Welcome to the 1001 Nights Podcast. In this introductory episode we explore how and why we choose to have modern authors rework the stories of the Arabian Nights into original pieces of literary fiction.
So what are the 1001 Nights?
The 1001 Nights are a set of stories famously told by Scheherazade to enrapture the Sultan in a heroic effort to forestall her execution and save her people. These folk tales date back hundreds of years and come from Persia, Mesopotamia, Arabia and Egypt.
How are these stories adapted on the podcast?
These winding, nesting and mysterious stories are presented to you as original adaptations, never before heard or read. Our authors take these tales and make them their own, while preserving basic structural and thematic elements. We reach out to authors who we think would be particularly well-suited for the project and take submissions online.
What can a listener expect from an episode of The 1001 Nights Podcast?
Each week we will bring you completely original stories as written by our featured author within the world of Scheherazade and the Sultan. And each episode we will leave off at a key moment in the story, as Scheherazade does, so that each individual story spans at least two episodes.
Why do these stories matter?
Scheherazade, the female protagonist in the stories and podcast, is in some ways the original feminist. Using only words, she saves all the remaining virgins in the kingdom from being murdered, and also teaches the woman-hating Sultan, and with him the reader, that any one of us is capable of tremendous good as well as evil. It’s really a wonderful tribute to the power of language and narrative to fight wars against injustice. And because Scheherazade’s tale is part of the story, we can also see the 1001 Nights as a centuries old plea for social justice echoing into our modern world. Whoever wrote her tale needed a heroine who could change the world around them for the better even when faced with an infinitely more powerful force and armed only with words. Undoubtedly, that’s still something worth believing in today.
Who’s involved in the podcast?
Morgan Dubin and Nathan Kane produce the podcast and discuss the project in this episode. Arielle Siegel plays Scheherazade.
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