The Fairy Tellers
Episode 79 The Dodo; Swallower-of-Men

Episode 79 The Dodo; Swallower-of-Men

September 23, 2022

CW: Cannibalism, sort of.
In this episode, Katrina takes Geoff on a journey down a research rabbit hole into stories of the Dodo. The bird? No. The Swallower-of-Men. After researching African Cinderella tales, Katrina followed a trail of sources that led her back to a story she had read years before but found difficult to get more information about.

Episode 78- African Cinderella Tales

Episode 78- African Cinderella Tales

September 9, 2022

Katrina and Geoff celebrate 3 years of podcasting! As is our tradition, the topic of the day is ATU 510A or Cinderella and this time we are in Africa, specifically Nigeria and South Africa. The "Cinderella" tale in Nigeria gives Geoff the most happy of ever afters and the "Unkind and Kind Girls" tale in South Africa makes us contemplate how we are treat people on our journeys through life.

 

Happy Three Years of The Fairy Tellers! And thank you to everyone who has been listening and supporting us along the way!

Episode 77- The Nightingale(s) and Oscar Wilde

Episode 77- The Nightingale(s) and Oscar Wilde

August 26, 2022

Katrina and Geoff tackle Oscar Wilde, Hans Christian Andersen, and literary fairy tales in this listener requested episode. How are literary fairy tales different from other fairy tales? How do you define art and love? And can a boy live on metaphysics alone? We answer one of these questions...maybe. We retell two tales in conversation with each other from two fabulously famous European writers.

Insta LIVE Event: Frog Fables

Insta LIVE Event: Frog Fables

August 21, 2022

On the 5th Friday of July, we had a LIVE Event on our Instagram page thefairy_tellers where we discussed frogs and politics. Katrina was grateful to be doing the Fable Fest at all since she had a rough medical month and barely made it home from a doctor's appointment. "Physician, heal thyself!" Join us as we discuss a character that we haven't explored in fable form before, Frog.

Episode 76 - The Old Woman in the Woods

Episode 76 - The Old Woman in the Woods

August 12, 2022

Katrina (and Geoff) lived through JULY although a little roughed up. But they are returning with a listener request, "The Old Woman in the Woods". While the title might sound like it's describing every other Grimm's Fairy Tales, this one has a flavor all its own and was made into an 1980's Japanese cartoon series, Grimm's Fairy Tales Classics. Join us while we talk about other stories that share motifs.

Episode 75 - Sedna, Inuit Goddess

Episode 75 - Sedna, Inuit Goddess

July 18, 2022

Katrina and Geoff talk about Inuit mythology! Katrina retells the epic (and gruesome) origin story of Sedna, the life and death-giving goddess of the artic. We use this as a launching point for discussing Inuit mythology and how it related to the lived experience of the various Inuit peoples.

Episode 74 – Tanabata: The Star Festival

Episode 74 – Tanabata: The Star Festival

June 26, 2022

Katrina and Geoff talk Japanese festivals and star stories! The Tanabata Festival is coming up on July 7th and that makes for an episode full of some of our classic tale elements. Celestial stories, holiday origins, and women being interrupted while they are trying to bathe. And as a bonus star story, the Ainu story of The Seven Lazy Sisters.

Episode 73 - Appropriation vs. Appreciation | Hawaiian Tales

Episode 73 - Appropriation vs. Appreciation | Hawaiian Tales

June 10, 2022

Katrina and Geoff are BACK from their month-long break and ready to jump into audience questions. This episode focuses on a question about appropriation and appreciation in regards to storytelling. Katrina starts off the episode with a personal story about a Hawaiian boy in her son's class and then retells two tales of Hawaiian lore, the second of which features some Geomythology *Lite*.

Insta LIVE Event: Fox Fables

Insta LIVE Event: Fox Fables

May 18, 2022

The Fairy Tellers is on a break until June 10th. But while you wait for more episodes, please enjoy the audio from our Instagram LIVE Event that took place on April 29th. The video and audio are also available Instagram with our account thefairy_tellers .

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Episode 72 - The Moon is Made of Cheese (and other Astronomical Folklore)

Episode 72 - The Moon is Made of Cheese (and other Astronomical Folklore)

April 23, 2022

Katrina and Geoff talk about the moon! This week we delve back into the world of astronomical folklore by telling stories about the moon. We finally get to the bottom of whether or not people actually believed that the moon was made of cheese, and what the moon is up to when we can't see it in the sky.

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Episode 71 - Greek Geomythology

Episode 71 - Greek Geomythology

April 8, 2022

Katrina and Geoff talk Mr. G's Pizza and geomythology! While the term "geomythology" was coined fairly recently by a geologist, the ideas behind looking for the science within ancient stories is anything but recent. In this episode we discuss dragon teeth and Cadmus, primordial chaos monsters, and how the scientists have uncovered a mystery about the Oracle of Delphi.

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Episode 70 - Slavic Vampires

Episode 70 - Slavic Vampires

March 29, 2022

Katrina and Geoff talk Vampires of Eastern Europe! This episode combines two listener requests. One for tales created around pandemic and plagues and another request for a tale from Ukraine. Katrina tells a quick history lesson of the Carpathian mountains before retelling the story of "The Vampire and St. Michael", were a young man is helped by an archangel to exorcise a vampire.

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Episode 69 - Phikul Thong, Golden Flower

Episode 69 - Phikul Thong, Golden Flower

March 11, 2022

Geoff and Katrina take a request, from a long time listener of the podcast who inspired the 2022 fan lead project, and retell the Thai story Phikul Thong. A familiar tale type (ATU 480) to our podcast but with a twist we haven't discussed before that is more famous in a Charles Perrault tale, The Fairies. Geoff and Katrina take it a step further and retell another ATU 480 tale that stretches the boundaries of the tale type, with a Japanese tale of The Old Man Who Made Flowers Bloom.

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Episode 68 - Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Fair

Episode 68 - Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Fair

February 27, 2022

Katrina and Geoff wander into the Russian woods to talk about the most famous Slavic witch, Baba Yaga. After a fan request to discuss this cannibalistic character after her appearance in Netflix's The Witcher, Katrina knew exactly the tale that would lead our discussion. We also look at the Russian collector of tales, Aleksandr Afanasyev who's efforts to preserve folklore might be one of the reasons that we know as much about Baba Yaga as we do today.

Episode 67 - African Dilemma Tales

Episode 67 - African Dilemma Tales

February 12, 2022
Katrina and Geoff journey into African Dilemma Tales and note how important it is to record the context for tales when they are performed. The text of a song might stay the same, but the texture and context can change the experience completely. For instance, the tune of the Star-Spangled Banner may not change... But you wouldn't want it played on the kazoo by a circus clown at a presidential inauguration. And that's how it is with storytelling too.
Episode 66 – The Law of Surprise | Hans the Hedgehog

Episode 66 – The Law of Surprise | Hans the Hedgehog

January 28, 2022

Inspired by a listener request, and the debut of season two of The Witcher on Netflix, Katrina and Geoff get into The Law of Surprise. If you're anything like Geoff, the origins of this tradition may surprise you, as will its relationship to the story of "Hans the Hedgehog" as collected by the Grimm brothers. Come for the fun facts you can use to impress your friends, and stay for a delightfully strange story about the worlds second most famous hedgehog.

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Episode 65 - These Stories Are (not) for Children | King Thrushbeard, The Three Snake-Leaves

Episode 65 - These Stories Are (not) for Children | King Thrushbeard, The Three Snake-Leaves

January 16, 2022

Katrina and Geoff get sent questions about fairy tales and folklore fairly frequently and this year we want to focus on answering those questions. We're starting off the year by answering the question, "Are fairy tales for children? And what are the most important fairy tales to tell my children?" It isn't a quick answer, but using Katrina's background in Early Childhood Development and Geoff's unsuspecting son, we examine two stories from the Grimm Brothers' collection to examine this question.

Note: In this episode, Geoff says that Tuesday, February 2nd, 2022 has been declared as "Twosday." However, February 2nd is, in fact, a Wednesday. The good news is he misunderstood. Twosday is on February 22nd which IS a Tuesday. So not only does the pun stand but it is 25% more two to celebrate!

Episode 64 - The Grande Finale of The Thousand and One Nights

Episode 64 - The Grande Finale of The Thousand and One Nights

December 24, 2021

Katrina and Geoff finally get to the end of the 1001 Nights! Well, sort of. It's kind of a long story. Literally. But we finally finish out our year of tales from this incredible ever changing collection of stories. It all culminates with the tale of Ma'rouf the Cobbler (whose story might share common details with a tale we never discussed by most people know). Katrina and Geoff finish off the project by getting extremely meta about the framed narrative and discuss why these tales are still relevant today.

Episode 63 -Yuletide and the Tomte

Episode 63 -Yuletide and the Tomte

December 10, 2021

Katrina and Geoff talk Tomte!  In a personal quest to reconnect with her cultural roots, Katrina started to explore Scandinavian folklore and was delighted to find Tomte eating her family's rice porridge. But what are Tomte and where do they come from? And what are they willing to do for a bowl of rice porridge with butter on top? Enjoy this winter time episode while Katrina and Geoff tell and retell you some things!

Episode 62 - Dream Divination | The Thousand and One Nights

Episode 62 - Dream Divination | The Thousand and One Nights

November 26, 2021

Katrina and Geoff talk about dreams! This week we learn a new word, oneiromancy, the use of dreams to fortell the future, and use it as a vehicle to explore the difference between folk belief and religious mythology (and the very specific definition of myth used in the study of folklore). We cover a bunch of quick stories in this episode all related to dreams. First Katrina walks us through the Biblical story of Joseph who used the ability to interpret dreams to win the favor of the pharaoh. Then Geoff retells the (surprisingly kind of historical?) love story of "al-Mutawakkil and Mahbuba," from The Thousand and One Nights. And finally Katrina ends the episode with another tale from The Nights, "The Rich Man Who Lost and then Regained His Money." 

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