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The Corybantic Podcast

The Corybantic Podcast

By Cory Howell
Welcome to The Corybantic Podcast!
It's an audio companion to my website,, where I share my thoughts on a variety of subjects that interest me: Shakespeare, the Bible, Sherlock Holmes, languages, and more.
(Formerly known as the Willy Wigglestick Podcast, and some other names...)
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The Whole Enchilada
Wherein I talk about all of it, all of my different interests that show up from time to time in my blogging and podcasting. Well, to be honest, I don't know if this is ALL of it. But I think it's most of it... (My apologies for the somewhat sub-par sound quality of this episode. I realized in the middle of recording that I had forgotten to plug in my higher quality mic. By that time I had recorded so much material, I couldn't bear to go back and re-do the whole thing. So sound quality is a bit spotty.) I mention a few of my blogs in the episode; here are the links to a few of my blogs you may like to check out: Corybanter: my main personal blog Willy Wigglestick: my main Shakespeare blog Bites of Bard: my Shakespeare "mini-blog" Baker Street Babble: my Sherlock Holmes blog Bible Bookshelf: my Bible themed blog Bible & Prayer Book: a blog where I explore The Book of Common Prayer
March 15, 2022
What are these horses, and why are they so crazy?
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
I'm trying out a feature on Anchor called Music+Talk.  I've chosen for my first musical excursion a song by The Osmonds, "Crazy Horses." I hope you enjoy this first attempt at a little musical breakdown. If I can get it figured out, I may try some more of these episodes!
March 04, 2022
Hello's been awhile!
Wherein I check in with the listeners, if there are any left. It's been awhile, and I thought I might give it another try!
March 03, 2022
The Corybantic Podcast is Back!
And it's DICTIONARY TIME! In this episode, I talk about my love of dictionaries, and some of the favorite dictionaries in my own collection. I also manage to blank on the title of a book I currently have checked out from the library. It's entitled Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography. It's by an English lexicographer named Sidney Landau, and I'm finding it fascinating and very enjoyable to read.  I also mention my favorite book about lexicography, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, by Kory Stamper. Highly recommended! The theme music is THINGAMAJIG by Jason Shaw, and is licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License.
July 16, 2021
Words, words, Shakespeare-themed reading
I've read a couple great books centered on Shakespeare just recently. In this episode, I talk about a couple books I've just read. In the episode, I mention a couple things I encountered on the radio and online that let to my choice of reading material for this week. That includes this review from Bardfilm, as well as this NPR segment. Don't forget the Willy Wigglestick Blog, at! Podcast music: Sonatina by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
April 30, 2021
Happy birthday, Willy!
The Willy Wigglestick podcast officially debuts with a birthday tribute to the Bard! Podcast music: Sonatina by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
April 23, 2021
And now for something completely different...
On a whim, and since I've really been into Shakespeare recently, I thought I'd share some audio of a Shakespeare speech I recorded back towards the beginning of the pandemic. This is Edmund's soliloquy from Act I, Scene 2 of King Lear. Enjoy!
April 17, 2021
Blog, blog, bloggity-blog
Wherein I talk about one of my favorite things to do: blogging. Feel free to check out some of the blogs mentioned in the episode: The Corybantic Podcast Blog (linked to this podcast on Wordpress) Corybanter (the original Tumblr version) (the swanky new version) Baker Street Babble (my Sherlock Holmes blog) Bible Bookshelf (my blog about English versions of the Bible) Willy Wigglestick (my Shakespeare blog) Bites of Bard (my Shakespeare "mini-blog") Bible & Prayer Book (my journeys through the Bible, with the aid of the Book of Common Prayer) Dallas: the Poetry of Alice K. Howell (transcriptions of my grandmother's poetry) A Corybantic Blog (a supplement to my main blog on Corybanter (something I'm experimenting with on Qoheleth (a TypePad blog that I haven't really maintained) Corybantic Musings (something I've played around with on The theme music is THINGAMAJIG by Jason Shaw, and is licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License.
April 15, 2021
Much Ado About...Something
Wherein I talk about my favorite Shakespeare comedy, which also happens to be the quintessential "RomCom"...Much Ado About Nothing. Here are some of the productions of Much Ado I mention in the episode: The Kenneth Branagh film (1993), for free w/ ads ShakespeareRe-Told adaptation (2005) The Globe Theatre live performance (2011) The Wyndham Theatre production, starring Catherine Tate and David Tennant (2011) The Joss Whedon film (2012), to buy or rent on YouTube The Public Theater production (2019), PBS Great Performances
April 08, 2021
Adventures with The Book of Mormon
Wherein I discuss some of my history with one of the more important American religious publications of the past two centuries, The Book of Mormon. It's one of the several things that I collect for fun and enjoyment, and some folks are surprised when they hear that it's one of my interests. Enjoy! (Incidentally, if you want to read the Book of Mormon for yourself, obviously you can contact LDS Missionaries in your area or online. Or if you're not interested in doing that, it is available for free at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website. Also, my friend KC Kern has a great site for reading, and listening to, the BoM, called BookofMormon.Online. KC is LDS, and his site has all kinds of facsimiles of historical editions of the BoM.)
April 01, 2021
The Corybantic Podcast is back and BETTER!
I've just moved my podcast from Podbean to It seems to be a more user-friendly platform, and I think it will work well for my purposes. BTW, a little shout-out to Gary Miller's Narrow Gate Podcast, which inspired me to switch platforms. If you're interested in the Bible or the Book of Mormon, I've found his podcast quite interesting. Here's my main blog,, in case you'd like to check it out. Be looking for new episodes of The Corybantic Podcast very soon!
March 30, 2021
Of Hobbits and Fan Edits
Wherein I talk about my recent foray into the world of fan edits of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. The theme music is THINGAMAJIG by Jason Shaw, and is licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License. (Photo by Bence Kondor from Pexels)
June 08, 2020
Esperanto & Ido & Klingon, Oh My!
Wherein I describe the many rabbit holes I've been down over the past week: my experiences with Esperanto, Ido, and other conlangs. [The theme music is "A Good Bass for Gambling," written by Komiku. It is in the public domain.]
May 28, 2020
In Praise of Roget's
Wherein I talk about my love for thesauri, particularly Roget's, and discuss how a thesaurus works. You can read more about Peter Mark Roget at this article from the Merriam-Webster site. If you want to see an excellent example of Roget's International Thesaurus, that's a lot closer to Roget's original layout than those dictionary-style thesauri one often sees, check out this free copy of Roget's International Thesaurus, 3rd ed. [The theme music is "A Good Bass for Gambling," written by Komiku. It is in the public domain.]
May 20, 2020
Figuring out what to do during coronavirus lockdown
Wherein I discuss some of the things I've been doing during the time of coronavirus social distancing. You can check out my revamped blog at [The theme music is "A Good Bass for Gambling," written by Komiku. It is in the public domain.]
May 14, 2020
Shakespeare's Melancholy Dane
Wherein I discuss some of my favorite (and not-so favorite) versions of my favorite Shakespeare play...Hamlet! The theme music is an electronic version of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Allegro, which is a public domain recording available at
May 07, 2020
The Complete Works of Shakespeare: My collection
Wherein I discuss various editions of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, both print and digital. [The theme music is "A Good Bass for Gambling," written by Komiku. It is in the public domain.]
April 30, 2020
Happy Birthday, Bill Shakespeare!
This is the special William Shakespeare Birthday Episode!  Some sites mentioned in the episode include: The theme music is THINGAMAJIG by Jason Shaw, and is licensed under an Attribution 3.0 United States License.
April 23, 2020
Bye bye, Bible Bookshelf...hello, Corybantic!
This is really more of a first episode, after the brief Introduction I posted earlier. So I'm calling this Episode 1a. (It's my podcast, I'll call it what I want to call it, I guess...) In the episode, I mention the Folger Library's free Shakespeare audiobooks: here's a link to that. Thanks for listening!
April 20, 2020
The Corybantic Podcast trailer
Wherein I re-vamp the Bible Bookshelf into the NEW Corybantic Podcast!
April 20, 2020
Episode 5: Return of the Son of Bible Bookshelf
Once again, I try my hand at the Bible Bookshelf podcast. Sorry if this one isn't all that polished. I was trying a new Sound Editor on Windows, with mixed results. Enjoy!
July 25, 2018
Bible Bookshelf podcast returns!
After a long time of not doing any more podcasts, I suddenly was inspired to give it another try! On this episode, I talk about some virtual Bibles: Bible software and online Bible search engines. Give it a listen, and feel free to comment with your feedback!
February 22, 2018
Episode 3: Shakespeare and the King James Bible
Wherein I talk about the "theory" that Shakespeare had a hand in the King James Bible
April 22, 2016
Episode 2: The Ferrar Fenton Bible
Learn about this unique one-man translation in today's podcast. You can read The Holy Bible in Modern English by Ferrar Fenton at
April 14, 2016
Hello and Welcome!
My first podcast ever...I appreciate any feedback listeners can provide! Thanks for listening...
March 30, 2016