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Sandman Stories Presents

Sandman Stories Presents

By Dustin Steichmann

Tired but can't fall asleep? Here I do my best to find interesting stories from the public domain and read them to you until you fall asleep. The stories are mostly folktales from around the world. Best listened to during work, during commutes, when you are trying to fall asleep, or any time that you need a calm friend to read to you. Enjoy!

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EP 209: Ghana- Maku Mawu and Maku Fia (Baker)

Sandman Stories PresentsDec 07, 2023

EP 209: Ghana- Maku Mawu and Maku Fia (Baker)

EP 209: Ghana- Maku Mawu and Maku Fia (Baker)

#ghana #folklore

In this story there are two men whose names determine their fates. Source: ⁠West African folk-tales by Barker, William Henry, 1882-; Sinclair, Cecilia Narrator: Dustin Steichmann

Music: Awudome Cultural Group Performance, Volta Region, Ghana (part 2 of 2)

Sound Effects: 10 Minute Rain by Dustin Steichmann

Podcast Shoutout: The Manic Pixie Weirdo Relationships lets talk about it

Listener Shoutout: Departmento De Cortes Honduras- Cortés is one of the 18 departments of Honduras. The department covers an area of 3,954 km² and, in 2015, had an estimated population of 1,612,762, making it the most populous in Honduras

Photo Credit: "File:His Royal Majesty,Okyenhene Osagyefuo Nana Amoatia Ofori Panin,King of Akyem Abuakwa,Ghana,Africa..jpg" by Couslin is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Dec 07, 202308:36
EP 208: Georgia- The Frog's Skin (Wardrop)

EP 208: Georgia- The Frog's Skin (Wardrop)

#Georgia #folklore

In this story, three brothers shot arrows to find their wives. The youngest got a frog. Will they be able to be happy, husband and alewife?

Source: Georgian Folk Tales by Marjory Wardrop

Narrator: Dustin Steichmann

მარო თარხნიშვილი - ჩაკრულო

Podcast Shoutout: Getting Down and Wordy Humorous Etymological Research Probing English Songs - A moderately researched, moderately funny chat show about popular music and language. We are a Podmoth Network podcast.
Listener Shoutout: East Java, the rugged Indonesian province, includes the eastern part of Java plus Madura and some smaller islands. It’s known for its volcanoes, including active Mt. Bromo, part of the vast Tengger Massif that falls within Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Rising from the vast Sea of Sand plain, Bromo affords dramatic crater views and stellar viewpoints over the surrounding countryside.
Photo Source: "Green Tree Frog Litoria caerulea" by Stephen Michael Barnett is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Nov 30, 202314:27
EP 207: Bengal- The Story of the Rakshasas (Day)

EP 207: Bengal- The Story of the Rakshasas (Day)

#bengal #folklore

In this story, we learn about how Rakshasas and Rakshasis can be killed. We also learn a lot about two brothers, who are briefly separated, but then come back together when love is on the line. Enjoy!

Source: ⁠Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day⁠

Narrator: Dustin Steichmann

Music: lalon video song 2017 kustia !! supper hit video song !!

Sound Effects: Rambuttri Morning by Dustin Steichmann

Podcast Shoutout: Levar Burton Reads-

The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting and presented in 3D immersive audio. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Nnedi Okorafor, Kurt Vonnegut, Ken Liu and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...

Listener Shoutout: Republika Srpska

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Picture Credit: "Maricha makes a throat slitting gesture (Prambanan Ramayana Ballet)" by thaths is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Nov 23, 202344:56
EP 206: Ecuador- The Golden Hen; The Desire Of The Rocks (Conde)

EP 206: Ecuador- The Golden Hen; The Desire Of The Rocks (Conde)

#ecuador #folklore

In the first story, we learn about the golden hen and what happens when you try to catch it. In the second we learn about a male and a female rock and the troubles they go through and what they really want.

Source: ⁠Thirteen Ecuadorean Legends And A Ghost: Trece Leyendas Ecuatorianas Y Un Fantasma⁠ By Mario Conde Narrator: Dustin Steichmann

Music: BRUMAS (pasillo) - Camilo Torres Flores y Camilo Torres

Sound Effects: XC601736 - Peruvian Meadowlark - Leistes bellicosus bellicosus, XC690139 - Scrub Blackbird - Dives warczewiczi warczewiczi, XC275606 - Thick-billed Euphonia - Euphonia laniirostris hypoxantha from

Podcast Shoutout: Chatsunami -Chatsunami is a casual chat between friends about a variety of topics from gaming and films to anime and general interests.

Listener Shoutout: Hilo Hawaii

Photo Credit: "Golden Pheasant Longtail red & yellow at bird sanctuary Ginninderra Canberra" by 333junction is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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Nov 16, 202309:37
EP 205: Azores- The Daughter of the King of Naples (Eells)

EP 205: Azores- The Daughter of the King of Naples (Eells)

#Azores #folklore

In this story, a prince is convinced that he wants to marry the daughter of the king of Naples. Unfortunately, he has no idea if she exists. By the time he finds out if she is around, it is about time for him to lose her. Can they finally be happy?

Source:⁠ The Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales from the Azores by Eells⁠

Narrator: Dustin Steichmann

Music: Ricardo Ribeiro - Fadinho Alentejano' Creative Commons

Sound Effects: Down Chawaeng by Dustin Steichmann

Shout out: ⁠Afrotales⁠ The Afro Tales Podcast is our way to explore the versions of folklore told be those melinated people that were brought to the Americas. I have made up my mind to share every collected story on this podcast and therefore on this site. I thank you for visiting, learning and sharing with me.

Listener Shoutout: Cité Soleil With language help from Rose C the Haitian Mama on the Mamalyfe podcast

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Picture Credit: "Princess Caroline of Naples and Sicily 11" by Unknown authorUnknown author is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Nov 09, 202315:57
EP 204: Halloween- The Devil Comes For Vico (Conde)
Nov 02, 202318:21
EP 203: Halloween- The Prancing Mule; The Flying Witch (Conde)
Oct 26, 202316:53
EP 202: Halloween- La Tunda (Conde)
Oct 19, 202310:23
EP 201: Halloween- The Enchanted Priest; The Headless Priest (Conde)
Oct 12, 202314:48
EP 200: Friends of the Pod

EP 200: Friends of the Pod

Hey listeners,

This episode is a friends of the podcast episode. I asked them to tell me about storytelling, storytellers, or stories that they like. Of course my friends went in a variety of ways and gave me all sorts of creative answers. Here are their links in order of appearance:

Legendary Africa/Asian Tapestry/Once Upon a Daydream- Theshira Pather

Because Language: Daniel, Hedvig, and Ben

Tabi-Tabi Podcast: Ethan

Uncited: an English Lit Pod: Amy and Chantelle

Teacher Think Aloud Podcast: Anna and Shey

Our Show: Know Better Hip Hop: Conshus and Beet Unique

Ye Olde Crime: Lindsay

For Your Reference Pod: KT and Oti

Film Rage Podcast: Jim, Bryce, and Murray

Bewilderbeasts: Melissa McCue-McGrath

Book Nerd Diaries: Amber

A History of the Inca: Nick Machinski

Mythological Africans: Helen Nde

The Endless Knot: Mark and Aven

Uncanny Japan: Thersa Matsuura and Rich Pav

Bunny Trails Podcast: Shauna and Dan

Philippine Campfire Stories: Earl Jerico

The History of Saqartvelo Georgia: Roberto

Ratchet Book Club: Rashanii Jones

Thank you all so much for making this hobby more meaningful. I really love that you all chose to spend time listening to me. Please go check out every single podcast mentioned in this episode.

Oct 05, 202350:42
EP 199: Armenia- Mirza (Seklemian)

EP 199: Armenia- Mirza (Seklemian)

#Armenia #folktale

This is an epic about the youngest son of the king, who listens to his father’s advice and is able to defeat giants, lying princesses, and the seven headed serpent.

Source: The Golden Maiden and other folk tales and fairy stories told in Armenia (A G Seklemian 1898)

Narrator: Dustin Steichmann

Music: Nubar Folk Ensemble-Qaxhan

Sound Effects: Let's ZZZ #3 by Dustin Steichmann

Podcast Shoutout: Our Show OUR show started broadcasting from the campus of Rollins College on WPRK 91.5fm in March 2008. From the very start, OUR focus has been to bring a BALANCE to the Orlando airwaves and through the web, give the world a view of what OZONE (Orlando HIPHOP) has to offer. Whether it’s HOMEGROWN or Global, Unheard or Well known, if it’s DOPE, it gets play on OUR show!

Listener Shoutout: Luang Prabang By the 6th century in the Chao Phraya River Valley, Mon peoples had coalesced to create the Dvaravati kingdoms. In the north, Haripunjaya (Lamphun) emerged as a rival power to the Dvaravati. By the 8th century the Mon had pushed north to create city states, in Fa Daet (modern Kalasin, northeastern Thailand), Sri Gotapura (Sikhottabong) near modern Tha Khek, Laos, Muang Sua (Luang Prabang), and Chantaburi (Vientiane).

Video by Headliner

Music suggestion: De La Soul - Pease Porridge

Picture credit: "Armenian castle" by narek781 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Sep 28, 202332:48
EP 198: Panchatantra- CH 12 The Ungrateful Man
Sep 21, 202312:49
EP 197: Turkiye- Mohamet the Bald-Head (Kunos)

EP 197: Turkiye- Mohamet the Bald-Head (Kunos)

In this story, Mohamet is a little bit unassuming and just wants to share things with his brother. He isn't the brightest one either. But he lucks out and gets granted magical items that will remind you of other stories with three magical gifts. Enjoy!

Source: Forty-four Turkish fairy tales by Ignas Kunoz 1917

Narrator: Dustin Steichmann

Music: Ümmü Erbil - Baga Gel Bostana Gel

Sound Effects: Hua Hin 5am by Dustin Steichmann

Podcast Shoutout: For Your Reference- A Movie and TV review show

Listener Shoutout: Harju County Estonia is one of the fifteen counties of Estonia. It is situated in Northern Estonia, on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, and borders Lääne-Viru County to the east, Järva County to the southeast, Rapla County to the south, and Lääne County to the southwest. The capital and largest city of Estonia, Tallinn, is situated in Harju County.

Video made by Headliner

Music suggestion: Hope Tala - All My Girls Like To Fight

Sep 14, 202314:23
EP 196: Sioux- The Buffalo and the Field Mouse (Eastman)

EP 196: Sioux- The Buffalo and the Field Mouse (Eastman)

#Sioux #folklore

In this first story of a new book, Field Mouse is upset because Buffalo will come down and smash and lick up all the long grass. So they have a fight and Red Fox is there to pick up the pieces. But he gets tired of mouse too.

Source: Wigwam Evenings: Sioux Folk Tales Retold by Eastman and Eastman

Narrator: Dustin Steichmann

Music: Lakota Sioux Prayer-Song: Nathan Blindman, Unci Rita & Beatrice Holy Dance

Sound Effects: Fire by

Podcast Shoutout: Campfire Classics- A Literary Comedy podcast where we try to read those books that look good on your shelf...and laugh a lot along the way!

Listener Shoutout: Punjab Pakistan- Punjab is a province of Pakistan. Located in central-eastern region of the country, Punjab is the second-largest province of Pakistan by land area and the largest province by population. Via Wikipedia

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Photo credit: "American bison, aka buffalo" by Lars Plougmann is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Music suggestion: in honor of his passing- Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down The Crazy River

Sep 07, 202311:06
EP 195: South Africa- Cock and Jackal; Elephant and Tortoise; Tortoises Hunting Ostriches; The Judgement of Baboon
Aug 31, 202311:53
EP 194: Philippines- Gaygayoma Who Lives Up Above; The Story of Dumalawi (Cole)
Aug 24, 202319:25
EP 193: Nigeria- Oluronbi; Oranyan; The Elephant's Trunk (Ogumifu)

EP 193: Nigeria- Oluronbi; Oranyan; The Elephant's Trunk (Ogumifu)

#nigeria #folklore

In the first story, the women of the city promise a magic man many things in order to have children. One woman over promises and has to think quick to get out of it. In the second story, the king Oranyan/Oranmiyan has to go away, but when he is thought to be dead, his son must choose what to do. And in the third story we learn about the elephant’s long nose.

Source: Yoruba Legands by Ogumefu, M. I.

Narrator: Dustin Steichmann


Sound Effects: Desert at Night by kangaroovindaloo

Podcast Shoutout: The Australian Histories Podcast aims to take a fresh look at some of the brilliant stories from Australia’s past.

What I hope to share with you here, is both an overview of various interesting episodes in Australian History, as well as some humour, interest and perhaps even a new perspective from those in your high school history textbooks!

Listener Shoutout: Tasmania is an island state of Australia. It is located 240 kilometres to the south of the Australian mainland, separated from it by the Bass Strait, with the archipelago containing the southernmost point of the country. -Wikipedia

Photo Credit: "File:Oranmiyan's staff (Opa Oranmiyan) at the Oranmiyan groove.jpg" by The_AyeniPaul is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Music Suggestion: DWIG - Orange Evening // Laut & Luise (LUL007)

Aug 17, 202309:21
EP 192: Louisiana- Mr Monkey the Bridegroom; The Tortoise; Brother Hyena, Brother Rabbit, and the Birds' Eggs (Fortier)
Aug 10, 202309:06
EP 191: Korea- Old Timber Top (Griffis)

EP 191: Korea- Old Timber Top (Griffis)

#korea #folklore

In this story, a Korean lumber merchant learns what it means to grab work by the horns when he gets turned into a bull. Everything is solved when he comes upon some turnips.

Source: Korean Fairy Tales by William Elliot Griffis

Narrator: Dustin Steichmann

Music: 해.품.달. 커버영상. (피리.생황) kim bo ri by THE DADAM ART CINEMA

Sound Effects: AHEV forest by Dustin Steichmann

Podcast Shoutout: Tabi Tabi Podcast A podcast that talks about Philippine folklore, mysteries, paranormal stories and maybe some foreign myths.

Listener Shoutout: Düsseldorf is a city in western Germany known for its fashion industry and art scene. It's divided by the Rhine River, with its Altstadt (Old Town) on the east bank and modern commercial areas to the west.

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Music Suggestion: 2NE1 - FIRE (Street Ver.) M/V

Pictures curtesy of Robert Neff

Aug 03, 202325:10
EP 190: Japan- The Farmer and The Badger (Ozaki)
Jul 27, 202316:38
EP 189: India- The Rabbit and the Barber; Rupa and Bisuntha (Dracott)

EP 189: India- The Rabbit and the Barber; Rupa and Bisuntha (Dracott)

#india #folklore

In the first story we see a trading up story, which works well for the rabbit until it doesn’t. In the second story, two brothers are kicked out by a mean step mother and worthless father, but they turn this into an opportunity to improve their own lives.

Source: Simla Village Tales, by Alice Elizabeth Dracott

Narrator: Dustin Steichmann

Sound Effects: Indian Nightjar recorded by Mike Prince on, and Ghuahin 430am by Dustin Steichmann

Podcast Shoutout: The History of Georgia Saqartvelo. This is a history of the country of Georgia from the ancient Colchis/Iberian culture to modern day, and delving into the folk lore, national stories, and other cultural items.

Listener Shoutout: Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost, when it was called Madras. Religious sites include Kapaleeshwarar Temple, adorned with carved and painted gods, and St. Mary’s, a 17th-century Anglican church

Picture Credits: "Indian Jungle Nightjar" by sumeet.moghe is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Music suggestion: Lee Jae Min / 이재민 - 제 연인의 이름은 (synth disco, South Korea 1987)

Jul 20, 202312:20
EP 188: Ghana- Kwofi and the Gods; The Lion and The Wolf (Barker)

EP 188: Ghana- Kwofi and the Gods; The Lion and The Wolf (Barker)

#ghana #folklore

In the first story, Kwofi loses his mother and is treated horribly by his step mother. But the gods have a reward for him, by leaving him out. And in the second story, a wolf is eating an old woman’s sheep, and she finds help in a strange companion.

Source: West African folk-tales by Barker, William Henry, 1882-; Sinclair, Cecilia

Narrator: Dustin Steichmann

Music: 'Frafra' tribe Cultural Group Display on Laud TV Creative Commons

Sound Effects: Ghana Jungle Cacao Plantage.wav by Snipes3000 on

Podcast Shoutout: Inside the Great Khan's Tent by Saif Beg on the History, Literature, Folk Literature and will in future host discussions of all these topics and more from the regions of the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia including Mongolia and the Russian Far East, and South Asia.

Listener Shoutout: Winnipeg is the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Its heart is The Forks, a historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, with warehouses converted to shops and restaurants, plus ample green space dedicated to festivals, concerts and exhibits. Nearby, the Exchange District is known for its well-preserved, early 20th-century architecture and numerous art galleries. - Google

Photo Credit: "Nana Yaw Daani II, Co-Ruler of New Juaben, Ghana" by Alfred Weidinger is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Music suggestion: 마카레나 (Macarena) by 블리처스 (BLITZERS)

Jul 13, 202308:31
EP 187: Georgia- The Good For Nothing (Waldrop)

EP 187: Georgia- The Good For Nothing (Waldrop)

#georgia #folklore

In this story, there is a terrible couple. The husband sets off to not be in the house any more and he comes across a wishing stone. This stone can get him all sorts of wonderful things. But what will his wife say? and what about the king who wants everything? Don't worry, the good for nothing has a plan.

Source: Georgian Folk Tales by Marjory Wardrop

Narrator: Dustin Steichmann


Sound Effects: 10 Minute Rain by Dustin Steichmann

Podcast Shoutout: Mamalyfe This podcast discuss the ups and downs of motherhood seen through the eyes of a stay at home mom ( me!) and also discuss the issues that us women face in our everyday lives. This is Motherhood at its best. We’re not perfect but we’re making it!!!!

Listener Shoutout: Antananarivo, Madagascar. Antananarivo was originally the site of a town called Analamanga, meaning "Blue Forest" in the Central Highlands dialect of the Malagasy language.

Music recommendation: Zior Park - BLACK FIN

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Picture Credit: "Khvamli/Khomli Mountain cliff/massive from Gelaty monastery Kutaisi" by rost8668 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Jul 06, 202311:24
EP 186: Ecuador- Sea Foam; The Enchanted Orange Tree (Conde)

EP 186: Ecuador- Sea Foam; The Enchanted Orange Tree (Conde)

#ecuador #folklore

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