8 episodes

Traditional fairy tales aren’t exactly suitable for kids. Women vomit spiders. Children get eaten. There’s even murder! Every Wednesday, we take you through the twists and turns of the dark origins of your favorite pieces of folklore. To listen to the full Tales catalog for free, be sure to subscribe on Spotify!

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    • 4.8, 5.3K Ratings

Traditional fairy tales aren’t exactly suitable for kids. Women vomit spiders. Children get eaten. There’s even murder! Every Wednesday, we take you through the twists and turns of the dark origins of your favorite pieces of folklore. To listen to the full Tales catalog for free, be sure to subscribe on Spotify!

    The Tongue-Cut Sparrow

    The Tongue-Cut Sparrow

    This Japanese Morality tale from the 1600s tells the story of an old couple and their pet sparrow. When their neighbor gets annoyed at the sparrow's constant chirping, things take a dark turn into the supernatural. When you let greed and bitterness guide your actions, no good will come of them.

    • 46 min
    The Singing Bone

    The Singing Bone

    Collected by the Brothers Grimm, this story certainly is a grim tale about brotherhood. It involves a pair of men who promise to rid the kingdom of a deadly boar—and how their conflict leads to a murder that just won't stay buried.

    • 44 min
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Pt. 2

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Pt. 2

    Though it has become a classic children’s story, the original version reads more like a horrific fever dream: Alice finds herself lost in a mysterious land full of murderous Queens, and terrifying beasts. Although her biggest challenge turns out to be getting a grip on her own identity.

    • 40 min
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Pt. 1

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Pt. 1

    This classic tale of Alice, the rabbit hole, and an extraordinary adventure has captivated millions of children across the world. But few remember just how strange Lewis Carrol's work really is—as well as the unsettling rumors that defined its author.

    • 43 min
    The Disobedient Daughter

    The Disobedient Daughter

    In this Nigerian folktale, a woman refuses every suitor who seeks her hand in marriage. When the perfect husband finally arrives, she defies her parents and marries him. She soon learns that sometimes perfection is only skin deep.

    • 46 min
    NEW: The Loyal Mongoose

    NEW: The Loyal Mongoose

    We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Tales today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.

    Is a wild animal ever safe to have around the house? This Indian morality tale tells the story of a couple that adopts a mongoose as a pet...only to fear that it may put their newborn at risk. But sometimes rushing to judgment can be more dangerous than even the most untamed animal.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5.3K Ratings

5.3K Ratings

Richy-Beast ,

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Where are all the episodes at?????

kiki_here ,

Where’d they all go.

I was recommended this and they’re aren’t any anymore

leolioness27 ,

Where did the rest go?

I really like these parcast podcast, and just starting listening to Tales. My only disappointment is what happened to the rest of the episodes, they are really good and I enjoy them. Would like to listen to the rest.

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