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Join The Apple Seed just about every day, for two hours filled with stories for you and your family. You'll enjoy tall tales, fairy tales, folk tales, personal tales, historical tales, and more, hosted by storyteller Sam Payne. Monday - Saturday at 8p ET/5p PT.

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    EXTRA: The Michigan Mosquitoes by Mustard's Retreat

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2022 6:48

    Join The Apple Seed for tall tales, fairy tales, folk tales, personal tales, historical tales, and more! Hosted by storyteller Sam Payne.

    EXTRA: John Henry by Josh Goforth

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2022 6:26

    Join The Apple Seed for tall tales, fairy tales, folk tales, personal tales, historical tales, and more! Hosted by storyteller Sam Payne.

    EXTRA: The Power of the Horse by Clive Romney

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 5:31

    Join The Apple Seed for tall tales, fairy tales, folk tales, personal tales, historical tales, and more! Hosted by storyteller Sam Payne.

    EXTRA: Utah Liars Contest with George McEwan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2022 9:12

    When a cat and a man find themselves at war, who will prevail?

    EXTRA: The Mule and the Jealous Farmer by Len Cabral

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2022 5:39

    Join us and Len Cabral for an African folk tale!

    EXTRA: The Golem by Richard Young

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 7:19

    We're bringing you a story about a fabled figure from Jewish tradition called a golem, a figure often made from mud, clay or stone that exist only to obey the instructions they are given.

    The Invisible Boy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers.

    You Are My Sunshine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. Life is full of ups and downs, and each moment teaches us lessons that we remember forever. Some lessons we painfully have to learn on our own, but others can be learned through those that are closest to us. Their lives and their stories can teach us about the best parts of life. As you listen to these stories today, we hope that they spark memories and stories from your own life that you can share with those you love. On today's episode, enjoy the following: “My Father and Hershel of Ostropol” by Joel ben Izzy from Buried Treasures: A Storyteller's Journey (2:10) Radio Family Journal: "Donald Herbert" by Sam Payne (15:45) The Daily Mix: "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" with Mark Wait (21:51) “The Lap/You Are My Sunshine” by Kim Weitkamp from The Lap (30:09) “The Old Rancher” by Joe Herrington from Men of Honor (48:30) “My Town” by Michael Reno Harrell from Then There's Me (51:38)

    Give Me A Chuckle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 56:50

    Come celebrate some wacky stuff as we tell of beetles who become bug brides, escaping one-eyes giants, and the many ways to cook a fish. On today's episode of The Apple Seed, award-winning storytellers tell us some outlandish, ludicrous, unbelievable stories that will throw you for such a loop, all you'll think to do is laugh! On today's episode, enjoy the following: "Princess Firefly" by Diane Edgecomb from Pattysaurus and Other Tales (3:35) "Herring's Head" by Doug Elliot from Everybody's Fishing: A Cross-Cultural Fishing Extravaganza (19:57) "Pinewood Derby" by Bil Lepp (25:06) "Max & Margaret" by Steve Otto from Potpourri (38:00) "Sody Sallyratus" by Tim Lowry from SEVEN! World Folk Tales (47:33)

    EXTRA: I Can Do It Too by David Holt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 5:50

    In this quick little ditty, songwriter and storyteller David Holt sings about the role love plays in helping people find the capacity to change. Sway along to these fun beats!

    BITE: The Scholar's Journey by Shonaleigh

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022 24:03

    Have you ever done something crazy in your past that later came back to revisit you? The hero in this story sure has!

    EXTRA: Why Kids Aren't in Charge by Susan Reed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 5:28

    Susan Reed sings a song about fairness and injustice.

    The Woman and the Snake

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. Sometimes stories are so new and different from the ones we are used to hearing that we have a hard time understanding their value. We all have to work through a little fear of the unknown, and it takes some practice to see the goodness in new stories. The good news is, we can learn to see the inherent goodness in those stories. The more we listen to new and different tales, the more we consider the different cultural lenses through which people may see those stories, and therefore, the more we learn to love them and their tellers. In the words of Elder Gerrit W. Gong, “If we are humble, we will be surprised by goodness in unexpected places, and we may create opportunities to grow closer to someone who, like us, is not perfect.” Even if stories differ from the ones you usually tell, you can often find their inherent goodness as you listen. Today's stories will explore quirky ideas like baby birds finding their mother through song, a snake's marriage proposal to a woman, even a donkey challenging a toad to a race! Each story may seem a little odd at first, but if you listen for a bit of their inherent goodness, you will hear themes of familial strength and expanded love. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "The Woman and the Snake" by Barry Stewart Mann from The Improbable Love of Ethel and Elmer and Other Offbeat Tales of Romance (1:54) "The Three Army Surgeons" by Ingrid Nixon from Grimm's with a Twist (11:19) "Donkey & Toad" by The Storycrafters from Classics with a Twist (21:31) "The People Who Could Fly" by Kim and Reggie Harris (30:55) "The Little Red Hen" by Donald Davis from Grandma's Lap Stories (47:43)

    The Princess on the Glass Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. There's a little something in every story that makes us stop and listen, something we can all connect to. Whether the stories are realistic, traditional, unbelievable, or just plain silly, there's a little something for everyone to enjoy. On today's episode, enjoy the following: “Bigger Badder Better” by Kirk Waller from But Why? (2:29) The Daily Mix: "Dulce de Leche" with Lisa Valentine Clark (15:05) “The Princess on the Glass Hill Part I” by Ruth Halpern from She Set Out to Seek Her Fortune (24:38) “Bill Greenfield and the Champion Wrestler” by Joseph Bruchac from Adirondack Tall Tales, Volume One: The Bill Greenfield Stories (35:53) “Why the Sun Comes Up When Rooster Crows” by Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton from How & Why Stories World Tales Kids Can Tell (39:52) “The Princess on the Glass Hill Part II” by Ruth Halpern from She Set Out to Seek Her Fortune (45:32)

    Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. You know the feeling when you're craving a certain food, but aren't quite sure what it is? Or when you're bored and have an itch to get out and do something, but just can't quite tell what you're in the mood for? You want company, but aren't quite sure whom you'd like to be with? You still haven't found what you're looking for – even if you don't quite know just what it is that you're looking for? However, we know you have found what you've been looking for on today's episode of The Apple Seed! Today's episode revolves around characters motivated to keep searching for what they want – or think they want. Get ready for an hour of inspiring stories about finding what's most important – even if the characters don't realize they're looking for it to begin with. On today's episode, enjoy the following: “Chin Chin Kobokama” by Margaret MacDonald from Tuck-Me-In Tales (2:41) “In Search of Charles Dickens” by Lani Peterson from Stories Within (9:40) “The Beauty and the Melamed” by Susan Stone (25:16) “Golden Thread” by Susan Reed from Songs & Stories About Families, Friendships & Shoes (36:54) Radio Family Journal: "Baffle Hanging" by Sam Payne (50:13)

    EXTRA: Legend of Kulintang by Eth-Noh-Tec

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 4:47

    In this legend from the Philippines, a prince finds himself drawn to a strange new music by the river, a “golden sound sailing across the water”.

    EXTRA: The Second Wolf by Sean K. Buvala

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 4:20

    Join The Apple Seed for tall tales, fairy tales, folk tales, personal tales, historical tales, and more! Hosted by storyteller Sam Payne.

    The Shoemaker and the Groundhogs

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. What do you do when you have some big expectations for something? Usually we tend to get excited for such things. Birthday parties might be a good example. It's easy to look forward to one of those. Or maybe a vacation. But what happens when no one shows up to the party? Or you get a flat tire halfway to your beach house? Expectations can be broken, shattered, but that doesn't always mean that life is over. Sometimes a shattered event can be put together in an even better way. Today we have tales of broken expectations, tales within tales, and even more from great tellers. On today's episode, enjoy the following: “The Shoemaker and the Groundhogs” by Megan Hicks from No Tricks. Just Magic (4:12) Radio Family Journal: "Moving Elephants" by Sam Payne (17: 53) The Daily Mix: "American Graffiti" with Rod Gustafson (23:44) “The Snail with the Silver Shell” by Len Cabral from Buzz Buzz Once There Was (32:19) “Li Chi Slays the Serpent” by Beth Horner from An Evening at Cedar Creek (50:20)

    New Years With The Apple Seed 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. It's time for the new year and The Apple Seed couldn't be more excited to celebrate with you! With musical adventures about little angels, just-so stories about the joys of giving and the woes of greed, and races to place the members of the Chinese zodiac, we are excited to bring you this festive collection of stories for the New Year! On today's episode, enjoy the following: “The Most Precious Thing in the World” by Karen Golden from Pass It On: A Journey Through the Jewish Holidays in Story and Song (2:19) “Ishiusu” by Michael Katz from Far Away and Close to Home: Magical and Mystical Tales From Around the World (17:24) “Stone Soup” by Heather Forest from Sing Me a Story (32:22) “The Tale of the Twelve Animals” by Motoko from Tales of Now & Zen (39:09)

    Fairies and Tales

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. Some of the world's best stories involve what can only live in our imagination. Why is it that we love exploring fake worlds with characters that we know aren't real? Well, for one thing, it allows us a brief escape from daily life. All of us need that every once in a while. We also love exploring new ideas, creatures, and places. But perhaps the most important reason fantasy appeals to us is because it gives an unbiased view of the human experience. Without the rules of the real world we can see what it means and how it feels to be human, regardless of where the experience takes place. Today's episode features a collection of tales all about the fantastic. From dragons, to fairies, to a magical horse and talking animals, we have an hour you're sure to love. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "Dragonory" by Jess Smith from Dragonory (2:30) "The Whispering Bridge of Fukushima" by Kevin Cordi from Wisdom Keepers: Unlocking the Puzzle, Wise Tales and Wise People (15:43) "Kevin and the Lady" by Rosie Cutrer from The Blackthorn Walking Stick and Other Tales (23:10) "The Puka and the Pennywhistle" by Brian "Fox" Ellis from Under an Irish Oak (34:04) "The Sleeping Porch" by Jane Stenson from From the Connecticut Woods (42:18)

    A Child's Christmas

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. Today, we're thinking about Christmas! The most wonderful time of the year, which can sometimes, unfortunately, bring disappointment, setbacks, and family squabbles. Even when you don't get the presents that you wanted, it's still a magical time, full of magic and wonder, caroling, storytelling by the fire, sweet treats, confections of all kinds, coveted gifts. What was Christmas like for you as a child? We hope the stories that we bring you today will spark memories of that time for you to bring to the people that you love. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "One Christmas" by Jane Stenson from From the Connecticut Woods (2:52) "Marzipan" by Finn Billie from Marzipan - Stories with Music (17:47) "Christmas Every Day" by the Acting Company (40:01) "Nothing But A Child" by Sam Payne (52:05)

    Glass Christmas

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 56:49

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. This Christmas season is a wonderful time that we get to spend with friends, family, and other loved ones. It's a great time to laugh and spend time together. One of the best things we can do during this holiday season is serve those around us. Whether we serve strangers, family members, or friends, everyone can benefit from a little extra love. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "Doin' the Dishes" by Catharine Conant from Timp 2017 (1:23) "The Children's Christmas Play" by Donald Davis from Christmas at Grandma's (13:25) "A Glass Christmas" by Andy Offutt Irwin from A Not So Silent Night (31:47)

    Christmas with The Apple Seed

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 56:49

    Join us for a special selection of stories just right for celebrating a special holiday. Enjoy Christmas stories from Jay O'Callahan, Odds Bodkin, and more.

    The Apple Seed - Dec 15 / Dec 18

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 56:50

    Join The Apple Seed just about every day for two hours filled with stories for you and your family. You'll enjoy tall tales, fairy tales, folk tales, personal tales, historical tales, and more! Hosted by storyteller Sam Payne.

    The Apple Seed - Dec 14 / Dec 17

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 56:49

    Join The Apple Seed just about every day for two hours filled with stories for you and your family. You'll enjoy tall tales, fairy tales, folk tales, personal tales, historical tales, and more! Hosted by storyteller Sam Payne.

    Tex Buys a Dream

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. Happiness is often a matter of perspective. If we view things as being terrible, it becomes very likely for the outcome to be just that. Terrible. On the other end of the spectrum, if we look for the silver lining, we can often make the best of a situation and come out happy. This doesn't mean that we should always set our expectations so high that we're bound to be disappointed, it just means maybe we should have a little faith next time things are going south that they can get better, or that we should try to look for a little good in the situation. So, in today's episode, we have stories about finding gold, sometimes figuratively, sometimes literally. These characters are surrounded by good and bad and each has a unique way of seeing the situation. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "Tex Buys a Dream" by Laura K. Deal from The Diffendaffer Taffy Café (4:26) "Looking for His Luck" by Dolores Hydock from Once in A Blue Moon (18:15) "Don't Look Up" by Milbre Burch from Because I Said So: Stories About Mothers and Kids (33:54) "A Farmer's Horse Ran Off" by Heather Forest from The Eye of the Beholder (49:54)

    Gerald the Giant

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers.

    The Clown of God

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers.

    EXTRA: "Elk and Wren" by Margaret Read MacDonald

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 6:33

    Has anyone ever tried to rain on your parade? In this story, a little wren meets a very grumpy elk. Will his bad attitude get her down? Find out in "Elk and Wren", here on The Apple Seed.

    Strawberries in Winter

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. In this life, we all have talents and gifts of different sorts. Some of us are good at singing or dancing, while others of us are very kind. Whatever our talents, we all have something to share in this world. This works out great, because no one's good at everything. When we find ourselves in a situation where our talents can't help us, we can always reach out and ask others for help. In today's stories, we'll see how useful it is to get help when we need it, and give help to others when it's our turn. On today's episode, enjoy the following: “Strawberries in Winter” by Dan Keding from Strawberries in Winter (1:27) Radio Family Journal: "Church Jobs" by Sam Payne (12:58) The Daily Mix: "The Fountains of Silence" with Rachel Wadham (19:31) “Sharing the Gold” by Dolores Hydock from Perfect Match (27:26) “Tebo and His Pet Fish” by Christopher Leebrick from Good Stories from All Over (43:36) “The Swan Tenor” by Bob Reiser from Foibles and Fiddlesticks: Fables for Grownups (48:03)

    EXTRA: "Rabbit and Turtle Have A Race" by Joseph Stands With Many

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 6:58

    When the slowest animal races the fastest, the result might be unexpected. When have things turned out differently than what you anticipated?

    Snow White and Rose Red

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. What do bears, ghosts, and eleven year-olds have in common? We have stories about all of them on today's episode of The Apple Seed! "Snow White and Rose Red" by Susan Strauss from Dreams of Animals: Myths and Personal Stories of Animals (2:21) Radio Family Journal: "Bucket of Fish" by Sam Payne (17:13) Daily Mix: "The Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd" with Richie Steadman (22:50) "Ghost Dog" by Brian "Fox" Ellis from Under An Irish Oak (31:29) "Eleven Years Old and Willing to Help" by Kate Dudding from Young People Who Made a Difference (45:47) "What Laura Couldn't Say" by Jay O'Callahan from Dancing With Fire (51:07)

    EXTRA: "First Haircut" by Norah Dooley

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 5:28

    Norah Dooley tells a story about her childhood relationship with her older brother. What memories do you have with your siblings?

    The Bundle of Sticks

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. Stories have an amazing power: to bring people together. Sometimes they help us understand other people and their perspective. Sometimes they allow us to share experiences and build relationships. Stories are powerful tools when places in the correct hands and used wisely, and you're in good hands today. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "The Bundle of Sticks" by The Storycrafters from Straw Into Gold (2:33) Radio Family Journal: "Samwise Gamgee" by Sam Payne (13:24) The Daily Mix: "When You Reach Me" with Paul Ricks (18:25) "Short Snippets of Tall Tales" by Joel ben Izzy from How I Learned to Love Liver (26:34) "The Old Horse and the Bell of Justice" by Norah Dooley (34:47) "Animals Make a Waterhole" by Eshu Bumpus from Dancing Granny and Other Tales to Boogie to (39:34) "Ka-ulu the Strong" by Willy Claflin from The Uglified Ducky (47:28)

    EXTRA: "Rumpelstiltskin Rap" by The Storycrafters

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 10:42

    We've all heard the story of Rumpelstiltskin, though maybe not quite as rhythmically as the Storycrafters tell it here.

    Karma

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. There exist the expressions, ‘What goes around comes around' and ‘You reap what you sow'. And if we had to put it more succinctly, we could call it simply, “Karma”, this idea that one's actions – whether good or bad – influence the future that individual. It's a pretty common theme in storytelling. And today's episode is full of karmic stories that we know you'll enjoy. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "The Lion and the Mouse" by Sheila Starks-Phillips Tater and His Musical Adventure and Other Fun Tales (1:37) "The Little Red Hen" by Diana Ferlatte from Knick-Knack Paddy Whack (12:16) The Daily Mix: "Coco" with Jeff Simpson (19:25) "The Swineherd" by Randel McGee from Hans Christian Andersen- The Man and his Tales (26:34) "North Wind and Sun" by Pam Faro from Why Didn't I Think of That?: Seeking Solutions- Some Sassy, Some Silly, Some Smart (42:50) Radio Family Journey: "Risk Assessment" by Sam Payne (50:47)

    EXTRA: "The New Pioneers" by Mustard's Retreat

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 5:52

    The musical group Mustard's Retreat brings us a little song about forging ahead and blazing new trails.

    Journey of A Thousand Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. From The Odyssey to Finding Nemo, many of the stories we most love are about journeys. Journeys that take us to new places, either physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Journeys are great for finding new friends and new enemies. They take us all around the world, yet somehow we always end up back home again. Today's episode is a wild adventure, full of everything from biblical stories humorously brought into the present to language barriers providing comical mix-ups. There'll be races, songs, and stories from far far away. Embark with us on a storytelling journey today on The Apple Seed. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "Moses of the Mountains" by Adam Booth from The Mingo Black (1:36) Radio Family Journal: "Long Drives" by Sam Payne (12:44) "Paca and Beetle" by Heather Forest from World Tales of Wisdom and Wonder (19:09) The Daily Mix: "Bearskinner" with Paul Ricks (26:22) "Generous People: Birth of the Southern Order of Storytellers" by Betty Ann Wylie from Pass It On: A Storyteller's Journey (34:30) "A Story of Signs" by Ruth Halpern from She Set Out to Seek Her Fortune (42:02) "A Walk Around the Block" by Bill Harley from The Best Candy in the Whole World (50:50)

    EXTRA: "The Prince and the Soccer Ball" by Donna Washington

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 10:18

    Donna Washington tells a homespun story about royalty and sports. What stories have you come up with at your kitchen table?

    The Hat-Shaking Dance

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. There are times when we we hear stories that sound an awful lot like our own lives, stories that we can connect to, and find ourselves in. At other times, the stories we hear are so crazy that we might think that we can't find ourselves in them at all! Today's stories fall into the latter category. Even though these stories may seem impossible or out-of-this-world, there's a little something for all of us in each of them. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "Anansi and the Hat-Shaking Dance" by Donna Washington from Troubling Trouble (2:16) "The Last Zapotec King" by Carolina Quiroga-Stultz from Cuentos Myths and Legends (12:44) : "The Lion and the Man" by Laura Simms from Making Peace: Heart Uprising (26:09) "The Farm Girl and the New Dress" by Jenni Cargill-Strong from Reaching for the Moon II (33:17) "Mule Humans" by Tim Lowry from Out 'n No Book (36:17) "The Interview" by Geraldine Buckley from Destination? Slammer! (47:39)

    EXTRA: "Starfish" by Charlotte Blake-Alston

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 6:50

    A little girl who lives near the sea discovers a sea star. What's your favorite sea creature?

    Loving Someone You Never Met

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. There is so much in life to be grateful for! Much of what we have today came from sacrifices of those before us, and it can be exciting to learn about their stories. When we learn of our ancestors, or just those from history, we can grow to love who they were. We learn to love people that we have never met. Today's episode features stories of family heritage and gratitude. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "Thank You Ma'am" by Diane Ferlatte from Yes Ma'am (3:07) The Radio Family Journal: "Smoking Money" by Sam Payne (16:53) Daily Mix: "Three Times A Lady" with Don Shelline (22:53) "Cholent" by Laura Pershin Raynor from All Dressed Up (31:11) "M'Dear: Loving Someone You Never Met" by Betty Ann Wylie from Pass It On: A Storyteller' Journey (41:47) "Electra" by Jay O'Callahan from Pill Hill Quartet (48:28)

    Thanksgiving with The Apple Seed 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you are having a wonderful day, surrounded by loved ones and great food. Wherever you are in the world and whoever you're with, we're so glad to bring you some great stories to bring you a little extra happiness on this great holiday. In today's episode, you'll hear stories about food, family, and being together from great storytellers. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "George Washington's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation" read by Ron Frederickson (1:08) "Anansi and the Rain Cloud" by Big Joe Pagliuca from 6 Silly Stories (6:14) "Sunday Dinner" by Donald Davis from See Rock City (17:11) Daily Mix: "Grandma's Chicken Soup" with Jeff Simpson (21:17) "Thankful for Reading" by S. Payne (28:47) "Abundant Blessings" by Dolores Hydock from Holidazed! (36:48)

    Extra: "A Conversation with Willy Claflin"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 7:34

    A conversation about keeping stories alive with his father. What are some of your favorite stories?

    The Bear Child

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. One of the magical things about stories is that no matter who they're about, be it noble kings from hundreds of years ago, children from far away lands, animals, or even the people in your own hometown, we can always find something to relate to. Stories are great bridge-builders between people and creatures of all kinds from all times. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "King Evan's Law" by Dolores Hydock from Silence: A Medieval Adventure in Story and Song (4:12) "The George Washington Method for Blues Ukulele" by Willy Claflin from The George Washington Method for Blues Ukulele (16:23) "The Bear Child" by Dovie Thomason from Voices of the Animal People (31:54)

    EXTRA: "Sweet New England" by Bill Harley

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 5:55

    Bill Harley sings a song about his lovely homeland. Do you have a place you love to come back to?

    Learning From the Land

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. “The mountains are calling, and I must go,” said John Muir, naturalist and father of the National Park system. Have you ever felt drawn to nature? If you could spend an hour outside today, what might you think about? Today's stories take us into the great outdoors and show us what we can learn from the land. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "Frog, Dodge City" by Jay O'Callahan from Earth Stories (2:00) "The King Has Goat Ears" by Glenda Bonin from Tails You Might Have Herd Before…or Knot (16:11) "The Creation" by Joseph Bruchac from Iroquois Stories (25:26) "Jimmy and the Seed" by Susan Reed from Lion in the Sky (29:02) "Ateteos, Spirits of the Waters" by Valentina Ortiz from Earth Stories (34:32) "Old Rabbit Saves the People" by Norah Dooley from Rabbitales (49:36)

    Mama Learns To Drive

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. Do you remember learning how to ride a bike? It was probably hard at first, but then the more you did it, the easier it got, right? For many people learning new things can be challenging, but once we've practiced and done it many times, we forget how difficult it was at first. Remembering those first early struggles doing new things can help us remember to be patient with others while they learn to do new things. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "Zen and the Art of Storytelling" by Syd Lieberman from Streets and Alleys (1:36) "Mama Learns to Drive" by Donald Davis from Mama Learns to Drive (14:40) "Simply Guido" by Norah Dooley from Italian Folktales: Stories Nobody Told Me (36:15) "The Ant and the Dove" by Diane Ferlatte from Aesop: Alive and Well (43:21) "The Little Boy Who Hated Pizza" by Mark Binder from Classic Stories for Children (50:28)

    Finding Your Place

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. Have you ever felt like you didn't belong? Maybe you showed up somewhere underdressed. Maybe you moved to a new school where you didn't know anybody. Perhaps, more seriously, you were the victim of bullying. There are a lot of reasons we can feel out of place, misunderstood, or unwanted. It's never very fun to feel that way. So what can we do when we do feel that way? We've got stories today that share a few ideas, and suggest that maybe being different isn't such a bad thing after all. These stories are all about being different, trying to fit in, and figuring out that being true to oneself lets you find your place regardless of where you are. On today's episode, enjoy the following: "The Cost of Racism" by Motoko from Tales of Now & Zen (2:54) "Anniko" by Charlotte Blake-Alston (16:11) "Romeo and Juliet Gone Wrong" by Kerry Soper (24:46) "Dancing With the Stars" by Lani Peterson (38:48) The Radio Family Journal: "Heisman" by Sam Payne (50:36)

    EXTRA: "The Village of No Cats" by Priscilla Howe

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 5:41

    In this Bulgarian folk tale from Priscilla Howe comes the tale of a village with quite the problem.

    Miriam and the Saxophone

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 56:50

    Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. When we try new things, a lot of the time we struggle. Everyone knows what it feels like to be a newbie at something, and even though that feeling is natural, it can often be really embarrassing as well. Sometimes, that feeling of embarrassment makes us want to give up and never try again, but it can be comforting to remember that even the experts of the world had to start from scratch. Once upon a time, the world's greatest chef didn't know a cucumber from a banana, and the world champion chess player didn't know the difference between a rook and a queen. Isn't it comforting to know that when we start at the bottom, the only direction we can go is up? On today's episode, enjoy the following: "Pied Pipers at the Playground Part I" by Dolores Hydock from It Could Happen! Stories of Hope and Possibility (1:45) "Miriam and the Saxophone" by Karen Golden from Tales & Scales: Stories of Jewish Wisdom (18:09) "Pied Pipers at the Playground Part II" by Dolores Hydock from It Could Happen! Stories of Hope and Possibility (33:45) Radio Family Journal: "Making Plans" by Sam Payne (46:28) "Tarry Here" by Andy Offutt Irwin (52:35)

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