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Traditional fairy tales aren’t exactly suitable for kids. Women vomit spiders. Children get eaten. There’s even murder! Every Wednesday, we take you through the twists and turns of the dark origins of your favorite pieces of folklore. To listen to the full Tales catalog for free, be sure to subscribe on Spotify!

Traditional fairy tales aren’t exactly suitable for kids. Women vomit spiders. Children get eaten. There’s even murder! Every Wednesday, we take you through the twists and turns of the dark origins of your favorite pieces of folklore. To listen to the full Tales catalog for free, be sure to subscribe on Spotify!

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United States

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Parcast

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Traditional fairy tales aren’t exactly suitable for kids. Women vomit spiders. Children get eaten. There’s even murder! Every Wednesday, we take you through the twists and turns of the dark origins of your favorite pieces of folklore. To listen to the full Tales catalog for free, be sure to subscribe on Spotify!

Language:

English


Episodes

The Buccaneer

7/1/2020
First collected by folklorist Charles M. Skinner in 1896, The Buccaneer is an American folk tale that follows the adventures and misdeeds of a vengeful pirate. When his many sins come back to haunt him, the buccaneer learns his life of cruelty has ghostly consequences.

Duration:00:42:50

The Story of the Yara

6/24/2020
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.

Duration:00:42:23

Introducing FAERIE, A Parcast Original Series!

6/22/2020
Welcome to a world where fairy tales do exist, and “once upon a time” is closer, darker, and more dangerous than you imagined. Welcome to the immersive new Parcast original series, Faerie. Available exclusively on Spotify, Faerie follows the investigation of Ryan Bailey—a young woman who saves a man’s life and is thrust into a secret world of mythological creatures called “faeries.” Join Ryan as she unearths more about their mysterious existence and the covert agency charged with protecting...

Duration:00:14:54

The Princess in the Chest

6/17/2020
In this Danish fairytale, a king's impatience kills and curses his daughter. Each night she's doomed to rise from her crypt as a murderous ghost who kills the sentries watching over her tomb. But soon a drunken stranger comes to town who proves that faith and persistence can turn a monstrous situation into something beautiful.

Duration:00:45:20

Introducing SOLVED MURDERS: TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES, A Parcast Original Series!

6/10/2020
To commemorate its fourth anniversary, Parcast and the team behind Unsolved Murders are taking a closer look at what it takes to catch a killer. In the new series Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries, you'll follow the clues and uncover the missing pieces to some of history's most gripping cases. Every Wednesday, join hosts Carter and Wenndy as they explore the days, months, and even years leading up to a killer being caught. Each episode plays out like a classic murder mystery—where the...

Duration:00:14:26

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

6/10/2020
One of the most well known Arthurian Legends, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells the story of a young knight who has his moral character called into question, when a mysterious stranger comes to King Arthur's court...with a deadly request.

Duration:00:46:49

The Witch in the Stone Boat

6/3/2020
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.

Duration:00:40:03

The Tongue-Cut Sparrow

5/22/2020
This Japanese Morality tale from the 1600s tells the story of an old couple and their pet sparrow. When their neighbor gets annoyed at the sparrow's constant chirping, things take a dark turn into the supernatural. When you let greed and bitterness guide your actions, no good will come of them.

Duration:00:40:42

The Singing Bone

5/20/2020
Collected by the Brothers Grimm, this story certainly is a grim tale about brotherhood. It involves a pair of men who promise to rid the kingdom of a deadly boar—and how their conflict leads to a murder that just won't stay buried.

Duration:00:39:24

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Pt. 2

5/13/2020
Though it has become a classic children’s story, the original version reads more like a horrific fever dream: Alice finds herself lost in a mysterious land full of murderous Queens, and terrifying beasts. Although her biggest challenge turns out to be getting a grip on her own identity.

Duration:00:37:53

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Pt. 1

5/6/2020
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.

Duration:00:40:42

The Disobedient Daughter

4/29/2020
In this Nigerian folktale, a woman refuses every suitor who seeks her hand in marriage. When the perfect husband finally arrives, she defies her parents and marries him. She soon learns that sometimes perfection is only skin deep.

Duration:00:44:01

Sneak Peek: DAILY QUOTE, A Parcast Original Series!

4/26/2020
Whether you’re jumpstarting the morning, searching for that midday pick-me-up, or trying to finish the evening off strong… Daily Quote offers some of history’s most inspirational quotes whenever you need them—365 days a year. In this 2-3 minute podcast, you’ll be given a quote that will motivate, uplift, and renew your outlook on life. You’ll also dive deeper into the context surrounding the quote—learning more about its origin and the meaning behind it. Enjoy this sneak peek of Daily Quote...

Duration:00:03:37

NEW: The Loyal Mongoose

4/22/2020
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.

Duration:00:36:01

Crossover Week: Mythical Monsters (Mermaids)

4/15/2020
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.

Duration:00:43:23

The Three Cows

4/8/2020
In Celtic cultures, the feast of Samhain is one to be respected. A time when the mortal world and the realm of the fairies are at their closest. When a farmer refuses to sacrifice a cow for the feast, he risks the wrath of both his community...and the spirits that live beyond his fireplace.

Duration:00:41:57

Mistress Lucia

4/1/2020
A prince who wants a bride, a woman with latent magical powers, and a scheming maid... This Mexican fairy tale tells the story of love gone wrong—and why we should maintain a healthy respect for nature.

Duration:00:46:13

Parcast Classic: Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves Pt. 1

3/25/2020
Due to the unfortunate spread of COVID-19, Parcast has decided to halt recording for the time-being. This is a precautionary measure taken to ensure the safety of our hosts and staff. In the meantime, we're excited to share one of our classic episodes that we know you'll enjoy! A modest wood chopper finds a stolen fortune in a magical cave, but can't keep the secret from his greedy brother. The next time Ali Baba visits the cave, he is greeted not by robbers, but by the corpse of his dead...

Duration:00:47:36

The Magic Cask

3/18/2020
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.

Duration:00:43:47

Introducing SUPERNATURAL WITH ASHLEY FLOWERS, A Parcast Original Series!

3/16/2020
Most mysteries can be solved by looking at the facts. But sometimes, the facts don’t lead to a logical explanation, and the truth lies somewhere in the unknown…Join Parcast and Crime Junkie’s Ashley Flowers as they dive deep into the strange and surreal to explain some of the world’s most bizarre true crime occurrences in the new series, Supernatural with Ashley Flowers. Every Wednesday, Ashley digs into a different mystifying crime—where the most fitting theory isn’t always the most...

Duration:00:14:26