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The Crane Bag Podcast

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Myths and stories from around the world brought alive and singing into the here and now by storyteller, musician and poet Jay leeming.

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Exploring the Odyssey #1 with Sam Buggeln

April 26th, 2022

35:49

Theater director Sam Buggeln talks with performance storyteller Jay Leeming about myth, theater, the supernatural, and bringing the Odyssey to the stage.

Episode 75: Arawn, Lord of Annwvyn

April 20th, 2022

42:10

A story from the first branch of the Welsh Mabinogion, told and then explored by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.

Episode 74: Branwen, Daughter of Llyr (Part Two)

March 6th, 2022

46:42

Part two of the Welsh story of "Branwen, Daughter of Llyr," brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.

Episode 74: Branwen, Daughter of Llyr (Part One)

March 6th, 2022

40:16

A raven king, a magical cauldron and a talking bird: the Welsh story of "Branwen, Daughter of Llyr" brought to life by performance storyteller Jay …

Episode 73: Into the Underworld with the Luckiest Boy Alive

January 29th, 2022

1:08:43

The power of blind chance goes up against the king of death in this fairy tale brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.

Episode 72: Exploring the Odyssey with Joel Christensen

January 27th, 2022

48:54

A journey into the fierce yet healing story of the Odyssey, first through storytelling by Jay Leeming and then through an extended interview with Joel Christensen of Brandeis University. 

Episode 71: The Mermaid and the Falcon Prince

December 6th, 2021

1:20:53

A fairy tale found in a box in an attic in Hamburg in 2012, brought to life by performance storyteller Jay Leeming.

Episode 70: Opening to Story with Laura Simms

November 10th, 2021

1:01:44

The storyteller Laura Simms tells "The Pigeon's Bride" and explores the art of storytelling in an interview with Jay Leeming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 68: The Theft of Sif's Hair

September 26th, 2021

1:07:13

The Norse trickster god Loki steals the golden hair of Sif, the wife of Thor, and thereby releases the rowdy desires of all the gods for fabulous and …

Episode 66: Naqqali Storytelling with Morshed Saghi and Arash Ali Farhadipour

July 15th, 2021

29:48

An exploration of the Naqqali storytelling tradition of Iran, with Morshed Saghi and Arash Ali Farhadipour.

Episode 63: Tag Team Firebird

June 23rd, 2021

50:08

Four storytellers tell the Russian tale of the Firebird: a live, improvised, cross-Atlantic performance recorded in March of 2021 by Lara McClure, Walton Stanley, Catherine Heinemeyer and Jay Leeming. An exploration of …

Episode 65: Miguel Rivera and the Poetry of Humberto Ak'Abal

June 17th, 2021

1:08:46

An interview with healer, translator and ceremony-maker Miguel Rivera on the poetry of Humberto Ak'Abal and our relation to the dreaming earth, preceded by the Seneca story "The Storytelling Stone."

Interview with Clare Murphy

May 12th, 2021

1:13:33

A conversation between the Irish storyteller Clare Murphy and Jay Leeming in which the big rowdy questions of story and earth and the wide sky are danced with until the music of our questions itself disappears into the …

Episode 62: The Firebird

April 28th, 2021

1:12:00

Bang! The red feather of desire is right in front of you on the forest path; your talking horse tells you to steer clear, but do you pick it up all the same? Enter the world of Russian earth-wisdom through "The …

Episode 61: "The Woman of the Sea" told by Regi Carpenter

April 2nd, 2021

53:41

"The Woman of the Sea" told by Regi Carpenter, followed by an interview in which she and host Jay Leeming explore that story as well as her own …

Episode 59: The Power of Dreams with Peter Fortunato

March 5th, 2021

1:11:10

In this episode we explore the power of dreams, first through a story from the One Thousand and One Nights and then through an interview with the …

Episode 55: Orpheus, Midas and the Goat-Man in the Garden

February 16th, 2021

54:40

With Dionysus as our god we wander in the steps of a song-man fresh from the bush of ghosts, lurching perfectly through the story of Pygmalion to find ourselves in the rose garden of a king about to be granted the most …

Episode 54: "The Oldest Boy" Told by Walton Stanley

February 12th, 2021

1:00:41

A story from the far north brought to life by Walton Stanley, followed by an exploration of the story and storytelling by Walton Stanley and Jay …

Episode 53: Say Goodbye to Hollywood

January 16th, 2021

59:33

A telling of "Anansi and the Box of Stories" plus an interview with Brain Smolensky, author of the upcoming book Say Goodbye to Hollywood: the …

Episode 51: The Birth of Athena

December 28th, 2020

18:42

The story of the birth of the ancient Greek goddess Athena, brought to life by storyteller, musician and poet Jay Leeming.

Episode 50: The Fox Woman told by Daniel Deardorff

December 23rd, 2020

34:52

A Siberian story of a woman who accepts the wild invitations of the wind, told by Daniel Deardorff and then explored by storyteller Jay Leeming. 

Episode 47: The Handless Maiden (Part Two)

November 19th, 2020

1:21:31

Storyteller Jay Leeming explores "The Handless Maiden" with special guest Elaine Stanton.

Episode 46: The Handless Maiden (Part One)

November 18th, 2020

1:13:25

Storyteller Jay Leeming tells the Grimm's fairy tale "The Handless Maiden" and then explores the landscape of the story with special guest Elaine Stanton,

Episode 45: Valemon the White Bear King Part Two

October 28th, 2020

35:34

Wildness and domesticity run off together to make a third thing sacred to the gods of death and sleep, a marriage between what we know and all that the modern world loves to forget.

Episode 45: Valemon the White Bear King

October 28th, 2020

56:52

A Norwegian myth in which a princess journeys deep into wildernesses both within and without, brought to life by storyteller Jay Leeming.

"Coyote Says..." an Improvised Poem by Jay Leeming, June 2019

August 24th, 2020

3:22

A poem composed on-the-spot by Jay Leeming at a reading in honor of the poet Tony Hoagland. Recorded at the Great Mother Conference in June of 2019.

The Arabian Nights Part Three Commentary

August 13th, 2020

19:00

An exploration of several stories from "The Arabian Nights," by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

The Arabian Nights Conclusion

August 12th, 2020

7:31

Stories from "The Arabian Nights," brought alive by storyteller, musician and poet Jay Leeming.

The Arabian Nights 3.2

August 11th, 2020

23:07

Stories from "the Arabian Nights," brought alive by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

The Arabian Nights 3.1

August 11th, 2020

43:05

Stories from the collection known as "The Arabian Nights," brought alive by storyteller, musician and poet Jay Leeming.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Commentary

August 6th, 2020

18:06

An exploration of the story "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

August 6th, 2020

53:12

The green riot of spring lives on even in deepest winter, even in the rough music brought into our humdrum lives by a magical knight who just might be a champion for the wilds within and without ourselves.

She Climbs Antlers by Starlight Commentary

May 13th, 2020

12:34

Get out and hike the images until they burn holes in what you thought you knew via this Georgian fairy tale that is a manual to making magic out of …

She Climbs Antlers by Starlight

May 13th, 2020

39:15

A rigorous hike through a dream-landscape where drinking rainwater from the hoof print of a stag is what heals the animal in you who's going hungry in a bland world of ten thousand things

The Arabian Nights 2.2

February 19th, 2020

26:11

Myths and tales from around the world brought into the here and now by storyteller, musician and poet Jay Leeming.

The Arabian Nights 2.1

February 19th, 2020

22:35

Myths and tales from around the world, brought into the here and now by storyteller, musician and poet Jay Leeming.

Merlyn Frees the Dragons

January 22nd, 2020

29:52

A legend from the childhood of Merlyn, told by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

Rags and Leaves

January 3rd, 2020

37:59

A Sicilian story brought into the here and now by storyteller, musician and poet Jay Leeming.

The Golden Tree: a Story from the Nart Sagas

November 22nd, 2019

40:11

From the Caucasus comes this tale in which the theft of a golden apple leads to a wedding between the human and spirit worlds. It's a story that has …

Elena the Wise Part Two

November 11th, 2019

25:41

Myths and tales brought into the here and now by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

Elena the Wise Part One

November 11th, 2019

26:05

Myths and tales from around the world brought into the here and now by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

The Arabian Nights 1.3

October 1st, 2019

20:26

Myths and tales from around the world, brought into the here and now by storyteller, musician and poet Jay Leeming.

The Arabian Nights 1.2

September 25th, 2019

21:27

Stories from around the world brought into the here and now by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

The Arabian Nights 1.1

September 24th, 2019

25:43

Stories from around the world brought into the here and now by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

The Four Magic Bowls

September 10th, 2019

29:55

A story from India brought to life in the here and now by storyteller Jay Leeming.

Proteus

August 26th, 2019

35:17

Stories from around the world brought into the here and now by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

The Name

August 13th, 2019

18:03

Stories from around the world brought into the here and now by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

The Three Wishes

July 23rd, 2019

16:57

Stories from around the world brought into the here and now by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

Sleeping Beauty

June 28th, 2019

37:04

Stories from around the world brought into the here and now by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

The Man Who Became a Wolf

May 6th, 2019

40:39

Myths and stories from around the world, brought into the here and now by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

Rapunzel

April 11th, 2019

28:08

The story of "Rapunzel," told and sung into the here and now by storyteller, musician and poet Jay Leeming.

Caedmon's Hymn

March 22nd, 2019

19:08

Myths and stories from around the world, sung in to the here and now by storyteller, poet and musician Jay Leeming.

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