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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!


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The Singing Bone

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.
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Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland Pt. 2

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.
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Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland Pt. 1

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.
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The Disobedient Daughter

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.
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NEW: The Loyal Mongoose

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.
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Crossover Week: Mythical Monsters (Mermaids)

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.
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The Three Cows

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.
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Mistress Lucia

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.
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