreaker

    Sherlock Holmes: Dealbreaker

    We learn which crime Sherlock Holmes thinks is the absolute worst...and it's not what you think it is.
    Also, the great detective tries his hand at crime himself. Once he crosses that line, will he be able to come back from it?
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    Check out Best of the Worst! https://www.nextpod.com/botw
     

    • 32 min
    Alexander Pushkin: A Sure Thing

    Alexander Pushkin: A Sure Thing

    A young woman working as a servant for a cruel countess falls in love with the man across the street. It seems like a fairy tale, but are there more sinister motivations at play?
    Adapted from " The Queen of Spades" by Alexander Pushkin

    • 35 min
    The Most Dangerous Game: The Hunted

    The Most Dangerous Game: The Hunted

    Sanger Rainsford, a big-game hunter, just wants to go home, but he finds himself on an island belonging to General Zaroff, a fellow hunter with twisted, unorthodox tastes.
    Sanger refuses to go along with Zaroff, but what will last longer, Sanger's adherence to his principles...or his life?
    Adapted by the Weisers from "The Most Dangerous Game"
    Read the original: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/O._Henry_Memorial_Award_Prize_Stories_of_1924/The_Most_Dangerous_Game
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    Check out our other show, Scoundrel: History's Forgotten Villains, new this week! https://myths.link/scoundrel
    And if you haven't heard, we turned Best of the Worst into its own twice-weekly mini cast. Subscribe here: https://www.nextpod.com/botw-subscribe
     

    • 35 min
    E.M. Forster: Bit Rot

    E.M. Forster: Bit Rot

    Humanity is isolated for their own safety in their homes, but they settle in to communicate through world-wide messaging and video calls, and face-to-face, person-to-person interaction becomes rarer and rarer, to the point that it's uncomfortable and awkward.
    And no, the writer had no knowledge of the year 2020. E. M. Forster's prescient work of science fiction was first published in 1909.
    After an ecological disaster, humanity is forced to flee underground, living alone in pods. But...it's not uncomfortable. In fact, it's the opposite. Humans have everything they could possibly need or want, thanks to the machine that oversees everything. But, when we give the power to watch over us to computers, who watches over the computers?
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    Check out our new mini-cast, Best of the Worst! https://www.nextpod.com/botw-subscribe
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    The original: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Machine_Stops/Chapter_I
     
     
     
    **Disclaimer**
     
     
    Warning: spoilers
     
    A character struggles with loneliness and depression and tries numerous times to have the machine painlessly euthanize her, but it refuses.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
5.3K Ratings

5.3K Ratings

Jerry Nago ,

Got me back into reading ❤️

Listening to Jason and Carissa’s storytelling reminded me how much i’ve missed reading, and was finally able to get back into. Missed y’all on your hiatus and SO EXCITED that you’re back!! ❤️

kagcjf ,

Thank you, you two

for this unique podcast and for bringing it back!! I know it must be time-consuming to read a novel and then broadcast it into a brilliant short-story version. So talented, as with Myths and Legends.

DangerDad75 ,

Another winner

Another winner by Jason and Carissa. Great modern twist on classic fiction.

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