Not-So-Great Expectations

Expectations usually free up brain bandwidth for the BIG stuff, but they can also imprison us in a flat view of the world.  In this episode, three cautionary stories of when expectations go wrong…

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith
LiamLRY

The Wise Fool

Every country, near and far, seems to have this one stock character in its folklore. I first became fascinated by this character as a 9-year-old when I was growing up in the Dominican Republic. We’ll call this character “The Wise Fool” and hear a handful of stories that showcase the characters versatility and charm.

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith
iAmLarry

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Clever Is As Clever Does

Are geniuses born, or made? In this week’s episode we hear two ancient stories about brilliant youths, and we see both perspectives to this question. These two folktales also happen to be the genesis of two modern movie genres.

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith

Sources Referenced:
The Three Princes of Serendip as told by Richard Boyle in Living Heritage
The Master Thief as told by Andrew Lang

It Was All A Dream

Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions. A common motif in stories, movies, and music, is to bring in a dream as foreshadowing for what will happen later.

Sometimes, it even drives the drama within the plot. This week we hear two stories in which dreams foreshadow and determine the main characters’ fate.

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith
Joakim Karud

Sources Referenced:
A Dreamer’s Tale via UExpress.com
The Three Dreams story via DL Ashliman’s PittU site

Let’s Play “Pretend”

Stories since the beginning of time have been thrilling us by having characters take on false identities. In this episode we look at one legendary song and two folktales that show us the GOOD and BAD consequences of pretending to be someone we’re not. Major thanks to Christopher Wallace, Aaron Shepard, and O. Henry for their contribution to the legacy of stories.

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith

Sources Referenced:
“I Got A Story To Tell” song by Notorious B.I.G.
“Forty Fortunes” an old folktale as re-told by Aaron Shepard
“A Retrieved Reformation” a short story by O. Henry