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September 19, 2020

#71 - Prince Fickle & Fair Helena

An old German fairy tale complete with a prince, a maiden, an evil stepmother and of course, a fairy.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

September 12, 2020

#70 - The Thanksgiving Of The Wazir

A Punjabi tale about the value of being grateful, even for life's setbacks and losses.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

September 05, 2020

#69 - Fairy Gifts

An old French fairy tale about being careful what you wish for...

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

August 29, 2020

#68 - The Three Dogs

An old fairy tale about three magical dogs in celebration of National Dog Day and dedicated to my very good dog, Bodhi.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

August 22, 2020

#67 - Whippety-Stourie

A sleepy Scottish tale about a good widow and a bad fairy.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

August 15, 2020

#66 - The Dwarf's Gifts (Part Two)

Part two of the story of Loki and the Dwarfs in this Viking tale from the book In The Days of Giants by Abbie Farwell Brown.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale Viking Tale Episodic

August 11, 2020

#65 - Guest Artist Zoé Brown - Master Cornille's Secret - Bonus Episode

Zoé Brown is the guest artist on this bonus episode, reading a touching French story about a miller and the secret he keeps locked away in his windmill.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Bonus Guest Artist

August 08, 2020

#64 - The Dwarf's Gifts (Part One)

More trouble with Loki and the Dwarves in this Viking tale from the book In The Days of Giants by Abbie Farwell Brown.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale Viking Tale Episodic

August 01, 2020

#63 - The Farmer And The Badger

This week's story choice was inspired by my ongoing struggles with the gophers and rabbits in my veggie garden.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

July 25, 2020

#62 - The Elfin Knight

More elfin mischief this week with another Scottish fairy tale.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

July 18, 2020

#61 - The Story of Audunn and the Bear

A sleepy 13th century Icelandic tale about a man, a bear, and two kings.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale Viking Tale

July 11, 2020

#60 - The Amputated Arms (Full Version)

A classic Danish tale that's a little creepy and a little sleepy.

Over 30 Min. Fiction

July 04, 2020

#59 - Skadi's Choice

Skadi, a giantess, hopes to marry the Norse god Balder The Beautiful in this Viking tale.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Viking Tale

June 24, 2020

#57 - Guest Artist - Squalloscope - The Story Of The Year - Bonus Episode

Anna Kohlweis, an artist who makes music as Squalloscope, gives a beautiful reading of Hans Christian Andersen's The Story Of The Year.

Over 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale Bonus Guest Artist

June 18, 2020

#55 - Iola Leroy (Chapter 1)

Chapter 1 of Iola Leroy, a novel by Frances Watkins Harper, an abolitionist, suffragist, poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer.

Under 30 Min. Fiction

June 06, 2020

#54 - My Escape From Slavery

Frederick Douglass’s classic essay, My Escape From Slavery

Over 30 Min. Nonfiction

May 30, 2020

#53 - The Fairies of Merlin's Crag

A Scottish tale about the consequences of not respecting a fairy's home.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

May 26, 2020

#52 - Guest Artist - Andy The Doorbum - Prometheus And Pandora - Bonus Episode

An ancient myth read by Andy Fenstermaker, who makes music and poetry as Andy The Doorbum.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale Bonus Guest Artist

May 23, 2020

#51 - The Sentimentality of William Tavener

A sweet slice-of-life story by Willa Cather about a family in the American West at the turn of the 19th century.

Under 30 Min. Fiction

May 16, 2020

#50 - When Father Brought Home The Lamp - Extended

This 19th century tale of a household transformed by modern technology is a sweet tale of simpler times and includes the sound of crickets I recorded one evening this past summer up at my cabin.

Over 30 Min. Fiction Extended / Nature Sounds

May 09, 2020

#49 - The Worsted Doll

A sleepy story about a magical doll who wants to be a boy, good for adults and kids.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

May 02, 2020

#48 - Boots And His Brothers

A sleepy classic about the importance of wonder.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale