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Sandman Stories Presents

Sandman Stories Presents

By Dustin Steichmann
Tired but can't fall asleep? Here I do my best to find interesting stories from the public domain and read them to you until you fall asleep. The stories are mostly folktales from around the world. Best listened to during work, during commutes, when you are trying to fall asleep, or any time that you need a calm friend to read to you. Enjoy!

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EP 147: India Kulloo the Faithful Dog, The Story of Ghose (Alice Dracott 1906)
In the first story, Kulloo stays with his master after his master's wife is kidnapped. Later he saves the man from being killed and helps him find his kidnapped wife. And even after all of that, Kulloo still has to make the ultimate sacrifice. Poor Kulloo In the second story, a Rani tells the Rajah that they will become parents. The Rajah is super excited because this is the only wife without a child. The only trouble is that she isn't pregnant, she only has a pet squirrel. So she convinces a few people that the daughter needs to stay hidden until after marriage. In a great reason to get rid of arranged marriages, Shahzada marries the squirrel. How will it all end? Source: Simla Village Tales, by Alice Elizabeth Dracott Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Mala Geet Pahari (Mala Song) of Solan District, Himachali Pahari song Sound Effects: Rainy night by DragonOfDoom on Podcast Shoutout: Bunny Trails Listener Shoutout: Ft Wayne Indiana Fort Wayne is a city in and the county seat of Allen County, Indiana, United States. Message me on Galas
September 29, 2022
EP 146: Türkiye- The Horse Dew (Ignacz Kunos 1914)
In this story, the youngest sister marries a horse. Luckily for her, he is a magic horse. Unlucky for her, when she thinks about telling off her two sister because her husband is so cool, he disappears.  There are tricks, riddles, and some creative hiding on the way home.  Source: Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales by Ignazc Kunos 1913  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music: Kerimoğlu Zeybeği (söke deve güreşi)   Sound Effects: Turkey - Evening Birds & Nature Ambiance by EpicWizard on  Podcast Shoutout: Working Class History  Listener Shoutout: Sardinia  Feel free to give me feedback at Galas
September 22, 2022
EP 145: Philippines- Creation, Benito, Juan, and Guavas from Tagalog Stories (Mabel Cook Cole 1916) remastered
In the first story, we learn about how the different peoples came to be. In the second story, we learn all about the adventures of Benito. He has an epic adventure just looking for work for the king. But through his kindness, he gets everything he wants and enough to take care of his parents as well. In the third story, Juan is sent out to get firewood. Instead of getting any, he meets a magical tree and gets lots of gifts only to lose them on his way home. This story feels a lot like The Sifter story from the Azores. Can he make it up to his family? Boombaya Boombaye! In the fourth story, Juan is told to gather some guavas. But because he is a jerk, he gets wasps for the guests instead.  You can leave me a message on Galas Source: Philippine Folk Tales by Mabel Cook Cole 1916 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound FX: Critters in Palawan » Frogs_InHeavyRain.WAV on Music: Buwan - Kundiman version recorded by Tonsy16 Podcast Shoutout: Sleepy Time Tales Podcast Listener Shoutout: Cairo, Egypt Cairo Arabic: القاهرة, romanized: al-Qāhirah, is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world.  "Goiaba, Guaiaba, Guava" by VIc Lic is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
September 15, 2022
EP 144: Ghana- Ohia and the Thieving Deer (W.H. Baker) Remastered
Ohia and Awirehu have bad luck. If they didn't have bad luck, they would have no luck at all. Their fortunes seem to change when Ohia meets a friendly farmer who lets him make palm wine, but that leads to more trouble. Will being able to speak to the animals bring some good luck? Send feedback here Source: West African folk-tales by WH Barker 1917 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Art of Drumming & Dancing at Akoma Academy in Elmina - Ghana May 2018 Tour Creative Commons Sound Effects: Ghana Jungle Cacao Plantage.wav on Podcast Shoutout: History of New Zealand Aotearoa The Sweet As History of New Zealand! (Now an award winner!) Listener Shoutout: Dubai Picture: "Safari in Mole" by Stig Nygaard is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
September 08, 2022
EP 143: Korea- The Great Stone Fire Eater (Griffis 1922)
Every year, the fire spirit from Gwanak mountain crawls out of his volcano home and burns everything that men build. What is the emperor to do? Can he just keep rebuilding the palace? They hope that a Chinese dragon will keep the fire spirit at bay, but the dragon proves expensive and fickle. Next they try a pond, but the fire spirit figures that out. Finally, a great stone lion is carved. Will it be a match for the great fire spirit? Listen and find out. Source: Korean Fairy Tales W.E. Griffis 1922 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Comments: Hit me up on with voice notes or comments SFX: Birds and Thunder by Dustin Steichman Music: 범패와 작법무(나비춤) Creative Commons Podcast Shoutout: Tales from the Enchanted Forest Listener Shoutout: Port-au-Prince Haitian Creole: Pòtoprens, is the capital and most populous city of Haiti. The city's population was estimated at 987,311 in 2015 with the metropolitan area estimated at a population of 2,618,894.[2] The metropolitan area is defined by the IHSI as including the communes of Port-au-Prince, Delmas, Cite Soleil, Tabarre, Carrefour and Pétion-Ville. Photo: "Haetae stands guard in front of the parliament" by robert.molinarius is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.
September 01, 2022
EP 142: India- How The Crow Hen Killed The Black Snake (Panchatantra पञ्चतन्त्र Chapters 8-9)
In this story, the Crow hen figures out a way to get rid of the Black Snake that has troubled it for years. Friends are super important in this story. If you want to comment on this show, go here ( to send me a text message or an audio message and I will reply. I appreciate all interaction. Source: The Panchatantra Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: JATINDER SINGH DURHAILAY Evening Raag Récital de dilruba "Our Crow" by anyjazz65 is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
August 25, 2022
EP 141: South Africa- The Dance for Water, Jackal and Monkey, Lion's Share (James A Honey 1910)
Here are three stories from James A Honey's African Folktales book. In story one, the animals dance until the water comes, but Rabbit doesn't want get his paws dirty. After the animals get water, rabbit swims in the water and makes it all muddy. The animals decide that he should pay for his attitude and rudeness. But who will catch him and who will make him pay? In the second story, Jackal is caught in a trap while trying to sneak off with some young meat. Monkey thinks this is hilarious, but Jackal convinces him that it is all just a game and that Monkey should come and try. Will he fall for it? In story three, Lion and Jackal are again hunting together. It goes about as well as it did last time, and Lion ends up getting more than his fair share. Source: South-African Folk-Tales by James A. Honey 1910 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: From the documentary Mbira- Spirit of the people by Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mtukudzi creative commons Sound Effects: Rain on Camper by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Weird Rap  An exhaustive search for experimental, progressive & otherwise unusual rap music, new & old. Listener Shoutout: Stara Zagora (Bulgarian: Област Стара Загора), formerly known as the Stara Zagora okrug, is a province of south-central Bulgaria. It is named after its administrative and industrial centre—the city of Stara Zagora—the sixth-biggest town in the country. Via Wikipedia "Running Ethiopian Highland Hare (Lepus starcki)" by jtkerb is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
August 18, 2022
EP 140: China- The Two Mountains 兩大山 and A Chinese Prodigal Son 浪子歸家 (MH Davis C Leung 1908)
In the first story, two well known mountains get into a bragging match. One boasts of having magical birds whose feathers are desired by kings. The other responds that people like him better because he is gentle and welcoming. It's an interesting match of power versus grace. In the second story, a son is just not interested in school. He is a bright boy, but education is no fun. So he runs off to make money in the big city. Will he come back home and take care of his parents? Will this coincide with me coming home to my parents?  Source: Chinese Fables and Folk Stories Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound FX: Crickets in Seonbu recorded by Dustin Steichmann Music:《一剪梅》古箏 《Yi Jian Mei》Guzheng (Creative Commons) Podcast Shoutout: Lurkers at the Threshold: 100 Ghost Tales from German Folklore Listener Shoutout: Nova Scotia Nova Scotia is Latin for "New Scotland".
August 11, 2022
EP 139: Georgia- Gulambara and Sulambara (Marjory Wardrop 1894)
In this story, a boy is kicked out of his kindgom after setting a magic fish free. He then goes on a wild adventure all over town with his new friend, going on adventure after adventure. Will he trust his new friend? Will he give up his princess? Who are Gulambara and Sulambara? Listen and find out! This is a special episode because it will also be released on the History of Saqartvelo Georgia podcast. It was a cool collaboration with my friend Roberto who runs the show. Since it was a special one, I didn't have any listener shoutout or Podcast Shoutout. Instead, just go listen to the History of Georgia Saqartvelo podcast and enjoy learning about all the cool history of a very small but determined country. Enjoy! Source: Georgian Folk Tales Translated by Marjory Wardrop 1894 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: ძველი მთიები - მეგრული სახუმარო, მაყრული, ლილე by Merab Topouria Creative Commons Sound FX: Dawn chorus - Makvaneti by porporino on Picture: "Two baked Adjarian khachapuri on a wooden kitchen board, top view" by wuestenigel is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
August 04, 2022
EP 138: Nigeria- The Voices of Birds, Three Magicians, Isokun and the Baby (M.I. Ogumefu 1929)
In the first story, a magician is off on a walk in the woods. He came to a place where there were a lot of dull brown birds with beautiful voices. He asked the birds if they would be up for a bit of swapping: their beautiful voices for some lovely feathers.   In the second story, we learn about the origin of a beautiful flowing river and the betrayal that lead to the stagnant one next to it.  And in the third story, we hear the sad tale of Isokun, who just wants a baby of her own.  Source: Yoruba Legands by Ogumefu, M. I. 1929  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music: BARMANI_MAI_CHOGE by Arewa Creative Commons  Sound FX: Daytime Forrest Bonfire by Youtube Audio Library  Podcast Shoutout: The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the scope of this island at the edge of the world.  Listener Shoutout: Vega Alta Puerto Rico Vega Alta is west of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico. Vega Alta is known for the beach at Cerro Gordo. Other points of interest include the town's Catholic church, known as Inmaculada Concepción, which was founded in 1813, and the Vega Alta Forest. via wikipedia  Photo: "Archive: Gongola River, Nigeria (Archive: NASA, International Space Station, 10/26/07)" by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.
July 28, 2022
EP 137: Bengal- The Boy with the Moon on his Forehead (Lal Behari Day 1912)
Pre-roll: My reaction to the Scotus overturning Roe and making the world less safe for women. This is the story of a King, his seventh queen, a kidnapping, raw flesh eaters, a woman of incredible beauty, golden sticks, silver sticks, and the boy with the moon on his forehead and stars on the palms on his head. Source: Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day 1912 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound FX: Overpass sounds by Dustin Steichmann Music: গুড়িয়ার কণ্ঠে গান শুনে মুগ্ধ হতেই হবে A Fantastic Folk Song By Guriya Saha Most Popular Folk Song Podcast Shoutout: Dustin Can... Everything Dustin Can Read & Watch A dorky adult gives goofy, sometimes insightful commentary on Television shows/movies and middle-grade & YA books for the casual listener. Some original stories included. *For An Adult Audience. May contain some mature language. Discretion advised. Listener Shoutout: Columbia South Carolina With a population of 136,632 as of the 2020 U.S. Census, it is the second-largest city in South Carolina.
July 21, 2022
EP 136: Azores- Fresh Figs and The Master of Magic (Elsie Spicer Eells 1922)
In the first story, there are two brothers. One brother is cunning, but the other is a bit dull. They are tasked with bringing the rich man's daughter some figs to make her feel better. But it is the middle of January and there are hardly any figs. Luckily, the brothers meet a mysterious woman with child. One lies to her and pays the price, but the other tells the truth and is rewarded.  And in the second story, the youngest brother of three goes to school instead of working the fields like his brothers. They are mad at him for not working hard like them. The boy shows his worth by using the magic he learned in school to make his father more money than either of the other two brothers. Will his magic be enough to beat the wizard though? Source: THE ISLANDS OF MAGIC LEGENDS, FOLK AND FAIRY TALES FROM THE AZORES RETOLD BY ELSIE SPICER EELLS Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music: Grupo Folclórico “Recordações de Portugal” de Antibes no Festival 2019 creative commons Sound FX: Vila Nova de Milfontes_Fishing port_mar nas rochas_Duarte_Sonotomia.wav by Sonotomia on Podcast Shoutout: Teacher Think Aloud- Welcome to The Teacher Think-Aloud Podcast, a podcast for reflective practice for teachers of English around the world. Listener Shoutout: Vilnius is the historic and present-day capital of Lithuania. Archeological findings indicate that this city was the capital of the Kingdom of Lithuania and later that of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. After Lithuania formed a dual confederation with the Kingdom of Poland, Vilnius still remained as Lithuania's capital.
July 14, 2022
EP 135: Louisiana- Compair Lapin and the Earthworm (A. Fortier 1895)
In this story, brother earthworm laments the fact that he is so weak and defenseless. He wants to be big and strong. And just like in a lot of folk tales, who can make you strong? Yes, the Devil. So brother Earthworm grows big and powerful. This scares brother Rabbit. If only brother Rabbit hadn't fought with brother Elephant, he could have him help fight the worm. Oh well, I think he will come up with something. Source: Louisiana Folk-tales: In French Dialect and English Translation by Alcée Fortier Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Creole Serenade by Rae Eleanor Ball; John F. Burckhardt Edison (51050-L) Publication date 1922 Sound Effects: Birds by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: A Few Bad Apples  Listener shoutout: Denver Colorado- Native American names for Denver Arapaho: Niineniiniicie Navajo: Kʼįįshzhíníńlį́ Ute: Tüapü Cover Art: "Earthworm" by treegrow is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
July 07, 2022
EP 134: Armenia- The Golden Maiden (A. G. Seklemian 1898)
In this story, two children are abandoned by their father after he remarries. During their travels, the younger brother drinks from a puddle and is changed into a sheep. The maiden then meets a fairy, gets special golden powers, and things go one part Cinderella and one part Jonah and the whale from there. Will there be a happily ever after? Source: The Golden Maiden and other folk tales and fairy stories told in Armenia by A. G. Seklemian 1898 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound FX: Khasaut river by roumahum on Music: Աննա Վաչագանի Հովհաննիսյան  Մարալի Anna Vachagani Hovhannisyan  Marali by Anna-Blul- Hovhannisyan Podcast Shoutout: Let's Start a Cult Listener Shoutout: Ashburn Virginia Ashburn is a census-designated place (CDP) in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 43,511,[4] up from 3,393 twenty years earlier. It is 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Washington, D.C., and part of the Washington metropolitan area. from Wikipedia "armenia" by Retlaw Snellac Photography is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
June 30, 2022
EP 133: Ghana- Morning Sunrise, Honourable Minu, Why The Moon and The Stars Receive Their Light From The Sun (W. H. Barker 1917)
In the first story, Morning Sunrise has to figure out which man is worthy of her hand in marriage. So, her father pretends she is dead, just to see who would pay for the funeral. In the second story, a man from the countryside comes to the big city. He does not speak the local language and so all of his questions are met with the answer of "I don't know" or Minu. Whose is this? Who owns these fields? Whose building is that? Minu is the owner of it all! In the third story, Anansi takes a back seat to his son Kweku Tsin. A flesh eating dragon is capturing people and going to eat them. Kweku finds a way to trick the dragon's pet cock, and then leads people to safety through a series of tricks. For these good deeds, he is transformed into the Sun. Long live Kweku Tsin! Source: West African folk-tales by Barker, William Henry, 1882-; Sinclair, Cecilia Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Sample video of Ghanaian traditional music by theghanaproject2013 Sound Effects: Rain by Dustin Steichmann Music: by Ghana Project. Rain by me. Podcast Shoutout: History of Persia- A Podcast Dedicated to the History of the ancient Iranian empires from 700 BCE to 700 CE Listener Shoutout: Piaui Brazil Piaui  is one of the states of Brazil, located in the country's Northeast Region. The state has 1.6% of the Brazilian population and produces 0.7% of the Brazilian GDP. Via Wikipedia "Sunrise" by _paVan_ is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
June 23, 2022
EP 132: Japan- The Tongue Cut Sparrow 舌切り雀 (Yei Theodora Ozaki 1908)
In this classic, an old man has just one joy in life; his sparrow. He lives at home with his wife, but she has long since become a mean and spiteful person. One day she lays out some starch for the wash and the little sparrow eats it up, thinking it is a treat. For that, the old woman punishes the sparrow by cutting out its tongue and sending it on its way. The old man must find his magical friend and make things right. Can the little old man do it? Source: Japanese Fairy Tales by Yei Theodora Ozaki 1908 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: 楚歌 -2019年12月9日サントリーホール by Shun Kuremoto Sound effects country side soundscape with cicadas by fabiopx on Podcast Shoutout: Irish History Podcast My Name is Fin Dwyer, I am 39 year old historian, author and podcaster. I studied archaeology and Greek and Roman Civilisation in University College Dublin and completed a masters in archaeology in 2004. After working in archaeology for several years in the Dublin region a combination of recession and ill-health ended my aspirations to become Indiana Jones. In 2010 I created the Irish history podcast. For the first few years the show focused on medieval history. Listener Shoutout: The city of Tehran has a population of approximately 10 million in 2016. With its cosmopolitan atmosphere, Tehran is home to diverse ethnic and linguistic groups from all over the country. The present-day dominant language of Tehran is the Tehrani variety of the Persian language, and the majority of people in Tehran identify themselves as Persians. However, before, the native language of the Tehran–Ray region was not Persian, which is linguistically Southwest Iranian and originates in Fars, but a now extinct Northwestern Iranian language. Via Wikipedia "Sparrow" by barryskeates is marked with CC BY 2.0.
June 16, 2022
EP 131: Korea- The Magic Peach (W.E. Griffis 1922)
Here is the story of a young prince who is whisked away to the Island of Gems by the Western Queen Mother. He is warned by his mother not to break any etiquette, but after he tastes the peach of immortality, he breaks the rules and tosses a peach to a maiden. Instead of ignoring the peach and just letting it pass, the young woman catches it and takes a bite. For this, the two are bound to walk the earth for 1000 years. Will they ever find each other? Source: Korean Fairy Tales by W. E. Griffis 1922 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: Bugs and Birds by Dustin Steichmann Music: 제주도에서 부른 노래 - 서우제소리, 이어도의노래 by 사단법인 아리수 Podcast Shoutout: It's a Continent Challenging the common misconception that Africa is a country.   Listener Shoutout: Nonthaburi is directly northwest of Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River. The province is part of the greater Bangkok Metropolitan Area. In most parts it is as urbanized as the capital, and the boundary between the two provinces is nearly unrecognizable. There is no forest area in the province. Via Wikipedia "Peach [1]" by Яick Harris is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0.
June 09, 2022
EP 130: Turkey- The Fish Peri (Ignacz Kunos 1914)
In this story, a man finds a magic fish and wants to marry her. The trouble is, the padishah also thinks that she is beautiful and wants her for himself. He gives ever increasingly impossible tasks, only for the magic fish bride to use her magic ways to save him. Look out for flying donkeys and slap happy babies. Source: Forty Four Turkish Fairy Tales Ignacz Kunos 1914 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Duduk & Oud - إرتجالات عود و دودوك by Rageed William Creative Commons  Sound fx: 37_night_kasanga.WAV by LukeIRL on Podcast shoutout: Storytellers Podcast- We build delicious little narratives.  Come try one. Another podcast by @RatchetBookClub's @Rashanii Listener shoutout: Anguilla The native Arawak name for the island was Malliouhana. In reference to the island's shape, the Italian anguilla, meaning "eel" (in turn, from the Latin diminutive of anguis, “snake”) was used as its name.
June 02, 2022
EP 129: South Africa- The Story of a Dam (James A Honey 1910)
In this story, everyone is working together to build a dam for when the rains come. Everyone that is, except for Jackal. He doesn't want to dirty up his nails. But when Jackal wants to get some water, he has to trick the animals and not get tricked himself. There is a bit of the Brer Rabbit and the baby made of tar or Anansi and the wax dummy in this story, just in how Turtle manages to catch Jackal. I love Jackal, but he is also a jerk. Source: SOUTH-AFRICAN FOLK-TALES BY JAMES A. HONEŸ, M.D. (1910) Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: 41_nightlife_chikangawa.WAV by LukeIRL on Lake shore waves.wav by juskiddink on Music: Zulu Wedding Vlog | Sesotho Bride | Traditional by Oscarine Mkize Creative Commons Podcast Shoutout: The Family Plot- An odd dad and his 11 year old daughter exploring the strange and unusual in a peculiar world. Discussions will be kept PG-13. Hosted by Dean Boese and Krysta Williams. Listener Shoutout: Hanoi is a landlocked municipality in the northern region of Vietnam, situated in Vietnam's Red River delta, nearly 90 km (56 mi) from the coast. Hanoi contains three basic kinds of terrain, which are the delta area, the midland area and the mountainous zone. In general, the terrain becomes gradually lower from north to south and from west to east, with the average height ranging from 5 to 20 meters above sea level. Hills and mountainous zones are located in the northern and western parts of the city. The highest peak is at Ba Vi with 1281 m, located west of the city proper. Via Wikipedia Golden Jackal by Steve Garvie Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)
May 26, 2022
EP 128: China- The Eagle and the Rice Birds 物必歸原; The Children and the Dog 孩童與犬 (Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung 1908)
In the first story, nature versus nurture is tested out on eagles and rice birds. Will the rice birds listen to their eagle mother? In the second story, a boy learns how to train his dog. Other boys want to play with his dog, but the dog wants none of it. How can they get the dog to play with them? Are people the same? Source: Chinese Fables and Folk Stories  (1908) Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound fx: 2_frogs_qinghua2.WAV by LukeIRL via Music: Buddhist Monk Chant / prayer, China by mycompasstv via Podcast Shoutout: A Way With Words- An upbeat and lively public radio show and podcast about language examined through family, history, and culture. Listener Shoutout: Monroe Louisiana (historically French: Poste-du-Ouachita) is the eighth-largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, and parish seat of Ouachita Parish.
May 19, 2022
EP 127: India- The Old Witch Who Lived in The Forest (Alice Elizabeth Dracott 1906)
A man with five daughters remarries. The new mom wants to get rid of the girls. So pops ditches them in the forest. At last they meet a witch who seems to be sweet, but one by one the sisters disappear. It is up to the youngest one to get out alive after she finds her sisters' heads in a box. Will she make it to safety? Source: Simla Village Tales; Or, Folk Tales from the Himalayas by Alice Dracott Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound fx: Mixed sounds by Dustin Steichmann Music: Indians singing in Pushkar.mp3 by Anzbot on Podcast Shoutout: The History of Saqartvelo Georgia will take us through the history of the great country of Georgia, located in the Caucasus mountain region and by the black sea. Listener Shoutout: Gujarat, India Gujarat is derived from the Pratihar dynasty of gurjars, who ruled Gujarat in the 8th and 9th centuries CE.
May 12, 2022
EP 126: Philippines- The Monkey and The Turtle and others (Mabel Cook Cole 1916)
Welcome back to the stories of the Ilocano people of the Philippines. In the first story, the Monkey is a jerk to the turtle and then is jerky to the other monkeys. In the second, a fisherman think the fish he caught was a priest. His wife thinks it is the governor. Both think they have committed a crime and try to run away. The third story is about a president who wished that he had horns, and then wishes he didn't when the people come to see. The fourth story is about a monkey that loses his tail but then trades up to get some cookies, but then he meets a dog. and finally, the fifth story is about a childless couple that find a magical gourd baby. And I'll leave it at that. Source: Philippine Folk Tales by Mabel Cook Cole 1916 Sound FX: Ocean Philippines, calm waves, Cebub.wav by htnfilms1 via Music: 2017 UCLA PCN Filipino Tinikling recorded by Rick Cadiente Creative Commons Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Shonen Flop Not every manga can make it in Shonen Jump like Dragonball Z, One Piece, or Naruto. Listen in to David and Jordan discussing the mangas that got canceled, and what they could have done to have stayed afloat instead of becoming a Shonen Flop. Learn more at You can reach us at Listener Shoutout: Mogadishu, Somalia "Fishing boat Ilocos Norte, Philippines" by Bernard Spragg is marked with CC0 1.0.
May 05, 2022
EP 125: India- The Loss of Friends- Chapters 5-7 Godly and June and others (Panchatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र))
*CW Violence, mention of sex work." There is a warning in the story that it is coming up. Nothing explicit, but it is better to be aware In this chapter the Jackals talk about how it was a mistake to introduce Rusty to the bull. Victor relates the story of Godly and June, and within that story we learn about different vices. Victor explains the different kinds of vices and which ones Rusty are suffering from. Source: The Panchatantra translated by Arthur W. Ryder Sound fx: Jungle Night Atmosphere by Youtube Creator Studio Music: Morning Raga by Nat Bhairav recorded by Larry Morely Creative Commons Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Listener Shoutout: Al-Riyadh, Saudi "Buddhist monk" by echiner1 is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0.
April 28, 2022
EP 124: Louisiana- Brother Bull and Jean Malin (Alcée Fortier 1895)
Jean Malin (clever John) is an orphan who is picked up on the side of the road. The woman who comes to raise him has a gentleman caller, who is in secret a bull. Clever John figures out that the man is really a bull, and convinces the woman to break it off with him. After this, Brother Bull is very angry and wants to kill clever John. Can John use Brother Rabbit's magic grisgris to stay safe? Source: Louisiana folk-tales : in French dialect and English translation by Fortier, Alcée, 1856-1914 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Banjo arrangement Жалжалым (Kyrgyz folk song) Sound fx: Long Frogs by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Just the Zoo of Us Just the Zoo of Us is an animal review podcast by Ellen and Christian Weatherford of Jacksonville, Florida. In cohosted episodes, each episode chooses an animal requested by a listener to research, review, and rate out of ten in the categories of effectiveness, ingenuity and aesthetics. Listener Shoutout: Nairobi Kenya- Nairobi (/naɪˈroʊbi/ ny-ROH-bee) is the capital and the largest city of Kenya. The name comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyorobi, which translates to "place of cool waters", a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city. Creole Dictionary that helped with the meanings. Reading Africa into American Literature Epics, Fables, and Gothic Tales by Keith Cartwright "Bull (2)" by 4nitsirk is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0.
April 21, 2022
EP 123: Nigeria- The Leopard man and other Yoruba Legends (M.I. Ogumefu 1929)
In the first story, a woman is enchanted by a quiet man who prowls through the village, but who is he really? In the second story, a flamingo eats the king crab and is forced to hide. And in the third story, the ants feel bad for the poor man who shares everything with the animals. What happens when they reward him with someone else's gold? Source: Yoruba Legands by Ogumefu, M. I. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Urhobo Worship is deep - Victor Thompson Creative Commons Sound Effects: Fire, flames, crackle, wood burning stove by Standard License Podcast Shoutout: By The Fire My name is Ken and I’m a Nigerian woman and a First-generation citizen of the UK. Join me every two weeks and explore tales of mythical creatures and superstitions, hear me review books and movies relating to Black legends, and hear from guest speakers who share their insights into their specialised fields! Listener Shoutout: Sierra Leone, officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, informally Salone, is a country on the southwest coast of West Africa. It is bordered by Liberia to the southeast and Guinea surrounds the northern half of the nation. "Leopard Resting on Branch" by blieusong is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0.
April 14, 2022
EP 122: Azores- Linda Branca, Peter of the Pigs (Elsie Spicer Eells 1922)
In the first story, Linda Branca is hounded nightly by suitors. She has such a tough life because she is so beautiful. One day, she sees an ugly woman and wishes to be as ugly as her. The woman turns out to be an artist and makes an ugly mask for Linda Branca. After going to work for the prince, Linda finds out that it is easier to be beautiful after all. Stay beautiful! and in the second story, a boy named Peter sells his master's pigs. He tricks the master into also giving up his two bags of money with the help of a misunderstanding between the master and the mistress. But finally, Peter comes across someone smarter than him, and loses everything. Enjoy! Source: THE ISLANDS OF MAGIC: LEGENDS, FOLK AND FAIRY TALES FROM THE AZORES RETOLD BY ELSIE SPICER EELLS Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Verdes Anos by Danilo Pavone Creative Commons Sound FX: Flores Azores Tour by Digital Marketing Professional Podcast Shoutout: Spook Central Station Welcome to Spook Central's channel, we are your hosts Mistress Macabre and Lobotomy Lad here to bring you thrills and chills with our content. Subscribe to our channel to hear scary stories, watch us play creepy games, join us on investigations of haunted locations, review horror movies and much more. Listener Shoutout: Bucharest Romania, is the capital and largest city of Romania, as well as its cultural, industrial, and financial centre. Via Wikipedia
April 07, 2022
EP 121: Bengal- Life's Secret (Lal Behari Day 1912)
In this story the favorite queen of the king is having trouble getting pregnant. With the help of a Fahkir, the Suo queen gives birth to an heir. But because of magic, the boy's life is in a necklace inside a fish in the palace pond. Out of jealousy, the Duo queen gets the necklace and kills the boy. However, when she takes off the necklace at night, the boy comes back to life. Can anyone right this wrong? Source: Folk-Tales of Bengal By the Rev. Lal Behari Day 1912 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound FX: sama66 on "forest-bird (2).WAV" Music: BR_068_India_Darjeeling.mp3 by Kevin Luce on Podcast Shoutout: Vocal Fries- We are the Vocal Fries, and we teach you how not to be an asshole about language. Listener Shoutout: Mecca Province- منطقة مكة The Mecca Province (Arabic: مِنْطَقَة مَكَّة Minṭaqat Makkah), also known as the Mecca Region, is one of the 13 provinces of Saudi Arabia. Via Wikipedia
March 31, 2022
EP 120: Japan- Yuki-Onna (Lafcadio Hearn 1904)
The story of a ghostly encounter between the woodcutter Minokichi and a snow white lady. Minokichi's life is spared, but he must never tell the story of seeing her. Can he keep his promise? Source: KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound FX: Wind blowing » wind-noise.wav by jorge0000 on Music: Japanese Communities - Nenbutsu ceremony - part 1 by Nenbutsu ceremony - part 1 by Japanese Communities is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives 2.0 France License. Podcast Shoutout: Driving with Randy Every Friday, ride passenger with your host Road Rage Randy. He's your average Joe trying to make it in the world of podcasting. Starting from scratch with a terrible mic and a terrible idea. Have a listen to a plethora of his personal anecdotes while being interrupted with commentary of his nightly commute. Listener Shoutout: Pleasantville is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 20,249, reflecting an increase of 1,237 (+6.5%) from the 19,012 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,985 (+18.6%) from the 16,027 counted in the 1990 Census. Via Wikipedia
March 24, 2022
EP 119: Ghana- The Grinding Stone, Why Sea Turtles Beat, How Beasts Came Into The World (W.H. Barker 1917)
1. THE GRINDING - STONE THAT GROUND FLOUR BY ITSELF -The first story features Anansi being too greedy once again, and paying the price for it. 2. WHY THE SEA -TURTLE WHEN CAUGHT BEATS ITS BREAST WITH ITS FORE-LEGS -In the second story, we learn how turtles saved mankind, and we repaid them with cruelty. 3. HOW BEASTS AND SERPENTS FIRST CAME INTO THE WORLD -In the third story, we learn how Anansi's poor manners unleashed all the creepy crawlies into the world. Source: West African folk-tales by Barker, William Henry, 1882-; Sinclair, Cecilia Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound fx: bushes insects birds voices by Martin.Sadoux on Music: village celebration.aif by ikbenraar on Podcast Shoutout: Ye Olde Crime- Where We Discuss The Funny, Strange, And Obscure Crimes Of Yesteryear Listener Shoutout: Victoria is a state in southeastern Australia. It is the second-smallest state with a land area of 227,444 km2 (87,817 sq mi) and the most densely populated state in Australia (28 per km2).
March 17, 2022
EP 118: Iran- The King and The Fisherman (Hartwell James 1906)
In this final story, a fisherman is rewarded for bringing a delicious fish to the king. The queen however does not think he deserves to be rewarded and devises a riddle. Can the fisherman think on his feet? Who will get the reward? Source: The Cat and the Mouse A Book of Persian Fairy Tales edited with an introduction by Hartwell James with forty illustrations by John R. Neill Music: Kiyanoosh Payamani - Musiques et Rites De Perse care of Petites Planètes / Vincent Moon Creative Commons Sound FX: Dexter-Huron Metropark- Lisa Steichmann Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: The Varmints! podcast is an education/comedy podcast that’s all about animals! Every week a couple of nerds a do a whole bunch of research to bring you a mix of science, education, pop culture and comedy about all things that creep, crawl, slither, fly, jump, hop and swim on this planet one animal at a time. Listener Shoutout: Accra (/əˈkrɑː/; Twi: Nkran; Dagbani: Ankara; Ga: Ga or Gaga) is the capital and largest city of Ghana, located on the southern coast at the Gulf of Guinea, which is part of the Atlantic Ocean. -Wikipedia
March 10, 2022
EP 117: Korea- Cat-Kin and the Queen Mother (W.E. Griffis 1922)
In this story, a farmer wishes for a daughter. He is blessed when he brings home a pussy-willow and a daughter is born. This daughter, Cat-Kin, is taken away to the island of jewels by the Queen Mother. Cat-Kin is then gifted with the jewels that represent Korean personalities and culture. Slightly edited to remove some of the casual racism. Enjoy! Source: Korean fairy tales by W.E. Griffis (1922) Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound FX: 10 minutes of Rain by Dustin Steichmann Music: 서원숙 - 중모리~자진모리 Creative Commons Podcast Shoutout: Field Lab Earth Welcome to the web home for Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The podcast all about past and present advances in agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences, our show features timely interviews with our authors about research in these fields Listener Shoutout: Santiago, Chile Photo credit: "pussy willow catkins" by Rob Ireton is licensed under CC BY 2.0
March 03, 2022
EP 116: Louisiana- The Elephant and the Whale (Alcée Fortier 1895)
In this story, Brother Rabbit and Brother Hyena are walking around and listening to the animals talk. They come across Brother Elephant and Sister Whale boasting about being the strongest. While Brother Hyena takes it as a hint to get going, Brother Rabbit has an idea to trick them both. Listen in while Brother Rabbit gets up to his old tricks. Source: Louisiana folk-tales : in French dialect and English translation by Alcée Fortier (1895) Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound FX: swamp at night with crickets and cicadas2.mp3 by mariethompson on Music: Lake Arthur Stomp - Suzy Thompson and Mick Kinney twin fiddle a Cajun two-step Creative Commons license Podcast Shoutout: 20 Timinutes (youtube) Listener Shoutout: North Brabant, Netherlands Photo Credit: "Elephant I" by Boston Public Library is licensed under CC BY 2.0
February 24, 2022
EP 115: Armenia- The Betrothed of Destiny (A.G. Seklemian 1898)
In this story, a prince and a princess have dreams about each other. After getting engaged, the prince gets tricked, and it is up to the princess to save the day. Add in a dash of 39 sword wielding maidens and the best ruler ever, and you have the story of the betrothed of destiny. Enjoy  Source: The Golden Maiden and other folk tales and fairy stories told in Armenia by A.G. Seklemian 1898  Music: Armenian theme by Duduk - Armenian double-reed wind instrument verunka.mp3 by arakedikian on  Sound FX: Dawn chorus - Makvaneti Recorded by porporino on  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Podcast Shoutout: Campfire Classics is a Literary Comedy Podcast where we try to read those books that look good on your shelf. Hosts Heather Michele Lawler and Ken Sandberg do their best to read the shorts stories, books, and other works of classic authors of yesteryear.  For better or worse, these works are often filled with unfamiliar language, archaic sentence structure, and words that have become innuendos in the years since their original printing.  Listener Shoutout: Dallas, Texas  Picture Credit: "Kachkar close-up, Echmiadzin Cathedral, Armenia" by Dumphasizer is licensed under CC BY 2.0
February 17, 2022
EP 114: Nigeria- The Hunter and the Demon Polo or Orisa Oko, Moremi, The Bat (M.I. Ogumefu 1929)
In the first episode, Orisha Oko, the Yoruba god of farming and hunting, tries to keep people from practicing bad magic. If you were found guilty of practicing magic, the demon Polo would cut off your head. After Oko left, a man tried to continue the tradition, but could not be a powerful as Oko and Polo. What happened then? In the second story, Moremi is the wise and beautiful queen of the Ile-Ife. He people are the subject of many raids from the neighboring Igbo who look more like monster than men. Moremi promises to give a great sacrifice to the river god if she can find out the secrets of Igbo. She is soon after captured and learns their secrets. Will the sacrifice of animals be enough to satisfy the river god? In the third story, Bat is fighting on the side of his cousins, the mice. When he sees the battle start to turn in the favor of the birds, he switches sides and loses the respect of all. Source: Yoruba Legands M.I. Ogumefu 1929 Sound FX: Birds, Rain and Thunder AMB by Idalize from Recorded in a residential area near a highway in Lynnwood, Pretoria. The recorder was next to a road, handheld under an umbrella pointed towards a flock of various birds and a cloudy, lightly raining sky. Raining, bird-singing, light thundering, watery, nature sounds. Music: Fofonye - Song in ewé recorded by DL01 on Fofonye (="my big brother") - Ewe religious song interpreted this morning by 17 year old Venunye, in Agou, Togo. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: ZED 1 - A PODCAST Rom Zom Com Podcast following a Couple surviving the Zombie Apocalypse AND their Marriage One Ep at a time! Listener Shoutout: Trinidad and Tobago Photo Credit: Candomblé nel Museu Afro-Brasileiro, Salvador by Sailko Creative Commons
February 10, 2022
EP 113: China- The Body that deserted the Stomach⁠身不願養胃, The Proud Fox and the Crab⁠傲狐辱蟹, A Little Chinese Rose⁠小梅女 (Mary Hayes Davis Chow Leung 1908)
In the first story, a body falls apart because it can't figure out how to work together. What good are the ears to the stomach? And with that, an emperor learns his lesson. In the second story, Fox is proud of his running and abuses poor little Crab. Unfortunately for Fox, Crab is smarter than he looks and takes Fox to task. In the third story, a girl named Rose is picked on by her classmates because her namesake is hard to handle and has very sharp thorns. Because of this, Rose wants to change her name. Can her mother convince her otherwise? Source: Chinese Fables and Folk Stories (1908) Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung  Music: A recording from Luxun park in Shanghai, China. An old man is playing an erhu by the edge of a pond. You can hear the amplified erhu as well as some of the park. Erhu at Luxun Park in Shanghai recorded by taurindb on Sound FX: Rain on a Camper recorded by Dustin Steichmann Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Nuzzle House Listener Shoutout: St Paul, Minnesota.
February 03, 2022
EP 112: Philippines- The Sun and the Moon, How the Itneg Learned to Plant, Magsawi (Mabel Cook Cole 1916)
In the first story, we learn why the moon has spots on its face. In the second story, we learn how the Itneg began to farm and use medicine, and why it doesn't always work. And in the final story, we learn of a talking jar that must be caught through magic. Source: Philippine Folk Tales, by Mabel Cook Cole 1916 (Gutenburg) Ocean SFX: Sunset on the beach (Philippines). Calm sea waves recorded during the sunset on Masasa beach (Tingloy island, Philippines). Recorded by kevp888 on Filipino music: Traditional music and dance performed by native people from Banaue (Philippines). Recorded in March 2015 in Banaue. Recorded by kevp888 on Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: AfriWetu By AfriWetu Rooted In Our Story. Celebrating Africa's History, People, Culture & Folklore. Listener Shoutout: Bhutan  འབྲུག་ཡུལ officially known as the Kingdom of Bhutan land of the thunder dragon
January 27, 2022
EP 111: India- The Power of Fate (Alice Elizabeth Dracott 1906)
Today's story is about a woman who believes fate, more than father, determines her destiny. Through her independent thinking, she is able to get wealth and a wonderful princely friend. But when her sisters put broken glass in his chair, he becomes ill and cannot visit her. How can she right her sister's wrongs? Source: SIMLA VILLAGE TALES OR, FOLK TALES FROM THE HIMALAYAS BY ALICE ELIZABETH DRACOTT Sound Effects: Jungle Night by Youtube Creator's Studio Music:  खाणी पीणी मौज मनोंणी | Thekedarniye | ठेकेदारनीए | Kashmiri Lal | Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Archipelaghosts- Archipelaghosts is a podcast about the ghosts, supernatural beliefs, and mystical curiosities of Indonesia. We love scary stories and realised that most people outside of Indonesia might not be familiar with this fascinating world of the paranormal, and the many mind-boggling stories Indonesian people have and are always ready to share. We’d like to share these stories with you. Listener Shoutout: Jakarta Indonesia
January 20, 2022
EP 110: Turkey- Fear (Ignác Kúnos 1914)
In today's story, a young man sets out to find fear. What in the world will scare this young man? Would a hand coming out of a grave scare you? What about stumbling upon a camp of brigands? Would a spirit slowly strangling you to death make you afraid? or a chef flipping you the bird? Listen to the story and find fear with the young man. Source: Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales by Ignác Kúnos 1914 Music: Asim-Tokel.wav recorded by xserra on Sound Effects: antalya seashore by trouby on Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Tabi-Tabi Podcast by Ethan. A podcast that talks about Philippine folklore, mysteries, paranormal stories, and maybe some foreign myths. Listener Shoutout: Scotland
January 13, 2022
EP 109: The Azores- The Table, The Sifter, and The Pinchers; St. Anthony's Godchild (Elsie Spicer Eells 1922)
In the first story, a laborer first loses a table that sets itself with a feast; and then loses a sifter that drops gold coins into his pockets. How can he get them back from the thieving innkeeper? In the second story, a new father has run out of god parents. So, for his youngest daughter, he asks St. Anthony to be her godfather. St. Anthony accepts and gets her a job in the king's castle. In order to get in and focus on her work, she dresses up like her brother and pretends to be a boy. This backfires when the king's sister falls in love with "young page". Will she be found out? Source: THE ISLANDS OF MAGIC RETOLD BY ELSIE SPICER EELLS Music: 20191117_202021_POR_Fado.mp3 by kevp888 on Sound Effects: 20170618_churchbells.birds.wav by dobroide on Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Folklore, Food, and Fairy Tales Podcast Episode to listen to mentioned earlier: The Magic Cane, The Gold Donkey and the Little Stick that Hits Listener Shoutout: San Antonio, Texas
January 06, 2022
EP 108: Ghana- Why Spiders are... , Anansi the Blind Fisherman, Adzanumee and Her Mother (W.H. Barker 1917)
In the first story, Anansi tricks his own family in order to treat himself to a feast. The trouble comes when he meets a quiet fellow who carries a big stick. In the second, Anansi is helped by some fellow fishermen, but he abuses them greatly. How much can they take? And in the final story, a woman wishes for a child. When she digs up a magical sweet potato, she is granted that wish on one condition. Can she be nice? Source: West African Folk-Tales - W.H. Barker, C. Sinclair 1917 Rain Sound FX: Rain ambience.wav by Ghanaian singer: ghana woman sing traditional song dec 1986 2 007 01.wav Podcast Shoutout: Because Language Listener Shoutout: Atlanta, Georgia
December 30, 2021
EP 107: South Africa- The Lioness and the Ostrich, Crocodile's Treason (James A Honey 1910)
In the first story, the Lioness is impressed by the Ostrich's roar. When the lion cubs find out that the Ostrich has no teeth, they goad their mom into fighting Ostrich. That's a bad idea. In the second story, Crocodile is making plans to move his water animals to a new watering hole. To do so, he must make a treaty with Lion and also avoid the Boer's guns. Is Crocodile to be trusted? Source: SOUTH-AFRICAN FOLK-TALES BY JAMES A. HONEŸ, M.D. Sound FX: Nature Bird Park Ambience by ShannonAHoniball Creative Commons Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Wine and Dine Storytime A comedy podcast that shares food & wine recommendations while telling a collection of incredible true stories. Listener Shoutout: Leinster Province, Ireland and a big thank you to motherfoclóir host: Darach Ó Séaghdha  Photo credit: "Siamese Crocodile" by JustinJensen is licensed under CC BY 2.0
December 23, 2021
EP 106: Korea- Tokgabi's Menagerie ~Cats and Dogs (W.E. Griffis 1922)
In this story, we learn about some of the animals in Korea. We learn why cats and dogs went from best friends to hated enemies. We meet Tippul the innkeeper who has Snap, the dog; and Meow, the cat. Tippul is kind to a mountain spirit and in turn gets a magic stone from Tokgabi that makes his wine bottle never be empty. But, he loses the stone and it is up to Snap and Meow to go and find it. Will Tippul get his magic stone back? listen and find out... Source: Korean fairy tales collected by W.E. Griffis (1922) Music: 박주희 비파 연주 "박주희의 2nd BIPA Concert" 새야새야 Creative Commons (Park JooHee Bipa performance) Courtesy of Liz Music Records Sound Effects: Frogs at night by Dustin Steichmann Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Stranger Than Christian -Complete strangers. No script. Listen to me engage in conversation with people from all over the world. Listener Shoutout: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur  Merci!
December 16, 2021
EP 105: Nigeria- The Sons of Sticks and others (M.I. Ogumefu 1929)
In story one, we learn why one tribe is called the sons of sticks. In story two, we learn why women like to grow their hair out, as it wasn’t always that way. In story three, we hear about why people say “long live the king” after hearing thunder. In story four, we learn how saving the life of a mouse, saves the life of the king. And finally in story five, we learn about Iroko trees and why Yoruba people do not use it in furniture.  Source: Yoruba Legands by Ogumefu, M. I. Music: SON OF THE DRUMMER KING I AAFIN ILU I PALACE OF DRUM by Aarenga TV Creative Commons Sound Effects: Jungle Atmosphere Night -Youtube Creator Studio Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Dark Stories from the Campfire Listener Shoutout: Grayslake, IL Cover Art credits: "Sacred Forest of Kpasse. Horned and Phallic Legba Deity in front of Iroko tree" by Linda DV is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
December 09, 2021
EP 104: Bengal- A Ghostly Wife (Lal Behari Day 1912)
This is the story of a family who lives in the countryside in Bengal. The wife goes to get water from the tank one day and on accident touches a Shakchunni, or female ghost. This ghost stuffs the wife into the trunk of a tree and assumes the woman's life in the family home. Her mother in law notices that things are being done faster and better and is happy with the change. But slowly the husband and mother in law figure out that this isn't the real wife. It is very apparent when the oven starts to have a roasted foot smell. Can they bring back the wife? Listen and find out Source: Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day (1912) (Project Gutenberg) Music: Tagore Spring Festival 2017 [Part 9.6] by the Vancouver Tagore Society (Creative Commons) A tribute to the iconic Bengali poet and composer Kazi Nazrul Islam with songs and dance celebrating monsoon and spring, and the beauty of rural Bengal. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: Light Rain on Car by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Across the Veil: A weekly Comedy and True Crime podcast featuring Emma Ragsdale and Zelda Kimble Listener Shoutout: Dubai, UAE Language focus: Modern Standard Arabic as well as I could remember. Artwork from the source book.
December 02, 2021
EP 103: China- The Hunter, the Snipe, and the Bivalve ⁠獵者獨得, The Mule and the Lion⁠ 騾獅訪猪, The Fa-Nien-Ts'ing and the Mön-Tien-Sing⁠ 滿天星不如萬年靑
In the first story, a teacher learns a lesson by observing a snipe and a clam at a stalemate being caught by a hunter.  In the second story, a mule learns why it isn't wise to hang out with the wrong crowd. and in the third story, Confucius has a dream about two kinds of trees and learns why it is better to  stand up for what is right in difficult times. Source: CHINESE FABLES AND FOLK STORIES by MARY HAYES DAVIS and CHOW-LEUNG (1908) Music: Folk Songs of the Lisu people of China (This collection of Lisu songs and accompanying images was collected by Deng Xuemei as part of the Plateau Cultural Heritage Protection Group.) Creative Commons Sound FX: Lisa Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Australian Histories Podcast- Brilliant stories from Australia's past. Listener Shoutout: Sindh Pakistan
November 25, 2021
EP 102: Iran- The King's Treasure
Today's story is about Abdul Kareem, the poor laborer on a lord's farm. Abdul works all day and gets paid in food and cloth. One day his boss gives him a little bit of money for doing a wonderful job and Abdul thinks he is suddenly rich. He tells his wife and she asks for some silk, his son ask for a horse and a sword, and his daughter for some slippers. Abdul gives some money to the mosque in Meshed, and upon learning that he can't afford anything, he gives his remaining money to a beggar who promises to return it tenfold. Will Abdul ever buy those presents for his family? Source: The Cat and the Mouse- A Book of Persian Fairy Tales edited by Hartwell James 1906 Music: MUSIQUES ET RITES DE PERSE - LES FILLES DE SHIRAZ (SPECIAL NOWRUZ RELEASE) -Vincent Moon (creative commons) Sound Effects: Rain in Seonbu by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Dark Stories from the Campfire Dark and creepy stories one would tell around a campfire or huddled together next to a fireplace during a long, cold night. All stories presented in this podcast are original, no reproductions or retellings or borrowing from stories found on the internet.  Listener Shoutout: Auckland (Māori: Tāmaki Makaurau) is a large metropolitan city in the North Island of New Zealand. The most populous urban area in the country, Auckland has an urban population of about 1,463,000 (June 2021).[4]
November 17, 2021
EP 101: Japan- A Dead Secret
A young bride tragically dies only four years after getting married. Shortly there after, she comes back to haunt a chest of drawers (tansu). The family is confused and worried and call for a priest to help them out. The priest decides to spend the night a find out what what is making this ghost stick around. Listen to find out what secrets she holds. Source: KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things By Lafcadio Hearn Music: 三段の調 (three-stage key) by 久本玄智 (Genchi Hisamoto) Sound FX: ketagawa00.mp3 by morewaves ( creative commons Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Japan Distilled Join drinks authors @christopherpellegrini & @shochu_danji for a deep dive into Japanese distilled spirits. Available on iTunes & elsewhere. Listener Shoutout: Osaka Japan Photo Credit: "Small Tansu Chest" is licensed under CC BY 3.0
November 10, 2021
EP 100: Armenia- The Dreamer; The Bride of the Fountain
Here are two stories from Armenia. In the first one, a boy has a dream but he won't tell a soul about it. He solves riddles and teams up with the super team of the ancient world. By their powers combined, can he make his dream come true? And in the second story, a woman learns the power of saying "tush". Her daughter gets married to a very nice bird who lives in the fountain, but when her sisters get jealous and hurt the poor bird/man, she is banished to far, far away. Can she heal the poor birdy husband? Source: The Golden Maiden and other folk tales and fairy stories told in Armenia by A.G. Seklemian (1898) Project Gutenberg Music: Avetis by Byurakan Creative Commons SFX: Frogs with hum by Dustin Steichmann Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Oklahomicide A true crime podcast that delves into the murderous acts of Oklahomans across the Sooner State. Listener Shoutout: Alberta, Canada Cover Photo: "armenia" by Retlaw Snellac Photography is licensed under CC BY 2.0
November 04, 2021
EP 99: Halloween- The Parlor-Car Ghost
This is the story of a young woman whose beach side home is covered in blue denim. Her friend is curious as to why she has he whole place covered in such a strange material. Sara tells her friend about a ghost she met on a train ride into the city. This story echoes the classic story of the Flying Dutchman. I hope you enjoy it. Source: Twenty-Five Ghost Stories by W. BOB HOLLAND (1904) Music: Surrender - Asher Fulero Youtube Creative Commons Sound Effects: (creative commons) Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Cover image: "Image taken from page 32 of 'Daylight Land. The experiences ... and adventures ... which befel Judge John Doe, ... Mr. Cephas Pepperell ... and divers others, in their Parlor-Car excursion over Prairie and Mountain. All of which I saw, and one of whom I w" by mechanicalcurator is licensed under CC BY 2.0
October 27, 2021
EP 98: Halloween- The Transplanted Ghost (Wallace Irwin 1921)
This is the story of a man who moves an entire castle to the middle of Ohio. He really wanted to have the old world feel and a real ghost to show off with. But sadly, he can't seem to get a ghost to come around. He also has a beautiful daughter that he keeps locked up in the donjon tower because she was once pursued by a man who turned out to not be a Duke. Here comes Geoffrey De Pierpont to the rescue. If he is lucky, he can pretend to be the ghost and then run away with Anita. But what of that ghost? Source: HUMOROUS GHOST STORIES BY DOROTHY SCARBOROUGH, Ph.D (1921) Music: Walking Into Darkness - myuu Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound FX: Cover photo: "'Dracula's Castle'" by borderlys is licensed under CC BY 2.0
October 20, 2021
EP 97: Halloween- The True Tale of the Phantom Coach (W. T. Linskill 1921)
The story of bad omens, a phantom coach, and how death arrives to tell us someone has gone. Will you take a ride in this demon car into the Scottish sea? From the collection of Ghost stories of St Andrews in Scotland, by W.T. Linskill. Come listen to the story if you dare. (Not too scary for young ones) Source: St Andrews Ghost Stories by W.T. Linskill Music: TipToes- Myuu Sound Effects: Zapsplat Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Happy Halloween!
October 13, 2021
EP 96: Halloween - The Screaming Skull of Greyfriars (W.T. Linskill 1921)
Welcome to my Halloween storytelling month. I will be telling stories that contain ghosts and spooky stuff. Nothing will be terribly gruesome, but there is a mention of murder twice in this story if you want to keep little ears away. The narrator is visiting his friend Allan de Beauchamp. Allan is the last in a long line of Beauchamps, going all the way back to a hard drinking, hard partying fellow named Neville de Beauchamp. Well, his wife dies of a broken heart and Neville becomes a monk at the St Andrews kirk. His inlaws get revenge, but his head follows and curses the whole line of Beauchamps. Listen and enjoy  Source: St Andrews Ghost Stories BY W. T. LINSKILL Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound effects: Music: Allégro by Emmit Fenn  Photo credit: "Skull, Greyfriars Kirkyard" by theleastweasel is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
October 06, 2021
EP 95: Philippines- Tribes of Mindanao part 2
This is the second instalment in the Mindanao folk tales.  In story one, the story of Lumabet, a god like man who finally turns into an owl. Lots of twists and turns in this wonderful tale. (Bagobo) In story two, we learn about Melu, who through his skin shavings, creates man. But Tau Tana puts their noses on upside down and the people almost drowned. Finally, Melu made everything right again. (Bilaan) In story three, the four beings of the earth started to make humans out of wax, but that failed. So they tried again and made the humans, but turned the noses the wrong way. Luckily their noses were returned to the right side up. And thus humans were created. (Bilaan) In story four, the Limokon doves were as powerful as humans. On laid some eggs and a man was born. When he was in the river, he felt something brush against his leg. This was a hair from the woman up stream. So he went up to meet her and made the Mandaya people. (Mandaya) In story five, the Sun and the Moon are a couple, but they fight a lot. One of their children is a great crab, the other was one big star until his father cut him up and spread the stars across the sky. The great crab tries to eat the Moon, his mother, from time to time. It is only because of the people shouting that the Moon is saved. (Mandaya) And finally in story six, the son of the widow goes off to hunt pigs. He kills the pig that belongs to the spirit of the stone. The spirit of the stone is not mad at him and instead invites him to hang around. When the boy leaves, he meets seven warriors in seven colors. He fights them and then runs into a giant, whom he also fights and beats. Finally all of his rage is spent, and everyone is brought back to life. He marries one beautiful woman, and the spirit of the stone marries another. (Subanun) Source: Philippine Folk Tales, by Mabel Cook Cole (1916) Music: Tribal Sounds of the Philippines- T'Boli Creative commons Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: Muju Mountain Stream- Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Slapshot Sweethearts Listener Shoutout: North Mindanao. There have been proposals to rename the current Northern Mindanao region, which is dominated by the Cebuano ethnic group, into the Amihanan region. Amihanan literally translates to 'northern area' from the Cebuano language, which is the lingua franca of the region.  Language focus Cebuano
September 29, 2021
EP 94: Turkey- The Wizard Dervish
This is the story of the wizard dervish and the son of the Padishah. The Padishah wants a son, but alas he has none. The dervish Giveth and the Dervish taketh away. He kidnaps the prince and puts him through a series of beatings. Then with the help of the dervish's daughter, he runs away and is chased by the mother of his new bride, who happens to be a witch. The witch follows them and the daughter turns them into a series of things. Answering with nonsense, the witch becomes frustrated and leaves. Will the prince get back to his wedding in time to get married, again? Listen in and find out. Source: The Forty-four Turkish fairy Tales by Ingaz Kunos Music: Playing Our Premium Turkish Ney - Ussak Taksim Creative Commons Sound Effects: Daebudo by Dustin Steichmann Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Reddit on Wiki Podcast bros, John, Sean, and Josh are coming to your earholes with semi-researched facts! From spooky stories, lost colonies, to conspiracy theories, they cover anything you can find on Reddit and Wiki! Listener Shoutout: Gothernberg Sweden- Gothenburg is located on the west coast, in southwestern Sweden, about halfway between the capitals Copenhagen, Denmark, and Oslo, Norway. The location at the mouth of the Göta älv, which feeds into Kattegatt, an arm of the North Sea, has helped the city grow in significance as a trading city. Language focus: Swedish
September 23, 2021
EP 93: India- Princess Soorthie & The Snake's Bride
In the first story, the Princess Soorthie is tricked by her older sister into thinking that her new husband is a toad. She calls off the wedding. The former fiance decides to have a grand procession past her place, just to show her what she was missing out on. She realizes her mistake too late and tries to sneak out to meet up with him. Instead she is kidnapped and suffers a terrible fate.  In the second story, Sukkia lives with her step mother Dukhia (the one who causes pain). One day, Sukkia is out in the forest and an enchanted snake asks her to marry him. Dukhia says it is okay, as long as he can fill up her house with silver. He does so and they are married. There is one trick to living with a magic snake husband, you must never ask his name. So what does step mom do? you can see where this is going. Source: Folk-Tales of Bengal retold by Rev. Lal Behari Day (1912) Public Domain Music: Khana Udaana Nand Laini  ( खाणा - उडाणा  नंद लैणी ) by Gambhari Devi ( गंभरी देवी - Veteran Folk Singer) Creative Commons Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: Late night crickets- Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Giraffe's Eggs Here we recall African legends, myths, folk and fairytales, both in English and in French. Ici, on se rappelle des légendes africaines, mythes, fables et contes de fées, en français et en anglais. Listener shoutout: Columbus, Ohio Columbus originated as numerous Native American settlements on the banks of the Scioto River. Franklinton, now a city neighborhood, was the first white settlement, laid out in 1797. The city was founded in 1812, at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and laid out to become the state capital. Thank you, and goodnight.
September 15, 2021
EP 92: Ghana- The Squirrel and the Spider; Why We See Ants Carrying Bundles as Big as Themselves
This week we have two stories from WH Barker's West African Folk-Tales. In the first one, Anansi takes squirrel to court and uses logic to get what is not his. Too bad he isn't the only one with those skills. In the second story, Anansi tries to get a little rain, but instead goes big and ends up killing a man.  For this he is punished by having to carry a heavy box with him everywhere. But Anansi is always tricky. Music: Osei Kwame Korankye - sings praise song with seperewa from the Ghana 2013 project creative commons Sound effects: Youtube Jungle Night Atmosphere Creative Commons Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: The Scam Kings Podcast Kershelle brings you stories from around the world of financial crimes that often end in murder or great suffering. Be careful out there! Listener Shoutout: Rose C the Haitian Mama -Mamalyfe. Rose C not only has her own podcast, but she has been a consistent booster of other independent podcasters. She is active on instagram and in various podcasting forums. Having her listen and give feedback on the stories has been amazing. Thank you, Rose C. Photo credit: "Cuvette spider, U, face_2012-12-12-14.30.23 ZS PMax" by Sam Droege is marked with CC PDM 1.0
September 08, 2021
EP 91: Korea- The King of the Flowers
This is the story of a Korean king being reminded to take care of his country instead of being distracted by Cinnamon Rose. The great kind Shinmun is distracted by the court ladies and is given an allegory all about the King of the Flowers, known as the Peony. When the king hears the story, he is able to figure out that the real meaning is that he needs to get his own things in order. Of course the temptress is to blame instead of the King, but hopefully the king takes some of the blame. Source: Korean Fairy Tales (W.E. Griffis 1922) Music: 기악합주 신뱃놀이_우리전통음악연구원 민속악 '깊은울림' Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound FX: Muju Stream- Dustin Steichmann  Podcast Shoutout: Bewilderbeasts Join Melissa every Monday as she dives deep into the weirdest, funniest, sciency-est ways in which animals intersect at humanity. Let's meet the Canadian cat who solved a murder and advanced forensic technology. How did fish farts nearly cause bombs to fly between Russia and Sweden? How did a pigeon save 194 soldiers in wartime? Why are honey bees trained to find unexploded landmines in Croatia? Let's go! Listener Shoutout: Rajasthan literally means "The Land of Kings". Photo Credit: "Jar with Peony Sprays LACMA M.2004.7.23" by Fæ is licensed under CC BY 2.0
September 01, 2021
EP 90: Philippines- Tribes of Mindanao part 1
These five stories belong to the Bukidnon and to the Bagobo. Story one is about how the moon and the stars came to be. (Bukidnon) Story two is about a crab that makes a flood. (Bukidnon) Story three is about Magbangal, a constellation in the sky that lets the people know it is time to plant the rice. (Bukidnon) Story four is about how children became monkeys. (Bukidnon) Story five is about Bulanawan and Aguio and how they were twin brothers, but were split apart and fought until their grandfather brought peace. (Bukidnon) Story six is the origin story of the Bagobo people. It tells of how the people scattered around the world except two who were too hungry to move. Luckily sugar cane sustained them. (Bagobo) Source: Philippine Folk Tales collected by Mabel Cook Cole (1916) Music/Sound effects: Tribal sounds of the Philippines • KALINGA Petites Planètes / Vincent Moon Creative Commons Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Black Girl Seoul -We are Black women expressing and exploring our love of Asian films and television. Our goal is to build a community with others who love them as well. We come with a unique point of view and over a 10 year viewing history. Listen to our podcast, follow our blog, and please be sure to comment.  We'd love to hear from you! Listener Shoutout: Gyeonggi Province, Korea 
August 25, 2021
EP 89: South Africa- Four Jackal and Lion tales
Here are four tales in which the Jackal outsmarts Lion. Since they were four variations on the theme, and all fairly short, I put them all together here.  Source: SOUTH-AFRICAN FOLK-TALES BY JAMES A. HONEŸ, M.D. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: Nature Ambience Light Rain Birds by Kevin Bouchar CCO 1.0 License from Music: Xhosa Culture by Karoo Culture Creative Commons Podcast Shoutout: Uncanny Japan  Listener Shoutout: Sao Paolo, Brazil Photo Credit: "Jackal, Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve." by _paVan_ is licensed under CC BY 2.0
August 18, 2021
EP 88: Iran- The Son of the Soap Seller
In this story, little Ahmed saves a princess from a lion that breaks free from its handler. He is rewarded with gold, but then his father spends all of it. In order to earn a living, he and his father set out from the holy city of Mashhad only to be caught in a terrible sandstorm. Ahmed gives relief to a dying dervish who rewards him with a crystal cup. During the storm, Ahmed and his father are separated and a stranger calls Ahmed by name. This turns out to be a Ghool (ghoul) who tries to drain the life from the poor boy. He is saved by the princess, but can he in turn save the king from the old man of the mountains? Lots of cool history in this one. Source: The Cat and the Mouse, Edited by Hartwell James SFX: Jungle Night Atmosphere by Youtube Creator Studio (Creative Commons)  Music: Solo Argul - Yarghul أرغول by Arab Instruments (Creative Commons) Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Espooky Tales Two friends, Cristina & MJ, bring you all the folklore, myths, legends, haunted places, espooky cuentos del rancho and spooky stories you heard at all the family fiestas, with a focus on Latin America. Listener Shoutout: Jalisco Mexico with a focus on Nahuatl which I try to speak, but now realize that I kinda butchered the pronunciation of the name of the language.
August 11, 2021
EP 87: Nigeria- The Kingdom of the Yorubas, Tribal Marks, and Akiti the Hunter
In the first story, the world is covered with water, and the grandson of the king takes his inheritance and makes the land of the Yoruba. In the second story, the king's wives think that the man covered in scars is attractive, so the king sets out to get the same hundred cuts, but can only stand two. Thus two cuts becomes the sign of royalty. In the third story, Akiti brags about being a great hunter, but Elephant thinks he brags too much. They have a battle and it comes down to one of the smallest animals to win the day. Is Akiti still the greatest hunter? Source: Yoruba Legends recorded by M. I. Ogumefu (1929)  Music: Okun Song by Empress Kofoworola Creative Commons Cover Photo:  "File:A costume parade on Tiv and Yoruba ethnic group.jpg" by Magicc0077 is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Frog recording: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shoutout: Beer'd Al Brother and sister John & Lauren Carey discuss beer and Weird Al’s catalog. Beer by beer and song by song. We also go off on wild tangents sometimes (often). Cheers! Listener Shoutout: Louisville, Kentucky
August 04, 2021
EP 86: China- The Fish and the Flowers, The Hen the Cat and The Bird, And the Boy Who Wanted The Impossible
In the first story, a merchant stores some flowers in the fish room. The fish complain about the smell. Do the flowers find it worth it to argue with fish? In the second story, a mother hen is jealous of some other birds and tries to convince the cat to eat them. The other birds have a little chat with the cat and all of the plans are revealed. In the third story, a little boy is very curious. He wants to be a bird, or a fish, or just to grab the moon. His curiosity knows no bounds, but without caution he nearly drowns. Source: CHINESE FABLES AND FOLK STORIES by MARY HAYES DAVIS and CHOW-LEUNG Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: 古琴曲《平沙落雁》唱弦 Creative Commons SFX: Countryside, spring-like morning, birds singing, insects passing by by Gain Walkers from Podcast shout out: The Vocal Fries podcast with Drs Gillon and Figueroa. Go listen! Listener shout out: Cape Coral Florida, thank you for all of the listens
July 28, 2021
EP 85: Azores- Princess Bluegreen of the Seven Cities + The Island of flowers
In the first story the king and queen of Atlantis really want a baby. Eventually they grow sour and the king especially is awful to his subjects. Everyone prays for them to have a kid. Eventually a fairy comes and tells them that they will have a child, but that the fairy will take and raise their daughter for 20 years. For those 20 years the king should make amends for his poor treatment of his subjects. Can he wait 20 years or will his temper return and sink Atlantis? In the second story an Angel breaks the rules of heaven and is kicked out. She always loved the flowers of heaven and so when she was kicked out she grabbed an armful of flowers. There were too many and she dropped some. Those became the islands of the Azores. Source: THE ISLANDS OF MAGIC LEGENDS, FOLK AND FAIRY TALES FROM THE AZORES RETOLD BY ELSIE SPICER EELLS Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Wistful Harp - Andrew Huang (Creative Commons) Sound effects: Ansan Rain by Dustin Steichmann Podcast shout out: A History of the Inca- Nick Machinski In A History of the Inca, we will explore pre-Inca states and the hostile world they inhabited. We will learn of the Inca origins and how they were but one of many ethnic groups carving out a living miles above sea level. From their beginnings as a small ethnic group we will march with their armies as they set out to expand their rule over Andes. We dissect their administration and government while also looking at how ordinary people fared under the empire. When seemingly at its height, the Inca see the Spanish arrive. And though some end the rule of the Inca with the Spanish conquistadores, there is much more to the story… Listener shout out:  Language focus: Runasimi 
July 21, 2021
EP 84: Bengal- The Field of Bones
This story is of a group of friends who spend the night near a temple in the forest. During the night, they each learn a part of a charm to bring things back to life. Armed with this knowledge, they set out on an adventure only to come to a city with no people or animals. This is all the doing of some Rakshasis, a form of evil spirit. Can the three friends defeat the Rakshasis and bring the princess's family back to life? Source: Folk-Tales of Bengal collected by Lal Behari Day (1912) Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Bengali Folk Song | Bangla Lokgeeti | Rabha | Bengali Song 2020 | Khamaknama S02 |  Folk songs of the Rabha people recorded by Sondesh TV (creative commons) Sound effects: Light Rain by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shout Out: Black Girl Seoul We are Black women expressing and exploring our love of Asian films and television. Our goal is to build a community with others who love them as well. We come with a unique point of view and over a 10 year viewing history. Listen to our podcast, follow our blog, and please be sure to comment.  We'd love to hear from you! Listener Shout Out: Persephone and Seraphina! Thank you for listening and enjoying the stories ~Dustin
July 14, 2021
EP 83: Japan- The Adventures of Kintaro, the Golden Boy
Here is the story of Kintaro and how he began his life. First his father is killed in a court plot, and then his mother and he are banished to the mountain forest. Kintaro learns to live with the animals and build his skills. Then a mysterious woodcutter comes to challenge him in arm wrestling. The woodcutter turns out to be a famous general of the lord Minamoto-no-Raiko, who brings Kintaro to the city and makes him a full samurai. Source: Japanese Fairy Tales compiled by YEI THEODORA OZAKI 1908 Sound effects: Winter forest wind moderate with trees rustling and barks creaking North Laurentian Woods Canada by Articulated Music: Kimono Show - Shamisen Creative Commons Shout out: Afrotales The Afro Tales Podcast is our way to explore the versions of folklore told be those melinated people that were brought to the Americas. I have made up my mind to share every collected store on this podcast and therefore on this site. I thank you for visiting, learning and sharing with me. Listeners: L.A., California  Love you Goober and Amy. (happy late birthday Joshie) "きんたろうさん" by frontriver is licensed under CC BY 2.0
July 07, 2021
EP 82: Korea- Old White Whiskers and Mister Bunny
This is a trickster tale from Korea. The people of Korea are at the mercy of Old White Whiskers, the giant tiger that stalks the hills of Gangwon. He catches Mr Bunny slippin, and little bun bun has to use his wits to get home safely. Who is smarter, Mr Bunny or Old White Whiskers? Source: Korean Fairy Tales collected by W.E. Griffis (1922) Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: Arrowwood by Lisa Steichmann Music: [🌕_Live] 송소희(Song so hee) - 달무리(Moon Halo) 라이브(가야금ver.)_작곡: 안예은 Creative Commons Podcast shout out: Composer Chronicals Stephen Trygar recounts the stories of composers past and present through the music they write. Historical episodes focus on a particular work by the featured composer and examines their life during the time the piece was written and performed. Additionally, living composers, musicians, industry professionals, and general enthusiasts are featured every other week to share their own stories and geek out over the music that we all love. Through these tales, you're invited to explore each composers' legacy and their impact in keeping the world entertained. Listener shout out: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Ulaanbaatar has been given numerous names in its history. Before 1911, official names included Nomiĭn Khüree (Mongolian: ᠨᠣᠮ ‍ᠤᠨ ᠬᠦᠷᠢᠶᠡᠨ; Номын хүрээ) and Ikh Khüree (ᠶᠡᠬᠡ ᠬᠦᠷᠢᠶᠡᠨ; Их Хүрээ; lit. "Great Settlement"). It is called Bogdiin Khuree (Богдын Хүрээ, Bogdiĭn Khüree, "Great Holy Khan's Monastery") in the folk song "Praise of Bogdiin Khuree". Other names were Da Khüree (Да Хүрээ, dà, "great"), or simply Khüree (ᠬᠦᠷᠢᠶᠡᠨ; Хүрээ). The Chinese equivalent, Dà Kùlún (大庫倫), was rendered into Western languages as "Kulun" or "Kuren". In western languages, the city at that time was most often referred to as Urga (from Mongolian: ᠥᠷᠭᠦᠭᠡ; Өргөө, Örgöö, "Palace"). From Wikipedia
June 30, 2021
EP 81: Brazil- How The Brazilian Beetles Got Their Gorgeous Coats
This is a beautiful story of beware of what you ask for and also make sure that when you lay down the rules, they they are clear. The rat wants to race the beetle, but he does not think ahead as she does. And in the second part, it is the beetle who does not think ahead and only wants what she wants. In the end, we get the Brazilian flag. Source: Fairy Tales From Brazil by Collected by Elsie Spicer Eells Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: Jungle Night Sounds by Youtube Creator Suite Enjoy this little bonus story and go listen to independent podcasters!
June 23, 2021
EP 80: Armenia- Zoolvisia (զուլվիզիա)
This story is of a king who is poisoned and his son who goes off to avenge him. The trouble is that the person who slayed his father isn't a warrior, but an enchanted princess who just wants to be left alone. Eventually he falls for her, but he must break her magic spell before he can talk to her. Even after winning her over, his trials are not over. Will they live happily ever after? Will the witch steal her away? What can the magic fairies do to help? Source: The Golden Maiden and other folk tales and fairy stories told in Armenia collected by A. G. Seklemian Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Tailor's Seat by German Mr. Thomas Creative Commons Sound Effects: Birds and rain by Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shout out: Planthropology A cool, sciencey, nerdy podcast all about plants and the people who study them. Dr Vikram's passion for plants shows through on his podcast and his twitter feed. Always a good listen. Listener shout out to Green Bay Wisconsin and the Ho Chunk Native American Tribe. Language highlight is Ho Chunk  Cover Art: "An Armenian woman posing for Prokudin-Gorskii on a hillside near Artvin (in present day Turkey), Circa 1910" by ali eminov is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
June 16, 2021
EP 79: Ghana- Tit for Tat and Why The White Ants Always Harm Man's Property
In the first Anansi story, there is a great famine. Everyone is looking for food. Anansi's son, Kweku Tsin is able to find food, but declines to tell his father where because he knows of his father's greed. Well, by trickery, Anansi learns where the meat is and plans to make himself fat. To get back at him, Kweku Tsin tries to convince Anansi that the gods are mad at him. Will it work? In the second story, Anansi is pretending to take his dead grandfather's body home, when really it is a dead antelope. Wolf and Leopard think he is being tricky, so they scare him and take the meat away. How does Anansi get revenge? He hangs them from a tree and eats a feast in front of them. The white ant (termite) cuts them down, but Anansi still gets another one over on them. Why is the white ant so mad? Listen and find out. Source: West African folk-tales collected by Barker, William Henry Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: Night Frogs recorded by Dustin Steichmann Music: Kpanlogo at Brandeis University - A Taste of Ghana Francis Kofi Akotuah Creative Commons Podcaster shout out: Lexitecture  You’ve found the online home of your new favourite source of random etymology from a pair of language geeks from either side of The Pond. Listener shout out: Istanbul Turkey. Language: Turkish teşekkürler ve iyi geceler Thank you and goodnight.
June 09, 2021
EP 78: Turkey- Kara Mustafa the Hero
In this story, Kara Mustafa starts off as a complete coward. His wife is so ashamed that she leaves him in the middle of nowhere in the dead of night. After this, he takes his rage out on a swarm of flies and proclaims that he killed 60 with one stroke and 70 with a second stroke. He is found by some Dews, which are evil fairies. The believe that he is much stronger than he really is. They test him and he amazes them. But how will he ever go back home? Source: Forty-Four Turkish Fairy Tales Collected by Ignaz Kunos Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Turku, Nomads of the Silk Road - Penceresi Yola Karsi Creative Commons License Sound effects: Jungle Night Sounds -Youtube Creator Studio  Podcaster shout out: Asian Tapestry by Theshira Pather Listener shout out: Lagos Nigeria. Language spotlight: Yoruba
June 02, 2021
EP 77: Russia- The Fiend (Упырь Upyr)
In this story, Marusia falls in love and is to be wed to a mysterious young man. It turns out that he is not a good guy. He likes to have forbidden snacks in church. Marusia sees him snacking and he confronts her. When she lies to him, he curses her mother, father, and Marusia herself. Babushka to the rescue! Source: A Choice Collection of Muscovite Folk-Lore collected by W. R. S. RALSTON Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Russian folk song "Luchinushka" / Rachlevsky, RSO  Russian folk song "Luchinushka" (Torch-light).  RUSSIAN STRING ORCHESTRA (formerly: Chamber Orchestra Kremlin) conducted by Misha Rachlevsky.  This was an encore for the performance on March 3, 2016, "Concerts at One" series at New York's Trinity Wall Street Church.  The concert was an opening of the "Revolutionaries: The late works of Beethoven & Ginastera" festival. License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed) Source videos View attributions SFX: Cold desolate Arctic wind, mostly wind rumble 344 Audio Podcast shout out: LAN Parties Listener shout out: Mesa Arizona Cover photo: "Children of Russian Nobility in Peasant Dress" by paukrus is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
May 26, 2021
EP 76: Japan- Urashima Taro (浦島 太郎)
This is the story of Urashima Taro. He is a legendary fisherman with a kind heart. After saving a tortoise from some boys, he is rewarded with a trip to the palace of Rin Jin, the Sea King. The tortoise that he saves is no other than the princess, whom Urashima falls madly in love with. But he faces a dilemma: does he stay with his love, or does he go back and take care of his aging parents? Listen and find out  Source: Japanese Fairy Tales by Yei Theodora Ozaki (1908)  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Sound effects: Zapsplat, West Wolf  Podcast shout out: Classical Adventures for One  Listener shout out: Maharashtra, India. Language Marathi  Image: "Urashima" by Kawanabe, Kyōsai, 1831-1889, artist from the Library of Congress
May 19, 2021
EP 75: Bengal- The Bald Wife ন্যাড়া বউ
Today's story is that of two wives. One is young, pretty, and mean. The other is older, nearly bald, and kind. After a bit of magic from a holy man, one of the wives is beautiful and has an arm full of precious gifts. The other one comes home frightfully ugly and absolutely poor. Which one is which? Source: Folk-Tales of Bengal retold by Lal Behari Day (1912)  Music: আমার হৃদ কমলো মঞ্চে দোলে করালো বদনী  II Hrid Kamal Manche Dole   Shamya Sangeet ramprasad sen Creative Commons Sound Effects: Birds on back porch by Lisa Steichmann Podcast shout out: Ratchet Book Club by Derik Listener shout out: Ontario, Ca
May 13, 2021
EP 74: South Africa- Lion and Jackal + Tink Tinkje
In the first story the Tigers, not Lion, decide to send their seven children to study with Jackal. Under the guise of teaching the Tiger children, Jackal convinces the parents to stay away while the children get used to studying away from them. One by one the children disappear until finally Jackal is gone. In the second story, the birds want to decide who is the king of all the birds. They all argue about who is the best and finally they decide on the bird who can fly the highest. Vulture can fly very high, but a stowaway steals the show. Who will be king? Source: SOUTH-AFRICAN FOLK-TALES BY JAMES A. HONEŸ, M.D. Music: The Boynton Middle School 6th Grade Chorus sings "Singabahambayo," a South African Freedom song in Zulu and English, arranged by Cheryl Lavender, under the direction of Robert Winans at the Winter Choral Concert, January 25, 2018, in Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School, Ithaca, New York. Sound Effects: Spring Frogs in Ansan recorded 5/2/2021 by Dustin Steichmann Cover art by dfaulder American Yellow Warbler Podcast Shout Out: Historical Natives- The Historical Natives broadcasts information on Native American history, culture, and beings in respectful horror-themed episodes. It's difficult to find information on our expansive culture, and we strive to ease the strain of the current broken telephone system and create an accessible database for everyone. Listener Shout Out: Busan, South Korea
May 06, 2021
EP 73: Ghana- Thunder and Anansi + Why the Lizard Continually Moves His Head Up and Down
Here are two tales from the West African country of Ghana, traditional to the Akan people. The first story tells about the trickster Anansi, who meets Thunder and is greeted with a magic pot. Instead of feeding his family, greed makes him hide his magic pot. When his family finds the pot, trouble ensues for Anansi. The second story tells of how Anansi tricks the three princesses into revealing their names, only to have Lizard win the princesses for his wives. One thing you never want to do, is to cross Anansi, and Lizard pays dearly for his transgressions. Book: Internet Archives 1917 Barker and Sinclair Music: African Folk Music and Drumming from the Ewe tribe by Traditional singers Creative Commons AMB Night Crickets LB by DaveRose on Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Podcast Shout Out: El Radio Del Barrio  "Esta estación es para la raza mexicana que siempre Quiero escuchar música mexicana esta es tu Estación" Dustin's Links:
April 28, 2021
EP 72: Philippines- Aponibolinayen and the Sun
This week's story tells of the young woman, Aponibolinayen, who is magically lifted to the heavens by the siksiklat vine. She shows the Sun, Ini-Init, how to make fish soup with only a boiled stick. When she comes back her family, they wonder who her husband is. They send betel nuts to bring all of the people to the wedding, but her husband avoids it until he cannot stand it any more. Will they find happiness? Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Source: Philippine Folk Tales Retold by Mabel Cook Cole (1916) Public Domain Music: The Kalinga Soul Through The Music of Alex Madullawan Tumapang Creative Commons Jungle Atmosphere Night provided by Youtube Studios Picture: "Filipina Bride, Barangay" by InSapphoWeTrust is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Podcast Shout Out: The Dumb, Found Dead Podcast  Darwin awards, Puns, and a general good time. Listener Shout Out: Selangor, Malaysia. Language: Bahasa Malaysia
April 21, 2021
EP 71: Korea- A Bridegroom for Miss Mole
This story comes from Korea, but has cousins in all the world of folklore. It is a classic story of who is the strongest. Is it the Sun? the Clouds? The mighty stone Buddha? Listen to this tale of Mole Father looking for the strongest son-in-law.  Source: Korean Fairy Tales W.E. Griffis (1922) Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: [ 서원숙 - 가야금 ] 심상건 산조 및 풍류 중 '중모리~자진모리'(국악음반_레이블소설) Seo WonSook - Gayageum Creative Commons 2.0 문의 / 070-7537-1578 Listener shout out: Gauteng, South Africa (language spotlight: Zulu) Story suggestions can be sent to:
April 15, 2021
EP 70: China- A Lesson from Confucius 孔子之敎誨 + The Wind, The Clouds, and The Snow 風雲雪
Two stories this week: The first, a man learns that by being tough he is headed towards an early grave. He must learn to be like the tongue rather than the tooth. The second is the story of snow, who argues for its own importance, but is reminded where it comes from. All in the great courthouse in the sky. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" (1908) Music: Yuan Xiao Creative Commons All Stories available on youtube Sandman Stories Presents Shout out to OUR Show Podcast Listener shout out KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
April 07, 2021
EP 69: India- The Real Mother
Another story from Himachel Pradesh and the Shimla village area, as gathered by Alice Dracott (Simla Village Tales). This story tells the tale of a rich Rajah and his six rich wives and his one poor one. Unable to have kids, he asks a Fakhir to help him. Only his poor wife listens to the instructions and so only she has children, six boys and one girl. The jealous wives bribe the midwife to get rid of the kids any way she can, and so she does three times. Will there ever be justice? Music in the episode: Ashok Pathak- Bagashree ( Comments: Curator: Arbiter Records Copyright: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States: ) Podcaster shout out to: Legendary Africa Listener shout out to: Buskerud Norway
March 25, 2021
EP 68: Iran- The Cat and The Mouse
This time the story comes from ancient Persia. It is the story of a mouse who insults a cat and is killed for his offense. The cat then prays to Allah and promises to reform himself. The mice believe that he has repented and thus bring him gifts to thank him for not eating them anymore. The cat thinks that Allah has blessed him with a feast after fasting. This leads to all out war between the cats and the mice. Who will prevail in the end? Source: The Cat and the Mouse: A Book of Persian Fairy Tales by James and Neill Music: Persian Classical Music by Samandar Dehghani, Tar Sina Dehghani: Tombak and Daf Streamed by UC Davis Narrator: Dustin Steichmann This week's podcast shout out is to Doug Loves Movies Listener shout out: Stavropol Krai
March 18, 2021
EP 67: South Africa- The World's Reward
This story broadly follows the tale of the Bremen Town Musicians. Dog is too old and so has to leave home. Dog meets other animals. Animals find a house full of food and thieves. Animals scare away the thieves. Thieves come back and get their butts kicked. And everyone lives happily ever after. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann (links) Source: South African Folk Tales by James A Honey  Ambient sound: South African Thunderstorm by Tim Kahn  Music: Uyangijuma by Stabhilithi "A zonkey" by Leogirly4life is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Podcast Shout Out is Dustin Can Read Go listen to him! Listener Shout Out to Manilla Philippines 
March 11, 2021
EP 66: Armenia- The Fairy Nightingale
This is the story of an king who wants to build the perfect church, but he is lacking one thing. When he finally gets the monk to tell him what he is missing, his three sons have to set off to find it. The youngest does the hard work of finding it and bringing it back, only to be stuck in a well by his two older brothers. Will the church ever have the right ingredients? Source: The Golden Maiden by A. G. Seklemian Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Sad Beach by Soroosh Nematollahi Creative Commons License Podcast Shoutout: Varmints Listener Shout Out: Tuscany All SSP links: "Armenian Church" by Hovic - Churches Album is licensed under CC BY 2.0
March 04, 2021
EP 65: Japan- The Wooden Bowl
The story of a young woman who is left an orphan after her parents pass away. The last thing her mother does for her, is to place a bowl on her head, to hide her beauty from the world. The woman is diligent and works hard, focusing all her energy on being a good person. She is hired into a house to take care of a sick wife, and there, meets the son of the house who falls in love with her. Will she ever lose her odd headpiece? Source: The Wooden Bowl retold by T H James Music: June 24, 2018: Riley Lee, Shakuhachi flute grandmaster performs a piece called "Dimante Lapis," a piece composed around 1150, during the Sunday service in the Dome at Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, Colorado. Creative Commons License Podcast Shoutout: Old Bones by Andy Earnshaw
February 25, 2021
EP 64: Ghana- Three Anansi Tales
Here are three tales from the West African country of Ghana, traditional to the Akan people. The first story tells about the trickster Anansi, who get the great god Nyankupon to rename the stories in Anansi's honor. The second story tells of how Anansi wants to keep all of the knowledge in a jar, but finds out that there is still more knowledge out there. The third story is of Anansi and his neighbor Nothing. Anansi is poor, but when he borrows Nothing's fine clothes, he is able to trick many women into thinking he is rich. Anansi grows jealous of his neighbor, and kills the man. That is why the children weep for Nothing. Book: Internet Archives 1917 Barker and Sinclair Music: African Roots Music by Rafa Navarro Creative Commons Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast Shout Out: The History of China Podcast Dustin's Links: Cover Art: "Spider" by James E. Petts is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
February 18, 2021
EP 63: Turkey- The Three Orange Peris
This is the story of a young prince who is cursed after breaking an old woman's jugs. He must find the three orange Peris otherwise he will certainly die. It is not easy to find them, even harder to keep them, and with the help of an evil hearted and somewhat spotted servant, he almost loses everything. Source: Forty-Four Turkish Tales  Music: Turku, Nomads of the Silk Road - -Bir Demet Yasemen Comments: Curator: Music for Video Copyright: Attribution: Podcast Shoutout: For Your Reference Listener Shoutout: Buenos Aires
February 11, 2021
EP 62: Azores- Longstaff
This is the story of Longstaff, a strong young man from the city. He is raised by his mom in the woods and then comes back to his dad and demands a giant metal staff be made. He then goes on an adventure and meets two other strong men and they move in together. Add in a few princesses, a dwarf with red boots, and a seven headed serpent, and you have the makings of a true adventure. Book: The Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales from the Azores by Eells Music: The Rule by Kevin MacLeod Link: License: Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Podcast: Jar of Rebuke (seriously, go check them out!) Cover Art: "Azores" by Jsome1 is licensed under CC BY 2.0
February 04, 2021
EP 61: Korea- The Sneezing Colossus 8/28
This is the story of Mr Kim, a lazy father who lives in the mountains. His wife sends him away one day to find something to help feed the kids. While he is walking, he finds an ancient stone Buddha carved in the side of a mountain. Growing on top is the biggest, juiciest pear he has ever seen, but how can he get up there? Story: W. E. Griffis (1922)   Music: 서원숙 Seo Wonsook with the song 중모리~자진모리 Creative Commons use. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann for Sandman Stories Presents Podcast shout out to: The Endless Knot They are really amazing and deserve your support. Please go check out the wonderful work done by Dr. Mark and Dr. Aven. Cheers! Cover art: "File:Leshan Buddha Statue View.JPG" by Ariel Steiner is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5"
January 28, 2021
EP 60: India- The Dead Man's Ring and others
These four stories come from Simla Village Tales retold by Alice Elizabeth Dracott. The first is a battle of bragging rights between the owl and the kite. The second is how the bird learns to keep his mouth shut when it comes to other's suffering. The third is about a woman who listen to the animals and find's the dead man's ring The fourth is the origin of death. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Siddharta Corsus - Invocation (album Rasa Lila) Creative Commons "Ring finger" by markvernik is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Shout out to Bunny Trails Pod. Go listen to them!
January 21, 2021
EP 59: China- The Boy of Perfect Disposition⁠ (完全之性格) & What the Yen Tzi taught the Hunter (⁠獵人受敎於鳥) 14+15 of 37
In the first story, a boy displays the ideals of being a good son and student. In the end he turns out to be a great man. The story illustrates the confusionist ideals of the time.  In the second story, a hunter is moved by the bird's generosity and thus gives up hunting. The moral is to take care of one another. No podcast or listener shout out on this one because I recorded it before I started doing that. Enjoy~ Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" (1908) Music: Yuan Xiao All Stories available on youtube Sandman Stories Presents The entire book will be published as a patreon gift to any supporters I have.  Sleep well
January 14, 2021
EP 58: South Africa- Three Jackal Stories
These three stories all have Jackal as a main character. Some are too short to be their own story, so I lumped them all together. The stories are: The Jackal and The Wolf; A Jackal and A Wolf; and The Lion, The Jackal, and The Man. From the book South African Folktales by James A Honey. In the first story Jackal is smart, but wolf isn't so lucky. In the second story, Jackal is just mean to wolf. In the third story, Jackal tells Lion that Man is the strongest and Lion sets out to find out. The music is a traditional wedding dance by the Shaghoken Ensemble from Rwanda.  The podcast shout out is One Mic: Black History by Countryboi  Picture: "Jackals Drinking - South Africa" by South African Tourism is licensed under CC BY 2.0
January 07, 2021
EP 57: India -The Loss of Friends part 4- Merchant Strongtooth (पञ्चतन्त्र)
In this chapter, Victor tells Lively the story of the Merchant Strong-Tooth who loses and then wins the king's favor. This convinces Lively to go meet Rusty the king, and the two become fast friends. That doesn't go so well for Victor who is soon out of a job. Music: Dhani Gundecha & Madhuvanti Murali Mohan with Dhrupad & Rudra Veena duet Creative Commons  Book: The Panchatantra translated by Arthur Ryder Words can be found at: Other Sandman Links Cover Art: Rama Returns in Victory to Ayodhya, Pahari, Kangra, Fitzwilliam Museum The Fitzwilliam Museum Photographic Services Trumpington Street Cambridge, Cambs, CB2 1RB UK
January 01, 2021
EP 56: Japan- The Princes Fire-Flash and Fire-Fade
The two princes get along fine. One brother hunts, while the other one fishes. Trouble comes when the younger one asks to switch and then loses his brother's magic fishing hook. Prince Fire-Fade must travel under the sea to retrieve the missing hook. Story: Mrs. T.H. James ( Music: Etsuko Chida Omoigawa from Shsk'h Vol.02 - Koto Kumiuta ( Copyright: Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States: Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States: Narrator: Dustin Steichmann (
December 25, 2020
EP 55: Azores- Why Dogs Sniff Each Other + Armenia- Simon the Friend of Snakes
In story number one, Elsie Spicer Eells tells the story of why dogs always sniff each other. Will they ever find the dog who brought the pepper? In story number two, Simon comes to the aid of the snakes and is rewarded, but if he tells about his rewards he will die. Can he resist telling about his secret? Story One: Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales from the Azores by Elsie Spicer Eells Music: Galpão Nativo | TVE - Família Machado e João Vicenti - 21/5/17 Story Two: The Golden Maiden by A.G. Seklemian Music: Sound of Armenian Duduk. By I.Mazia
December 20, 2020
EP 54: Korea- Fancha and the Magpie 7/28
This is the story of a one of the emperors of China, whose ancestors were Manchu, who was embarrassed because his family did not have a good origin story. So an old woman of the court tells the story of how his ancestor is born from the gods. Fancha lived in Manchuria and after his family was killed he fled south to the Tumen River. When that was was not recorded. There is a lot of overlap with this story from Chinese/Jurchen legend.  Source: Korean Fairy Tales William Elliot Griffis (1922)  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music in the story: "Mountain Monk C" by Lobo Loco Creative Commons License (by-nc-nd)  Shout out to Because Language Podcast. They are an awesome podcast that cover linguistics from a very approachable way. Fun for the word nerd or lay person. Give them a listen!
December 15, 2020
EP 53: Brazil- How the Monkey Escaped Being Eaten
The story of the Tricky Monkey who does not want to be eaten. When the man traps him under a tree and then again in a box, how will the monkey escape? Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Fairy Tales From Brazil How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore By Elsie Spicer Eels  Illustrations by Helen M. Barton.  Book Available at: Sound effects by All sandman links:
December 10, 2020
EP 52: South Africa- The Monkey's Fiddle + The Tiger, The Ram, And The Jackal
These are the second and third stories I have read from the book. The Monkey works for his uncle for a while and gets some pretty cool toys. Wolf and Jackal are a bit jealous and try to steal the magic bow away from him. It all ends in a wild mess in the courtroom. In story two, Tiger has never seen a Ram before and is a bit frightened by the loud animal. When Jackal tries to convince Tiger to eat the Ram, Ram's wife Ewe tells him a trick that will scare away tiger forever. In this space I am going to start doing podcast recommendations as I love to listen to pods, and you might like the stuff that I listen to too. If you like legends from South Africa, you should check out Legendary Africa hosted by Theshira. She is often reading stories that she has adapted from traditional lore and put her own spin on. Her voice is awesome and I'm sure you will like her stories. She is also on youtube, instagram, and twitter. Find her and say hi. The ambient sounds are from an evening in Kruger National Park. I hope you enjoy and sleep well References: (fiddle music) (Ambient sounds) "Baby vervet monkey searching for food in the grass" by string_bass_dave is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Check out my other stuff here:
December 05, 2020
EP 51: Korea-The Rabbit's Eyes 5/28
The King of the fish falls ill and the only thing that can cure his illness is Rabbit Eyes.     Author: William Elliot Griffis (1922)  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music used in the story:  [ 서원숙 - 가야금 ] 심상건 풍류_염불도드리~타령(국악음반_레이블소설) Sound FX by Zapsplat
December 02, 2020
EP 50: India -The Loss of Friends chapters 3-4 The Jackal and the War Drum, Merchant StrongTooth (पञ्चतन्त्र)
This is the third installment of the Loss of Friends book in the Panchatantra. In this story the Jackal finds out that not all things that make noise are powerful. At the same time Victor finds out that the awful animal making all of the noise is just a Bull. He decides to play the Bull off of Rusty the Lion King and take advantage of the situation. Rusty feels reassured, but is doesn't completely trust Victor.  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Mind Relaxing Music Book: The Panchatantra translated by Arthur Ryder Words can be found at: Other Sandman Links
November 26, 2020
EP 49: South Africa- The Lost Message
My first story from the continent of Africa. This story comes from South Africa. This is the story of how the ants lost their sense of unity, and scattered into many different living places. If you notice, ants live in a lot of different places. If they only listened to the god of the insects, they would know how to overcome, but sadly the messenger got lost and the ants never caught that lesson. Big thanks to Legendary Africa Podcast for inspiring me to cover more African tales. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: The University of Pretoria OVUWA Choir Creative Commons Cover art- "Ant communication" by Dzipi is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Source: Dr James Honey
November 22, 2020
EP 48: Japan- The Hare of Inaba 因幡の白兎
This is the story of the 81st prince who is ignored by his older brothers, a hare that tries to trick crocodiles, and a princess that sees the good in people.  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music in the story: Ishikari Lore by Kevin MacLeod courtesy of Youtube Studio  Told by Mrs. T.H. James; 1892;  Griffith, Farran & Co. in London & Sydney.
November 18, 2020
EP 47: China- The Man Who Loved Money Better Than Life (愛財勝於愛命) 12/37 + The Hen and the Chinese Mountain Turtle 雞龞之爭 13/37
In the first story, a man's greed costs him dearly. In the second story, Chickens learn how to live with the old mountain turtle. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" (1908) Music: Yuan Xiao All Stories available on youtube Sandman Stories Presents  The entire book will be published as a patreon gift to any supporters I have.  Sleep well
November 15, 2020
EP 34: China- A Great Repentance and a Great Forgiveness 悔恕並行 11/37
In this story, a great general is embarrassed before the king. He tries again and again to right this wrong, but he still has strong feelings in his heart. Finally, the man who wronged him realizes his errors and makes everything right, just in time for war with another nation. I hope you enjoy and perhaps get some sleep,   Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" (1908) Music: Yuan Xiao All Stories available on youtube Sandman Stories Presents  The entire book will be published as a patreon gift to any supporters I have.  Sleep well
November 14, 2020
EP 46: Brazil- Why The Banana Belongs to the Monkey
This is the story telling how bananas came to be associated with monkeys. With a close relation to the tar baby fable, the Big Monkey gets stuck to the Wax Child and can only get out with the help of a big, powerful friend. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Fairy Tales From Brazil How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore By Elsie Spicer Eells  Illustrations by Helen M. Barton.  Book Available at:  Night Jungle Atmosphere provided by Youtube Studios All Sandman Stories Presents social media links can be found here: Sandman Stories Presents
November 11, 2020
EP 45: Japan- My Lord Bag-O-Rice 俵藤太物語
The story of the great warrior Tawara Tōda and how he beat the giant centipede and gained many valuable rewards for doing so Written by  Yei Theodora Ozaki  Story Translated by B.H. Chamberlain  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music in the story: Ishikari Lore by Kevin MacLeod  Sound Effects by Zapsplatt   The Tale of Tawara Tōda (俵藤太物語, Tawara Tōda monogatari)  Book available at   Ishikari Lore by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Source:  Artist:
November 06, 2020
EP 44: Korea- Topknots and Crockery Hats 6/28
The story of Kija and his coming to Korea. If you ever wondered why Korean fights rarely involve fists, but often times involve shouting and mean mugging, this story will tell you why. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: '우조가락도드리'를 위한 변주곡 By Kwak Su-Eun Story: Korean Fairy Tales by Griffis
November 03, 2020
EP 43: HALLOWEEN #6 The Phantom Hag
The story of a phaeton ride to a cromlech just past the furze bushes. (A carriage ride to the Stonehenge like thing past the yellow flowering bushes). The narrator is enjoying a ride with his pal Albert, and Albert's wife (unnamed). On the ride home from the druid's temple, the narrator sees a ghostly woman that no one else can see. Is she real? Why did his shoulder hurt? Was it a sign? From the book: Twenty-Five Ghost Stories Edited by W. Bob Holland in 1904  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music in the story: Asunder by Taylor Hayward  Sound Effects by Zapsplat @  Story by Guy De Maupassant (?) Book available at   A big thank you to the people giving towards the creative commons and public domain ~Dustin
October 29, 2020
EP 42: HALLOWEEN #5 The Vengeance of a Tree
The Story of a young man who is love with his boss' daughter. They secretly plan to marry once he has a better job. Before they are able to do so, she is murdered and he is blamed for it. Without a trial, he is caught by a posse and hung. Her real murderer thinks he has gotten away with it, but he will soon find out that he isn't that lucky. Source: Project Gutenberg/Eleanor F Lewis/W. Bob Holland   Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Emmit Fenn | Allégro Sound FX: Zapsplat, Felix Blume Shout out to the movie review podcast "Where The Fck Are The Popcorn Bags". They make a very fun podcast where they review movies. As you may guess from the title, they are NSFW. Also shout out to the podcast "Adam and Andy" who have a drink and read weird news stories. They are an enjoyable listen for wacky news and the banter of two close friends. They are also NSFW because they use all the naughty words. Both of these podcasts have given me feedback which is helping me better my podcast. If you have any suggestions, you can send them to Thank you and good night
October 23, 2020
EP 41: HALLOWEEN #4 The Spectre Bride
This is the story of Ralph Hagadorn, a young man living in Sault Ste Marie. He is traveling to his friend's wedding late in the evening, and is looking forward to seeing the woman he is secretly in love with. Marie Beaujeu is the woman he plans on professing his love to. While he is skating to his friend's home, he is lured away for his normal path by a skater all in white. He makes it to his friend's house safely only to receive bad news. Was it Marie who saved his life that night? Any comments, questions, or feedback can be sent to From the book: Twenty-Five Ghost Stories Edited by W. Bob Holland in 1904 Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music in the story: Spirit of Fire by Jesse Gallagher, Spirit of the Dead by Aakash Gandhi. Both Courtesy of youtube audio library   Story by W. Bob Holland Book available at
October 17, 2020
EP 40: HALLOWEEN #3 The Ghosts of Red Creek
This is the story of a hunting party that gets told the reason why Jack will only pass by a haunted house in the daylight. A story by S. T.  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann All sound effects: Zapsplat Night sounds care of YouTube Studios
October 11, 2020
EP 39: HALLOWEEN #2 The Phantom Toe
A man who has eaten entirely too much sauerkraut at a party, sits up in his dark unbolted room; and in the moonlight sees a toe by the curtains. is it a ghost? Is it the host come to murder and rob him? Is it just a hallucination created by too much German kimchi? Story: The Phantom Toe (no byline) Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Rain SFX: Dustin Steichmann Music: Drops by Whitesand (Creative Commons License) 
October 04, 2020
EP 38: HALLOWEEN #1 The Buckstown Inn Ghost
This is the first in a series of Halloween themed stories. Coming from the book "Twenty-Five Ghost Stories" edited by W. Bob Holland. This story is about a haunted room in an Arkansas inn that isn't what it seems to be. Stories of treasure bring people in, but is there really buried treasure on the grounds? All sound effects provided by Zapsplat Banjo music by Mathieu Bouvier "Deering Goodtime" All Sandman Stories links here:
October 01, 2020
EP 37: Japan- The Tongue Cut Sparrow 舌切り雀
Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story collected by Lafcadio Hearn Illustrator: Kobayashi, Eitaku, 1843-1890 Music in the story: Ishikari Lore by Kevin MacLeod Book available at: Other Versions: All links to Sandman Stories Stuff found here
September 26, 2020
EP 36: Korea- Prince Sandalwood the Father of Korea 4/28
The foundation myth of Korea featuring bears, tigers, and spirits from heaven. Author: William Elliot Griffis (1922)  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music used in the story: [ 서원숙 - 가야금 ] 심상건 풍류_염불도드리~타령(국악음반_레이블소설) All other links here:
September 22, 2020
EP 35: Korea- East Light and the Bridge of Fishes 3/28
This is the story of one of the founders of Korea: East Light. He created the kingdom of Goguryeo, one of the three kingdoms of Korea during the age of the same name. Author: William Elliot Griffis (1922)  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music in the story: Artist. 박민주 촬영. 박종덕,조은기,김민경,  편집. 신진용, 김성철 presented by PIDA MUSIC   Creative Commons License. 경기민요. 박민주 촬영. 박종덕, 조은기,김민경@피다뮤직 편집. 신진용, 김성철@피다뮤직 presented by PIDA MUSIC  Facebook : Story words can be found at my wordpress Other links can be found on my Linktree
September 19, 2020
EP 33: Brazil- How The Monkey Got Food When He Was Hungry
Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Fairy Tales From Brazil How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore By Elsie Spicer Eells Illustrations by Helen M. Barton.  Book Available at: night sound effects by Lisa Steichmann
September 13, 2020
EP 32: India- The Loss of friends part 2- The Wedge Pulling Monkey (पञ्चतन्त्र)
This is the second story in the first book of the Panchatantra, called "The Wedge Pulling Monkey". In this part of the book, the Jackal named Victor decides to make his move and get close to the king, Rusty. He explain to the other Jackal, Cheek, that he is going to become close to Rusty in order to increase his own power. The monkey in the story finds a wedge in a partially split tree. He decides to remove the wedge even though his sensitive parts are in between the halves of the tree. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story: Panchatantra book 1- The Loss of Friends-The Wedge Pulling Monkey Music: Shahid Parvez -Raag Creative Commons License
September 10, 2020
EP 31: China- The Boy Who Couldn't Lie 童不説謊 10/37
This is the story of a little boy who cannot tell a lie. No, he did not chop down a cherry tree, instead he accidentally killed his pet bird by boiling it. Yikes! He also declined to lie when being rewarded for peeling fruit quickly. He was truly the boy who couldn't lie. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" (1908) Music: Yuan Xiao All Stories available on youtube Sandman Stories Presents The entire book will be published as a patreon gift to any supporters I have. Sleep well
September 07, 2020
EP 30: India- Panchatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र) The Loss of Friends 1: The Loss of Friends
This is the first story in the first book of the Panchatantra, called simply "The Loss of Friends". The plot of the book is revealed in the opening line: "The forest lion and the bull Were linked in friendship, growing, full: A jackal then estranged the friends For Greedy and malicious ends" There is a bull that belongs to a merchant named Increase. As he thinks that his bull has died, he leaves him by the riverside. The bull's roar scares a local lion named Rusty. Sensing fear in the leader, Cheek and Victor, a couple of jackals, plot to make gains for themselves. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story: Panchatantra book 1- The Loss of Friends-The Loss of Friends Music: Raag Maru Bihag by Nikhil Banerjee Youtube
September 04, 2020
EP 29: Korea- Tokgabi and His Pranks 2/28
Tokgabi is a Korean spirit that likes to play pranks on the people of Korea. What kinds of pranks? Listen and find out!  Author: William Elliot Griffis (1922)  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music used in the story:  [ 서원숙 - 가야금 ] 심상건 풍류_염불도드리~타령(국악음반_레이블소설) Youtube  All Stories available on youtube Sandman Stories Presents  The entire book will be published as a patreon gift to any supporters I have. Sleep well #sleep #podcast #Insomnia
September 01, 2020
EP 28: Korea- The Unmannerly Tiger 1/28
Old Mountain uncle, the tiger, falls for a hunter's trap and is caught. But he is saved by a kind monk. What is a starving tiger to do? thank the monk? or eat the monk? Author: William Elliot Griffis (1922)  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music used in the story:  [ 서원숙 - 가야금 ] 심상건 풍류_염불도드리~타령(국악음반_레이블소설) Youtube All Stories available on youtube Sandman Stories Presents The entire book will be published as a patreon gift to any supporters I have. Sleep well #sleep #podcast #Insomnia
August 28, 2020
EP 27: Turkey- The Silent Princess
A story reflecting the times. The prince is cursed for being a brat and he falls ill. The only way to cure him? More Cowbell! No, it is to find the silent princess and trick her into speaking. If he can trick her three times, she will become his possession. Will the property known as the princess be passed from father to new husband? Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Source: Forty Four Turkish Fairy tales by Ignácz Kúnos  Illustrations by Willy Pogany [1913] Music: Dhaka Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
August 25, 2020
EP 26: China- Woo Sing and the Mirror ⁠借鏡訓子 #8/37 *bonus* Two Mothers and a Child⁠二母一孩 #9/37
In the first story, Woo Sing sees his first mirror. He learns the lesson about keeping his anger the hard way. Since the story is only 2 minutes long, I combined it with the next story. The second story is a sad story about a woman who loses everything that is important in traditional Chinese culture. Losing both a husband and her baby at the ripe old age of 15, she is thrown into a terrible position. But the selflessness of her favorite cousin brings a happy ending to this tale. I hope you enjoy and perhaps get some sleep, Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" (1908) Music: Yuan Xiao All Stories available on youtube Sandman Stories Presents The entire book will be published as a patreon gift to any supporters I have. Sleep well
August 22, 2020
EP 25: China- The Lemon Tree and the Pumelo 檸檬與酸梅 7/37
The Lemon tree and the Pumelo tree live together in an orchard. The Lemon tree is sad at harvest as her children are unwanted and unappreciated, while the Pumelo is celebrated and enjoyed. How can happiness be found in the orchard? When you help a friend, you make two happy. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" (1908) Music: Yuan Xiao All Stories available on youtube Sandman Stories Presents The entire book will be published as a patreon gift to any supporters I have. Sleep well
August 19, 2020
EP 24: China- The Proud Chicken 傲雞 6/37
What happens to the Rooster who thinks he is too big to fail? Who will stick up to him? Will he just be a bully for life? Sleep well my friends. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" (1908) Music: Yuan Xiao All Stories available on youtube Sandman Stories Presents
August 17, 2020
EP 23: China- The Snail and The Bees 蜂蝸之爭 5/37
A snail mother is disturbed by the Bee King. She vows revenge and sends her children to attack the bees. In the end, the bees and the snails fall into conflict. Both sides incur loses, but the listener gains valuable insight.  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" (1908)  Music: 中国古筝音乐 | Chinese Guzheng Music [CC] Facebook       Youtube
August 14, 2020
EP 22: China- The Evergreen Tree and the Wilderness Marigold 金盞花不如永綠樹 4/37
This is the story of two plants that live side by side. The marigold complains about how the evergreen is blocking the light and the rain and how it should move. The marigold also makes a point about how much people enjoy the flowers. The evergreen gives a wise rebuttal. But who is right? Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" (1908)  Music: 곽수은의 가야금 Kwak's Gayageum  All Stories available on youtube Sandman Stories Presents
August 11, 2020
EP 21: Brazil- How The Monkey Got a Drink of Water
The very naughty monkey is teasing the hungry tiger. How will he get a drink from the watering hole if the tiger is guarding it? Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Fairy Tales From Brazil How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore By Elsie Spicer Eells  Illustrations by Helen M. Barton.  Book Available at:
August 09, 2020
EP 20: Japan- The Ogre's Arm (羅生門)
The Story of Brave Tsuna and the horrible ogre Shutendoji. Tsuna, in times of peace, decides to brag about how brave he is. The other samurai tell him that if he is so brave, he should go and slay Shutendoji the fierce ogre. He finds the ogre at the Rashomon gate and chops off its arm. He is told to keep the arm safe and not talk to anyone, but can he resist the old aunty that wants to take a peep?  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music: Ishikari Lore by Kevin MacLeod Ishikari Lore Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Source: The Ogre's Arm told in English by Mrs. T.H. James.  Created Tōkyō : Kōbunsha, Meiji 22 [1889]  Description [28] p. : col. ill. ; 16 cm. Series Kobunsha's Japanese fairy tale series ; no. 18. [More in this series]  Japanese fairy tale series ; no. 18 Notes Cover title.  Based on: Rashōmon.
August 06, 2020
EP 19: China- The Widow and Her Son 能孝能弟 3/37
Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" Music by Studio Suona Youtube channel: Sandman Stories
August 04, 2020
EP 18: Korea- Charan (자란의 사랑)
The story of a dancing girl and a young son of an official. Their love transcends the distance from Seoul to Pyongan, and the rigidity of Korean society. Can he work his way up from missing son to wandering beggar to court official?   Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Music in the story: 노랫가락 - 경기민요 무형문화재 이수자 박민주 and 매화타령 - 경기민요 무형문화재 이수자 박민주 Source: KOREAN FOLK TALES IMPS, GHOSTS AND FAIRIES TRANSLATED FROM THE KOREAN OF IM BANG AND YI RYUK BY JAMES S. GALE  London: J. M. DENT & SONS, Ltd. New York: E. P. DUTTON & CO. 1913   Video: Words:
August 02, 2020
EP 17: America- Where Grandfather Frog Got His Big Mouth
Ever Wonder why Grandfather Frog has a big old mouth? ever wonder where he got it? Well, Peter Rabbit finds out where he got it in this Thornton W. Burgess story. Listen and enjoy. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Sound Effects: Jungle Atmosphere- Youtube Studios. Running water- Ansan Hwajung Stream recorded by Dustin Steichmann for Sandman Fields  Book
July 31, 2020
EP 16: Brazil- How The Goat and the Monkey Earned Their Reputation
The goat can seem quite foolish, and the monkey is known as a trickster. Ever wondered why? Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Fairy Tales From Brazil: How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore By Elsie Spicer Eels Illustrations by Helen M. Barton. Rain sound recorded at Sandman Studios Jungle Night Audio provided by Youtube Studios Book Available at:
July 29, 2020
EP 15: China- Animal Peace Party 羣獸議和 2/37
The horses, cows, and pigs are in conflict. Will a party bring peace to the farm? Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" Music: "月儿高 Song: Moon Rising Player: Jinlong Fang ; Lin Wu."
July 27, 2020
EP 14: China- How The Moon Became Beautiful 月何以美 1/37
The Moon wasn't always beautiful. At one time, it was rather dull. Until it found a maiden that lit up his life. Now they are together and showring the earth with their love. Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Story by Mary Hayes Davis and Chow-Leung From the book "Chinese Fables and Folk Tales" Music: "Lau Tzu Ehru" by Doug Maxwell I hope you enjoy the story, ~Dustin
July 20, 2020
EP 13: Brazil- How The Monkey Became A Trickster
The Monkey loves to play tricks. He also loves to eat delicious fruit. What happens when the Monkey eats the most special fruit with the very difficult name?  Fairy Tales From Brazil: How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore By Elsie Spicer Eels Illustrations by Helen M. Barton. Narration by Dustin Steichmann Rainstorm recorded by Dustin Steichmann Book Available at:
July 18, 2020
EP 12: India- Panchatantra (पञ्चतन्त्र) introduction
This is the introduction to the classic Hindu text; the Panchatantra or Five Books. The king has three very stubborn and proudly ignorant sons. It is up to Vishnusharaman to bring the boys toward enlightenment. Can he do it? Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Text: The Panchatantra translated by Arthur Ryder (1925)  Music: "Shesh Pesh" by JR Tundra, "Dhaka" by Kevin MacLeod Video version available on my youtube channel: Sandman Stories
July 15, 2020
EP 11: Japan- The Old Man and The Devils (こぶとりじいさん)
Narrated by Dustin Steichmann Hasegawa, T. (Publisher) Hepburn, James C. (Translator) Sensei Eitaku (Illustrator) Music: "Ishikari Lore" Kevin MacLeod, "Sao Meo" Doug Maxwell and Zac Zinger More information on the book at: Baxley Stamps Book available for reading here Youtube channel Sandman Stories
July 13, 2020
EP 10: Japan- The Goblin Spider (魔物 蜘蛛)
The story of a killer goblin hanging around a haunted temple. Enjoy! Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Title The goblin spider Author Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904 Date (Original) 1899  Date 1899 Time Period 1891-1900  Publisher (Original) Hasegawa (Firm) Description Japanese fairy tale series (Hasegawa) ; 2nd ser., no. 1.  Book Available at:  Music: Hon Kyoku by Doug Maxwell and Zac Zinger
July 08, 2020
EP 9: Brazil- Why The Hen is Speckled
Ever wondered why hens can be black, white, or speckled? well this is the story of how one got that way. Fairy Tales From Brazil: How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore By Elsie Spicer Eels Illustrations by Helen M. Barton. Sound effects by Zapsplatt Jungle Night Audio provided by Youtube Studios Venkatesananda by Jesse Gallagher Book Available at: Blog:
July 04, 2020
EP 8: Turkey- The Rose Beauty
This is the sad story of a beautiful woman whose smile makes roses bloom, who cries pearls, and whose footsteps causes grass to grow. Her beauty causes jealousy in a woman who wants to promote her own daughter to princess. Will she ever get her eyes back?  Narrator: Dustin Steichmann  Forty Four Turkish Fairy tales by Ignácz Kúnos  Illustrations by Willy Pogany [1913]  Available at:  Music: Desert Caravan by Aaron Kenny, Oud Dance by Doug Maxwell  All Stories available for listening at Blog:
June 30, 2020
EP 7: Brazil- How The Tiger Got His Stripes
Ever wonder why the tiger has stripes? This story will tell you why. Fairy Tales From Brazil: How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore By Elsie Spicer Eells Illustrations by Helen M. Barton. Jungle Night Audio provided by Youtube Studios Book Available at: Blog:
June 22, 2020
EP 6: Brazil- Why The Tiger and The Stag Are Afraid of Each Other
The Tiger and the Stag do not get along. Do you know why? Fairy Tales From Brazil: How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore By Elsie Spicer Eels Illustrations by Helen M. Barton. Summer Day Audio provided by Youtube Studios Video at Book Available at: Blog:
June 19, 2020
EP 5: Brazil- Why The Lamb is Meek
Ever noticed that the lamb is meek? It wasn't always that way. Listen in to find out how the lamb gets tricked by the toad.  Source: Fairy Tales From Brazil: How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore By Elsie Spicer Eels  Illustrations by Helen M. Barton.  Video version at Blog:
June 13, 2020
EP 4: Brazil- How the Toad Got His Bruises
If you have ever wondered why the Toad has bruises all over his body, it is because he wanted to go to a party in the sky. Find out how that turned into a lot of bruises. The story of how the toad got his bruises.  Fairy Tales From Brazil How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-lore By Elsie Spicer Eells Illustrations by Helen M. Barton.  Book Available at: Youtube          Wordpress
June 11, 2020
EP 3: Brazil- How The Rabbit Lost Its Tail
This is the third story in the Brazilian Fairy Tale series by Elsie Spicer Eels Illustrations by Helen M. Barton. This story tells how The Rabbit lost its tail. Once, it had a long fluffy tail, but through a series of events, it lost its tail and now only has a short one. I hope you enjoy the story and find sleep soon Blog  Book Available at: Youtube
June 09, 2020
EP 2: Brazil- Preface and How Night Came
This is the preface and first story in the Brazilian Fairy Tale series by Elsie Spicer Eells Illustrations by Helen M. Barton.  This story tells how night came to be in Brazil.  I hope you enjoy the story and find sleep soon Book Available at: Story Text
June 09, 2020
EP 1: Brazil- Why the Sea Moans
Hello and welcome to my podcast.  This is the story of Dionysia, a princess set to be married off to a man she doesn't love. Labismena is a sea serpent who befriends the sad girl and helps her to escape the arranged marriage. Labismena's only request is that she is remembered on Dionysia's happiest day so that she may also be freed from her curse. Dionysia is so happy at winning over the handsome prince that she forgets her friend, who is cursed to forever call out her friend's name from the sea.  Source: Fairy Tales From Brazil Elsie Spicer Eells Video: Youtube Words: Story Text
May 30, 2020
Sandman Trailer
This is just a short trailer to let everyone know what the podcast is about and how to get in touch with me. Music "Eddy" by Lish Grooves  Links to everything :
May 01, 2020