Alex Cespedes
Timeless tales re-told. Each week you’ll hear two or three classic stories based around a common, and timeless, theme. Because history may not always repeat itself, but it sure rhymes
Stories of cheating on your spouse are as old as time. These three short stories help us understand how--and why--people are unfaithful.
Sep 11, 2018
19 min
This One's A Steal
At an early age we learn that crime has its consequences, especially if we steal another's property. This episode has four stories that show us how ironic and surprising a thief's karma could be.
Sep 3, 2018
19 min
Lie To Me
A lie can hurt, damage, and even destroy. But, can it ever serve a purpose? Can it help us? These three short stories all revolve around lies told by those closest to us, with surprising effects.
Aug 15, 2018
20 min
Not-So-Great Expectations
Expectations usually free up brain bandwidth for the BIG stuff, but they can also imprison us in a flat view of the world.  In this episode, three cautionary stories of when expectations go wrong... Music by Ben-Murray-Smith and LiamLRY
Nov 7, 2017
18 min
The Wise Fool
Every country, near and far, seems to have this one stock character in its folklore. I first became fascinated by this character as a 9-year-old when I was growing up in the Dominican Republic. We'll call this character "The Wise Fool" and hear a handful of stories that showcase the characters versatility and charm. Music by Ben Murray-Smith and iAmLarry
Oct 29, 2017
18 min
Clever Is As Clever Does
Are geniuses born, or made? In this week's episode we hear two ancient stories about brilliant youths, and we see both perspectives to this question. These two folktales also happen to be the genesis of two modern movie genres.
Oct 22, 2017
23 min
Let's Play "Pretend"
Stories since the beginning of time have been thrilling us by having characters take on false identities. In this episode we look at one legendary song and two folktales that show us the GOOD and BAD consequences of pretending to be someone we're not. Major thanks to Christopher Wallace, Aaron Shepard, and O. Henry for their contribution to the legacy of stories.
Oct 9, 2017
36 min
Infatuation, Thy Name is Love
Love stories are as old as time, but then again, so are stories about its creepy sibling-emotion: infatuation. Unrequited love often brings a feeling of obsession, and these two folk tales paint the picture of the lengths humans will go to just to catch the apple of their eye.
Oct 4, 2017
24 min
A Stranger Comes To Town
Tolstoy once said that “all great literature is one of two stories: someone goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town.” In this first episode we hear three folk stories centered around this most familiar theme: a stranger shows up to disrupt the status quo.
Oct 4, 2017
24 min
Rendition Trailer
Come along for a modern re-telling of timeless stories, from ancient Egyptian fables, to Shakespearean plot twists, folk tales, and even pop songs that all have one thing in common--they take you on a journey.
Sep 26, 2017
43 sec