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A weekly podcast taking a look at the stories that we tell over and over again. What our myths and misdeeds, fears and fables say about us as humans.

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When we close our eyes at night, we all become mysteries. Dreaming is one of the most miraculous and least understood things humans can do. It seems that many miraculous, misunderstood dreams have been spent on this man. Who is... more

So, how do we go from seeing disc in the sky (I hear it was all the rage in 1947); to spending time with aliens on their crafts and being probed? Seems quite a leap, no? Well brothers, sisters and gentle people of earth, it was a long strange... more

When looking back to the Roswell Incident, it isn't hard to imagine a cowboy with a thousand yard stare sitting next to his old friend with wraparound eyes surveying a southwestern scene, and saying, ‘So, this is where it all started.'.... more

American tall tales are an odd branch of the folkloric family tree. Younger than fairy tales, but older than urban legends; they seem to have descended into a kind of awkward adolescence around the end of WWII. Yes, they're stuck at the... more

Everything you've ever heard about New Orleans Mardi Gras is true. The floats, the beads, the craven apocalypse party - that is all there. What's more surprising, is that there are parts of Mardi Gras that you haven't heard of. Join us this... more

Most of the authors we meet in school don't stick with us as personalities. We remember the stories they create more than we remember them. That's not true for dear Edgar. In fact the lines between fact and fiction become so blurry... more

Why do we like to imagine that the world was once full of giants? All cultures seem to have a version of a myth or legend that mentions that how much bigger our ancestors were once upon a time. Is it the idea that our human history was... more

This week we put together some new stories that tie to some of our early episodes. We really just wanted to send the year out by looking back at what we've put together so far, and finding even more to explore. Maybe we all just... more

No one in the history of Christmas has ever truly wanted nothing from Santa but their two front teeth. No, no, no, kids want toys. The modern contract between parents, children, Santa, and his army of elves is centered on this basic truth.... more

Playing detective is all fun and games until you uncover a real clue. Story-lovers have few universal traits. But for the most part, we love a mystery. We love to see disjointed snippets of information begin to form a meaningful picture, so of... more

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