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Readers who are curious about the folklore and old stories that have influenced societies and inspired many modern books and movies may want to give the podcast Myths and Legends a try. Launched in 2015, this weekly podcast is hosted by Jason Weiser, who "re-tell[s] stories from myths, legends, and folklore from all around the world" using modern language while aiming to stay as close to the original stories as possible. The podcast covers an admirable mix of famous legends, such as the King Arthur stories and mythical characters popularized by recent films, and less familiar tales like the Estonian epic poem Kalevipoeg, about a heroic giant who battles evil forces, and the Iranian story of Rostam from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh. Most episodes are 30-45 minutes long, with some stories spread over multiple episodes, and each episode ends with a "creature of the week" in addition to the main story. Visitors can listen to the full archive of Myths and Legends episodes and view show notes at the link above, and those interested can also subscribe via podcast platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and others.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-09-06
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2019/0906

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