In the wake of insurgents overtaking the U.S. capital in pursuit of a “big lie,” this episode explores the truth that is found in stories.  The storyteller, Kathy Shimpock, will start by reading a Spanish tale entitled “Falsehood and Truth.” Next, we’ll look at those folktales that provide a context to current events.  Finally, she will tell you a more positive counterpoint to the first tale.  It’s the Yiddish folktale of “Truth and Story.” 


  • Édouard de Laboulaye , "Falsehood and Truth," in Last Fairy Tales, trans. Mary L. Booth  (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1884), 331-337.
  • LynnAnn Wojciechowicz, "Truth and Story," in The Oral Tradition Today,  by Liz Warren (Pearson Learning Solutions, 2009), 12.
  • Hans Christian Andersen, "The Emperor's New Clothes" ("Keiserens nye Klaeder"),  in  Eventyr, fortalte  for Born, trans. Maria Tatar (Copenhagen: C.A.. Reitzel, 1837).
  •  Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm,  "The Children of Hameln" ("Die Kinder zu Hameln"), Deutsche Sagen, herausgegeben von den Brüdern Grimm (Berlin: In der Nicolaischen Buchhandlung, 1816), no. 244, pp. 330-33. In following editions this legend is numbered 245. 

Cover illustration:   Image of old woman,
Music:  The Snow Queen Kevin MacLeod (  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. 
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