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Introducing… Folklorica! A podcast about stories hosted by two people who really like hearing, reading and even telling, you guessed it, stories. We’re your hosts Clayton Steacker and Maggie Boles. We are amateur ethnographers. Gifted googlers. We travel the world (metaphorically because we don’t re… read more

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The Girl in the Chest

May 27th, 2021


It's my chick in a box!
This week, we bring you the final episode of season 2. As if that really means anything.
The Girl in the Chest - The Story of the Third Sister Who was Brave and Good
from The Laughing Prince by …


March 18th, 2021


Bonjour. Ready for a French folktale??
Aujourd'hui on lit "Barbe Bleue" de Histoires ou contes du temps passé écrit par Charles Perrault et publié en …

The Bird of the Sweet Song

February 25th, 2021


A story from the Azqueltán, Jalisco in Mexico!
Read it as it was published in the The Journal of American Folklore in 1912 here: The Bird of the Sweet …

Saint Nicholas and the Children

December 24th, 2020


Here we have a very special holiday episode of Folkorica! Clayton reads "Saint Nicholas and The Children" by Cyrus MacMillan from his book Canadian …

The Bishop and the Tohunga

December 11th, 2020


A Maori tale about Bishop George Selwyn and a very cool Tohunga.

Read the full text of the story here

Listen to that weird folk song that Clayton found


July 2nd, 2020


From Italy! Lizard fairies and ungrateful goats.
Goat-Face from Tale of Tales/Entertainment for Little Ones, aka Stories from Pentamerone by …

King Solomon and the Worm

June 27th, 2020


Worms. Demons. Suicidal birds. It's a Jewish folktale that inspired a lot of personal stories so naturally we ramble!
King Solomon and the Worm from A …

The Man Who Did Not Wish to Die

June 19th, 2020


A story from Japan. Paper cranes. Killer sharks. And our very first guest, Maddy Cross.
This story is from The Japanese Fairy Book  by Yei Theodora …

The Story of Benito

May 29th, 2020


It's the story of a good little dude.
Read the full text of The Story of Benito from Philippine Folk Tales collected by Mabel Cook Cole and published …


May 21st, 2020


Maybe it's not always a bad idea to climb into a sack in Iceland. A tale with twists and turns and a good old grey man from Icelandic Legends by Jon …

The Foolish Young Mussulman

January 2nd, 2020


A tale from Tibet about a real dumb-dumb! Also, our last episode of season 1. What do you want to hear next season? Happy New Year!
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The Water of Life

December 26th, 2019


Travel to Catalonia with us as we read uber-cutie Andrew Lang's version of The Water of Life. There will be snarky stones, helpful giants, and …

Dance Mad

December 19th, 2019


The Wintu story of a damn good party. Plus.... fish!
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December 12th, 2019


You know him. You love him. Dionysus, Bacchus or whatever you call him (daddy?). His origin story is what's on our minds today.
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The Water Kelpie

December 5th, 2019


A Scottish tale of warning. Sticky horses! Missing fingers! Backwards hooves!
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The Legless Knight and the Blind Knight

November 28th, 2019


A Russian tale from Alexander Afanasyev. Two knights-- one legless, one blind-- what will happen next?
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Saint Wilgefortis

November 21st, 2019


She was the patron saint of bearded ladies, abused ladies, trans folk and intersex people. We read the Austrian version of her story!
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The Girl Without Hands

November 14th, 2019


The Girl Without Hands is one of those Brothers Grimm fairytales that didn't make the cut for Disney adaptations. We honestly don't understand why.

Announcing Folklorica!

August 15th, 2019


Introducing… Folklorica! A podcast about stories hosted by two people who really like hearing, reading and even telling, you guessed it, stories. …

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