Welcome to the first episode of the 1001 Nights Podcast
The 1001 Nights Podcast brings you the ancient mythologies of the Arabian Nights adapted into completely original works of fiction by modern authors. This is the first episode.
These stories have been told and retold for hundreds of years and trace their roots back to ancient medieval Arabian, Persian, Indian, Egyptian, and Mesopotamian folklore. While some westernized stories such as Aladdin and the Tales of Sinbad are widely known, many other wondrous myths have yet to find life in our culture. Following in the tradition of masters of fiction such as George Louis Borges, we seek to adapt and enliven these stories for a modern audience.
The stories of the 1001 Nights are often nested within larger stories, like Russian Dolls. With many different contributing authors who in turn have varying styles and will choose widely different settings and degrees of adaptation, we will bring you an ongoing collaborative fiction of immense scope and variability.
These stories are famously told by Scheherazade to enrapture the Sultan in a heroic effort to forestall her execution and save her people. In this episode we will tell you how the Sultan was driven mad with jealousy and introduce you to Scheherazade’s plight. We will then begin the story of the Trader and the Djinn, and within that tale, hear the first half of the story of the First Old Man and the Gazelle.
Scheherazade is voiced by Arielle Siegel and music is provided by Pharaoh’s Daughter, Hayvanlar Alemi and Damscray. The stories on this episode were written by Nathan Kane. If you would like to read the original story, check it out here.