Tales

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A crow enlists the help of a woman, instructing her to pluck a feather to make magical wishes. The feather gives her the power to refuse suitors and cook delicious meals. The Enchanted Quill is one of 500 fairy tales preserved in a collection that belonged to historian folklorist Franz Xaver von Schönwerth in the 1860s. Parcasters - Hear Hercules as you’ve never heard him before on this week’s episode of Mythology!
Brazilian legend tells the story of a vengeful mermaid spirit named the Yara who enchants and drowns the men who wander near her river deep in the Amazon. But in this classic tale, a pair of lovers set out to defeat the murderous mermaid, and attempt to use the purity of their love to break her dark spell.
In this Chinese fairy tale, a poor family discovers a magical jar that will give them anything they want. But when tensions arise among the family, a blessing can easily turn into a curse.
Young Nathanael fears the one who comes in the night, who takes the eyes of children. His fear only grows when his father's co-worker, Coppelius, begins to show signs of being the boogeyman himself.
An adult Nathanael attempts to overcome the traumatic experiences of his childhood. But he knows, deep down, that Coppelius will always return, ready to take his eyes.
It is a dark, strange story that combines fantastical elements with an uncompromising, bleak worldview. At its core, Donkeyskin tells the tale of a beautiful French Princess who escapes the terror of incest and abuse through hard work and perseverance. It also features one of the most detestable villains in fairy tale history.
Ye Xian had an ideal childhood - raised by the wife of the village chief, she wanted for nothing. But when sudden tragedy strikes her family, she is left in the care of a stepmother who despises her. In this ancient Chinese telling of Cinderella, it is a magical fish, not a fairy godmother, that grants Ye Xian her happy ending.
The Emperor requests that his kitchen maid, Mei, bring to him the nightingale whose melody is so sweet that she can make your heart dance. Mei finds the bird, and the Emperor is so impressed that he invites the bird to stay and sing forever. But when the Emperor receives a wind-up bird who sings a different and more beautiful song, he doesn't realize that the choice between them will become a matter of life and death.
Sinbad is back on his ship and setting sail for Persia, hopefully one of his most lucrative trips yet. However, it is not money that Sinbad is looking for… but love. Sponsors!Bombas - Go to Bombas.com/TALES and use the code TALES for 20% off your first order.Zola - To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry, go to Zola.com/TALES.
Tales will be back next Saturday, however I have exciting news to share! Parcast has a new podcast out called GONE! Every other Monday, our friends Richard and Molly search for everything lost, from ancient civilizations to hidden treasures. In this episode, we explore the mysterious Amber Room. The famed decorative panels were once considered to be the eighth wonder of the world, before they were stolen by the Nazis, never to be seen again.If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to GONE and listen to episodes on Oliver Cromwell's head on Monday and D.B. Cooper now! Just search “GONE” in your favorite podcast directory.
Hollywood is one of our most celebrated institutions, but do you know the dark shadows draped over its early years? In this new Parcast Original, we reexamine unknown and overlooked histories of society's beloved cultural touchstones. Every multi-episode series will take on a new topic, from the music industry, to sports, and even dating and romance.In this clip, we introduce the complicated story of Hollywood's founding as a religious utopia. Subscribe to THE DARK SIDE OF on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast to listen to the rest of this episode!
Henriette wants nothing more than to live with her love, but her evil stepmother would never allow it. She devises a plan that sends her on an adventure filled with wands, thorns, invisible cloaks and more. But happy endings are not always happy.Parcasters - Theodosia Burr Alston is more than a character in a song from Hamilton! Find out about her life and mysterious disappearance this week on Gone. Available now at parcast.com/gone
The original 1883, Italian version of Pinocchio is far darker than the version modern audiences are acquainted with. Pinnochio is pathologically selfish, and the world he inhabits is full of villains. Murderous circus owners, thieving woodland creatures, and a guilt-trip inducing Blue Fairy all cross his path. Sponsors!ModCloth - To get 15% off your purchase of $100 or more, including all sale items, go to modcloth.com and enter code TALES at checkout.
The tale of Hua Mulan seems simple: she was a devoted daughter who risked her life to become a warrior in place of her father. She returned from war a hero. But an older version of this tale is dark and complex, featuring death, betrayal, and a tragic ending.
This dog has known nothing but abuse and neglect his entire life. When a kindly sparrow frees him from his horrible master, he is absolutely ready to take life by the reigns. However, the world is a lot more cruel than either of these animals could have possibly expected.Sponsors!Native - Go to NativeDeodorant.com and enter promo code TALES for 20% off your first purchase!
On this day in 1969, the Zodiac Killer’s last confirmed victim was shot and killed.
Every Monday through Friday, Parcast Daily filters through all of your favorite Parcast shows to highlight one timely and relevant episode premiering each day. You might hear about a calculating killer on Female Criminals, delve into the minds of history and fiction’s greatest bad guys on Villains, or spiral down into intrigue and speculation on Conspiracy Theories. Whatever your tastes, you’ll always get something new on Parcast Daily.Enjoy this exclusive clip from our featured episode: “The Knights Templar Pt. 1.” To finish this episode, subscribe to PARCAST DAILY free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
If you enjoy the stories told in Tales, check out this episode from our series Mythical Monsters: They’re one of history's most pervasive mythological creatures, appearing in the folklore of cultures from around the world. From the temples of Ancient Assyria to the epic poems of Ancient Greece, mermaids have endured the test of time to make a big splash in pop culture.
We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Tales today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.Is a wild animal ever safe to have around the house? This Indian morality tale tells the story of a couple that adopts a mongoose as a pet...only to fear that it may put their newborn at risk. But sometimes rushing to judgment can be more dangerous than even the most untamed animal.
This classic tale of Alice, the rabbit hole, and an extraordinary adventure has captivated millions of children across the world. But few remember just how strange Lewis Carrol's work really is—as well as the unsettling rumors that defined its author.
We now offer our complete AD-FREE archives of episodes six months or older on Stitcher Premium! To get a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to StitcherPremium.com/PARCAST and use the promo code PARCAST. 
The merchant Marc lost everything — his wife, his job, his home — leaving his children unsatisfied with their new, poor lifestyle. In a final attempt to please at least one of his twelve children, he goes to pick a lovely rose...and finds himself bargaining for his life with a beast. 
This story follows a young Snow White and her sister as their mother forces them to spend time together. As they go about their chores, their encounters with an ungrateful dwarf lead them to form a bond capable of surviving any ordeal. Of course no Brother's Grimm tale would be complete without at least one character meeting a grisly end.Sponsors!Shudder - Head over to DiscoveryOfWitchesTV.com and use promo code TALES for a free 30-day trial of either Shudder or Sundance Now.SugarBearHair - Go to SugarBearHair.com/TALES for amazing hair and a healthier you.
This well known warning teaches us that liars are not believed, even when they speak the truth. Do you know the dangerous outcome of weaving tall tales?Sponsors!Audible - Get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 a month by going to Audible.com/FairyTales or text FairyTales to 500 500.
This Icelandic folktale is the story of a prince and princess from far away kingdoms who overcome distance and differences of culture for love. But just as they set out to build a new family, their happiness is endangered by the schemes of a duplicitous troll-witch.
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Podcast Details

Started
Dec 31st, 2013
Latest Episode
Jul 29th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
111
Avg. Episode Length
39 minutes
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