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Summary: Tabled Fables is a monthly podcast that dissects fairy tales to find out what they mean, how they've evolved and what makes them stick. Tabled Fables is produced by Amy Kraft & Sophie Bushwick.

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 Tabled Fables 8 Sleeping Beauty | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:41

In this episode, we discuss how Sleeping Beauty relates to ancient texts. We delve into a number of versions including ones where Sleeping Beauty is impregnated while she is sleeping and we talk about the moral of the story or lack thereof. Special thanks to Graham Anderson for helping us with the analysis.

 Tabled Fables 7 Jack and the Beanstalk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:35

In this episode we discuss how Jack's conquest of the giant relates to 19th century English colonialism with the help of scholar Brian Szumsky. We also discuss key features in the tale and question whether the giant is an alter ego of Jack or if we should take pity on the giant.

 Tabled Fables 6 The Armless Maiden | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:19:56

In this episode we talk about a lesser known tale, The Armless Maiden. How does she get her arms chopped off you ask? Maybe her dad does it to save himself from the devil or maybe it's punishment after she's accused of breaking a milk jug. Admittedly the punishment doesn't fit the crime. And don't worry, the maiden gets her arms back in the end. To find out how, have a listen to the show.

 Fabled Extras: An Interview with Angela Slatter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:47

Award-winning writer Angela Slatter has a retelling of The Armless Maiden in her 2010 collection, The Girl with No Hands & Other Tales. In her version, readers get a deeper glimpse into the mind of the devil who torments the girl in some unique ways. TF chatted with Slatter via Skype to find out what motivates her to retell fairy tales and how she readapts them for modern readers.

 Tabled Fables 5 Beauty and the Beast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:22

In this episode we explore beast bridegroom tales and other stories where pigs marry peasants and men fall for snakes. It's a mad fairy tale world indeed!

 News Table: January 2013 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:03:13

A round-up of news from the fairy tale world.

 Tabled Fables 4 Catskin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:18

Catskin is part two of our series on tales of the persecuted heroine.

 The story of Cinderella | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:02:49

Here is a retelling of the story of Cinderella by a random group of New Yorkers. Would you like to tell us your version of a fairy tale? Get in touch with Tabled Fables by email at

 TabledFables Podcast 3 Cinderella | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:08

This podcast talks about the many versions of Cinderella told around the world and the different kinds of footwear she wore to the ball. My personal favorite: galoshes.

 TabledFables Podcast 2 Hansel and Gretel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:40

This episode discusses the sweet and gory and seriously disturbing story of Hansel and Gretel. Special thanks to Professor Maria Tatar for analyzing the story, and composer Alex Brusentsev for crafting our theme song.

 TabledFables Podcast 1 Red Riding Hood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:55

Tabled Fables is a podcast about fairy tales. The first episode discusses Little Red Riding Hood.


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