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Author: Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser / Bardic

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Jason Weiser tells stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules are stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should. All the stories are sourced from world folklore, but retold for modern ears.

These are stories of wizards, knights, Vikings, dragons, princesses, and kings from the time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous and wonderful place.
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An off-the-wall story from the Grimm Brothers about a young man who knew no fear...and why that was a massive problem for him. The creature is a man who you don't want to high five. Mainly because he has eyeballs on his palms. Also mainly because he'll drink your bones with a straw. Disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14487/192-grimm-brave-traveler/ -- Sponsors: Simplisafe: Check out the best in home security. Go to Simplisafe.com/legends for free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial! Squarespace: There's no place better to launch your passion project. Go to Squarespace.com/myths for a free trial, and when you're ready to launch, use the code MYTHS to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. -- Music: "The Consulate" by Blue Dot Sessions “Scary Sounds” by Bobby Cole “Storm Passing” by Podington Bear "Relinquish" by Podington Bear "Demon Dollhouse" by Bruce Zimmerman "Nervous Whisp" by Blue Dot Sessions "Sorrento" by Podington Bear
In this episode from Norse legends, we'll see that the worst breakups involve Thor breaking up the couple with his hammer and we'll see that even though Odin can shapeshift, that doesn't mean he skips the conditioner. It's the Saga of King Gautrek, a story spanning generations of Viking warriors and their bizarre and dangerous interactions with the gods, giants, elves, and everything in between (but mostly just those three). The creature this week likes to drill holes in your boat with its nose. Hope you don't mind awkward tickle sessions... -- Sponsors: Check out Best Fiends on the Apple App Store or Google Play! Planning to take the G-R-E, G-MAT, L-SAT or M-CAT? Magoosh has got you. Check out their awesome test prep at http://magoosh.com and use the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. -- Music: "Illa Villardo" by Blue Dot Sessions "Lens Flare" by Podington Bear "Paper Boat" by Podington Bear "Solemn Oath" by Podington Bear "Minor Islands" by Podington Bear "Flor Vjell" by Blue Dot Sessions "Samara" by Podington Bear "Threshold" by Podington Bear -- A darkly funny take on the Ättestupa from the show "Norsemen" on Netflix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwD7f5ZWhAk
In one story, a dragon is rampaging around the countryside unless he gets his favorite meal: teenage girls. In the other, a young woman trapped in an impossible situation meets a new friend who might just be able to save her: a parrot with a secret. Two stories with two very different heroines who share one defining characteristic: their unbreakable will to survive. On the creature of the week, when it comes to making a deal with the devil, you could choose infinite wealth, power, or epic guitar skills...or you could do what the strix did and become a stinky owl monster. Disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14475/190-chinese-folklore-fierce/ -- Sponsors: Get what U.S. News and World Report named "best overall home security of 2020" with free shipping and 60-day risk-free trial by going to http://simplisafe.com/legends Planning to take the G-R-E, G-MAT, L-SAT or M-CAT? Magoosh has got you. Check out their awesome test prep at http://magoosh.com/myths and use the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. -- Music: "Where it all happened" by Blue Dot Sessions "Dark Skies Above" by Bobby Cole "Lemon and Melon" by Blue Dot Sessions "Betty Dear" by Blue Dot Sessions "Topslides" by Blue Dot Sessions "Low Slopes" by Blue Dot Sessions "Really Scary Piano Music" by Bobby Cole "Artic Draba" by Blue Dot Sessions "Sincerely Yours" by Podington Bear -- Links: A discussion of gender and Confucianism as it relates to the first story today: https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/blog/corrections/li-chis-historiography-totally-wack
In the third and final part of our series on the Nibelungenlied, the hero of the story, Siegfried, is dead and his wife, the princess, has a score to settle. The creature this week is the strong toad, a super cool toad who can read your mind, but he's so nice and definitely not making me write this right now. -- Sponsors: Magoosh: Test prep for standardized tests doesn't have to be stressful, boring, or expensive. Visit https://magoosh.com and enter the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. The Sandman! Check out the new Audible Original at http://audible.com/thesandman -- Music: "Prayer" by Enzo Orefice "Plasticity" by Blue Dot Sessions "Clockwork by Michele Nobler" "Kreis" by Luis Berra "Chain link" by Blue Dot Sessions "A Florentine Story" by Michele Nobler "Cicle Deserrat" by Blue Dot Sessions
We pick up right where we left off last week: Gunther has tricked his way into marrying Brunhild, and Brunhild decided to give him a minor test of strength on their wedding night. He failed, and ended up naked and hog-tied, yelling out for help while dangling upside down from the rafters. The creature is the Tsurube-otoshi (釣瓶落とし), from Japan, who will go head-to-head with you in the forest. Because its a giant head. -- Disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14462/189b-nibelungenlied-heinous/ -- Head to http://squarespace.com/myths and use the offer code MYTHS to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Check out Best Fiends on the Apple App Store or Google Play! -- "Two boys and a girl" by Podington Bear "Places" by Michael Vignola "Shapeshifters" by Podington Bear "Sad Goodbyes" by Mark Kueffner "Dark Time Ticking" by Robert Valenti “We are Nowhere” by Sander Kalmeijer "Sad Hymn" by Ceiri Torjussen
The story starts out with one prince slaying a dragon and getting rich. It starts there. The wild ride of the Nibelungenlied has echoes of one of our most beloved stories, the Saga of the Volsungs, with it's over-the-top characters, the ridiculous situations, the betrayals, and, yes, dragon fights. The creature is a dragon cat with poison breath. -- Sponsors: Go to http://simplisafe.com/legends and get free shipping and 60-day money-back guarantee on a fantastic home security system. Magoosh: Test prep for standardized tests doesn't have to be stressful, boring, or expensive. Visit https://magoosh.com and enter the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. -- Music: "Order of Entrance" by Blue Dot Sessions "Palladian" by Blue Dot Sessions "Highway 430" by Blue Dot Sessions "Ranch Hand" by Blue Dot Sessions "Elegant Weasel" by Blue Dot Sessions "Searching for Hope" by Neil Cross "In the Box" by Blue Dot Sessions -- God of War: The podcast: On the site (go down to "The Lost Pages"): https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/god-of-war-ps4/ Youtube link The Stollenwurm: https://godofwar.fandom.com/wiki/Tatzelwurm
Two stories from the bawdy, funny, and oftentimes deeply unsettling 17th century fairytale author Giambattista Basile, both of which have to do with pets. The first pet is a rooster, whose owner just can't bring himself to kill it. No judgement there. The second pet is a flea...the size of a lamb. The creature this week is a cat that's either evil and smells like a skunk dog, a hero who defeated a demon, or a hunter who needs a toothbrush. -- Sponsors: Squarespace: turn your passion project into something real. Go to http://squarespace.com/myths for a free trial, and when you're ready to launch, use the code MYTHS for 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Check out our Squarespace site at https://www.fictional.fm Magoosh: Test prep for standardized tests doesn't have to be stressful, boring, or expensive. Visit https://magoosh.com and enter the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. -- Music: "Cake" by Podington Bear "Quatrefoil" by Podington Bear "Scaffoldings" by Podington Bear "Leafeaters" by Podington Bear "Go to Sleep" by Podington Bear "Lerennis" by Blue Dot Sessions "Sunbeam" by Blue Dot Sessions
Agamemnon is coming home from the Trojan War. He has no idea what's waiting for him. There are over fifty bonus episodes on the Myths and Legends bonus feed! Check out that and weekly ad-free shows at https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Check out the store at https://shop.bardic.fm Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mythsandlegends Find the episode post and the disclaimer at https://www.mythpodcast.com/14441/187-greek-myths-the-end-to-all-our-pain/ -- Go to http://simplisafe.com/legends and get free shipping and 60-day money-back guarantee on a fantastic home security system. Your mental health matters. Get 10% off your first month of BetterHelp at http://betterhelp.com/legends -- Music: "Deadly recitation" by blue dot sessions "Leadin" by Blue Dot Sessions "Thin Passage" by Blue Dot Sessions "The PI Sleeps" by Blue Dot Sessions "Glimpse into a Dark Mind" by Lance Conrad  
A story from the Grimm brothers about three down-on-their-luck soldiers who get everything they could ever dream of and then do their absolutely best to lose it. The extended creature of the week is a fearsome critter from Colorado - a land whale called the Slide Rock Bolter who exclusively eats tourists who care about the environment. The Myths and Legends store is up! Check it out at http://www.mythpodcast.com/store Get access to over 50 member episodes and weekly ad-free shows: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership -- Sponsors: Squarespace: turn your passion project into something real. Go to http://squarespace.com/myths for a free trial, and when you're ready to launch, use the code MYTHS for 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Magoosh: Test prep for standardized tests doesn't have to be stressful, boring, or expensive. Visit https://magoosh.com and enter the code MYTHS for a 20% off discount. -- Music: "Little Door" by Podington Bear "Broken Branch" by Podington Bear "B7 Bomber" by Podington Bear "Blur and Coalesce" by Podington Bear "Moonglow" by Podington Bear
The story of Eglė the Queen of Serpents, from Lithuanian folklore, about a young woman who is faced with an impossible choice: witness the destruction of her family...or marry a snake. The creature is an wet, inebriated chicken named skrat who will either make you rich or burn down your house or both of those things. -- The Myths and Legends membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Merch: https://shop.bardic.fm -- Sponsors: Simplisafe: I don't think you can beat Simplisafe. We've been happy customers for years. See what I mean with free shipping and a 60-day money-back guarantee at http://simplisafe.com/legends Bombas! The most comfortable socks in the history of feet are even more awesome because when you buy a pair, you give a pair, and by going to http://bombas.com/legends, you can get 20% off your first purchase. -- Music: "Delamine" by Blue Dot Sessions "Tiny Bottles" by Blue Dot Sessions "Donnalee" by Blue Dot Sessions "At our Best Alone" by Blue Dot Sessions "Basketliner" by Blue Dot Sessions
We return to the Robin Hood stories with a (mostly) standalone episode. Robin Hood and his merry men are throwing a dinner party! With food and wine! And robbery! The creature is a shirtless Jaguar man who can end the world anytime he feels like. -- The Myths and Legends store now accepts cryptocurrency! Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/product/membership Merch: https://shop.bardic.fm -- Sponsors: BetterHelp: Go to http://www.betterhelp.com/legends to get 10% off your first month Music: "Pat-a-Pan Whistles and Drums" by Craig S. Elliott "The Gall" by Podington Bear "Miss You" by Podington Bear "Andante in e minor" by Matthew Fagan "The Consulate" by Blue Dot Sessions "Medieval Ritual" by Adrian Ellis
The story of an ancient Indian king who goes on a fetch quest through an evil-looking cemetery and listens to the worst podcasts of all time...hosted by a ghoul he has slung over his shoulder, and if he doesn't pay attention, he could die. The creature is a crow-grasshopper who will make you vomit (if it doesn't kill you with its flatulence) Fictional: https://www.fictional.fm/subscribe -- Sponsors: Simplisafe: Stay safe and go to http://simplisafe.com/legends and get free shipping and a 60-day money-back guarantee on a new security system. Talk to a therapist online and get help at http://betterhelp.com/legends. Save 10% off your first month with the discount code LEGENDS -- "Night Watch" by Blue Dot Sessions "I Recall" by Blue Dot Sessions "Soft Horror Piano Drone" by Bobby Cole "Relinquish" by Podington Bear "We're loosing time(sic)" by Gregory Tripi "Clay Pawn Shop" by Blue Dot Sessions "Dangerous Swing" by Blue Dot Sessions "Escaping Forever" by Michael Vignola
Join Bulat the Brave Companion and Ivan Tsarevich (no, not that one) as they get a magical new horse, escape magical prison, and get in some magical fights. The creature is the shōkera, the slimy guy looking in your window right now. The Bardic shop: https://shop.bardic.fm Subscribe to Fictional: https://www.fictional.fm/subscribe -- Sponsors: Squarespace: turn your passion project into something real. Go to http://squarespace.com/myths for a free trial, and when you're ready to launch, use the code MYTHS for 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Check out Best Fiends on the Apple app store or Google Play today! -- Music: "Kaleidoscope" by Podington Bear "Exploring the Cave Mix Full" by Bobby Cole "Vanagon" by Podington Bear "Setting Pace" by Blue Dot Sessions "Kalsted" by Blue Dot Sessions "The Hero Within (No Drums)" by Bobby Cole "Holding Hands" by Podington Bear
Branch two of the Mabinogion has the kings of Great Britain and Ireland (Bran and Matholwch, respectively) just wanting to bro out, but their nobles and family members will do anything to keep that from happening. Also, why is there never a sundae bar in the wine cellar? Episode post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14215/181b-mabinogion-with-friends-like-these/ Store: https://shop.bardic.fm -- Sponsors: Simplisafe: Stay safe and go to http://simplisafe.com/legends and get free shipping and a 60-day money-back guarantee on a new security system. Literati! Check out the number one book club for kids and get $25 off your first two orders at http://literati.com/myths -- Music: "Last Winter" by Zac Nelson "Louver" by Blue Dot Sessions "Medieval Ritual" by Adrian Ellis "Talltell" by Blue Dot Sessions "Ghost in the Piano" by Emanuele Dentoni "Forgotten" by Keith Anthony Holden "The Ones You Know (Underscore Version)" by Will Van De Crommert  
King Pwyell just wants to go hunting in the dark forest alone. What's the worst that can happen? Huh? Forced to live for a year away from his people at the demand of an otherworldly king? Yeah, ok, that's kind of bad. It's the first branch of the Mabinogion, the original source for a few of the stories we've told on this podcast, like the very first story from this podcast, that of Yvain and the lady of the fountain. We're finally diving into this amazing work of Welsh folklore and over the next two weeks we'll be covering the first two branches. Fictional is back! https://fictional.fm The disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14209/181a-welsh-legends-otherworld/ -- Sponsors: Talk to a therapist online and get help at http://betterhelp.com/legends. Save 10% off your first month with the discount code LEGENDS Squarespace: turn your passion project into something real. Go to http://simplisafe.com/myths for a free trial, and when you're ready to launch, use the code MYTHS for 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. -- Music: “A quirky cue” by Jermaine Stegall “Serious Situation” by Bruce Zimmerman “Elephants on Parade” by Podington Bear “Aim is True” Podington Bear “Minor Islands” by Podington Bear “Boardwalk” by Podington Bear  
The story from Azorean folklore about a sorcerer who turned his life around. He became a priest, helped his people flee, and then faced a choice when his old life came hunting for him. The creature is a dirty dish towel named the Shirouneri. Like most towels it's actively trying to show you just how much it hates you. Show post (and disclaimer): https://www.mythpodcast.com/14203/180-azorean-folklore-power/ -- Fictional! Apple Podcasts: http://apple.fictional.fm/ Stitcher: http://stitcher.fictional.fm/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5D3FdZ9Pq286O7owqg7tH5 -- Sponsor: Betterhelp: Talk to a therapist online and get help at http://betterhelp.com/legends. Save 10% off your first month with the discount code LEGENDS -- Music: "The Theatrical Poster for Poltergeist III" by Chris Zabriskie “03. Prelude No. 3” by Chris Zabriskie "49th Street Galleria" by Chris Zabriskie “Vik Fence Haflak” by Blue Dot Sessions “Undercover Vampire Policeman” by Chris Zabriskie "There's probably no time" by Chris Zabriskie
A classic quest from Slavic legend with princesses, dragons, wizards, dragons fighting wizards, and princesses fighting wizards fighting dragons. The creature is Shamir, the little craftsman who is up for employee of the millennium. -- Post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14197/179-slavic-legends-grateful-dead/ Membership: https://www.mythpodcast.com/membership Store: https://www.mythpodcast.com/store -- Sponsor: Talk to a therapist online and get help at http://betterhelp.com/legends. Save 10% off your first month with the discount code LEGENDS -- Music: "Solemn Oath" by Podington Bear "Setting Out on a Quest" by Bobby Cole "The French Theatre of Doom" by Bobby Cole “Big Feelings” by Podington Bear "Storm Passing" by Podington Bear "Pounded Piano" by Podington Bear “Winter Walk” by Podington Bear
178-Tanuki: Changes

178-Tanuki: Changes

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An episode about the Tanuki, the notorious raccoon-dog trickster from Japan with giant...well...you'll see. The creature is the Tote Road Shagamaw, and a ManBearMoose who is really good at headstands. Like, it can walk a quarter mile doing a headstand. Show post, with all those pictures (and the disclaimer): https://www.mythpodcast.com/14180/178-tanuki-changes/ -- Sponsors! Simplisafe: Stay safe and go to http://simplisafe.com/legends and get free shipping and a 60-day money-back guarantee on a new security system. Squarespace: turn your passion project into something real. Go to http://simplisafe.com/myths for a free trial, and when you're ready to launch, use the code MYTHS for 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. -- Music: “Lina my Queen” by Blue Dot Sessions “Detailing” by Blue Dot Sessions “The Callow” by Blue Dot Sessions “Fermin Canyon” by Blue Dot Sessions “Tillis County” by Blue Dot Sessions “True Blue Sky” by Blue Dot Sessions “Slimheart” by Blue Dot Sessions
The Greeks finally find a way into Troy and while, yes, it's exactly the way you think they get in, there are so many ridiculous side quests on the way, including a cameo from one of Greek myth's most famous hero. The creature is nice unicorn who will play music for you and definitely won't eat you the moment your guard is down. Want more? We did two member episodes with about four additional stories about the Trojan War. Check them out here: https://www.mythpodcast.com/member-episode-list/ (scroll down the bottom to become a member if you want) Disclaimer: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14169/177d-trojan-war-horsin-around/ -- Sponsors: Talk to a therapist online and get help at http://betterhelp.com/legends Check out Best Fiends on the Apple app store or Google Play today! -- Music: “Moving Emotional Piano hero track” by Daniel Bordovsky “Escaping forever” by Michael Vignola “Scallat” by Blue Dot Sessions “Foreign” by Marshall Usinger “The Journey” by Adrian Berengue “Holding On” by Keith Anthony Holden “We are nowhere” by Sander Kalmeijer "The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan" by Chris Zabriskie
Achilles is back and it's god vs. god, Greek vs. Trojan, Achilles vs. Hector in the most epic battle of the Trojan War. The creature this week, the Seto taishō, will absolutely come after you with a sharpened spoon. His weakness? Light kicks. Episode post: https://www.mythpodcast.com/14155/177c-trojan-war-when-i-am-gone/ -- Sponsor: Talk to a therapist online and get help at http://betterhelp.com/legends -- Music: “Watercool Quiet” by Blue Dot Sessions “Thunder Comes” by Will Van De Crommert “Gilroy Solo” by Blue Dot Sessions “Feel the Tension” by Bobby Cole “Order of Entrance” by Blue Dot Sessions “War Action Orchestra” by Denis Kotenko “Battle on the Beach” by Bobby Cole “Lady Lupine” by Blue Dot Sessions “Broken” by Michael Vignola “Places” by Michael Vignola
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Comments (401)

Brian Sims

An-chee-sus, like a cheesy Jesus, I'm dying😆! Long time fan of the show, and this is Jason's best mispronunciation yet...

Aug 10th
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oops i stole your nose

This is such a good podcast. I am such a huge fan! I listen to you every night!!!! Great for fable lovers!

Aug 8th
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Abhishek Srivastava

what an excellent series!

Aug 3rd
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Mimi

The background music,the one that plays very low, sounds like a mosquito approaching! Very annoying and life-like!

Aug 1st
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Laura Killip

I was thinking about how Captain America is also a Rip Van Winkle story!

Jul 27th
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Mimi

Wow horrible at all aspects. But love your channel and your voice. I wish the volume of the songs was lower so that I wouldn’t wake up when using these as night night stories! I mean I’m 30 but that’s just a number!

Jul 17th
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Yan Kncook

the second story is just really sad...

Jul 4th
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Chandra Anderson

I really enjoy this podcast. I even enjoy replaying old episodes. There are alot of podcasts that cover this type of material, but the subject matter, narration and length of episode, among other things, make "Myths and Legends" one of my favorites.

Jun 27th
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Biljana

LOVE this podcast! My favorite thing to listen, especially during this time of quarantine, keeps my mind off of all the bad things going on in the world. Thank you guys for this gem of a podcast!

Jun 17th
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Sophie Cheng

Welp I can’t say anything wrong about this podcast

Jun 7th
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Mimi

Omg what made you pick that awful song? Oh my ears..

Jun 6th
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Michael Lott

I dont usually comment but I wanted to say a few words. I've listened to every episode and even listened to a few twice. this show has helped me thru some of the toughest, most labor intensive days. I have been so greatful to have such well written, fun and beautifully read stories to help pass the time and occupy my mind as I work thru the daily grind. Thank you Jason and Carissa for creating an amazing pod cast.

Jun 6th
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Matthew Haller

this podcast had gone downhill since the Oedipus episode. each story is full of dialog ("he said" "and then she said" "and then he said") and forced humor. at some point i just want to hear the story... don't try to make everything funny.

Jun 1st
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Cz

Catholic Church andthe visigods? :D you mean Christian?

May 29th
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Matthew Haller

good episode!

May 28th
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Matthew Haller

i made it about 10 minutes in before i turned it off. i didn't care for this episode.

May 28th
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Chris Galleron

Such good podcasts. I love them. You do such fun renditions. Please continue the Robin Hood’s. Those are fun.

May 28th
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Matthew Haller

love the podcast, but Oedipus was pretty painful for the listener

May 13th
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Just Na Science Podcast

Great show , amazing story telling and narration. Highly highly recommend!

May 8th
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Caitlin Smith

Amazing and interesting story as usual, and so glad to hear Fictional is back!

Apr 29th
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