Why we're here and what we care about.
Empathy is an important quality for a person to have - it is the ability for us to observe another person's plight or struggle, and understand the feelings associated with it. The more empathic we can be, the more we can appreciate others and see things from their perspective - this sort of things makes us better "people persons."
Across the pantheons, all of them, we see undeniable similarities in spirit, struggles, and fears - in joys and aspirations as well. No matter where you come from, there's a story in your cultural history that speaks to a fear of the forest, or the jungle, or the baren tundra, for example. There are stories that talk of beasts and mosters, of strange magical creatures, of magic men and women, of heroes and towns that need saving; all of it exists across all of it. This should say something about us, we humans, and it should say it very clearly: we fear, love, desire, and labor for the same things - we are incredibly similar to one another.
It's not obvious that this is the case though, is it? We're very individualized nowadays, aren't we? It's very easy to think, for example, that your Chinese neighbor may simply not understand the motivation or reasoning behind his Puruvian neighbor's approach to parenting, or politics, or faith and belief. "They're just too culturally different!" you might say. And when you say things like this, or think things like this, it becomes very easy to otherize someone.
"They aren't like me. They're different. They're different because they're a different culture than me, or a different race, or a different religion from mine."
This is harmless at first, but the more widespread it becomes the more firm a foothold can be gained by ignorance in all of its forms.
We share these stories with the belief that if you can be informed and entertained by a myth or folktale from another culture, you can come to appreciate differences as merely differences in language or delivery, and stop thinking of them as barriers to compatibility. Likewise, if you can see some of your own fears and desires reflected in the stories of a culture which is not your own, you will have more difficult time thinking of those cultures as very different from your own.
It's not a grand way to make the world a better place, but it's our way, and it's why we're here.
Our Production Team
Retold Myths and Tales is written, produced, and hosted by Tanner Campbell of The Guthtaigh Studio in Denver, Colorado. It is sound designed and scored by Quinn Greenhaus of Q-Sonics in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Tanner has been creating podcasts since 2010, and has owned recording studios in Florida, Colorado, and Maine; by trade, he is an Audio Engineer and Media Consultant. In 2012 he took an avid interest in mythology and folklore and began researching, translating, and re-telling obscure and near-forgotten stories from books more than a hundred years out of print; his oldest: a 1500s printing of Straparola's Facetious Nights in Italian. Tanner's primary motivations for creating this podcast were literary preservation and public education.
Quinn is a Musician, Sound Designer, and working Audio Engineer & Producer who has been working in the podcast industry since 2017 and the broader audio industry for nearly her entire life in once capacity or another. Quinn joined the Retold team at the outset and plays an integral role in creating the immersive nature of our stories - without Quinn, you'd have narration and that's it. Quinn's primary motivations for getting involved with the Retold project are cultural curiosity and the opportunity to sharpen her skills as a Sound Designer (there aren't a lot of opportunities out there to sound design a scene from 930AD!).