You think you know the story…But do you really? Every other Saturday, Tales presents ancient fairy tales the way they were originally told: orally, and unadulterated. Tales is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production.
First published in the 16th century, Biancabella and the Serpent is an Italian fairytale on morality. It’s the third fable on the third night of revelry, told by a woman named Lauretta who presents a cautionary narrative of how women should treat each other—lest disaster and misfortune befall them.
They’ve been around for thousands of years…orchestrating some of history’s most controversial events. And if not for their radical actions, you may never have even known they existed. Every Thursday, take a journey through hidden passageways and become a member of Parcast’s diabolical series, SECRET SOCIETIES. Each society is explored in 2 episodes—exposing the people and context responsible for its founding, and analyzing the psychology behind their beliefs.
Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first episode on Yale’s mysterious “Skull and Bones” fraternity. To finish this episode, subscribe to SECRET SOCIETIES free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Here’s one of our listeners’ most requested episodes of 2019: By 1697 the story of an incredible cat spread to Paris, where author Charles Perrault created his own version, entitling it “La Maître Chat,” ou “Le Chat Botté” which means “The Master Cat,” or “The Booted Cat.” Unlike his modern DreamWorks counterpart, Puss in Boots was originally female, overshadowed by her male counterpart.
They’re sport’s greatest heroes… displaying superhuman-like abilities to overcome intense pressure. But when it comes to the downfalls of fame, money, and ego—they’re far more human than super. Every Thursday, Parcast’s original series SPORTS CRIMINALS keeps score on the darker side of sports. Each episode chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of some of sport’s biggest names.
Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first of two captivating episodes on disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. To finish this episode, subscribe to SPORTS CRIMINALS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
As a witch's curse brought their father's kingdom to ruin, Princess Alionushka and Prince Ivanushka were forced to flee from the only home they had ever known. During their flight, they struggle to overcome temptation, and the witch tries to end their lives once and for all.
They’re four-legged, full of love and often times more like family than their nickname suggests. Parcast’s endearing original series, DOG TALES, tells the true stories of heroic canines that have gone above and beyond their “best friend” duties. Every Monday, embark on a new journey of courage, service and unwavering sacrifice by our most loyal companions.
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The “little glutton” who travels through the woods in Italo Calvino’s Italian Folktales carries a special delivery for Uncle Wolf. But when she can’t resist the goodies, and replaces the contents, Uncle Wolf becomes angry and sets out for revenge.
Every Tuesday leading up to the 2020 election, POLITICAL SCANDALS counts down the 52 most controversial events in American history—uncovering the ugly truth behind some of our most infamous elected officials.
And now you can hear a special clip from the first episode on the cutthroat circumstances surrounding the election of 1800. To finish this episode, subscribe to POLITICAL SCANDALS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Bad guys. Black hats. Evildoers. They are the bane of every hero’s existence…and the subject of Parcast’s dastardly new original series, VILLAINS. Every Friday, VILLAINS dissects the greatest foils from history and fiction—uncovering origins, analyzing impacts, and exploring the complexity of character and motive.
In this clip, we explore the creation of an iconic, modern-day psychopath of the silver screen—Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. To finish this episode, subscribe to VILLAINS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Growing up an impoverished young ne’er-do-well, Aladdin is recruited by a sorcerer from the Maghreb. What seems like a sorcerer’s goodwill soon reveals itself as a hidden agenda and a quest for a magic lamp.
The great heroes of myth are known throughout the world. Their deeds are legendary. But what would these champions be without obstacles in their path? Dragons, sea serpents, giants, demons...they aren't merely foils to the hero. They are primal symbols reflecting ancient truths. Our new podcast, MYTHICAL MONSTERS, tells the stories of these beasts and asks what they represent to mankind. In this episode, we look at the legendary Kraken! To listen to the rest of this episode subscribe to MYTHICAL MONSTERS on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Ye Xian had an ideal childhood - raised by the wife of the village chief, she wanted for nothing. But when sudden tragedy strikes her family, she is left in the care of a stepmother who despises her. In this ancient Chinese telling of Cinderella, it is a magical fish, not a fairy godmother, that grants Ye Xian her happy ending.
Some insects work tirelessly throughout the year, preparing for the cold months of winter, when crops dry up and food is scarce. However, the grasshopper in this story prefers to while away the summer playing music... and when the cold months draw in, she finds it increasingly difficult to locate a sympathetic ear...
Humans are the most adaptable species on the planet. We endure fierce blizzards, build communities in the blistering heat of the Sahara, erect societies on mountains. Our new podcast, NATURAL DISASTERS reminds us Mother Nature is ultimately always in control.In this clip, we take you through the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a massive volcanic event that took both native Indonesian peoples and Dutch colonists by surprise. Subscribe to NATURAL DISASTERS to listen to the rest of this episode!
The original 1883, Italian version of Pinocchio is far darker than the version modern audiences are acquainted with. Pinnochio is pathologically selfish, and the world he inhabits is full of villains. Murderous circus owners, thieving woodland creatures, and a guilt-trip inducing Blue Fairy all cross his path. Sponsors!ModCloth - To get 15% off your purchase of $100 or more, including all sale items, go to modcloth.com and enter code TALES at checkout.
Mads is alone on a desert island. He was blinded, maimed, and left for dead without his magical belt to save him. He must find a way to return home and reclaim everything his mother Inga and the troll Gunnar took from him. Then, he may be worthy of his one true love.Sponsors!Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com and use promo code TALES during checkout!
In our new podcast, MEDICAL MYSTERIES, we follow desperate patients battling mysterious symptoms--from the bizarre to the terrifying--as determined doctors race against the clock for a diagnosis. From rare genetic disorders to a worldwide pandemics, we explore the high stakes world of medicine, and the secrets of the human body.In this clip, we introduce one of the most notable patients of all time, Joseph Merrick, otherwise known as “The Elephant Man.” To listen to the end of this episode, subscribe to MEDICAL MYSTERIES, on Spotify or anywhere you listen to Parcast Originals!
In this Norwegian Folktale, a beggar woman and her son happen upon a mysterious magical belt lying on a dirt path. Against his mother's advice, the boy Mads picks it up. Soon, the magical strength it gives him is the only protection he has from a host of hostile creatures, and humans, who want to do him harm.Sponsors!Veestro - Veestro offers free shipping on all orders, and right now, you can save 30% off any purchase when you go to Veestro.com and use the code TALES.
This dog has known nothing but abuse and neglect his entire life. When a kindly sparrow frees him from his horrible master, he is absolutely ready to take life by the reigns. However, the world is a lot more cruel than either of these animals could have possibly expected.Sponsors!Native - Go to NativeDeodorant.com and enter promo code TALES for 20% off your first purchase!
Many of us wish we could be a dashing hero living a life of adventure. But only the Brave Little Tailor could kill seven flies and think he is ready to fight trolls, cyclops, unicorns and giant boars. Not only does he have to survive this gamut of enemies, he must then convince a princess that he is worthy of her love.Parcasters - How does a lie become a life altering conviction? There is no more tragic example than the Bernard Baran case. Find out more today by listening to Not Guilty on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast Originals.
Despised by her father after her mother died in childbirth, Eloise schemes to run away from home. In this rare English fairytale, freedom comes at a high price, and winning the love of a prince is nothing compared to winning the love of one's own father.Sponsors!Harper Wilde - Go to HarperWilde.com/TALES and use promo code TALES to get 15% off your first purchase.Veestro - Try the 6 most popular Veestro meals for just $49! Visit TryVeestro.com/Tales.
Henriette wants nothing more than to live with her love, but her evil stepmother would never allow it. She devises a plan that sends her on an adventure filled with wands, thorns, invisible cloaks and more. But happy endings are not always happy.Parcasters - Theodosia Burr Alston is more than a character in a song from Hamilton! Find out about her life and mysterious disappearance this week on Gone. Available now at parcast.com/gone
Nassos never wanted to be a sailor, but he inherited his father's ship nonetheless. His true passion is music, but when he plays his violin on deck at night, he summons something unnatural from beneath the waves.Parcasters - Haunted Ship, how about a haunted beach? Check out our most recent episode of Haunted Places on Higbee Beach at parcast.com/haunted
Though many can repeat this famous cookie's classic rhyme, few know of his origins. Descended from a long line of European "Runaway Pancake" stories, the Gingerbread Man has always been a tale that ends in tragedy - though the details of that tragedy have changed over time.Parcasters - Take a tour of the mythical city of Atlantis, covered this week on Unexplained Mysteries and Conspiracy Theories! Listen today at parcast.com/unexplained and parcast.com/conspiracy
Princess Talia's parents were warned that she must never touch a spindle, or she would face certain death. Though they try their hardest to protect her from such a device, Talia nevertheless pricks her finger on one and falls into a deep sleep. Sponsors!Harper Wilde - Go to HarperWilde.com/TALES to try on three bras at home for FREE and receive a free bra wash bag!Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Tales a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Tales.Robinhood.com.
In a wicked twist on the old trading places trope, a princess's devious maid takes her clothes and poses as the princess. The disgraced royal is then forced to herd geese for a living, but her mother's charm gives her the opportunity to reclaim her birthright. It is left to the princess to convince the king of her true identity and to get revenge against her former maid.Sponsors!BetterHelp - Go to BetterHelp.com/Tales to get 10% off your first month with discount code TALES.
In one of the Grimm Brothers’ darkest tales, a young boy named Jakob faces off against an evil stepmother. But even the help of a magical tree may not be enough to defeat a cold-hearted murderer…Sponsors!BetterHelp - Go to BetterHelp.com/Tales to get 10% off your first month with discount code TALES.Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Tales a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Tales.Robinhood.com.
This story follows a young Snow White and her sister as their mother forces them to spend time together. As they go about their chores, their encounters with an ungrateful dwarf lead them to form a bond capable of surviving any ordeal. Of course no Brother's Grimm tale would be complete without at least one character meeting a grisly end.Sponsors!Shudder - Head over to DiscoveryOfWitchesTV.com and use promo code TALES for a free 30-day trial of either Shudder or Sundance Now.SugarBearHair - Go to SugarBearHair.com/TALES for amazing hair and a healthier you.
After secretly marrying a commoner, Prince Francesco uses a magical glass tunnel to spend nights with his true love. But a pair of jealous sisters endangers the couple's rendezvous, and the secret wife, Nella, must save the day, or lose the love of her life.Sponsors!BetterHelp - Tales listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code TALES when you go to BetterHelp.com/Tales.Robinhood - Get a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Tales.Robinhood.com.SugarBearHair - Go to SugarBearHair.com/TALES for amazing hair and a healthier you.
A story that has been told for generations all over the world. The modern retelling is well known however, the French, Thai and Norwegian versions vary significantly. In some versions the antagonist tricks the young girl into cannibalizing her grandmother. One thing remains constant: sweet innocent grandma does not make it out alive. Sponsors!BetterHelp - Tales listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code TALES when you go to BetterHelp.com/Tales.Shudder - Head over to DiscoveryOfWitchesTV.com and use promo code TALES15 for a free 30-day trial of either Shudder or Sundance Now.SugarBearHair - Go to SugarBearHair.com/TALES for amazing hair and a healthier you.
By 1697 the story of an incredible cat spread to Paris, where author Charles Perrault created his own version, entitling it La Maître Chat, ou le Chat Botté which means “The Master Cat, or The Booted Cat.” Unlike his modern DreamWorks counterpart, Puss in Boots was originally female, overshadowed by her male counterpart. Sponsors!Torrid - Go to Torrid.com and use Promo Code TALES15 for $15 off every $50 you spend! That means you can get up to $150 off a $500 order!
A crow enlists the help of a woman, instructing her to pluck a feather to make magical wishes. The feather gives her the power to refuse suitors and cook delicious meals. The Enchanted Quill is one of 500 fairy tales preserved in a collection that belonged to historian folklorist Franz Xaver von Schönwerth in the 1860s. Parcasters - Hear Hercules as you’ve never heard him before on this week’s episode of Mythology!
Disney’s Frozen has nothing on this dark and devastating Danish fairy tale. “The Snow Queen” was first published in 1844 by Hans Christian Andersen and has since been adapted into movies, television shows, operas and ballets. Two children, Gerda and Kay, battle the Snow Queen and try to find a balance between good versus evil.
Rooted in both African and Native American legend, Br’er Rabbit, is a collection of folklore first published in 1881 by Joel Chandler Harris. Br’er Rabbit represents not only enlightenment and rebellion against authority, but also deceit, greed, spite and even homicidal rage.Sponsors!Outdoor Voices - For 20% off your first order of $100 or more, visit OutdoorVoices.com/TALES and enter TALES. Torrid - Go to Torrid.com and use Promo Code TALES15 for $15 off every $50 you spend! That means you can get up to $150 off a $500 order!
This well known warning teaches us that liars are not believed, even when they speak the truth. Do you know the dangerous outcome of weaving tall tales?Sponsors!Audible - Get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 a month by going to Audible.com/FairyTales or text FairyTales to 500 500.
Sinbad is back on his ship and setting sail for Persia, hopefully one of his most lucrative trips yet. However, it is not money that Sinbad is looking for… but love. Sponsors!Bombas - Go to Bombas.com/TALES and use the code TALES for 20% off your first order.Zola - To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry, go to Zola.com/TALES.
Confronted with stormy seas, monsters and pirates, Sinbad the fearless sailor, must attempt to steal the magical, “Book of Peace.” Will he complete his journey after being shipwrecked in Basra?Sponsors!Amazon Prime - Season 1 is available now. Watch the New Season of Lore out now, only on Prime Video.Away - For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/TALES and use promo code TALES during checkout! Follain - For only $22 try the Clean Essentials Kit today. Go to Follain.com/TALES and enter code TALES at checkout for free shipping.
Hurt and unable to fly, it seems like Peter Pan is out of luck. Will anyone be there to come to his aid when he needs it the most?Subscribe now to our new podcast HOSTAGE, featuring the riveting story of Patty Hearst's abduction by the Symbionese Liberation Army.Sponsors!Amazon Prime - Season 1 is available now. Watch the New Season of Lore October 19, only on Prime Video.
Not only does a jealous Tinkerbell attempt to murder Wendy, but we find out about a much darker side to Peter Pan. Sponsors! Casper - Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/TALES and using TALES at checkout.
In this version, young Peter flies to an island and introduces himself as Peter the Bird. Upon learning he is not a bird, but human, he loses faith in his ability to fly. Stuck on the island, Peter asks the birds for help in hopes of returning home to his mother. When he finally returns to the window of his home and sees her, he discovers that in life, there are no second chances.Sponsors!Bombas - Go to Bombas.com/TALES and use the code TALES for 20% off your first order.Away - For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/TALES and use promo code TALES during checkout.
Once he completed the twelve labors and paid his debt to society, Hercules married Deianira. Their marriage was a happy one until he accidentally put on a poison tunic. The pain was so intense, Hercules decided that he would rather die than endure the torturous poison. But in death, he would find something he never thought he’d find.
After strangling his music teacher Linos in a fit of rage, Hercules was confronted by two beautiful women, Vice and Virtue. He was to choose a path for the rest of his life. One would be a path of hardship leading to glory. The other a path of pleasure and irresponsibility. Which path would he choose?
One day, Toshiro the wood cutter wandered into a remote part of the forest to cut wood and drank from a nearby pond. In his reflection, he saw a man only 25 years old - the water had transformed him. His wife, Chizue insisted that she should drink from the same pond, to become as young as her husband - but she never returned. Toshiro returned to the pond, only to find a terrible surprise.
In this early version of the Rapunzel fairy tale, young Persinette is locked away in a tall tower away from men and told by her mother to never cut her beautiful golden hair. When a prince hears her beautiful singing and is drawn to the tower, Persinette must decide whether to heed her mother’s warning or believe the charming prince.
Thumbelina is a girl no bigger than a human thumb. Due to her small stature, she is very attractive to animals, who try to kidnap and marry her. Among her suitors: a toad, a beetle, and a mole. Yet, the one with whom she connected most was the swallow she nursed back to health. Would the swallow allow Thumbelina to be taken by another animal, or would they live happily ever after?
The Emperor requests that his kitchen maid, Mei, bring to him the nightingale whose melody is so sweet that she can make your heart dance. Mei finds the bird, and the Emperor is so impressed that he invites the bird to stay and sing forever. But when the Emperor receives a wind-up bird who sings a different and more beautiful song, he doesn't realize that the choice between them will become a matter of life and death.
Momotaro is a brave Japanese boy adopted by a childless couple, after they find him inside of a peach. Years later, Momotaro says goodbye to his family to defeat the Oni (demons or ogres) who live on a distant island. With the help of a dog, a pheasant, and a monkey, Momotaro finds their castle. Will Momotaro’s bravery be enough to defeat the black magic of the Oni?
A soldier returning from battle steals a magical Tinderbox from a witch. He uses the Tinderbox to bring himself more riches than he could have ever imagined. But what he wanted more than anything, was a chance to meet the Princess. So he used the Tinderbox to not only meet the princess, but also to become King.
After having his first revenge plot foiled, Massood, captain of the thieves, swore revenge against Ali Baba, the man who killed 37 of his men. What Massood didn’t account for was that Ali Baba was not their killer. But he would soon figure out who was.
Massood, captain of the thieves, concocts a plan to get even with Ali Baba for stealing riches from his cave. Posing as a weary oil merchant, he asks Ali Baba for a place to stay and store his 37 jars of oil. But not all the jars are full of oil...
Ali Baba, a modest wood chopper, finds a stolen fortune in a magical cave, but can't keep the secret from his greedy brother. The next time he visits the cave, he is greeted not by robbers, but by the corpse of his dead brother. Will Ali Baba be next?
A town in Germany had a serious rat infestation, and turned to a mysterious visitor to fix their problem. The piper played his magical fife to lure the rats to a certain doom, but the mayor reneged on the payment he promised for the service. Months later, when the piper returned, he used his powers to seek revenge...
The tale of Hua Mulan seems simple: she was a devoted daughter who risked her life to become a warrior in place of her father. She returned from war a hero. But an older version of this tale is dark and complex, featuring death, betrayal, and a tragic ending.
In this classic story of metamorphosis, a young duckling struggles to fit in with everyone around him. He goes off on his own, only to find his feelings of depression deepen. Will he ever find the peace he is searching for, and a place where he belongs?
The Beast grants Beauty a trip home, and she gladly accepts the time with her family. On the final night of her trip, she doesn’t want to return to the Beast’s castle, even if that means the death of the Beast. But a dream leads her to rethink this decision. She rushes back, in hopes of saving his life. Will she return in time?
Trapped within the Beast’s beautiful castle, Beauty grows anxious of her imminent death. In her dreams, she meets with a prince, who happens to be a fellow prisoner of the Beast. She becomes determined to save this man... before her time runs out.
The merchant Marc lost everything — his wife, his job, his home — leaving his children unsatisfied with their new, poor lifestyle. In a final attempt to please at least one of his twelve children, he goes to pick a lovely rose...and finds himself bargaining for his life with a beast.
This is the second of two prequel episodes to Beauty and the Beast. Despite different social standings, King Ernest marries a commoner, Alice. But Alice has a secret, and this secret causes her to disappear overnight, leaving the king and their daughter alone. And Alice doesn’t just disappear; her lies and secrecy get her imprisoned, and leave her poor daughter cursed.
This is the first of two prequel episodes to Beauty and the Beast. Kidnapping. Lies. Lust. Tragedy. The original story of Beauty and the Beast is quite different than the story you know today. We go back to one of the oldest recorded versions of this classic fairy tale, starting with the violent, twisted events that lead up to a boy becoming a beast.
The Frog Prince. Sleeping Beauty. Beauty and the Beast.You think you know these stories, but do you really? Every other Saturday, Tales presents the original versions of fairy tales, not the popular, watered-down versions. Tales premieres Saturday, February 17th. Here is a sneak peek.
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