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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.

Myths and Legends Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser / Bardic

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    • 4.9, 17.3K Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17.3K Ratings

17.3K Ratings

Adamkun ,

Retellings of classic myths, legends and fairy tales in fun ways

I can't say enough how much I love this podcast. I've loved mythology from around the world since I was a little boy in 1980s elementary schools, and I even do a myth segment of my own on a podcast. But the way Jason captures these myths and makes them fun and easy to learn and understand is truly a gift. You can tell he spends a lot of time prepping for his weekly show. His love of myth and legend shines in every show, and I look forward to his new episodes every week. Thank you, Jason.

dirtstick ,

So much fun

I started listening to this Podcast to help with some projects I’m working on. My motivation was to get a quick snapshot of stories I can use as illustrations. However, this podcast has become much more than that to me. ;) great work. Thank you.

Annaphylactic.Shock ,

Thanks for an awesome podcast! + jackalope info

Hi, Jason and Carissa!
I absolutely love your podcast. Thanks for sharing these great stories with the world! It's clear you put a lot of time and passion into each episode. Not only are they well-researched, but they are also subtly hilarious - so many times I've been out walking while listening and burst out laughing, much to the confusion of others on the street! The modern phrasing of old tales really highlights the timeless themes and common humanity of storytelling across time and space.
I wanted to share a cool factoid about jackalopes after listening to episode 129a! While researching papillomaviruses for a lecture, I came across discussions of how the myth of the American jackalope - as well as similarly horned rabbits in German and Persian folklore - could be rooted in the very real symptoms of papillomavirus infections! The virus infects basal epithelial cells (skin cells), and, thanks to the virus's sneaky ability to make cells grow out of control, can lead to the formation of horn-like growths on the skin. To someone stumbling upon an infected rabbit in the woods, these weird growths could absotely look like antlers! Papillomaviruses in rabbits are related to Human papillomaviruses (HPV) as well as other papillomaviruses, which have been found to infect pretty much every vertebrate species. (Though don't worry - the viruses are species-specific, so you can't catch PV from a bunny!) I'm fact, one of the most famous papillomaviruses, Shopes papillomavirus, infects cottontail rabbits and has been instrumental in cancer research since its discovery in the mid-1900s. Isn't it cool when stories, science, and society collide?!
Thanks again for a fantastic podcast - looking forward to many more great episodes!

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