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Dorktales Storytime Podcast

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Think Fractured Fairy Tales meets Big Bang Theory and the History Detectives! Dorktales Storytime, hosted by Jonathan Cormur, is a podcast featuring slightly wacky and very geeky retellings of classic fairy tales with important life lessons and untold stories about the hidden heroes of history—yesterday’s geeks, nerds and dorks who are today’s must-know visionaries, great minds, dream makers, achievers, and inventors who made history in ways you’d never imagine!

Think Fractured Fairy Tales meets Big Bang Theory and the History Detectives! Dorktales Storytime, hosted by Jonathan Cormur, is a podcast featuring slightly wacky and very geeky retellings of classic fairy tales with important life lessons and untold stories about the hidden heroes of history—yesterday’s geeks, nerds and dorks who are today’s must-know visionaries, great minds, dream makers, achievers, and inventors who made history in ways you’d never imagine!

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United States

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Think Fractured Fairy Tales meets Big Bang Theory and the History Detectives! Dorktales Storytime, hosted by Jonathan Cormur, is a podcast featuring slightly wacky and very geeky retellings of classic fairy tales with important life lessons and untold stories about the hidden heroes of history—yesterday’s geeks, nerds and dorks who are today’s must-know visionaries, great minds, dream makers, achievers, and inventors who made history in ways you’d never imagine!

Language:

English


Episodes

Bear-Weather Friends

5/19/2022
Two traveling dudes mindlessly meander down a path when they awaken ferocious O, a ginormous growling bear, from his peaceful slumber! Will these best bro buddies help each other to safety when the bear barrels towards them in full bluster? Or will one have to learn a righteous lesson about who he can truly count on when things get tough? PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is our reimagining of the Aesop fable, “The Two Travelers and a Bear.” The theme of this story is “What is a...

Duration:00:19:01

Eugenie Clark, Hidden Hero of History!

5/5/2022
A story of diving, discovery, and the Shark Lady! Fascinated by marine life as a child, Eugenie Clark grew to become a leading ichthyologist and changed the way scientists study ocean life. Throughout her career, she conducted 72 submersible dives, led more than 200 field expeditions, and pioneered the practice of underwater research through scuba diving. She cared deeply for sharks, swimming among them (and riding on the back of a 50-foot whale shark) in order to understand their behaviors....

Duration:00:15:06

A Fowl First Impression

4/21/2022
Harumph! Why is a new neighbor making Mr. Redge’s quills stand on end? Maybe his outlook will change after hearing the story of the pompous peacock who struts his fine feathers while prejudging the friendly crane. Will he connect with the crane’s advice to stay open minded, or will he stand firm with his first fowl impression? PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is our reimagining of the fable, “The Peacock and the Crane.” Seeing past the surface is the lesson of this story. Sometimes...

Duration:00:16:10

Ida Lewis, Hidden Hero of History

4/7/2022
A seafaring tale of daring do in a long dress and petticoats! At the young age of 15, Ida Lewis helped her father with his lighthouse keeper’s duties on Lime Rock. She grew to become the small island’s sole keeper responsible for protecting and guiding ships to safe harbor. Throughout her life, Ida fearlessly rowed her small skiff out in rough storms and icy waters to rescue people (and a sheep). She became famous after saving two drowning soldiers in a snowstorm and was named, “the bravest...

Duration:00:20:32

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Science Experiment?!

3/24/2022
“Question everything!” That’s Rapunzel’s motto. The princess from Mythdom breaks all fairy tale stereotypes when she tells the story that her time in the tower was for scientific innovation and experimentation. Her patented, three-step, hair strengthening system could win her a STEM scholarship! Can she shimmy down the tower’s trellis and make her way through the peat bog path to get to the science fair in time? PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS:This is our reimagining of the fairy tale...

Duration:00:18:55

Pura Belpré, Hidden Hero of History

3/10/2022
A tale of storytelling magic and handmade puppets from the Bronx to the Lower East Side! Pura Belpré was the very first Puerto Rican librarian hired by the New York Public Library. She was an advocate for Spanish-speaking communities and was responsible for introducing bilingual story hours, authoring children’s stories in Spanish, and releasing the first book of translated Puerto Rican folktales in the U.S. Ms. Belpré was a visionary whose literary programs kept new generations connected to...

Duration:00:19:34

A Hedgehog’s Home Run

2/24/2022
It’s the Folktale Forest’s annual Diamond Pitch Pennant! Mr. Redge is upset that his team, the Woodland Wonders, lost their first game. He’s sure that he alone is the reason his team is known as the understory underdogs. It takes the tale of one parched yet patient hedgehog with a brilliant idea to prove to him that his one, two, three strikes you’re out experience is why he’s the team’s M.A.C (Most Awesome Critter)! PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS:This is our reimagining of the fable...

Duration:00:21:22

Encore: George Washington Carver, Hidden Hero of History!

2/10/2022
In honor of Black History Month, we share an encore of our most popular Hidden Hero of History episode about George Washington Carver: It’s a story of perseverance and the power of plants! Despite the barriers thrust upon him, George Washington Carver overcame society’s challenges to ultimately become one of the nation’s leading botanists and agricultural inventors. Did you know he discovered over 300 uses for the peanut? Carver used his celebrity to speak on racial harmony, hoping to leave...

Duration:00:16:03

Mr. Wolf’s Penumbra

1/27/2022
After worrying that the forest creatures don't respect him, Mr. Wolf exits his cave at sunset and is surprised by his new fearsome and formidable shadow. Feeling large and in charge for the first time, he struts about declaring he’s now the forest’s fiercest foe! It takes the setting sun and one small sparrow to break his illusion, and help him realize he’s already admired for being his authentic ol’ softy self. PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is our retelling of the fable “The...

Duration:00:17:02

Innovative Architects, Hidden Heroes of History

1/13/2022
Two stories of trailblazing triumphs! Helen Liu Fong and Norma Merrick Sklarek broke new ground in building design to become two of the most innovative architects of the 20th Century. Talent and a never-give-up attitude were their blueprints for overcoming gender and racial discrimination in their professions, and served as the building blocks for their distinguished careers. Their lifetime of extraordinary accomplishments lives on in their architectural works, many considered cultural icons...

Duration:00:15:55

Encore: The Emperor’s New Quills

1/6/2022
Listener Favorites’ Encore! Is the fancy fabric for the emperor’s new clothes really invisible to those who are not worthy? Or is this a case of double-dealing dupery by two wily weavers? As the emperor struts his stylish self through the streets of his kingdom, it will take one forthright boy to blurt out the naked truth. PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is a retelling of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and the lessons learned are that everyone makes mistakes, even an emperor, who...

Duration:00:23:03

Season 3 Announcement!

12/30/2021
Hey fellow story lovers! This is Jonathan Cormur tumbling into your pod feed to let you know that Season 3 of the Dorktales Storytime Podcast will begin on January 13th. And just like our friends at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, we’ll be unlocking new fairytales, fables and untold hero stories that will surprise you! Prepare for unexpected special guests! Find geeky twists and turns around every tale! Come with me and Mr. Reginald T. Hedgehog, into OUR world of pure imagination. Follow...

Duration:00:00:47

A Cratchit Christmas from Girl Tales

12/20/2021
Life in the Folktale Forest is merry and bright! Jonathan made a glorious holiday feast—including his pop-in-the-oven crescent rolls and his Aunt Mary Ann’s famous sugar cookie recipe—so he and Mr. Redge can grab a plate, gather by the crackling fire, and settle in to hear some Christmas cheer. Join the holiday happiness as they listen to “A Cratchit Christmas” from the Girl Tales Podcast! Girl Tales has reimagined Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in this charming story about how Belinda...

Duration:00:24:45

Jolly Holly Hedgehog

12/9/2021
Pull up a log, gather ‘round the campfire with your cocoa and get ready for the Jolly Holly Day Spectacular! Jolly Holly has been passed down through generations of Folktale Forest hedgehogs—a day for sharing the year’s joyful moments, and the experiences that make hearts sing. Mr. Redge hosts this reason-for-the-season celebration filled with happy hedgehog traditions, podfriend guest appearances, and the debut of a hit holiday song by famous bird crooners, the Branch Sisters! SHARE YOUR...

Duration:00:25:09

The Little Redge Hen

11/22/2021
Who’s on board to help Little Redge Hen sow some seeds, harvest the wheat, and grind it in to flour? “NOT I,” say the unbelievably unconcerned cow, the overly obstinate ostrich, and the sourly stubborn sheep, who are focused on their own selfish ways. Will the barnyard besties finally step up, or will Hen’s freshly baked bread fill them with the smell of regret? PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is a retelling of “The Little Red Hen” where you’ll find fun examples of alliterative...

Duration:00:17:33

Six Triple Eight, Hidden Heroes of History

11/11/2021
A story of an extraordinary mission of mail and morale! Overcoming the prejudice of her time, Lieutenant Colonel Charity Adams became the first Black woman to command her own battalion in World War II. Known as the “Six Triple Eight,” she and 855 Black female soldiers were assigned to take up a lost cause - sending 17 million warehoused letters and packages to the soldiers who were longing to hear from their loved ones. Though challenged with troops constantly on the move, thousands of...

Duration:00:16:27

Sleepy Hallow’s Eve - A Halloween Tale

10/28/2021
Hello boils, ghouls, and non-corporeal entities! Our SCARE-rator is here to tell you a spooky tale that will send shivers up your quivers and make your teeth chatter with delight! It’s party time at Katrina’s house and Ichabod Crane is having the time of his life. Jealous of his fun, Brom Bones gathers the guests to tell the chilling tale of the Headless Horseman, because he knows it will make sweet, but superstitious, Ichabod shriek and head for home. And when he does, poor Ichabod...

Duration:00:28:10

Ángela Peralta, Hidden Hero of History

10/14/2021
¡La historia del ruiseñor mexicano! Beloved for her remarkable Bel Canto singing style, Ángela Peralta became known the world over as “The Mexican Nightingale.” She made her debut at the young age of 15, rising in demand to appear at leading opera houses throughout Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, Russia, Egypt and the United States. Beyond singing, Ms. Peralta also wrote and composed her own music and boldly started her own opera company. Like the audiences who loved her, we stand up and cheer...

Duration:00:12:54

The Princess and the Pincushion

9/30/2021
The lonely Prince is fed up with the Queen and her court! Their snobby standards are keeping him from finding someone who cares about connection over social status. Enter Wilhemina, the rain-soaked and mud-covered girl who makes a mess of a first impression, but ultimately proves that true friendship is more than a popularity contest. PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS:This episode’s themes include disrespect for others and their possessions, ignoring others feelings, and verbal...

Duration:00:22:51

Evelyn Cheesman, Hidden Hero of History

9/16/2021
A tale that leads to an extinct volcano’s summit! Evelyn Cheesman’s deep love of the natural world led her to becoming the first woman curator at the London Zoo and leading entomologist for the Natural History Museum. From 1923 to 1953, she traveled to remote locations on solo-expeditions (unheard of for a woman at the time) where she observed, collected and catalogued previously undiscovered insects, reptiles, amphibians, and plants—over 70,000 of them! Scientists are still identifying new...

Duration:00:15:35