In Night Seven of the 1001 Nights Podcast, we pick up where we left off in the story of “The King Yunan and the Sage Duban,” which is being told by the accidentally heroic fisherman, Calvin, to Joe, a mobster who is holding Calvin at gunpoint. In this story, the Sage Duban manages to cure a reclusive, sickly king by taking him outside the palace walls. We had begun the story of “The Husband and the Parrot,” which is told by this king to his own minister, who is jealous of the sage. In this story, a jealous venture capitalist acquires a PARROT (Personality Adjusting Robot, Remarkably Observant Type) to spy on his beautiful wife while he’s away on business. After the king makes his case about jealousy and the importance of trusting your advisors, the minister tries to further influence the king against trusting the Sage Duban by recounting the story of “The Prince and the Ogre.” In this story, a newly hired sherpa takes a spoiled prince on a snowy adventure.
“The Prince and the Ogre” is retold by Colby Day, a playwright and filmmaker in Brooklyn. “The Husband and the Parrot” is retold by Sheila Grau, the author of the new book Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions. “The King Yunan and the Sage Duban” is retold by Andrew Gretes, the author of How to Dispose of Dead Elephants. You can learn more about all contributors on the Contributor’s Page of our website.
If you’re interested in reading the original Story of the Fisherman, you can do so here.
The 1001 Nights Podcast is created and produced by Nathan Kane and Morgan Dubin. Scheherazade is voiced by Arielle Siegel and music is generously provided by Pharaoh’s Daughter, Hayvanlar Alemi, Eric Hopton and Damscray.