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Author: Dustin Steichmann

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Tired but can't fall asleep? Here I do my best to find interesting stories from the public domain and read them to you until you fall asleep. The stories are mostly folktales from around the world. Best listened to during work, during commutes, when you are trying to fall asleep, or any time that you need a calm friend to read to you. Enjoy!

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In this story, Victor tries to tell Rusty about how things that don't look dangerous can be. Even though his best friend is a vegetarian, the worms in the poop of the bull could infect Rusty's injuries. Source: Panchatantra translated by Arthur W Ryder Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Raag Piloo (Sitar) -by Ustad Shahid Pervez Sound Effects: Crickers by Dustin Steichmann Photo Credit: "Delhi: a goldsmith at work. Watercolour by an Indian painter." is licensed under CC BY 4.0. Video by Headliner --- Send in a voice message:
In this story, Mohamet is a little bit unassuming and just wants to share things with his brother. He isn't the brightest one either. But he lucks out and gets granted magical items that will remind you of other stories with three magical gifts. Enjoy! Source: Forty-four Turkish fairy tales by Ignas Kunoz 1917 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Ümmü Erbil - Baga Gel Bostana Gel Sound Effects: Hua Hin 5am by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: For Your Reference- A Movie and TV review show Listener Shoutout: Harju County Estonia is one of the fifteen counties of Estonia. It is situated in Northern Estonia, on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, and borders Lääne-Viru County to the east, Järva County to the southeast, Rapla County to the south, and Lääne County to the southwest. The capital and largest city of Estonia, Tallinn, is situated in Harju County. Video made by Headliner Music suggestion: Hope Tala - All My Girls Like To Fight --- Send in a voice message:
#Sioux #folklore In this first story of a new book, Field Mouse is upset because Buffalo will come down and smash and lick up all the long grass. So they have a fight and Red Fox is there to pick up the pieces. But he gets tired of mouse too. Source: Wigwam Evenings: Sioux Folk Tales Retold by Eastman and Eastman Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Lakota Sioux Prayer-Song: Nathan Blindman, Unci Rita & Beatrice Holy Dance Sound Effects: Fire by Podcast Shoutout: Campfire Classics- A Literary Comedy podcast where we try to read those books that look good on your shelf...and laugh a lot along the way! Listener Shoutout: Punjab Pakistan- Punjab is a province of Pakistan. Located in central-eastern region of the country, Punjab is the second-largest province of Pakistan by land area and the largest province by population. Via Wikipedia Video by Headliner Photo credit: "American bison, aka buffalo" by Lars Plougmann is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Music suggestion: in honor of his passing- Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down The Crazy River --- Send in a voice message:
#SouthAfrica #folklore In the first story, Rooster tells Jackal to pray and in doing so is set free. In the second and third, we learn why tortoises aren't good to eat. In the fourth story, Tortoise thinks of a clever way to eat some ostriches. And in the fifth story, Baboon is asked to make judgement over the ripping of the tailor's clothes. In doing so, he is foolish and loses his ability to talk. Source: South-African Folk-Tales by James A. Honey Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Bonakele "Izinxakanxaka" Creative Commons on youtube Sound Effects: Rain and stream by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Japanese Archive (Two friends coming together every week to tell the history, myths, folklore and poetry from Japan's long history.  Listener Shoutout: Tel-Aviv Yafo Video by headliner Photo credit: "Rooster walking" by dungodung is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Music suggestion: 1TYM - HOT(HOT 뜨거) --- Send in a voice message:
#philippines #folklore Today we are back in the book of Filipino folklore collected by Mabel Cook Cole. In the first story, a couple plants such amazing sugar cane that the daughter of the sun and the moon sends down stars to go get it and ends up with a husband as well. In the second story, also from the Itneg people, a son is cast away from his home, but makes a new home full of people by splitting up a golden betel nut. Source: Philippine Folk Tales by Mabel Cook Cole Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Kalaleng / Tungali (Tongali) Musical Application - Cordillera Musical Instrument Sound Effects: VOC_150209-0942_PH_nature.wav by kevp888 Listener Shoutout: Davao Philippines- Davao City, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, is a coastal commercial center near 2,954m-high Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak. Podcast Shoutout: Nuzzle House Podcasts Audiobooks, paranormal smut, dramas and a holiday album all done in our basement Photo Credit: "File:A Tinguian making an offering to the guardian stones. Wellcome M0005692.jpg" is licensed under CC BY 4.0. Music Suggestion: Filipino Mythical Creatures Rap by Mikey Bustos --- Send in a voice message:
#nigeria #folklore In the first story, the women of the city promise a magic man many things in order to have children. One woman over promises and has to think quick to get out of it. In the second story, the king Oranyan/Oranmiyan has to go away, but when he is thought to be dead, his son must choose what to do. And in the third story we learn about the elephant’s long nose. Source: Yoruba Legands by Ogumefu, M. I. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: ORANMIYAN ACOUSTIC TOUR HAMBURG GERMANY by ORANMIYAN AJAGUNDADE Sound Effects: Desert at Night by kangaroovindaloo Podcast Shoutout: The Australian Histories Podcast aims to take a fresh look at some of the brilliant stories from Australia’s past. What I hope to share with you here, is both an overview of various interesting episodes in Australian History, as well as some humour, interest and perhaps even a new perspective from those in your high school history textbooks! Listener Shoutout: Tasmania is an island state of Australia. It is located 240 kilometres to the south of the Australian mainland, separated from it by the Bass Strait, with the archipelago containing the southernmost point of the country. -Wikipedia Photo Credit: "File:Oranmiyan's staff (Opa Oranmiyan) at the Oranmiyan groove.jpg" by The_AyeniPaul is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. Music Suggestion: DWIG - Orange Evening // Laut & Luise (LUL007) --- Send in a voice message:
#louisiana #folklore In the first story, Mr Monkey is about to get married, but his friend mucks things up. In the second, a tortoise turns to stone, and in the third, Brother Hyena learns why eating eggs should be a secret. Source: Louisiana Folk-tales: In French Dialect and English Translationby Alcée Fortier Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Louisiana Five Jazz Orchestra - Yelping Hound Blues Sound Effects: "L'Ana Waterthrush Smaller File Giant City Creek March 29th 2019 130PM.mp3" by kvgarlic is marked with CC0 1.0. Podcast Shoutout: Strange Animals -A podcast about living, extinct, and imaginary animals! Listener Shoutout: Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital, is set on the Nile River. At its heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artifacts. Photo Credit: "Dancing langur monkeys in Bandhavgarh" by ianduffy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Music Suggestion: 새타령 (Sae-ta-ryung) by 김소희 (Kim So Hee) --- Send in a voice message:
#korea #folklore In this story, a Korean lumber merchant learns what it means to grab work by the horns when he gets turned into a bull. Everything is solved when he comes upon some turnips. Source: Korean Fairy Tales by William Elliot Griffis Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: 해.품.달. 커버영상. (피리.생황) kim bo ri by THE DADAM ART CINEMA Sound Effects: AHEV forest by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Tabi Tabi Podcast A podcast that talks about Philippine folklore, mysteries, paranormal stories and maybe some foreign myths. Listener Shoutout: Düsseldorf is a city in western Germany known for its fashion industry and art scene. It's divided by the Rhine River, with its Altstadt (Old Town) on the east bank and modern commercial areas to the west. Video by Headliner Music Suggestion: 2NE1 - FIRE (Street Ver.) M/V Pictures curtesy of Robert Neff --- Send in a voice message:
#Japan #folklore Today we are back in the book of Japanese fairy tales written down by Yei Theodora Ozaki. In today’s story, an old farming couple are bothered by a badger. He isn’t just any badger though, and their friend rabbit is needed for revenge. Source: Japanese Fairy Tales COMPILED BY by Yei Theodora Ozaki Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Masami Morimoto, Koto performance - "Yume" 夢 (Dream) composed by Tadao Sawai Creative Commons Sound Effects: Wideman Farm Meadow by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Historias Unknown Listener Shoutout: Chihuahua Mexico Track of the week: Narsha '삐리빠빠 Bbi-Ri-Bop-A' --- Send in a voice message:
#india #folklore In the first story we see a trading up story, which works well for the rabbit until it doesn’t. In the second story, two brothers are kicked out by a mean step mother and worthless father, but they turn this into an opportunity to improve their own lives. Source: Simla Village Tales, by Alice Elizabeth Dracott Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: Indian Nightjar recorded by Mike Prince on, and Ghuahin 430am by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: The History of Georgia Saqartvelo. This is a history of the country of Georgia from the ancient Colchis/Iberian culture to modern day, and delving into the folk lore, national stories, and other cultural items. Listener Shoutout: Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost, when it was called Madras. Religious sites include Kapaleeshwarar Temple, adorned with carved and painted gods, and St. Mary’s, a 17th-century Anglican church Picture Credits: "Indian Jungle Nightjar" by sumeet.moghe is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Music suggestion: Lee Jae Min / 이재민 - 제 연인의 이름은 (synth disco, South Korea 1987) --- Send in a voice message:
#ghana #folklore In the first story, Kwofi loses his mother and is treated horribly by his step mother. But the gods have a reward for him, by leaving him out. And in the second story, a wolf is eating an old woman’s sheep, and she finds help in a strange companion. Source: West African folk-tales by Barker, William Henry, 1882-; Sinclair, Cecilia Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: 'Frafra' tribe Cultural Group Display on Laud TV Creative Commons Sound Effects: Ghana Jungle Cacao Plantage.wav by Snipes3000 on Podcast Shoutout: Inside the Great Khan's Tent by Saif Beg on the History, Literature, Folk Literature and will in future host discussions of all these topics and more from the regions of the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia including Mongolia and the Russian Far East, and South Asia. Listener Shoutout: Winnipeg is the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Its heart is The Forks, a historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, with warehouses converted to shops and restaurants, plus ample green space dedicated to festivals, concerts and exhibits. Nearby, the Exchange District is known for its well-preserved, early 20th-century architecture and numerous art galleries. - Google Photo Credit: "Nana Yaw Daani II, Co-Ruler of New Juaben, Ghana" by Alfred Weidinger is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Music suggestion: 마카레나 (Macarena) by 블리처스 (BLITZERS) --- Send in a voice message:
#georgia #folklore In this story, there is a terrible couple. The husband sets off to not be in the house any more and he comes across a wishing stone. This stone can get him all sorts of wonderful things. But what will his wife say? and what about the king who wants everything? Don't worry, the good for nothing has a plan. Source: Georgian Folk Tales by Marjory Wardrop Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: MUSIQUES DE TBILISI • ENSEMBLE MTZETAMZE Sound Effects: 10 Minute Rain by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Mamalyfe This podcast discuss the ups and downs of motherhood seen through the eyes of a stay at home mom ( me!) and also discuss the issues that us women face in our everyday lives. This is Motherhood at its best. We’re not perfect but we’re making it!!!! Listener Shoutout: Antananarivo, Madagascar. Antananarivo was originally the site of a town called Analamanga, meaning "Blue Forest" in the Central Highlands dialect of the Malagasy language. Music recommendation: Zior Park - BLACK FIN Video by Headliner Picture Credit: "Khvamli/Khomli Mountain cliff/massive from Gelaty monastery Kutaisi" by rost8668 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. --- Send in a voice message:
#ecuador #folklore In the first story, we learn about a Pre-Colombian fortune teller, who foretells the end of an empire. She is born of the sea and returns to the sea. In the second story, a boy dismisses tales of a strange orange tree. It is the most delicious oranges ever, but you cannot take it away. The boy learns his lesson quickly. Source: Thirteen Ecuadorean Legends And A Ghost: Trece Leyendas Ecuatorianas Y Un Fantasma By Mario Conde Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: claveles y rosas.mp3 by milton. on Sound Effects: Hua Hin Ocean by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: A history of the Inca Covering the origin, rise and eventual fall of the Inca Empire Listener Shoutout: Phnom Penh Khmer: ភ្នំពេញ, is the capital and most populous city of Cambodia. It has been the national capital since the French protectorate of Cambodia and has grown to become the nation's primate city and its economic, industrial, and cultural center. Video Made by Headliner "Andaman Sea foam" by The Foreign Fox is licensed under CC BY 2.0. --- Send in a voice message:
#bengal #folklore In this story, a faithful brahman makes a plea to the goddess Durga to help him make a good life for his wife and kids. He is gifted a magic bowl that gives unending food. He loses it to a shop keeper, but Durga gives him a back up that gives unlimited demons. Can he make things right? Source: Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: রয় যে কাঙাল শূন্য হাতে । Roy Je Kangal Sunya Haate - Rezwana Choudhury Bannya Rabindra Sangeet Sound Effects: XC324155 · Black-rumped Flameback · Dinopium benghalense, XC642138 · Jerdon's Nightjar · Caprimulgus atripennis, Crickets by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Because Language- A PODCAST ABOUT LINGUISTICS, THE SCIENCE OF LANGUAGE. Listener Shoutout: Detroit, Michigan Much love to the 313 248 586 and 734 Photo Credit: "Durga Puja" by Matthias Rosenkranz is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Video by Headliner Music Suggestion: Otyken - Legend --- Send in a voice message:
#azores #folkore In the first story, a couple wishes for a child, even if it is the size of a bean. This Tom Thumb like child comes to them and then goes through a few tough days before he can lead his parents to untold riches. In the second story, Francisco is a young man living with his mom. He fishes to provide for them both. One night, he hears the ocean calling to him in the moonlight. When he gets there, he falls asleep in his boat and is rescued by a water nymph. Will he stay in the underwater palace or will his mother's love bring him home? Only the old man of the sea can tell. Source: The Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales from the Azores by Eells Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: "Portuguese guitar, fado - Porto streets.m4a" by lmartins is licensed under CC BY 4.0. Sound FX: "Waves (recording close to the water) on the beach close to Lisbon" by felix.blume is marked with CC0 1.0. Podcast Shoutout: Appalachian Folklore Podcast-A wild hike through the history and migration of the folk culture, stories, traditions, and haints hidden in the hills and hollers of Appalachia. Listener Shoutout: Île-de-France Goodnight from Amy from the Uncited Podcast Music recommendation: Natural by Jackie Mendoza --- Send in a voice message:
#Armenia #folklore A king is upset because he cannot have a child. One day he sees a snake family and is so made that he curses at them because he is unable to have kids. His wife gives birth to a child, but it is a dragon child that needs meat to eat. Enter a fair maiden, a tricky mother in law, a spoiled hunter cursed by the sun, and the sun itself. Enjoy! Source: The Golden Maiden, and other folk tales and fairy stories told in Armenia by A.G. Seklemian Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound effects: Rain brings hail by TeTeNoise On Music: "Little Singers of Armenia-Rural images" by Alschoir92 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. Podcast Shoutout: Film Rage-These super fans of film festivals, and mainstream cinema are here to give their insights into all things film....... Listener Shoutout: Wales/Cymru Image credit: Armenian government --- Send in a voice message:
In this chapter of the Panchatantra, Victor tells the story of a weaver who falls in love with a princess, who is way out of his league. To win her over, he dresses up as Vishnu, and with the help of his friend's flying Garuda machine, he is able to convince the princess that he really is Vishnu. This goes great until the king finds out about her being in love. The king thinks that Vishnu is on his side and proceeds to anger the kingdom that he should be paying tribute to. This is all done to show Cheek that sometimes even the Gods can be caught off guard when plans are well laid out. Source: Panchatantra translated by Arthur W Ryder (1925) Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: Soft rain by Dustin Steichmann,  Soundscape of birds calling in the morning, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by psubhashish on Music: মন কান্দে পদ্মার চরের লাইগা | Mon Kande | Hemanga Biswas | Saurav Moni Folk Song Photo credit: "Garuda" by Gary Lee Todd, Ph.D. is marked with CC0 1.0. --- Send in a voice message:
 In this story, there is a hard working older brother and a lazy younger brother. The younger brother follows his brother to Egypt and gets his hands on some very cool items. But what does he want? Nothing more than to be by his brother. Source: Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales by Ignácz Kúnos Illustrations by Willy Pogany [1913] Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: Sea and Seagull, wave by suukadi is licensed under CC BY 4.0. Music: "turkish-music-3.wav" by xserra is licensed under CC BY 4.0. Podcast Shoutout: Certified Noonas- The Certified Noonas are four women who love Asian Entertainment and share their love of said entertainment weekly on their Podcast. Listener Shoutout: Biddeford Maine --- Send in a voice message:
The first two stories are essentially the same, just told slightly differently. A white man is foolish enough to help a trapped snake who wants to bite him. He is only saved by someone smarter than himself. The third story is about Jackal and Hyena eating clouds. Jackal jumps down and Hyena catches him, but when it is Hyena's turn to catch, he fails.  And finally why the heron has a bent neck. It has to do with Heron telling Dove that Jackal cannot fly. Jackal was getting free food before that and decided that Heron needs to learn a lesson. Source: South-African Folk-Tales by James A. Honey 1910 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Xhosa traditional dance sibaqa by Xhosa Traditional Choir Sound Effects: Crickets Outside My Bedroom by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: LINGTHUSIASM A PODCAST THAT'S ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT LINGUISTICS Listener Shoutout: Portland, OR. Portland lies on top of a dormant volcanic field known as the Boring Lava Field, named after the nearby bedroom community of Boring. The Boring Lava Field has at least 32 cinder cones such as Mount Tabor, and its center lies in southeast Portland. Mount St. Helens, a highly active volcano 50 miles (80 km) northeast of the city in Washington state, is easily visible on clear days and is close enough to have dusted the city with volcanic ash after its eruption on May 18, 1980. Via Wikipedia "Spotted Hyena" by Stig Nygaard is licensed under CC BY 2.0. --- Send in a voice message:
In this story, Aponibolinayen wants to have some really tasty oranges held by a giant with 6 heads. Her husband says he will go get them, but he fails to do so. Can his son bring back some more oranges and his dead father? Source: Philippine Folk Tales Compiled and Annotated by Mabel Cook Cole  1916 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Read at: Sandman Stories Presents blog Music: "LS_32778_2_2_ PH_Ethnic Music.wav" by kevp888 is licensed under CC BY 4.0. Sound Effects: rain outside of my window by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Victorian Variety Show- If you always believed the myths that the Victorians were “prudish” and “repressed,” this podcast may inspire you to reconsider! In each episode, host Marisa D discusses a not-so-well-known aspect of life during the Victorian Era (1837 - 1901) that will intrigue and surprise you. Listener Shoutout: Hiroshima, a modern city on Japan’s Honshu Island, was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. Today, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the 1945 event. In the park are the ruins of Genbaku Dome, one of the few buildings that was left standing near ground zero. "Ronda 08 Orange Tree" by Ronnie Macdonald is licensed under CC BY 2.0. --- Send in a voice message:
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