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Jack and Sam research and report on Folklore every Tuesday. With topics from Folk Beasts, to Folk Heroes, to Folk Games as well, these two brothers explain it all.




the Folklore of Portland’s Shanghai Tunnels

Weaving underneath the streets of Portland, hidden below the ground with many trap doors, is a network of tunnels that may or may not have lead thousands of men into forced servitude. The Shanghai Tunnels are believed to have a long and storied history underneath the streets of Portland, Oregon, but what is true and what is myth? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Portland's Shanghai Tunnels.

Duration: 00:31:50

the folklore of the Hairy Hand

Everyone knows someone who has those giant hairy knuckles, the kind of nightmares. But what if there was a real disembodied hand that grabbed you in your sleep, and it had those same hairy knuckles that only the devil could possibly have. This is the legend of La Mano Peluda, or the Hairy Hand. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of la Mano Peluda, the Hairy Hand.

Duration: 00:25:00

The Folklore of the Man in the Moon

Nomatter where you live, you are likely to be able to see the moon above your head at night. Have you ever seen a face on the moon? If so, you are one of the nearly 100% of people who have seen the face of the man in the moon. Who is he? What about the rabbit in the moon? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the man in the moon.

Duration: 00:44:05

the Folklore of Br’er Rabbit

One of America's first favorite folk characters, Br'er Rabbit and the rest of the Br'er gang have been around longer than television and radio. The stories of Br'er rabbit have insinuated their way into iconic American history. If you'e been on Splash Mountain, you've experienced the Br'er rabbit. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Br'er Rabbit.

Duration: 00:28:13

A Bunyip Story

In this week's episode of the Folk Brother Podcast, join Sam as he reads from the Brown Fairy Book a story entitled, the Bunyip. Also, make sure you know what a bunyip is before you listen by checking out their episode on bunyips.

Duration: 00:15:24

the Folklore of La Llorona

She wanders the shores of rivers across north America looking for children to bring into the waters for their final swim. She is known for her white dress and her wailing, but did you know of her Mexican origins? La Llorona has been around for hundreds of years, and she may be just down the road from you haunting your local streams, rivers, gorges, and cliffs. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of La Llorona.

Duration: 00:34:16

the Folklore of the Sandman

Whether you believe in him as the gentle old man who comes to send small children to sleep with pleasant dreams, or you believe he is a monster lurking under your bed just waiting to fill your sleep with nightmares, the sandman has been around for a long time. Armed with his magic sand, and in some cases his sweet milk, the sandman has been a staple of western culture for many hundreds of years. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Sandman.

Duration: 00:24:28

the Folklore of the Devil’s Pass

Nothing stinks like getting lost. But what would you say to getting lost with eight of your friends in the Ural mountains of Russia? You cannot escape the mountain of death, and neither could this friends as they went through the Devil's Pass. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Devil's Pass

Duration: 00:38:59

the Folklore of the Oak Island Money Pit

Who is to say that the value of buried treasure isn't greater than the sum of the pieces of the treasure? For over two centuries people have been searching for buried treasure on Oak Island, yet the money pit has never revealed what lies at it's deepest point. Could it be treasure, or perhaps secret documents? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Oak Island Money Pit.

Duration: 00:54:35

the Folklore of the Rougarou

There are many strange things that live in the woods, but the weirdest creatures live in the bayou. The Rougarou lurks in the murky shadows of the Louisiana bayou just north of New Orleans, and at the shed of blood a new Rougarou is made. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Rougarou.

Duration: 00:35:09

the Folklore of the Hawaiian Night Marchers

Across the pacific ocean is a small cluster of islands home to luaus, hula, countless coconuts, and the most terrifying procession of decomposing bodies that the world has ever seen. According to some, the ancient warriors of Hawaii march about the islands of Hawaii with their chief in order to try and help them make it to the next world. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Hawaiian Night Marchers.

Duration: 00:32:10

the Folklore of Geronimo

American's have been shouting "Geronimo" when they jump from high places for the last 75 years, but do you know why? He was a leader of the Apache and the last Native American to put up a great resistance to the white settlers. After his family was massacred he went on a revenge streak to seek vengeance against the Mexican government. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Geronimo.

Duration: 00:39:34

the Folklore of Pecos Bill

The Paul Bunyan of the American south-west, Pecos Bill is responsible for most of the geographical features that we see today. From being raised by coyotes to riding a mountain lion, to riding tornados, Pecos Bill gives cowboys a good name. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Pecos Bill.

Duration: 00:36:23

the Folklore of the Tengu

High up on the mountains of Japan live the Tengu. Some say that they look like a man and a bird had a baby, others say they are red faced monks with noses like Pinocchio. They have the ability to transform, become invisible, and most importantly they are the originators of the samurai tradition. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Tengu.

Duration: 00:37:58

the Folklore of Golems

Are they man, or are they muppet? The golem is both part man and part puppet. Originating from Jewish folklore, the golem has been known to be the protector of those who are being oppressed. Some people believe they are good, others believe that they are nothing but monsters. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of golems.

Duration: 00:37:53

the Folklore of Davy Jones’s Locker

At the bottom of the ocean lies a place that no mortal man has ever visited and returned from. It is Davy Jones's Locker, and it is a terrible place to find yourself. Pirates have talked about this place for many moons, but what exactly is it? Has it always been a terrible place to end up, and is there a positive alternative? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Davy Jones's Locker.

Duration: 00:29:08

the Folklore of Werewolves

The moon is high in the sky and there's an eerie fog blowing in from the woods. Your co-worker, Jim, seemed to be pretty off at work as he scratched at the collar of his shirt. He wanted to go out for steak at lunch and asked for it to be cooked as rare as possible. He might be a werewolf. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of werewolves.

Duration: 00:45:33

the folklore of the Wampus

Hiding in the United States' Appalachian mountains is the mythical monster known for scaring all who see it. Fear overcomes its victims and drives them to madness. Black as the night and with bright yellow eyes, the campus stalks the mountainside protecting the land. Originating with the Cherokee Native Americans the campus cat is as elusive as it is famous. Join jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Wampus.

Duration: 00:37:01

the Folklore of Mermaids

Whether they are having a splish-splashy time or causing sailors to plummet to their death in the depth of the ocean, mermaids have been a part of folklore for a looooooooong time. While Ariel may be our favorite mermaid, she is by no means the origin of what the world knows of mermaids. Just about everywhere in the world has a story of mermaids, but how many people have actually seen one? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of mermaids.

Duration: 00:41:55

the Folklore of St. Patrick’s Day

If you have ever put on a green shirt on the 17th of March in order to prevent people from pinching you then you've celebrated St. Patrick's Day. With a day named after a guy, you'd think more people know why we celebrate. What does the holiday have to do with Ireland, leprechauns, and shamrocks? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of St. Patrick's Day.

Duration: 00:33:54

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