Everyone knows at least one story of myth. Maybe you know bits and pieces but not quite the whole tale. Well the Myths and Legends podcast is here to help. Creator and narrator Jason Weiser brings a modern voice to ancient stories, retelling tales from all over the world. And I mean all over. From Aladdin to Zeus to King Arthur, he has you covered. He also recounts tales you may have never heard before.
Full disclosure, I love this podcast. When I first heard it, I was intrigued at the concept but thought the delivery was odd. He’s telling these old stories and having “say whaaaat?” slide into their conversations? But it works. Weiser brings a humor to these myths that typically don’t have them but never makes it too silly, even if the content is. He’s able to weave these tales with a modern tongue and still keep me on the edge of my seat wondering what’s going to happen next.
While he’s covered a lot of stories from Disney, some of my favorites are from Irish and Slavic folklore. Most of them, especially the Slavic, I’ve never heard before. So I’m learning about these incredible narratives for the first time and falling in love with them. Recently, he covered a Slavic myth involving a dwarf with a very long beard that kept me so engrossed, I had to finish the episode from my car in my house and play the second episode immediately afterwards. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s true! In addition to the stories, he also covers a mythical creature each episode. They’re always so bizarre it’s sometimes hard to imagine that people believed in these things. But they were of ancient times so I’ll cut them a break.
The podcast has been around since 2015 and almost at 150 episodes so it’s intimidating to know where to start. Lucky for newcomers, he has a quick guide for those who want to dive in but not sure where. Some stories are broken up into different episodes due to it’s length but he labels them with letters so it’s easy to see. If you love myths, I highly recommend this podcast. But I would also recommend it to those wanting to hear good stories every week.
So where can you listen? They’re available most everywhere including iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. You can also check them out on their website, MythPodcast.com. The show is hosted by Jason Weiser and produced by his wife Carissa Weiser.
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