The Folktale Project

"    The Folktale Project " Podcast
Folklore, fairytales and legends from around the world the way they were meant to be. Brought to you every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Who says you're too old for a good story?

Copyright © Dan Scholz and The Folktale Project

Season: 1 Episode: 428
'The Bear, The Boar, and The Fox' is another Russian folktale with those trying to do something dishonest getting their just desserts (and then some in the case of The Bear). Seeing a trend?

Season: 1 Episode: 429
Our final Russian folktale of the week has a witch, an easily duped king and will answer the question of what happens to the unborn babies if you transform a pregnant woman into a duck. Because I know I've always asked myself that very question!

Season: 1 Episode: 430
In 'The Parrot' we're presented with that most prevalent of themes in Italian folklore - it's better to be clever than rich and powerful. Always.

Season: 1 Episode: 431
In 'The Ass' we meet the one animal that's able to frustrate God, the ass. Because if someone's going to push the Lord over the edge of course it's going to be the ass.

Season: 1 Episode: 432
Honesty is definitely the best policy - especially if your name is 'Truthful Joseph'. Even when the impossible choice before you is to lie or face the wrath of the King.

Season: 1 Episode: 433
'The Black Bowl' is a Japanese story about true love and how that love can't be blocked by anything, even a giant rice bowl.

Season: 1 Episode: 434
In 'The Good Thunder' Rai-Den sends Rai-Tara, the God of Thunder's son, to the Earth to learn a lesson from mankind.

Season: 1 Episode: 435
In 'The Flute' we see all of the ill intentions of every "evil stepmother" story we've ever come across carried out. And it's as terrible as you would imagine.

Season: 1 Episode: 436
In 'The Hares and Frogs in a Storm' Aesop tries valiantly to gets us to not live in fear and be ruled by that fear. A noble (but difficult) pursuit.

Season: 1 Episode: 437
In 'The Jackdaw and The Peacocks' Aesop tries to keep people in their place in society. Showing that clearly some of Aesop's fables haven't aged well.

Season: 1 Episode: 438
Finish off a week of Aesop with one of the most famous of his fables and the root of all of the country vs. city stories you've ever seen or heard - 'The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse'.

Season: 1 Episode: 439
In Charles Skinner's 'The Forest Smithy' we have a very Skinner unsolved mystery from New England featuring the hidden contents of a mysterious cushion.

Season: 1 Episode: 440
In 'The Loss of Jacob Hurd' we see the unfortunate outcome of accusing one's child of witchcraft.

Season: 1 Episode: 441
Our last story from New England, 'The Dead Ship of Harpswell', features a prophetic death ship off the coast of Maine, because New Englanders really, really like their ghost ship stories.

Season: 1 Episode: 442
I feel like there's a little bit of Klaas from 'The Boy Who Wanted More Cheese' in all of us. Always wanting more and never really prepared for when we get it.

Season: 1 Episode: 443
'The Goblins Turned to Stone' is the kind of meandering, multi-faceted tale that William Elliot Griffis seems to thrive on bringing from the Dutch people. And we all love him for it!

Season: 1 Episode: 444
It's not the Snow White that you're expecting, but 'Prince Spin Head and Miss Snow White' is still a love story. It's also an origin tale hiding in plain sight, which is amazing.

Season: 1 Episode: 445
'How the Goldfinch Got His Colors' is a heartwarming tale of a bird who missed out on having his plumage painted, but in the end received the more brilliant colors.

Season: 1 Episode: 446
I love a chance to get a good laugh in at a cat's expense and 'Why Cats Always Wash After Eating' doesn't fail to deliver.

Season: 1 Episode: 447
'The Sugar-Candy House' is one of the very few tales in which I'll defend the motives of the villain. I mean imagine you're enjoying your retirement when a couple of kids start eating your house!

Season: 1 Episode: 448
'The Mermaid of the Magdalenes' is a story of the making of a mermaid that's less about the mermaid than how delicious sardines are and how amazing the lobster is.

Season: 1 Episode: 449
Is 'The Tobacco Fairy from The Blue Hills' a Canadian folktale or an elaborate, long play Philip Morris ad?

Season: 1 Episode: 450
In 'Ermine and The Hunter' we have yet another tale where I feel pity for the antagonist. But folklore, like history, is written by the winners.

Season: 1 Episode: 451
In the fairy tale of 'Wonderwings' from New Zealand we learn how a fairy gets her beautiful wings.

Season: 1 Episode: 452
In 'On the Moon' we have an abduction and a dash of Stockholm syndrome. But we learn who really is the face in the moon, so there's that.

Season: 1 Episode: 453
The Maori story of 'The Wanderers' will be familiar tale to those of us who saw last 2016's Disney hit Moana as the origin story of the Maori as they left Hawa-iki.

Season: 1 Episode: 454
'The Conclave of Corpses' is the first ghost story I've told on The Folktale Project that actually gave me chills the first time I read it. OK, the first few times I read it.

Season: 1 Episode: 455
I have to say the headless horseman in Germany's 'The Flaming Castle' is much, much more disciplined than the American version. And let's all remember that torturing old women for secrets never ends well for anyone.

Season: 1 Episode: 456
'The Dancers' is our final German story of the week and features an agitated priest who curses a group of local revelers. It's pretty much German folklore's version of Footloose, featuring a curse from the heavens.

Season: 1 Episode: 457
'Fox-Fire' is a short, simple story from Chinese Folklore about the elixir of life being "borrowed" from a fox.

Season: 1 Episode: 458
In 'A Legend of Confucius' we see the morality of Confucianism and the great knowledge of Confucius in an experience with Tsin Schi Huang after the great teacher's death.

Season: 1 Episode: 459
'The Little Hunting Dog' reminds me a ton of a Hans Christian Andersen tale, with a scholar being aided by tiny protectors.

Season: 1 Episode: 460
'The Ass That Lays Money' is one of my favorite Italian folktales and it ends with a special appearance from the Beater.

Season: 1 Episode: 461
'The Ant and The Mouse' is the heartbreaking story of a young ant in love with a gluttonous mouse.

Season: 1 Episode: 462
'Parsley' is the original 'Rapunzel' but there's a dash of the standard Eastern European "escape from Baba Yaga" in there that makes this my favorite maiden in a tower tale.

Season: 1 Episode: 463
The Turkish story of 'The Creation' is an amazing creation tale that lets us in on the creation of the first man - and the first dog.

Season: 1 Episode: 464
'The Liver' is my new favorite progressive story. So much more action oriented (and less silly) than the English versions.

Season: 1 Episode: 465
In 'The Wizard-Dervish' Turkish folklore combines a great number of folk tropes (forsaking a child that was born through magical intervention, three princesses and a choice, lots of transmutation and even an awkwardly extended wedding.

Season: 1 Episode: 466
In our first of three stories about making deals with the Devil in honor of Halloween, General Jonathan Moulton of New Hampshire shows us all why you shouldn't try to trick the Devil.

Season: 1 Episode: 467
Happy Halloween! Today I'm rectifying a great injustice, and bringing you the story of the origin of the Jack O'Lantern and one man who got the better of the Devil and still lost out in the end - Stingy Jack.

Season: 1 Episode: 468
In 'The Devil's Match' we finally have a Devil who doesn't win and a wise farmer who ends up walking away with his bag of gold.

Season: 1 Episode: 469
The ending of 'Why the Banana Belongs to The Monkey', in all of its absurdity, is one of my favorite endings in all of folklore.

Season: 1 Episode: 470
'The Adventures of a Fisherman's Son', like so many of the Brazilian tales captured by Elsie Spicer Eells, takes a common trope of folklore and adds a little something special.

Season: 1 Episode: 471
'Why the Monkey Still Has a Tale' is a progressive tale from Brazil that shows what always happens when two friends play pranks on each other - someone always take it too far.

Season: 1 Episode: 472
'The Fish and The Ring' is a story about how you just can't fight fate. A super horrible, misogynistic story about how you can't fight fate.

Season: 1 Episode: 473
'Mr. Miacca' is a pretty terrifying boogey man who matches wits with the very bad boy Tommy Grimes.

Season: 1 Episode: 474
'The Three Fools' is a version of 'The Three Sillies' where the end actually makes me smile. Like a lot.

Season: 1 Episode: 475
In 'The May-Pole of Merrymount' we get a much needed reminder of how religious oppression can destroy a perfectly good time.

Season: 1 Episode: 476
In 'The Revenge of Josiah Breeze' we see that truly everyone should be invited to the Thanksgiving table, even an enemy.

Season: 1 Episode: 477
'A Bird in Search of a Mate' is a silly, sweet love story from North America. The perfect way to head into the weekend!

Season: 1 Episode: 478
'The Crystal Ball' is a tale of love and the strength of brotherly love between the sons of an enchantress and, of course, a kidnapped princess.

Season: 1 Episode: 479
In 'The Frog King' we learn that we should always keep our promises, no matter how ridiculous it may be. Also, always be nice to frogs - they tend to be transformed royalty.

Season: 1 Episode: 480
'The Death of the Little Hen' is exactly what you expect when you know you're listening to a Brothers Grimm story. Namely that everyone dies.

Season: 1 Episode: 481
'The Bear, the Dog and the Cat' is the most Russian version of the 'Old Sultan' folktale I've ever come across, with the inclusion of the most cattish cat ever.

Season: 1 Episode: 482
'The Wood Sprite' is a Russian tale all about a mischievous creature who lives in the wood and leaves far more questions than answers.

Season: 1 Episode: 483
In 'The Dun Cow' it's as if Alexander Afanasyev tried to put together as many folktales as humanly possible. And incredibly - it works!

Season: 1 Episode: 484
'The Fairy Comb' is a Greek story that's largely about consent and just how damaging it can be to act without it.

Season: 1 Episode: 485
In 'The Hare With Many Friends' Aesop shows us the failing in relying on quantity over quality when it comes to friendships.

Season: 1 Episode: 486
For our final Greek folktale let's look at two versions of a story that most (myself included) conflate with 'The Mouse and The Lion' - 'Androcles'.

Season: 1 Episode: 487
Stories like 'The Legend of The Thunder Oak' do an amazing job of showing how Christianity absorbed the rituals and ceremonies of other religions. Plus we get yet another story of the first Christmas tree.

Season: 1 Episode: 488
I absolutely love the story of 'Babouscka' - the old Russian woman who declined to follow the Three Wise Men on their way to Bethlehem to see the Christ child, then decided to bring him some toys in the morning.

Season: 1 Episode: 489
In 'Mrs. Santa Claus' we get to see Mrs. Claus being awesome and stepping in to hand deliver three dolls that Santa forgot at the North Pole.

Season: 1 Episode: 490
Merry Christmas from The Folktale Project! Today's folktale is an annual tradition on the podcast - a reading of Clement C. Moore's 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'.

Season: 1 Episode: 491
As we end 2018 let's look back at your three favorite tales of the year. Your third favorite story was the Belgian folktale of 'The Sugar Candy House'.

Season: 1 Episode: 492
As we end 2018 we're looking back at your three favorite tales of the year. Your second favorite story was the Russian folktale of 'The Fire-Bird, the Horse of Power, and the Princess Vasilisa'.

Season: 1 Episode: 493
As we end 2018 we're looking back at your three favorite tales of the year. Your favorite story in 2018 was the English folktale 'The Golden Arm'.

Season: 1 Episode: 494
England's 'Johnny-Cake' is much like Norway's 'The Pancake', but the wily nature of the fox provides an ending that makes this a uniquely English folktale.

Season: 1 Episode: 495
For the end of a tiny week of folklore we have a teeny-tiny tale from Joseph Jacobs filled with the most amazing alliteration that I absolutely love.

Season: 1 Episode: 496
The Tiger and the Stag are the Odd Couple of the animal kingdom in 'Why the Tiger and the Stag Fear Each Other' and bring some next level passive aggression to their relationship.

Season: 1 Episode: 497
In 'How the Monkey Became a Trickster' the monkey uses his skill and knowledge to trick every other animal in existence. Because of course he would.

Season: 1 Episode: 498
It's hard to read some folklore without seeing the racist attitudes that are undeniably present. Especially in stories like 'How the Pigeon Became a Tame Bird', where it has no bearing whatsoever on the origin it supposedly brings us.

Season: 1 Episode: 499
I don't see any women's words parting flesh and blood in this Chinese folktale, but 'Women's Words Part Flesh and Blood' is hands down my new favorite tale about moderation.

Season: 1 Episode: 500
'The Dragon After His Winter Sleep' teaches us one of the most fascinating things I've learned from folklore. Definitely the most interesting thing I've learned about dragons in a long, long time.

Season: 1 Episode: 501
Haunted burial grounds are a standard part of every culture's folklore. 'The Night on the Battlefield' is one such tale from China with a very interesting twist.

Season: 1 Episode: 502
'Fair Maria Wood' is the kind of folktale that I deliberate heavily before sharing because of the extreme misogyny and abuse. In the end I hope that this spurs conversation about abuse and the place that our folklore has in having brought us to where we a

Season: 1 Episode: 503
'The Mason and His Son' has some truly messed up parts. Theft, decapitation, numerous burials/exhumations and even senicide ends up with a reward in this Italian folktale.

Season: 1 Episode: 504
After two rather depressing (and violent) stories from Italy this week I'm happy to bring you 'Water and Salt' - a story that has no dismemberment, death or abuse. Just attempted murder.

Season: 1 Episode: 505
The Brothers Grimm bring us the love story of 'The Spindle, The Shuttle, and The Needle' with a beautiful orphan, a goodly Godmother, a Prince, and some enchanted tools.

Season: 1 Episode: 506
'The Elves' is an anonymous German folktale that brings us kind and gentle elves that aren't out to trick or deceive, but rather live comfortably and serve the house of Rosenberg.

Season: 1 Episode: 507
'Snow-White and Rose-Red' is a very different tale than the one that you know. Plus possibly the first Easter egg in folklore. At least it's the first I've noticed.

Season: 1 Episode: 508
'An Event in Indian Park' is a love story from Charles Skinner and like most Skinner stories it reflects a bit of a negative view of Native Americans it's still very much a love story.

Season: 1 Episode: 509
If the Starks had half the wits that the Mink has there never would have been a Red Wedding. At least that's how Andrew Lang tells it in 'The Mink and The Wolf'.

Season: 1 Episode: 510
Our final folktale from North America is 'Manstin, the Rabbit' and it comes from my favorite Native American author of folklore, Zitkála-Šá. And boy, does Manstin have one hell of a journey.

Season: 1 Episode: 511
'The Lad Who Went to the North Wind' may seem like another story about a boy who is given three magical items (and loses them as quickly as he gets them) but it's certainly a bit more than that.

Season: 1 Episode: 512
With just a hint of murder 'How the Stalos Were Tricked' is a tale about how stupid Norwegian trolls can be and how to get revenge on them.

Season: 1 Episode: 513
In Norway's version of the black and white bride 'The Bushy Bride' we can't help but end up asking ourselves with so many stories about evil stepmothers and sisters why did anyone bother getting remarried? It never really ended well.

Season: 1 Episode: 514
'The Nurse' is a story about honor and the love between a nurse and her young charge who is wronged by, of course, his stepmother.

Season: 1 Episode: 515
Every now and then there's an origin story that really sends you for a loop. And to be honest I admire the individual who looked at a jellyfish and thought, I know how that happened.

Season: 1 Episode: 516
In 'The Robe of Feathers' we have one of my favorite pieces of give and take in dialogue between man and fairy ever. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Season: 1 Episode: 517
'How The Monkey Got Food When He Was Hungry' is part 'There was an old woman who swallowed a fly', part begging Peter to pay Paul, and all Elsie Spicer Eells.

Season: 1 Episode: 518
'The Most Beautiful Princess' seems like it's going to be a very typical "Prince saves the Princess from a Giant" story, but it's definitely not.

Season: 1 Episode: 519
The first time you listen to 'How the Brazilian Beetles Got Their Gorgeous Coats' all you're going to hear is the story of 'The Tortoise and The Hare' and I promise you it's not. It's so much better.

Season: 1 Episode: 520
In 'Tea Tree' we have the first of our stories to come from Isabel Peacocke's "Piccaninnies".

Season: 1 Episode: 521
In 'The Magic Mirror' fairies teach us how to rule a monarchy in a way that endears you to your people.

Season: 1 Episode: 522
'The Leaf Fairies' is a type of tale that doesn't get enough coverage on the podcast, a fairy story for children to teach them about the natural world.

Season: 1 Episode: 523
You may think you know about Tom Thumb, but unless you've read 'The History of Tom Thumb' by Joseph Jacobs you probably don't know all about Tom, King Arthur's smallest knight.

Season: 1 Episode: 524
In the progressive tale of 'Henny-Penny' we really shouldn't blame Foxy-Woxy for being a fox, should we?

Season: 1 Episode: 525
'The Master and His Pupil' is the English version of Goethe's 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' which, in turn, is the basis for Disney's animated version. And it's probably the most fun I've had with a folktale this year.

Season: 1 Episode: 526
'The Magic Mouthful' is a reminder that folklore can be used to reinforce some pretty misogynistic views and behaviors. The worst of them are like this tale and feature a wise older woman giving misogynistic advice to a younger woman. Not cool.

Season: 1 Episode: 527
While I won't ever condone murder there is a sense of poetic justice present in the Portuguese folktale of 'King Robin' where a boy who tortures animals gets his just desserts.

Season: 1 Episode: 528
'Maria of the Forest' tries to teach us that we can't avoid our fate, by having a King repeatedly attempt murder because a strange voice said he was fated to marry a the daughter of a poor charcoal burner. Not really the nicest way to teach such a lesson

Season: 1 Episode: 529
'The Cock and The Mouse' is the most Italian progressive tale ever told. And I love it for that alone.

Season: 1 Episode: 530
In 'The Baker's Apprentice' we hear the familiar story of a tour of the after life with the Madonna, but with quite a unique ending.

Season: 1 Episode: 531
I'm normally all for the antagonist getting their just desserts (as we all know), but I'll be the first to admit that 'The Stepmother' from Thomas Crane's "Italian Popular Tales" takes it all a bit too far.

Season: 1 Episode: 532
'The Division of the Saranacs' tells the sad tale behind the schism between the Upper and Lower Saranacs.

Season: 1 Episode: 533
'Samuel Sewall's Prophecy' comes from a particularly complicated historical figure, Samuel Sewall. Sewall was an early abolitionist (although not terribly favorable to the African American) and one of judges at the famous Salem Witch Trials.

Season: 1 Episode: 534
In the Eskimo folktale of 'The Guest' an old witch gets her due after getting jealous over some extra game.

Season: 1 Episode: 535
In 'The Mouse, The Bird, and The Sausage', the Brothers Grimm show us once again why once roommates figure out their respective jobs they should just stick to them. Also, why you should never listen to a jealous bird.

Season: 1 Episode: 536
'Bearskin' by the Brothers Grimm has the single best twist that I've found in over 530 folktales. Even I was surprised.

Season: 1 Episode: 537
In 'The Cellar of the Old Knights in the Kyffhauser' we get a terrific moral lesson about trying to profit from that which is given to us.

Season: 1 Episode: 538
'The Maiden Who Was Stolen Away' features a young maiden, a brave brother and an ogre in love that just doesn't take no for an answer, but still respects the no that's given.

Season: 1 Episode: 539
The Chinese folktale of 'How The Five Ancients Became Men' explains the creation of the Gods from nature. It's a beautiful mixture of folklore, history and mythology.

Season: 1 Episode: 540
Another story from the Chinese Fairy Book starring an Ogre, but in the case of 'The Flying Ogre' we also see a heavenly hunter of said ogre.

Season: 1 Episode: 541
In 'Story of The Duck with Golden Eggs' we have a duck who lays golden eggs if cared for, but can make you a Tsar if you eat it. I'll let you guess what happens to the duck.

Season: 1 Episode: 542
'Who Lived in The Skull' is the perfect story to learn to perform for small children, especially if you learn Arthur Ransome's recommended hand movements.

Season: 1 Episode: 543
The Russian tale of 'The Judgement of Shemyaka' is a cautionary tale on the ability of some people to seemingly get away with anything. The entire story is mind boggling.

Season: 1 Episode: 544
We've looked at many fairytales that follow the story of 'The Fairies', but Charles Perrault's version has some spectacular features that make it well worth it.

Season: 1 Episode: 545
In Mme. De Beaumont's 'The Widow and Her Two Daughters' we have a story where both daughters give of themselves. They each get a gift from a fairy, but are both truly rewarded?

Season: 1 Episode: 546
Our final French story of the week, 'Blondine' is part one of a Patreon supporter special, the complete story of 'The Story of Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon'.

Season: 1 Episode: 547
In 'The Maiden of The Sea' (our first tale ever from Armenia) we meet "the baby" my very favorite character ever. And I can almost guarantee that you'll love him too!

Season: 1 Episode: 548
With 'The Tricks of a Woman' it's surely all about historical perspective. You can see this as a tale to warn men of the cunning nature of women, but I like to see it as a woman putting a cocky man in his place.

Season: 1 Episode: 549
'The Idiot' is an Armenian travel tale all about a real doozy of an idiot, even if his idiocy isn't fully apparent from the start.

Season: 1 Episode: 550
Sometimes folklore can help to answer a question that you've held since childhood, like why is a baker's dozen thirteen? In 'The Baker's Dozen' Charles Skinner gives us a reason filled with saints, cakes and a Dutch baker in Albany, NY.

Season: 1 Episode: 551
I'm a sucker for creation tales, but the Cherokee tale of 'How The World Was Made' is now my absolute favorite. It is the very first creation story I've found that fully accepts that there are unknowns in the story and I love that about it.

Season: 1 Episode: 552
If you've every wondered "who was the first person to try to eat corn" the Arikara tribe has the answer in 'The Legend of The Corn'.

Season: 1 Episode: 553
This week the podcast is bringing you the three tales of King Alexander's Adventures from "Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends". This first story, 'The Vision of Victory' introduces us to King Alexander and introduces King Alexander to the Jews.

Season: 1 Episode: 554
In 'The Land of Darkness and The Gate of Paradise', King Alexander learns the wisdom of the Queen of The Amazons and discovers the River of Life and The Garden of Eden.

Season: 1 Episode: 555
In the last of Aunt Naomi's tales of King Alexander, 'The Wonders of The World', we get to see the world through the eyes of Alexander the Great. And Alexander makes a great discovery in the process.

Season: 1 Episode: 556
In 'The Story of a Slave, By Name 'The World'' we meet an adulterous woman and her lovers, including a slave who cannot hold his tongue.

Season: 1 Episode: 557
In the Nigerian tale of 'The Story of The Boy and The Old Woman and How the Wasp Got His Small Waist' we learn not why the wasp is, but rather why he's shaped the way he is. And the reason, according to the Hausa, is quite a tale.

Season: 1 Episode: 558
In 'A Story About Three Youths All Skilled in Certain Things and How They Used That Skill to Circumvent a Difficulty' we see the familiar trope of threes played out in a unique manner. Instead of three challenges to overcome we see three different ways to

Season: 1 Episode: 559
In the Armenian tale of 'A Wise Weaver' we have a rather ingenious man save his kingdom from invasion and then politely decline the King's job offer.

Season: 1 Episode: 560
The Armenian folktale of 'Mind or Luck, Which?' has some strong thematic ties to the story of Job in the Old Testament. Two sides arguing with a man caught in the middle and in the end, nobody actually wins.

Season: 1 Episode: 561
The Armenian folktale of 'The Sparrow and The Two Children' is much, much more than another story about a wicked stepmother trying to kill off her stepchildren. It's all about showing kindness, especially to animals.

Season: 1 Episode: 562
If you think you have family issues may I refer you to the English folktale of 'The Golden Ball'. Now this poor girl has family issues. Luckily she also has a true love, which is almost always better in folklore.

Season: 1 Episode: 563
Take one part "The Goosegirl", one part "Cinderella", and mix it with a little 'Pied Piper' and you'll get the English folktale of 'Tattercoats'.

Season: 1 Episode: 564
'Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse' is an English folktale that is profoundly sad, beginning with two lovely mice and a countryside tableau and ending with none of this.

Season: 1 Episode: 565
You know that I can't pass up a good origin story, right? 'The Islands of Flowers' is a very, very good one about the origin of the Azores.

Season: 1 Episode: 566
Sometimes you want a story to make you think about race, gender or power. And sometimes you want an explanation for why dogs sniff each other. Today, 'Why Dogs Sniff' answers that pressing question.

Season: 1 Episode: 567
'The Table, The Sifter and The Pinchers' is my favorite version of the story of three gifts given by a King and stolen by an innkeeper. Seriously, what was wrong with innkeepers?

Season: 1 Episode: 568
Not a single character in 'The King Who Wanted a Beautiful Wife' could even remotely be considered a "good" person. Which is, honestly, a first for The Folktale Project.

Season: 1 Episode: 569
'The Bucket' is a story that should feel terribly familiar. However, unlike other versions, a lesson is learned where is wasn't before.

Season: 1 Episode: 570
In 'The Two Humpbacks' we have another tale that explores the difference in fates between two individuals. However, in this case, there's no clear good or bad person but definitely good and bad outcomes - and maybe that's the point.

Season: 1 Episode: 571
'The Party from Gibbet Island' is a tale about Ellis Island long before it was the hub of immigration in the US.

Season: 1 Episode: 572
'The Phantom Dragoon' is a rare tale from the Revolutionary United States that praises the ingenuity of a young English scout. A rare story indeed.

Season: 1 Episode: 573
Today we have our annual reading of Charles Skinner's 'Consecration of Washington'. Because nobody deifies their leaders quite like Americans.

Season: 1 Episode: 547
We start off our week of Chinese folklore with a short tale chock full of schadenfreude, 'Who Was the Sinner?' from "The Chinese Fairy Book".

Season: 1 Episode: 575
'The Three Rhymesters' is a fun story that praises intelligence and a quick wit. And it praises (to an extent) a young woman, which is unfortunately rare in folklore.

Season: 1 Episode: 576
In 'The Halos of The Saints' we discover that saints and scholars have halos that can blind people. and that foxes are scared of them both!

Season: 1 Episode: 577
This week is a visit to Russia for three new tales, beginning with Bain's 'The Brave Labourer', a story all about the bravery we find when we really don't have a choice in our actions.

Season: 1 Episode: 578
It seems like we all end up knowing someone like Demyan from 'The Tale of the Peasant Demyan'. Someone who is hard hearted and always ready to both be right and to quarrel.

Season: 1 Episode: 579
'Morozko' is a tale of the Russian Jack Frost, a good daughter and a bad daughter, and the world's smartest talking dog.

Season: 1 Episode: 580
The Filipino folktale of 'The Flood Story' isn't an adaptation of the Judeo-Christian Flood. It's so, so much better.

Season: 1 Episode: 181
'The Story of the Creation' from Mindanao is an amazing creation tale, and that's not just that I love creation folklore.

Season: 1 Episode: 582
'The Story of a Monkey' is a Filipino progressive folktale with a surprising twist at the end.

Season: 1 Episode: 583
'The Unmannerly Tiger' is our very first folklore from Korea and the story of a very hungry, very proud tiger named "Mountain Uncle" 🐯.

Season: 1 Episode: 584
In 'A Bridegroom for Miss Mole' we meet a father determined to find the best husband in the entire world possible for his beautiful daughter. But nobody feels worthy.

Season: 1 Episode: 585
In the Korean folktale of 'The Rabbit's Eyes' we find a turtle who has nefarious plans and a bunny who is (thankfully) as smart as he is trusting.

Season: 1 Episode: 586
In 'The Bright Sun Brings it to Light' the Brothers Grimm bring us a story about the strength of a guilty man's conscience.

Season: 1 Episode: 587
At first blush 'The Grey Mare in the Garret' seems like a ghost story, but in reality it's a love tale set during The Plague in "Folklore and Legends: German".

Season: 1 Episode: 588
'Eve's Various Children' provides us a divine rationalization for some very serious classism.

Season: 1 Episode: 589
'The Teapot' is Hans Christian Andersen at his finest. A sweet, sad and poignant tale that is almost a complete rebuttal to last Friday's story of divine classism from the Brothers Grimm.

Season: 1 Episode: 590
In 'The Happy Family' Hans Christian Andersen gives us a pretty solid allegory for the myopic view of nationalism.

Season: 1 Episode: 591
'The Old Gravestone' is a love letter by Hans Christian Andersen to the art of storytelling in quite possibly the saddest way possible. Because it's Hans Christian Andersen.

Season: 1 Episode: 592
'The Old Woman and Her Pig' is the silliest of silly English folktales. And for a progressive tale that's saying quite a bit.

Season: 1 Episode: 593
'How Jack Went to Seek His Fortune' is a fun version of 'The Bremen Town Musicians' and an excellent foil to the American idea of the solitary Hero's Journey. Jack can't get his fortune without the animal friends he meets along the way.

Season: 1 Episode: 594
'Catskin' is a version of the Cinderella story, and what is missing with the evil stepmother and sisters is more than made up with a cook who constantly calls Catskin "you dirty, impudent slut!"

Season: 1 Episode: 595
'Christmas Tree' is the story about how fashion came to the Piccaninnies in New Zealand and has nothing at all to do with Christmas.

Season: 1 Episode: 596
'Fairy Tenderheart' only wants to see an end to war and finds help in The Oldest Fairy and a magic flower.

Season: 1 Episode: 597
Our final fairy tale from New Zealand is a story about two different types of fairies playing in the Bush in New Zealand. It doesn't get much better than that.

Season: 1 Episode: 598
As someone who truly hates conflict I absolutely understand the protagonist of 'The Mistaken Gifts'. But let's all remember to get confirmation of all of our wedding proposals, OK?

Season: 1 Episode: 599
Our final story from the Philippines this week is one of my favorite types of stories - an origin tale that tries to explain an animal's behavior. In this case it's 'Why Dogs Wag Their Tails'.

Season: 1 Episode: 600
This week we're catching up with the story of Blondine with Part 2, 'Blondine Lost' where we see the young Princess become lost in an enchanted forest.

Season: 1 Episode: 601
In Part 3 of Blondine, 'The Forest of Lilacs' we get a bit of breather as the young Princess comes to the realization that she is lost in the enchanted forest.

Season: 1 Episode: 602
In 'Blondine's Awakening – Beau-Minon - A French Folktale' our Princess awakens to find herself alone in the enchanted Forest of Lilacs. Or is she really alone?

Season: 1 Episode: 603
Heading back to Japan this week we start with a story that tells us why moths and other insects are drawn to a flame. And of course it's blamed on a female insect. :rollseyes

Season: 1 Episode: 604
The meddlesome father in this story of love from Japan may be a Deity, but that unfortunately doesn't make him any less of a villain to 'The Star Lovers'.

Season: 1 Episode: 605
In the Japanese folktale of 'Hana-Saka-Jiji' we meet two old couples who couldn't be more opposite of each other, and in the end each gets their due.

Season: 1 Episode: 606
We often romanticize it, but in the individual stories of soldiers we see the true brutality of war. The American folktale of 'Father and Son' tells such a tale and the impact that it can have on generations.

Season: 1 Episode: 607
In 'The Legend of The Peace Pipe' we get a view of the origins of the peace pipe from the Omaha nation.

Season: 1 Episode: 608
In 'How Rabbit Caught the Sun in a Trap' we hear the story of a sun catcher who hated not being first to the hunt (even though he was).

Season: 1 Episode: 609
The German folktale of 'The Toy of the Young Giantess' is all about remembering to keep perspective in mind.

Season: 1 Episode: 610
The magistrates in 'The Cathedral Clock' are some of the most shortsighted rulers to have ever come into power. No pun intended.

Season: 1 Episode: 611
'The Knave of Bergen' is the tale of an executioner who was, thankfully, able to think on his feet.

Season: 1 Episode: 612
In the first of three new stories from China we have 'The Great Flood' a story that has familiar elements from the Judeo-Christian tradition, Russian folklore and others.

Season: 1 Episode: 613
In the Chinese tale of 'The Silkworm Goddess' we learn about the origin of the Goddess who is tasked with protecting the silkworm. And it's quite the story.

Season: 1 Episode: 614
'The Three Ruling Gods' tells us the story of how the Gods of the Water, Earth and Heavens came to be, and why they appear the way they do.

Season: 1 Episode: 615
In 'The Wicked King' the King is truly wicked, but the more interesting character (in my opinion) is his enabler, the executioner.

Season: 1 Episode: 616
In 'Elivra, the Sainted Princess' we see the conflict between the historical King Wamba and his secretly Christian daughter, Elvira.

Season: 1 Episode: 617
'The Half-Chick' is the perfect cautionary tale about being rude and dismissive to those you meet along your journey. Because everyone needs a little help sometimes.

Season: 1 Episode: 618
In the Italian folktale of 'Vineyard I Was and Vineyard I Am' three people handle a misunderstanding in the most adult way possible, talking through the issue at hand and not overreacting (too much).

Season: 1 Episode: 619
'The Ingrates' tells us about the ways of the world as it is, and not at all as we'd like it to be. And it's not the best reflection of ourselves.

Season: 1 Episode: 620
The best way I can describe 'The Lord, St. Peter and The Apostles' is as the original, Italian folklore version of "Buddy Christ" and shows Jesus as your friend who plays bad practical jokes.

Season: 1 Episode: 621
'Twinkling Feet's Halloween' is the perfect story to start our week of Halloween folklore this year. It's an adorable tale of a pixie who loses his laugh on Halloween and looks to a jolly witch and Jack o Lantern for help.

Season: 1 Episode: 622
Happy Halloween from The Folktale Project! We're celebrating, as we do every year, with a retelling of the story of the origin of the Jack o' Lantern, 'Stingy Jack'.

Season: 1 Episode: 623
In the final Halloween folktale this week of 'The Courteous Prince' we have a love story that takes place on Halloween eve and features the kindest Prince in folklore.

Season: 1 Episode: 624
The Armenian folktale of 'The Dreamer' is a story whose pieces we've heard before, but when put together makes a fascinating tale to say the least!

Season: 1 Episode: 625
The nursery tale of 'The Old Woman and The Cat' is a familiar progressive folktale with a truly surprising ending, complete with a moral worthy of Aesop.

Season: 1 Episode: 626
'Salman and Rostom' is an origin story hidden in a tale of a great warrior and a warlord.

Season: 1 Episode: 627
'Rainbow and The Autumn Leaves' is a very special Canadian folktale. It's the source of two completely different origins.

Season: 1 Episode: 628
Another Canadian origin tale from Cyrus Macmillan's "Canadian Fairy Tales'", 'The Songbird and The Healing Waters' is the story of a loving and devoted husband who makes a discovery.

Season: 1 Episode: 629
In our last Canadian Fairy Tale 'The Boy Who Was Saved By Thoughts' we have a story of trials, tribulations, and humility instead of a tale of origins. It's quite a story to end the week.

Season: 1 Episode: 630
This week we're picking up where we left off in the story of 'Blondine, Bonne-Bich, and Beau-Minon' with the story of Bonne-Biche, where we meet the very talented white hind herself.

Season: 1 Episode: 631
'Blondine's Second Awakening' shows just how alone Blondine feels in the castle of Bonne-Biche. It's heartbreaking for sure, but nearly outweighed by the teaching methodology of Bonne-Biche and Beau Minon.

Season: 1 Episode: 632
In our final chapter of 'Blondine, Bonne-Biche and Bon-Minon' the action really gets going with the introduction of 'The Parrot'.

Season: 1 Episode: 633
In our first of three Native American folktales this week we get the story of why the deer has no gall bladder and the antelope has no dewclaw.

Season: 1 Episode: 634
Our second Native American folktale this Thanksgiving week is the story of 'The Dog and The Root Digger' and tells us the tale of a man who steals the buffalo from the plains and the brave Napi who gets them back.

Season: 1 Episode: 635
In the Pawee folktale 'The Ghost Bride' we get an interesting view into the daily life of the Pawnee on the plains. Plus a ghost, just because.

Season: 1 Episode: 636
The Brothers Grimm story of 'The Duration of Life' cuts way too close for someone deep in the years of the Ass.

Season: 1 Episode: 637
In 'The Wolf and The Man' we learn how animals may perceive human technology, specifically hunting technology.

Season: 1 Episode: 638
In the Brothers Grimm folktale of 'The Three Languages' we get a story that is both expected (the protagonist uses his unique knowledge to better himself) and unexpected (the Grimms don't generally do stories disparaging the Church).

Season: 1 Episode: 639
In 'The Bird with Nine Heads' we meet a few sea dragons, a brave (but not so bright) youth and a kidnapped princess. It's quite a way to start a week of Chinese tales.

Season: 1 Episode: 640
'The Dangerous Reward' tells a cautionary tale of listening closely when one of the Gods gives you a warning in a story about a man who is just trying to help.

Season: 1 Episode: 641
Our final Chinese fairy tale this year, 'The Sorcerer of the White Lotus Lodge' is the tale of a great sorcerer who gets away with pretty much everything.

Season: 1 Episode: 642
We pick up the story of Blondine at a rather sad point and find out exactly what happened to Bonne-Biche and Beau Minon.

Season: 1 Episode: 643
In 'The Tortoise' our heroine the final leg of her journey in the penultimate chapter of the French fairytale saga, "Blondine".

Season: 1 Episode: 644
The conclusion of the French fairy saga "Blondine" is absolutely, completely and totally worth it as we discover the final fate of Beau-Minon and Bonne-Biche.

Season: 1 Episode: 645
As another year comes quickly to a close we have our traditional reading of Clement Clarke Moore's 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'.

Season: 1 Episode: 645
One of my favorite parts of "A Christmas Carol", 'Christmas at Fezziwig's Warehouse' is the story of what sounds like one outrageous office party.

Season: 1 Episode: 646
Our final folktale for the year, 'Old Santeclaus with Much Delight', is a glimpse of Santa well before Clement Clarke Moore's portrayal in 'A Visit from St. Nicholas' and shows a much harsher Santa.

Today we have your third favorite folktale from 2019, the German tale of 'Snow-White and Rose-Red'!

Today we have your second favorite folktale from 2019 - 'How the Pigeon Became a Tame Bird'.

Today we have your favorite, most listened to episode of 2019, 'The Dragon After His Winter Sleep'!

Season: 1 Episode: 648
Simon (of the Armenian tale 'Simon, The Friend of Snakes') is definitely a friend of the snakes, and being such he gets a wonderful reward indeed!

Season: 1 Episode: 649
'The Golden-Headed Fish' is a story that's quite a ride, particularly in it's ending. Although I'll admit it is a bit problematic in it's description of a main character who happens to be a person of color.

Season: 1 Episode: 650
Dyjhicon is in some ways an Armenian version of 'The Brave Little Tailor', but in many others it is 100% its own tale of a fool who stumbles his way to great things.

Season: 1 Episode: 651
I love a good story where a character tries so hard to be right about something but in the end is proven a fool. And the Italian tale of 'The Doctor's Apprentice' is an almost perfect example.

Season: 1 Episode: 652
'The Cock That Wished to Become Pope' is a story that ends in a most logical way, and yet you're still not fully expecting it.

Season: 1 Episode: 653
'The Clever Peasant' has every opportunity to go a very dark, very different way but in the end it's an endearingly wholesome tale of a generous king and a wise peasant.

Season: 1 Episode: 654
The peasant in 'The Frost, The Sun, and The Wind' is incredibly smart and observant in our first of three Slavic tales this week.

Season: 1 Episode: 655
'The Beautiful Damsel and the Wicked Old Woman' is a familiar tale with some unique (and quite frankly unexpected) parts to it.

Season: 1 Episode: 656
The Slavic version of 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Little Red Hood' is probably my favorite version of the classic tale.

Season: 1 Episode: 657
'Lake of the Dismal Swamp is a love story and a ghost story rolled into one tale from the Virginia swamps.

Season: 1 Episode: 658
'The Moaning Sisters' warn those who live along the Potomac River of an impending death.

Season: 1 Episode: 659
'Two Lives for One' is a ghost story about revenge in the southern city of Macon, Georgia.

Season: 1 Episode: 670
The tanuki is not a "good guy", by any stretch of the imagination, but it looks like he'll finally get what's coming to him in 'How the Wicked Tanuki Was Punished'.

Season: 1 Episode: 671
'The Cold Lady' is a story of love and loss and a young man who, after many years, breaks a promise.

Season: 1 Episode: 672
We end the week with another story of filial piety from Japan, 'The Water of Yoro or the Fountain of Youth'.

Season: 1 Episode: 673
'Good Little Henry' is our next longer tale from Comtesse de Ségur, and we begin this tale with 'The Poor Sick Mother', where we learn the reason for Henry's quest.

Season: 1 Episode: 674
In Part 2 of 'Good Little Henry', 'The Crow, The Cock and The Frog' we see young Henry set off on his quest and meet three very important friends along the way to the mountain.

Season: 1 Episode: 675
In Part 3 of 'Good Little Henry', 'The Harvest' we meet the first of the genii of the mountain and get a glimpse into just how long Henry will be spending on his quest.

Season: 1 Episode: 676
This week is a palate cleanser of sort. After a few long stories I'm bringing you a week of fables from Aesop, beginning with 'The Belly and The Members'.

Season: 1 Episode: 677
Today's fables from Aesop 'The Mischievous Dog' and 'The Monkey and The Dolphin' offer insights into today's political landscape that should be heeded.

Season: 1 Episode: 678
Our final palate cleansing fable from Aesop 'The Milkmaid and Her Pot of Milk' is an anachronistic retelling of the origin of one of the most popular phrases to come from Aesop "never count your chickens before they're hatched."

Season: 1 Episode: 679
This week is all about more historical tales from Germany and Wilhelm Ruland's "Legends of the Rhine". We start with 'The Little Man at the Angel's Pillar', the story of a layman who questions the wisdom of a master and gets his immortal comeuppance.

Season: 1 Episode: 680
'The Bells of Speyer' is a story about two German Emperors and the church bells that tell their worth.

Season: 1 Episode: 681
'Bishop Willigis' is a story from Germany that reminds us to all be proud of where we come from, no matter where that may be.

Season: 1 Episode: 682
In the story of 'The Fire God' from "The Chinese Fairy Book" get get introduced to the Chinese god of fire and a story of her compassion for a kind and good man.

Season: 1 Episode: 683
In 'The God of War' we get the rare opportunity to witness the creation of a God from a historical figure and see Guan Yu become The God of War.

Season: 1 Episode: 684
A search for the elixir of life, eight old men with special magical talents, and the King at the center of it all. 'The King of Huai Nan' is the perfect way to end our week of Chinese folklore.

Season: 1 Episode: 685
This week we're catching back up with "Good Little Henry" and his quest for the plant of life to cure his dying mother with 'The Vintage'.

Season: 1 Episode: 686
In Part 5 of the tale of "Good Little Henry" we get yet another challenge from the genii of the mountain, and Henry gets help from an unexpected friend.

Season: 1 Episode: 687
In 'The Fishing' Henry once again relies on an old friend to help him out of a tight spot as he overcomes the final obstacle on his way to the garden at the top of the mountain.

Season: 1 Episode: 688
In the finale of "Good Little Henry" get finally see Henry reach his destination at the garden of the fairies where he can find 'The Plant of Life'.

Season: 1 Episode: 689
Charles Perrault's version of the classic 'Cinderella' may be the closest to the Disney version, but that doesn't make it any less special. Not at all.

Season: 1 Episode: 690
It's been 4 years since we last told this tale and since it's one of my absolute favorites I'm happy to once again share the classic French tale of that most clever cat, 'The Master Cat, or Puss in Boots'.

Season: 1 Episode: 691
The past few weeks have been a lot, so this week at least I'll be bringing you chapters from one of the silliest, most nonsense filled books of American folklore - Carl Sandburg's "Rootabaga Country", beginning with 'How They Broke Away to Go to the Roota

Season: 1 Episode: 692
Today's silliness from Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories" is about a fantastic village that routinely floats away on the wind.

Season: 1 Episode: 693
One last tale from "Rootabaga Stories" this week as we discover the origins of The Village of Cream Puffs in 'How the Five Rusty Rats Helped Find a New Village' as told by the young girl from our previous tale, Wing Tip the Spick.

Season: 1 Episode: 694
The first of three stories from "More Russian Picture Tales" is very familiar with a small, but important change. This week please visit and make sure you see all of the pictures!

Season: 1 Episode: 695
'The Goat and The Ram' is a Russian folktale where we see two animals overcome their nature to take on a group of wolves.

Season: 1 Episode: 696
In 'The Hungry Wolf' a wolf gets taunted and teased by nearly every animal he encounters, and ultimately leaves hungry.

Season: 1 Episode: 697
In 'The story about a beautiful maiden, and how the hartebeest got the marks under its eyes like teardrops' we discover just how much of a cheat the chameleon is.

Season: 1 Episode: 698
I'll bet you've never wondered why hawks kill chickens, because obviously chickens are delicious. But 'Why a Hawk Kills Chickens' from Southern Nigeria tells a tale of betrayal behind the practice.

Season: 1 Episode: 699
One final Nigerian origin tale this week. Today's story brings us the answer to why the Sun and the Moon are in the sky, and why the earth is covered by water.

Season: 1 Episode: 700
In 'The Farm', the first part of "The History of Princess Rosette" we get introduced to the Princess, her Parents, Sisters and her Fairy Godmother. Because every Godmother is a Fairy Godmother! :)

Season: 1 Episode: 701
In Part 2 of the story of Rosette we get a first glimpse into what the fairy Puissante, her Godmother, has in store for her as well. We also get to meet the brave Prince Charmant.

Season: 1 Episode: 702
Today the story of Princess Rosette channels its inner 90's sitcom with 'Family Council', or as we used to call it: "the family meeting episode."

Season: 1 Episode: 703
In Part 4 of the story of Princess Rosette we discover the love between Charmant and Rosette, and just how much her parents and sisters want her dead.

Season: 1 Episode: 704
In the conclusion of the fairytale of The History of Princess Rosette we come to learn the fate of Rosette, her family, and the good fairy Puissante.

Season: 1 Episode: 705
To finish off our week of French stories I'm going to ease into next week's set of Aesop's Fables with the French version of an Aseop classic, as told by Jean de la Fontaine. This is 'The Fox, the Monkey and the Other Animals'.

Season: 1 Episode: 706
This week is going to be all about Aesop and La Fontaine, with each episode featuring a fable from Aesop and it's adaptation by La Fontaine. Beginning with 'The Ass and the Lap Dog' and 'The Ass and the Little Dog'.

Season: 1 Episode: 707
Today we have the Aesop tale of 'The Cat and The Mice' and La Fontaine's adaptation 'The Cat and The Rat'. A story about trickery that's one of my absolute favorites.

Season: 1 Episode: 708
Our final story this week from Aesop and la Fontaine is 'The Fox and the Stork' a tale of how to reform a cheater by cheating him in turn.

Season: 1 Episode: 709
The first of three new stories from Volume 2 of Charles Skinner's "Myths and Legends of our Own Land" is one that I enjoy because it really highlights the cruelty of the English towards the indigenous people.

Season: 1 Episode: 710
Nicholas Van Wempel, of Flatbush, is the kind of drunk who somehow happens to stumble his way into and out of trouble with such ease that it's almost admirable.

Season: 1 Episode: 711
Dirck Van Dara is a drunkard in old New York who meets a fairy circle of sorts who was wronged by his father.

Season: 1 Episode: 712
'The Three Spinsters' is a tale from the Brothers Grimm that is quite unique in that a young lady actually ends up being rewarded for her laziness.

Season: 1 Episode: 713
In 'The Fox and The Cat' a haughty fox learns the hard tale that life's not about knowing the most things, but rather the right things.

Season: 1 Episode: 714
The Brothers Grimm tale of 'The Rabbit's Bride' features abduction, forced marriage and so much more. This is one of those tales that seems innocuous enough until you really start to look at it.

Season: 1 Episode: 715
Our first story from Japan this week is the origin of a long running hero. From folklore to anime and video games children have loved 'Kintarō, or the Wild Baby'.

Season: 1 Episode: 716
'The Fox and The Badger' is a Japanese story about deceit and retribution that I'm sure I've told a version of before but I still really, really enjoy this version.

Season: 1 Episode: 717
In our final story from Japan 'Watanabé Kills the Great Spider' we get a tale of heroism from the men of Raikō, the hero who adopted Kintarō in Monday's tale.

Season: 1 Episode: 718
'The Fountain of Giant Land' is the familiar story of three Princes off to find a magical item to heal their father with a very special twist.

Season: 1 Episode: 719
'How the Giantess Guimara Became Small' is a Brazilian story about how the Princess of the Giants falls in love with a much, much smaller man.

Season: 1 Episode: 720
The Brazilian story of 'How the Monkey Escaped Being Eaten' has just the best depiction of children that I've ever read. And, of course, the most amazing monkey ever.

Season: 1 Episode: 721
There is so much to unpack in 'The Daughter of the King of The Finns' that I'm not even going to try going into it here. Just sit back and enjoy this Norwegian folktale.

Season: 1 Episode: 722
In 'The Bend' we meet a slumbering giant and witness a pretty horrible wrong. It's a sad, but poignant tale.

Season: 1 Episode: 723
In 'The Nisse Who Was Given New Trousers' we have our final story from Norway for the week and we're ending on a lighter, more humorous note than Wednesday's tale.

Season: 1 Episode: 724
Our first story from the Hausa of Nigeria 'How brothers and sisters first came to quarrel and hate each other' is the disturbing tale of animosity between brothers and their sister.

Season: 1 Episode: 725
In 'A Story of a Great Friendship and How it Was Put to the Test' we see a story of friendship, love and brotherhood that warms the heart.

Season: 1 Episode: 726
'A Story About a Test of Skill' is a fun story from Nigeria about three brothers taking very different approaches to a challenge from their father.

Season: 1 Episode: 727
In 'Man and the Alan' we're introduced to the Alan, a terrifying forest spirit from Luzon.

Season: 1 Episode: 728
Things really don't end well for the Alan in 'The Alan and the Hunters'. And I know, they're not supposed to be the nicest creatures, but it's definitely not a great ending for the Alan.

Season: 1 Episode: 729
In 'The Tree with the Agate Beads' we get a nice little story about a hunter who makes a miraculous discovery to end our week in the Philippines.

Season: 1 Episode: 730
'The Bride of the Fountain' is a familiar tale featuring a young bride, jealous sisters, and injured husband that takes quite a few twists and turns.

Season: 1 Episode: 731
'The Betrothed of Destiny' features one of the most fearless, strong and inspiring woman I've come across yet!

Season: 1 Episode: 732
In 'Husband or Wife, Which?' a King and Queen have a Job-like wager on who is more virtuous, a goldsmith or his wife that ends in murder, execution and a near genocide.

Season: 1 Episode: 733
The haunted vessel in 'Storm Ship of the Hudson' may just have been the one and only Flying Dutchman in its eternal damned quest.

Season: 1 Episode: 734
Many of the tales from Skinner's "Myths and Legends of Our Own Land" are more history than lore. the story of how the town of 'Horseheads' in western New York was named is one of those.

Season: 1 Episode: 735
Our final American folktale of this week before Independence Day in the US is 'Howe's Masquerade' another bit of history from the siege on Boston at the very beginning of the Revolution.

Season: 1 Episode: 736
Some of my favorite stories are Sophie Ségur's longer tales from "Old French Fairy Tales". This week we're beginning with Pt. 1 of 'The Little Grey Mouse', a story of love and magic, revenge and loyalty.

Season: 1 Episode: 737
In Part 2 of "The Little Grey Mouse" we meet our antagonist, the appropriately named Fairy Detestable, and learn all about our heroine's family and the curse put upon them.

Season: 1 Episode: 738
In Part 3 of "The Little Grey Mouse" we get to meet Prince Gracious (our heroine's betrothed) as well as yet another temptation.

Season: 1 Episode: 739
In Part 4 of "The Little Grey Mouse", 'The Tree in the Rotunda', our curious heroine meets the second temptation provided by the Fairy Detestable in the castle of Prince Gracious.

Season: 1 Episode: 740
In the final chapter of "The Little Grey Mouse" we discover if Rosalie will ever triumph over her curiosity and the Fairy Detestable to be reunited with her father and betrothed.

Season: 1 Episode: 741
To finish off our week in France we're doing one of my absolute favorite things, looking at the contrast between the Aesop and the La Fontaine version of 'The Miser and His Gold'.

Season: 1 Episode: 742
This week I'm righting a wrong and bringing you three original stories from Jean De La Fontaine, who I've so often paired with Aesop. Our first story is about two mules and their related burdens.

Season: 1 Episode: 743
In 'The Hare and the Partridge' the hare isn't as quick as he thinks and the partridge learns not to be so smug.

Season: 1 Episode: 744
'The Animals Sick of the Plague' is a story that reflects an unfortunate truth that's lasted the centuries, that power and the proximity to power has an undue influence on the legal system.

Season: 1 Episode: 745
The podcast is coming back to Carl Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories" with three stories about the curious power of a gold buckskin whincher, beginning with 'The Story of Blixie Bimber and the Power of the Gold Buckskin Whincher'.

Season: 1 Episode: 746
Today we're following the gold buckskin whincher to its next owner to discover what power it will possess over the cistern cleaner Jason Squiff.

Season: 1 Episode: 747
As we conclude our week with the gold buckskin whincher from Carl Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories" we get a very American version of 'The Monkey's Paw'.

Season: 1 Episode: 748
In the first of three Italian folktales this week that focuses on just how much more clever the peasants are than the clergy or nobility, 'The Thoughtless Abbot' has his neck saved by a trusted servant.

Season: 1 Episode: 749
Our second story from Italy about how a peasant pulls one over on the nobility is 'Crab', the Italian version of the German folktale "Doctor Knowall".

Season: 1 Episode: 750
My favorite tales always feature a strong, smart woman and 'The Clever Girl' is the best of those that also has a young prince who also appreciates her wisdom and wit.

Season: 1 Episode: 751
Our first of three stories from Turkey, 'How the Priest Knew That it Would Snow' includes a traveller, a Priest and a particularly talented pig.

Season: 1 Episode: 752
In 'The Calif Omar' we see reason and justice prevail for a wrongly accused man.

Season: 1 Episode: 753
Our final story from Turkey, 'The Language of Birds', shows us that there are some things we humans just aren't supposed to understand.

Season: 1 Episode: 754
Our first of three stories from "English Fairytales" and "More English Fairytales" by Joseph Jacobs is 'The Cat and the Mouse' and it's one of my favorite kinds of tales, the progressive tale of a mouse on a quest.

Season: 1 Episode: 755
'King John and the Abbot of Canterbury' is an English take on the Italian 'Crab' and German 'Dr. Knowall', but it's my absolute favorite version of the story.

Season: 1 Episode: 756
In our final story from England for the week, 'A Son of Adam', an overly confident man gets his comeuppance with a truly skillful trick by his master.

Season: 1 Episode: 757
'The Boys and The Giant' is the first of three stories from Canada by Cyrus Macmillan. It's the story of three boys and the adventure of a lifetime.

Season: 1 Episode: 758
Today's story from Canada, 'The Fall of the Spider Mann' tells us the origins of two seemingly unconnected animals. Trigger warning - there is a scene of mutilation at the end of the tale.

Season: 1 Episode: 759
In our final fairytale from Canada this week 'The Blackfoot and The Bear' a young man is recused from certain death and makes a promise that is kept even today.

Season: 1 Episode: 760
This week I have three fairytales for you by Edith Howes from New Zealand. Howes does a marvelous job of describing how the natural world works to children through some amazing tales. Our first this week is 'Fanny Fly'.

Season: 1 Episode: 761
As we continue with our fairytales of the natural world by Edith Howes we arrive at a story of the water cycle. That's right, 'At Sunset' is a story all about the way water moves through the states of matter - and it's awesome.

Season: 1 Episode: 762
Our final fairytale of the natural world is 'The Wheat People' and is all about the lifecycle of wheat, teaching us how our food lives.

Season: 1 Episode: 763
As we begin the final story from "Old French Fairytales" we finally have a story where we get to meet the fairies where all of the mischief comes from right from the start.

Season: 1 Episode: 764
In today's episode of 'Ourson' ('Birth and Infancy of Ourson') we get to finally meet our protagonist, the titular Ourson (or the Prince Marvellous).

Season: 1 Episode: 765
In our final episode of the French fairytale of 'Ourson' this week we finally get to really meet our protagonist as well as the young Princess Violette!

Season: 1 Episode: 766
As we return to the story of 'Ourson' with Pt. 4 'The Dream' we see a prophecy and Ourson learns more about his curse.

Season: 1 Episode: 767
In Part 5 of the French fairytale of 'Ourson', 'The Toad Again', we see the results of Princess Violette's prophetic dream.

Season: 1 Episode: 768
In 'Violette's Sacrifice' (our final chapter in the story of 'Ourson' this week) we get what is a truly wonderful cliffhanger and the recovery of Ourson from his encounter with the fairy Furious.

Season: 1 Episode: 769
With 'The Wild Boar' we come to everyone's favorite part of the hero's journey, the trials. Ourson will face those trials as only he can in Part 7 in the fairytale of Ourson.

Season: 1 Episode: 770
In 'The Conflagration', Part 8 in the tale of 'Ourson' our protagonist begins his trials after another prophetic dream from Violette.

Season: 1 Episode: 771
In Part 9 of 'Ourson' we discover the fate of Ourson and my favorite character in the story, Passerose, keeps her head (sorta).

Season: 1 Episode: 772
Part 10 of the French fairytale 'Ourson' ['The Farm, The Castle, the Forge'] features our hero venturing out into the world once more and a possible cameo by another folklore character.

Season: 1 Episode: 773
It's time for Part 11 in the story of 'Ourson' and we're finally going to get to see the sacrifice of Princess Violette for Ourson.

Season: 1 Episode: 774
In the penultimate chapter in the fairytale of 'Ourson' we finally see the battle between the Fairy Drolette and the Fairy Furious.

Season: 1 Episode: 775
'The Recompense' concludes the French fairytale of 'Ourson' in the most perfect way possible. Love, many marriages and a callback to an earlier tale in "Old French Fairytales". Just perfect.

Season: 1 Episode: 776
Jean de la Fontaine's 'The Gardener and His Landlord' is a wonderful fable to demonstrate that asking for help from the rich can often result in more trouble than help.

Season: 1 Episode: 777
I just so happen to live with a cat, and as such I can see that Jean de la Fontaine's 'The League of Rats' is less fable than it is nonfiction.

Season: 1 Episode: 778
In 'The Wedding Procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle and Who Was in it' Sandburg elevates a story of babies playing, and creates some new words along the way.

Season: 1 Episode: 779
A story about brothers, a fuss, and a snowman named SnooFoo - that's Sandburg's 'How the Hat Ashes Shovel Helped SnooFoo'.

Season: 1 Episode: 780
Our final fairytale from Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories" this week is a the tale of three boys on an adventure to realize their greatest ambition.

Season: 1 Episode: 781
Sandburg's 'How Bimbo the Snip’s Thumb Stuck to His Nose When the Wind Changed' is an American version of my favorite type of story, a progressive tale - and the first with a traffic directing monkey.

Season: 1 Episode: 782
'The Two Skyscrapers Who Decided to Have a Child' is a sad story about parenting and the first of three stories to feature the wind as a character in Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories".

Season: 1 Episode: 783
In Sandburg's 'The Dollar Watch and the Five Jack Rabbits' we get a story of loss that's familiar to every pet owner - even if we didn't get our pets by saving a man from the gallows.

Season: 1 Episode: 784
'The Wooden Indian and the Shaghorn Buffalo' is a rather wistful story and the last of our stories from Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories" for a bit.

Season: 1 Episode: 785
'The Little Pumpkin' is the story of a pumpkin who would be a truly glorious jack-o-lantern.

Season: 1 Episode: 786
'The Legend of Stingy Jack' is a tradition here on The Folktale Project and the outstanding origin of the Jack-o'-lantern.

Season: 1 Episode: 787
'The Pretending Woodchuck' is the perfect story of autumn to get us into the Topaz Fairy Book this November - the misadventure of a young woodchuck named Monax.

Season: 1 Episode: 788
In Anna Skinner's telling of 'Mrs. Bunny’s Dinner Party' we meet the fearless Mr. Bobtail. Or maybe he's not quite so fearless after all.

Season: 1 Episode: 789
In Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'The Nutcrackers of Nutcracker Lodge" we get a very vivid warning of what can happen if we put on airs.

Season: 1 Episode: 790
In our final story from "The Topaz Story Book" we get a story about the bravery and cunning of a young squirrel.

Season: 1 Episode: 791
Heading back to "Myths and Legends of Our Own Land" by Charles Skinner I'm correcting a grave wrong today and Friday with two ghost stories from California, beginning with 'The Spook of Misery Hill'.

Season: 1 Episode: 792
Our final story from California this week, 'The Queen of Death Valley', isn't really a ghost story - but it certainly isn't a happy tale either.

Season: 1 Episode: 793
The first of three stories from Japan this week, 'Green Willow' is an almost impossibly touching and sad tale of love.

Season: 1 Episode: 794
Today's story from Japan is 'The Tea-Kettle' a tale of mischief and friendship and a magical kettle.

Season: 1 Episode: 795
In our final story from Japan this week we get a glimpse into why I love the treatment of the gods in Japan. In 'The Singing Bird of Heaven' we see that even the gods can falter.

Season: 1 Episode: 796
As we come to Thanksgiving this Thursday here in America I'm brining you three stories from the Topaz Fairy Book all about the holiday, beginning with 'The Two Alms, or The Thanksgiving Day Gift'.

Season: 1 Episode: 797
This Thanksgiving will be very different for many of us. 'A Turkey for the Stuffing" is the perfect story for this year of COVID Thanksgiving, prompting us to be grateful for what we do have, even if it isn't what we'd like to have.

Season: 1 Episode: 798
While many of us avoided large Thanksgiving dinners I wanted to share 'Mrs. November's Dinner Party' to remind everyone just how chaotic it could have been. 😁

Season: 1 Episode: 799
In the Brothers Grimm tale of 'The Turnip' the pair perfectly encapsulates the brother dynamic and has simply the most delicious twist I've come across ever.

Season: 1 Episode: 800
In the Brothers Grimm tale of 'The Vagabonds' a good innkeeper learns a lesson the hard way, courtesy of a cheating cock and hen.

Season: 1 Episode: 181
Yes, I've told the Brothers Grimm tale of 'The Golden Goose' before, but it's been years and this is a slightly different version that I enjoy much more. I hope you feel the same!

Season: 1 Episode: 802
In Gertrude Landa's Jewish folktale of 'The Higgledy-Piggledy Palace' we get a story of Abraham and his wife Sarah and a warning to Pharaoh (that of course isn't heeded).

Season: 1 Episode: 803
'The Pope's Game of Chess' is a story about the abduction of a child, some gaslighting, and the connection between fathers and sons that cannot be broken.

Season: 1 Episode: 804
Gertrude Landa's version of the creation of the Golem, 'The Rabbi's Bogey-Man' is possibly my favorite version of this classic Jewish folktale. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Season: 1 Episode: 805
'The Fairy Princess of Ergetz' is our final story from "Jewish Fairytales and Legends" that I'll read this year and really is one of the most remarkable tales I've read all year.

Season: 1 Episode: 806
In Part 2 of 'The Fairy Princess of Ergetz' we discover more about the land where our protagonist has landed. We meet the King and Princess of the land, and Bar Shalmon makes another promise.

Season: 1 Episode: 807
In the epic conclusion of 'The Fairy Princess of Ergetz' we find out what finally happens to our protagonist Bar Shalmon.

Season: 1 Episode: 808
In the first of three new Christmas stories by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey we get a glimpse of the amazing Mrs. Claus as she comes to the rescue for three young girls.

Season: 1 Episode: 809
'The Christmas Tree in the Barn' is a Christmas tale for all of the animal lovers out there.

Season: 1 Episode: 810
Today we have my favorite tradition at The Folktale Project - my annual reading of 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'. Merry Christmas!

Season: 1 Episode: 811
Our final new story for 2020 is a tale about seeing good and kindness in all sorts of places in our lives. Hopefully next year will be much, much better.

Season: 1 Episode: 812
Starting our Best of 2020 countdown we have the Slavic folktale of 'The Frost, The Sun, and The Wind'.

Season: 1 Episode: 813
Continuing our Best of 2020 countdown we have the American folktale of 'The Moaning Sisters'.

Season: 1 Episode: 814
Your favorite fairytale of 2020 is one of my absolute all-time favorite stories, the Slavic tale of 'Little Red Hood'.

Season: 1 Episode: 815
We're starting off 2021 with a classic tale from Hans Christian Andersen told in seven stories, 'The Snow Queen'. In the first story we're introduced to a very peculiar mirror made by a very wicked demon.

Season: 1 Episode: 816
In the second story of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen' we meet the protagonists of the tale, Kay and Gerda, and where Kay meets the Snow Queen herself.

Season: 1 Episode: 817
In 'The Garden of the Woman Learned in Magic' (the third story of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen') we catch up with young Gerda as she begins her quest to find Kay.

Season: 1 Episode: 818
In the fourth story of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen' we continue young Gerda's quest to find her Kay in 'Prince and Princess'.

Season: 1 Episode: 819
In today's story of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen'" ('The Little Robber Girl') Gerda is captured by robbers on her quest to find Kay.

Season: 1 Episode: 820
In the penultimate story in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" little Gerda is finally on her way to face the Snow Queen and free Kay. She just needs to make a few stops first.

Season: 1 Episode: 821
At the conclusion of "The Snow Queen" Gerda finally finds little Kay and we find out 'What Happened in the Snow Queen's Palace and After'.

Season: 1 Episode: 822
I've told a version of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Leap Frog' before ('The Leaping Match') but I really prefer this translation and I hope you do as well.

Season: 1 Episode: 823
Our final Hans Christian Andersen tale for the week is all about love and the very naughty boy who brings it to us, Cupid.

Season: 1 Episode: 824
In Carl Sandburg's 'The White Horse Girl and the Blue Wind Boy' we find ourselves back in Rootabaga Country with a young man and woman with a sense of adventure.

Season: 1 Episode: 825
Carl Sandburg's 'What Six Girls with Balloons Told the Gray Man on Horseback' is one of those stories that shows us just how well Sandburg captured a child's imagination in his tales.

Season: 1 Episode: 826
'How Henry Hagglyhoagly Played the Guitar with His Mittens On' is a love story in Carl Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories".

Season: 1 Episode: 827
'Never Kick a Slipper at the Moon' is a bedtime story for the children of Rootabaga Country and it's both a warning and a silly story.

Season: 1 Episode: 828
'Dolph Heyliger' has everything you could want in an American ghost story, a plucky protagonist, a family ghost and hidden treasure.

Season: 1 Episode: 829
'The Phantom Train of Marshall Pass' is the kind of ghost story that I loved as a child. There was nothing better than reading a ghost story about travel while you were traveling. :)

Season: 1 Episode: 830
'One-Eyed Liklho' is an amazing Russian folktale, but definitely not for the little ones. If you're sharing this at bedtime the story of 'Morozko' would be much better

Season: 1 Episode: 831
The Russian folktale of 'Woe' is a story about just how far the personification of woe is willing to go in order to drive you to ruin.

Season: 1 Episode: 832
Our final story from Russia this week, 'Princess Helena the Fair', shows how important it is to honor one's final wishes.

Season: 1 Episode: 833
This week we begin our most ambitious story yet, the Norwegian saga of the first king of Norway. The story, as told to us Jennie Hall, begins with 'The Baby'.

Season: 1 Episode: 834
Today we get to meet Olaf, 'The Tooth Thrall' of the future king of Norway. And we get to hear the first of many stories from Olaf.

Season: 1 Episode: 835
In our final story this week Olaf tells Harald (and us) a tale of going a-viking and being good to your hosts in 'Olaf's Farm'.

Season: 1 Episode: 836
This week we pick back up with "Viking Tales" with another story from Harald's thrall Olaf in 'Olaf's Fight with Havard'.

Season: 1 Episode: 837
In today's story from "Viking Tales" we're introduced to Harald's spear, 'Foe's-fear' and get a glimpse of a young Harald in battle.

Season: 1 Episode: 838
In our final story from "Viking Tales" this week we see a young Harald take up the throne in 'Harald is King'.

Season: 1 Episode: 839
This week we get the warring exploits of the great King Harald in 'Harald's Battle' from "Viking Tales".

Season: 1 Episode: 840
Today we get to meet Gyda, Harald's love interest, and find out just why Harald went out to become king of all Norway. We also learn the source of his nickname, Harald Shockhead.

Season: 1 Episode: 841
In 'The Sea Fight', our last story of the week from "Viking Tales", King Harald faces his greatest challenge yet, to become King of all Norway.

Season: 1 Episode: 842
In 'King Harald's Wedding' Harald finally marries the saucy Gyda after ten years of battle to become the King of all Norway that she requested.

Season: 1 Episode: 843
In 'King Harald Goes West-OverSeas' the conclusion of the Norwegian saga of King Harald the great king goes west after the fleeing Vikings as they travel to the western islands.

Season: 1 Episode: 844
In today's final folktale from Norway we have a classic tale of a third son outwitting a Troll.

Season: 1 Episode: 845
This week we're completing Carl Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories", beginning with a unique story of creation, shadows, and secrets - 'Sand Flat Shadows'.

Season: 1 Episode: 846
Today's story from "Rootabaga Stories", 'How to Tell Corn Fairies If You See 'em' is the first tale where Carl Sandburg breaks the 4th wall, by introducing us to both the author and his young audience.

Season: 1 Episode: 847
Today is my daughter's 10th birthday (and second Covid birthday) so she's commandeered the podcast to tell you a story about a local creature that she's fascinated by. Note: This episode is ironically not suitable for small children. Additional Note: She

Season: 1 Episode: 848
Our final story from Sandburg's "Rootabaga Stories" is the most like the stories I used to make up to tell my daughter at bedtime. Lots of details over the course of the tale to make it longer, and then a rushed ending when she started to fall asleep!

Season: 1 Episode: 849
I've shared a shorter version of the tale of Momotaro before, but like most great legends there's always more of their story to be shared. This is 'Momotaro, or the Story of the Son of a Peach'.

Season: 1 Episode: 850
'The Sagacious Monkey and the Boar' is a story in the tradition of 'Old Sultan', one of my favorite pieces of folklore.

Season: 1 Episode: 851
'The Quarrel of the Monkey and the Crab' is a story of betrayal and revenge, all over a persimmon.

Season: 1 Episode: 852
'The Golden Bird' is a classic tale from the Brothers Grimm about a boy who just won't listen to the good advice from an enchanted fox, until he really has no choice.

Season: 1 Episode: 852
One of my favorite fairytales (and one of the very first I read way back in 2016) 'Hans in Luck' is the story of a man who gradually loses everything, but still praises his "good luck".

Season: 1 Episode: 854
'Jorinda and Jorindel' is one of those fairytales that I'm quite honestly surprised that I haven't read before. True love, a wicked fairy and a magic flower - what's not to love?

Season: 1 Episode: 855
'The King of Love' is the first story in Thomas Crane's "Italian Popular Tales" and has so many pieces of other tale hidden inside it almost became a challenge to find them all!

Season: 1 Episode: 856
'Zelinda and the Monster' is an Italian version of 'Beauty and the Beast' where the beast is much, much less charming and much, much more realistic.

Season: 1 Episode: 857
'King Bean' is an Italian love story of sorts, but it also includes some witches, murder and a transforming King. A little something for everyone.

Season: 1 Episode: 858
Today's fairytale from Brazil 'How the Tiger Got His Stripes' combines two of my favorite things, a story by Elise Spicer Eells and an origin tale.

Season: 1 Episode: 859
In the Brazilian fairytale of 'Why the Lamb is Meek' we get the answer to why people say "as meek as a lamb". We also get to meet a very, very mean toad.

Season: 1 Episode: 860
In our final story from Brazil 'How the Monkey and the Goat Earned Their Reputations' we see how a monkey and a goat respond to the tiger's tricks.

Season: 1 Episode: 861
This week we revisit Carl Sandburg with the first of his stories from "Rootabaga Pigeons" - 'The Skyscraper to the Moon and How the Green Rat with the Rheumatism Ran a Thousand Miles Twice'.

Season: 1 Episode: 862
In today's fairytale from Carl Sandburg, 'Slipfoot and How He Nearly Always Never Gets What He Goes After', we hear the story of a man who does so well for himself until he tries to go just that one little step farther.

Season: 1 Episode: 863
In our final fairytale from Carl Sandburg this week, 'Many, Many Weddings in One Corner House', we get to revisit the newlyweds the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle from "Rootabaga Stories".

Season: 1 Episode: 864
This week we're starting off with a silly fairytale from Carl Sandburg's "Rootabaga Pigeons" - 'Shush Shush, the Big Buff Banty Hen Who Laid an Egg in the Postmaster’s Hat'.

Season: 1 Episode: 865
In Carl Sandburg's fairytale 'How Rag Bag Mammy Kept Her Secret While the Wind Blew Away the Village of Hat Pins' we never do find out what's in that rag bag.

Season: 1 Episode: 866
Our final story this week is a traveling tale of sorts, 'How Six Pigeons Came Back to Hatrack the Horse After Many Accidents and Six Telegrams' is a Carl Sandburg fairytale where we learn about a trip through telegrams.

Season: 1 Episode: 867
This week we have three new stories about Hatrack the Horse, beginning with 'How the Three Wild Babylonian Baboons Went Away in the Rain Eating Bread and Butter'.

Season: 1 Episode: 868
Today we get the first of two stories narrated by Sandburg's Hatrack the Horse, 'How Six Umbrellas Took Off Their Straw Hats to Show Respect to the One Big Umbrella'.

Season: 1 Episode: 869
In our final story from Carl Sandburg this week, 'How Bozo the Button Buster Busted All His Buttons When a Mouse Came' we discover who ran out and held up the sky when the sky began to fall.

Season: 1 Episode: 870
Our first story from "Legends of the Rhine" 'The Blind Archer' isn't child friendly, but it certainly is a great tale for those of us who like the bad guy getting his due.

Season: 1 Episode: 871
'The Doctor's wine of Bernkastel' is the perfect mix of history and folklore and one of the main reasons why I love "Legends of the Rhine". You can still buy Doctor's wine from the Mosel Valley today!

Season: 1 Episode: 872
In 'The Goblins' we learn why the heinzelmännchen have abandoned the humans they once helped.

Season: 1 Episode: 873
In 'The Woman-Accuser' an old man holds onto his treasure by really knowing his wife, and thinking at least two steps ahead.

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