Dorktales Storytime Podcast

Dorktales Storytime Podcast

Think Fractured Fairy Tales meets Big Bang Theory and the History Detectives! The Dorktales Storytime Podcast hosted by Jonathan Cormur is a family-fun, storytime series featuring geeky retellings of fairy tale classics and true tales about the hidden heroes of history.

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May 12, 2021 15 min

A head-twirling tale of fairies, firebirds and en pointe feats! Maria Tallchief is a trailblazing dancer who leapt into fame to become America’s first Prima Ballerina. Her technical precision and unique style of dance—full of energy, speed and passion—put American ballet on the map. Early in her career, she was told to change her last name, but Ms. Tallchief refused to hide her Native American heritage and Osage roots. Her successf...

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The strong and stubborn King of the Jungle gets in an entangled predicament when he pauses while on his favorite Savana prowl. Will his snarling, thrashing and roaring release him from his hopeless bind? Or will it take a mighty nibble from one tiny, sweet creature to free the feisty feline? Acts of kindness, empathy, and a clever idea are the answer to the lion’s plight!

PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This episode teaches les...

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April 14, 2021 13 min

The Dorktales Broadcasting System presents a Tinseltown tale of scientific experiments and world-changing inventions! Who knew that Hollywood’s famous film star in the 1930’s was one of the most brilliant minds of her time? Adored by the public as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Hedy Lamarr’s real talent was technological innovation and invention—from light up dog collars to aircraft wing design! But her most extraordinary...

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March 31, 2021 19 min

Winter is over and the renewal of spring is here! Jonathan hosts a vernal equinox celebration for all the characters in his stories, but Mr. Redge gasps at the guest list because only the villains have RSVPed! Should he really judge these scoundrels by their stories? Party on with Redge as he discovers that they’ve pledged to stop their dastardly deeds and change their wicked ways. Can the Witch, Rumpelstiltskin, and Big Bad Wolf a...

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A story of bat caves, field notes and righting a wrong reputation! Merlin Tuttle has spent his career studying bats and proving why they are an incredibly vital part of the ecosystem. His research, books, lectures and National Geographic style photography have led to the knowledge that bats are not spooky but spectacular! Meet the hero who showed the world that the some of the smallest creatures are making the biggest contributions...

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March 4, 2021 17 min

Three goat siblings set off on a quest to reach the hill that has the healthiest snacks when they butt heads with a very hangry troll. Are they fit for the challenge? Will it take their brains or brawn to beat the troll and get across the bridge? Clever tricks and a flying troll will leave you rolling in clover!

For parents, teachers and homeschoolers: This episode teaches that having a healthy body is important but true strength co...

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February 18, 2021 12 min

An Olympian tale with a golden outcome! Told as a child she’d never walk again to becoming the first American woman to win three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics—Wilma Rudolph was a champion on and off the track. She used her popularity as the “fastest woman in the world” to become a world-record-breaking voice for civil justice and women’s rights.?

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February 4, 2021 18 min

Uh oh! Our heavenly celestial superintendent (AKA the sun) has challenged the wind in a friendly wager to prove who’s best. Can two powerful forces of nature have a peaceful match or will their breezy competition cause an epic flare up? Button up, it’s going to be a blustery ride!

For parents, teachers and homeschoolers: This episode is a lesson in PUNS and teaches that power and strength can come from being kind and gentle.?

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A story of perseverance and the power of plants! Despite the barriers thrust upon him, George Washington Carver overcame society’s challenges to ultimately become one of the nation’s leading botanists and agricultural inventors. Did you know he discovered over 300 uses for the peanut? Carver used his celebrity to speak on racial harmony, hoping to leave the world a better place.

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January 7, 2021 23 min

“Nibble, nibble little mouse! Who is nibbling on my house?!” Is the cute little cottage in the woods Hansel and Gretel’s sweet new sanctuary, or are there more sinister plans awaiting them within? Only their wits and cleverness will guide them to a delicious ending.

For more information about this retelling of “Hansel and Gretel” go to: https://jonincharacter.com/strudel-and-gretel/?

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December 21, 2020 17 min

On a bright sunny day, a man and his son head into town to sell their donkey in the market. Easy-peasy, right? So how did they end up a panting, sweating mess by the time they make it to the town square? Something stinks…and it’s not just the havoc their hee-hawing arrival creates.

NEW EPISODES of the Dorktales Storytime Podcast will resume in January 2021.?

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December 10, 2020 31 min

Meet Jack. Is he daft or the dealmaker of the century when he sells his cow, Milky White, for beans? His mother thinks he’s out of his mind until those beans lead to a bonanza - bags of gold, the goose that lays the golden eggs, and the golden harp! Find out how Jack fools the ogre over and over again so his mom can have a lovely cottage with all the modern conveniences…an outhouse, outdoor patio and jacuzzi.

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November 25, 2020 12 min

A story of adventure and record-breaking feats! Tenzing Norgay, a true pioneer of mountaineering, carved out new paths for future explorers by climbing up the road less traveled. Tenzing was the Sherpa guide responsible for getting Edmund Hillary to the final ascent of Mount Everest. They became the first recorded pair to reach the highest point on earth.

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November 12, 2020 17 min

And they’re off! While the spectators shout, “Forget it! You’re not built to beat the hare,” Tortoise is determined to never give up and never surrender! Will Tortoise’s slow and steady pace ultimately win the hearts and minds of the forest creatures forever?

For more information about this episode and some of our book recommendations for “The Tortoise and the Hare” retellings go to: https://jonincharacter.com/ready-set-slow/?

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October 28, 2020 19 min

Beware of the horrifying hedgewolf! Or maybe beware the bored shepherd boy with too much time on his hands. What devilish prank does he perpetrate, not once, not twice, but three times on the terrified townspeople? And what happens to the far-fetched fibber when he finally tells the truth??

For more information about this episode and some of our book recommendations for “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” retellings go to: https://jonincharact...

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October 14, 2020 13 min

A tale of Mississippi river boats, parasol parades and breaking racial barriers! A man that built a music legacy and a legacy beyond music—Louis Armstrong transformed jazz music and became the beloved “Ambassador Satch” who performed all over the world! So much of his life was about a deep passion for music and using it to bring people together.?

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September 30, 2020 22 min

Is the fancy fabric for the emperor’s new clothes really invisible to those who are not worthy? Or is this a case of double-dealing dupery by two wily weavers? As the emperor struts his stylish self through the streets of his kingdom, it will take one forthright boy to blurt out the naked truth.

For more information about this episode and some of our book recommendations for “Emperor’s New Clothes” retellings go to: https://jonincha...

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September 16, 2020 18 min

After the quacks and croaks of laughter from his siblings and bullying bullfrog, the poor little duckling waddles off through the marshes to find someone who will accept and love him. What about the gaggle of goslings? Or the brood of chicks? “No one understands me! I’ll never fit in,” he cries until he bumps into the best version of himself.

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September 3, 2020 10 min

The true tale of a woman who reached for the stars! Mary Golda Ross was one of the first women to rise in the ranks of engineering and one of the first Native Americans in the field. Her work in the early days of spaceflight was very important and is still to this day.

Join us for future "Hidden Heroes of History" episodes of the Dorktales Storytime Podcast where you’ll discover more hidden heroes in science, technology, eng...

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August 13, 2020 22 min

“Rump, who?” asks Mr. Redge as Jonathan spins the tall tale of Daphne, the Miller’s daughter, who must spin thread into gold for a greedy king. It’s an epic yarn involving a magical lawn gnome, a clever guessing game and a Wizard of Oz ending!

This episode has been a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written by Amy Thompson and performed by Jonathan Cormur. Sound recording and production by Jermaine Hamilton at Studio Cir...

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