Folk Brothers Podcast



Jack and Sam research and report on Folklore every Tuesday. With topics from Folk Beasts, to Folk Heroes, to Folk Games as well, these two brothers explain it all.


  • the Folklore of the Salem Witch Trials

    13/11/2018 Duración: 25min

    The first snow fall of the year has brought with it the chilling winds and dark nights. Do you hear that sound? It seemed to be an extra spiritual chanting from the house next door. In Salem Mass. that was enough to get your neighbor put on trial as a witch, but what really happened at the Salem Witch Trials? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Salem Witch Trials.

  • the Folklore of Cicada 3301

    06/11/2018 Duración: 42min

    When the internet comes a-calling with a challenge, it takes the world's greatest cyber hackers to sum out the clues and join the infamous organization Cicada 3301. But who is this shadowy organization that has turned to hackers and sleuths to join their ranks? What ends do they hope to achieve by their online puzzles and games? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Cicada 3301.

  • the Folklore of the Headless Horseman

    30/10/2018 Duración: 21min

    Jack and Sam are back at it again with a discussion of the headless horseman. While Ichabod Crane's name stands from and center in the legends regarding headless horsemen, it is by no means the first story of a horseman who has lost their head. Join Jack and Sam as they share the folklore of the Headless Horseman.

  • the Folklore of Vampires

    22/10/2018 Duración: 28min

    The boys are back in town, and this time they're dishing up all of the folklore that surrounds your favorite blood suckers. Vampires existed long before Bram Stoker introduced Dracula, but did you know that people believed their relatives were becoming vampires as late as the mid 19th century? Are you curious what there is to say about vampires that you don't already know? Put a stake in that curiosity as Sam and Jack take you on the vampiric ride of your life.

  • the Folklore of Struwwelpeter

    14/11/2017 Duración: 28min

    Yes, children's books can be pretty silly. Who would give a pig a pancake, or a moose a muffin? Only a Monster would do such a thing. But what about a tailor who cuts off your thumbs if you put them in your mouth? Or what about a story of a boy who starves to death because he doesn't want his soup anymore? This is the content of children's books in the 1800's and it only gets crazier. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Struwwelpeter.

  • the Folklore of Ghost Trains

    07/11/2017 Duración: 30min

    Choo Choo! It's coming down the tracks and it's going to scare you to death. This week's topic is Ghost Trains, and boy are there many different types of these things. Whether it's Nazis, Canada, or Abraham Lincoln, there's a Ghost Train for everyone. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Ghost Trains.

  • the Folklore of Trick or Treating

    23/10/2017 Duración: 33min

    Whether you're prompting someone to smell your feet, or declaring that you should receive something good to eat, it is never a good idea to pull down someone's underwear. Whether you care or not! That's right, this is an episode about trick-or-treating and we're covering all the bases to tell you where it comes from, the spooky history of the activity, and why we do it on October 31st. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Trick or Treating.

  • the Folklore of Mummies and King Tut’s Tomb

    10/10/2017 Duración: 36min

    Groaning deep within the great pyramids of egypt rest the silent watchers of the Pharaohs. Wrapped in their bandages, prepared to assist in the journey to the afterlife, mummies have stood the test of time. But, are all mummies created equally? And what is it about mummies that makes them such accursed objects to have in your possession? Did King Tut's tomb really curse all who entered it? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Mummies and King Tut's Tomb.

  • Haunted Indiana

    03/10/2017 Duración: 29min

    It's back by popular demand, we're talking about haunted places in the United States. This time around, we talk about some famous haunted places in the state of Indiana. We're talking the likes of Central State Hospital, the Lady in Grey of Williard Library, the Blue Lady, and Fox Hollow Farm. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of some haunted places in Indiana.

  • the Folklore of Forrest Fenn’s Treasure

    26/09/2017 Duración: 38min

    It is often the prize of brave explorers, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the secret of el dorado. We're talking about treasure! This real-life treasure hunt has been going on now for over seven years and has cost a few brave souls their life. Does the treasure exist? Where is it? What will it take for you to be able to claim the treasure as your own? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Forrest Fenn's Treasure.

  • the Folklore of Portland’s Shanghai Tunnels

    19/09/2017 Duración: 31min

    Weaving underneath the streets of Portland, hidden below the ground with many trap doors, is a network of tunnels that may or may not have lead thousands of men into forced servitude. The Shanghai Tunnels are believed to have a long and storied history underneath the streets of Portland, Oregon, but what is true and what is myth? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Portland's Shanghai Tunnels.

  • the folklore of the Hairy Hand

    12/09/2017 Duración: 24min

    Everyone knows someone who has those giant hairy knuckles, the kind of nightmares. But what if there was a real disembodied hand that grabbed you in your sleep, and it had those same hairy knuckles that only the devil could possibly have. This is the legend of La Mano Peluda, or the Hairy Hand. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of la Mano Peluda, the Hairy Hand.

  • The Folklore of the Man in the Moon

    29/08/2017 Duración: 44min

    Nomatter where you live, you are likely to be able to see the moon above your head at night. Have you ever seen a face on the moon? If so, you are one of the nearly 100% of people who have seen the face of the man in the moon. Who is he? What about the rabbit in the moon? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the man in the moon.

  • the Folklore of Br’er Rabbit

    13/08/2017 Duración: 28min

    One of America's first favorite folk characters, Br'er Rabbit and the rest of the Br'er gang have been around longer than television and radio. The stories of Br'er rabbit have insinuated their way into iconic American history. If you'e been on Splash Mountain, you've experienced the Br'er rabbit. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of Br'er Rabbit.

  • A Bunyip Story

    11/07/2017 Duración: 15min

    In this week's episode of the Folk Brother Podcast, join Sam as he reads from the Brown Fairy Book a story entitled, the Bunyip. Also, make sure you know what a bunyip is before you listen by checking out their episode on bunyips.

  • the Folklore of La Llorona

    27/06/2017 Duración: 34min

    She wanders the shores of rivers across north America looking for children to bring into the waters for their final swim. She is known for her white dress and her wailing, but did you know of her Mexican origins? La Llorona has been around for hundreds of years, and she may be just down the road from you haunting your local streams, rivers, gorges, and cliffs. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of La Llorona.

  • the Folklore of the Sandman

    20/06/2017 Duración: 24min

    Whether you believe in him as the gentle old man who comes to send small children to sleep with pleasant dreams, or you believe he is a monster lurking under your bed just waiting to fill your sleep with nightmares, the sandman has been around for a long time. Armed with his magic sand, and in some cases his sweet milk, the sandman has been a staple of western culture for many hundreds of years. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Sandman.

  • the Folklore of the Devil’s Pass

    13/06/2017 Duración: 39min

    Nothing stinks like getting lost. But what would you say to getting lost with eight of your friends in the Ural mountains of Russia? You cannot escape the mountain of death, and neither could this friends as they went through the Devil's Pass. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Devil's Pass

  • the Folklore of the Oak Island Money Pit

    06/06/2017 Duración: 54min

    Who is to say that the value of buried treasure isn't greater than the sum of the pieces of the treasure? For over two centuries people have been searching for buried treasure on Oak Island, yet the money pit has never revealed what lies at it's deepest point. Could it be treasure, or perhaps secret documents? Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Oak Island Money Pit.

  • the Folklore of the Rougarou

    23/05/2017 Duración: 35min

    There are many strange things that live in the woods, but the weirdest creatures live in the bayou. The Rougarou lurks in the murky shadows of the Louisiana bayou just north of New Orleans, and at the shed of blood a new Rougarou is made. Join Jack and Sam as they explore the folklore of the Rougarou.

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