#16: Six Short Zen Tales
Nov 1, 2016 940
With wit and wisdom, these short traditional folktales suggest lessons of humility, mindfulness, forgiveness, and whatever else may pop into your head.
Oct 1, 2016 937
The somber, hard-working people of an isolated town reluctantly accept a mysterious stranger into their midst. In return, she becomes their new seamstress, working day and night to turn out the plain gray clothes the villagers have always worn. These dull and lifeless garments, however, hold a secret . . . there is something new, in the linings of the pockets.
Pockets is Jennifer Armstrong's classic tale of the transformative power of art and imagination. It is presented here with the author's permission.
#14: The Gull and the Gullible
Sep 1, 2016 1403
There once was a fast-talking seagull whose insatiable appetite was matched only by his ego. Inspired by an old Buddhist folktale seen through the lens of current events, this is a tale of when to trust, when to ask questions, when to just walk away.
A Critique of Mark Osborne's "The Little Prince"
Aug 14, 2016 2341
Director Mark Osborne's animated film adaption of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “The Little Prince” finally found its way to American audiences through Netflix. Joe Theroux of 401 Stories discusses the film’s good points, shortcomings, and severely misguided failures.
Story Laboratory #3 (Fisherman's Son & Brian O'Bronaghan)
Aug 1, 2016 2254
The 401 Story Laboratory features Joe discussing the writing, recording, and editing process behind the tales of 401 Stories. This edition features outtakes and insight from the fifth and sixth episodes: "The Fisherman's Son and the Magic Catfish" and "The Ballad of Brian O'Bronaghan from Barrington."
#13: Tortoise vs Hare: an AESPN Production
Jul 1, 2016 887
It's the first round of the Animal Olympics! The first battle is the race of the century, pitting the Mort "The Reptile Projectile" Tortoise against the decorated champion, Ric Hare! Who will be victorious? Mister slow & steady, or the master of social media? Catch this action only on AESPN: The Aesop Sports & Entertainment Network!
#12: Princess Lisa's Curveball
Jun 1, 2016 1257
There is nothing in the world that Lisa loves more than the game of baseball, and she is positive that some day she will be striking people out in the major leagues. All that's standing between the princess and her dreams are her father the meddling king, an entire country of greedy suitors, and a man-eating fire-breathing dragon. Play ball!
#11: I Should Like To See A Sunset (Excerpts from The Little Prince)
May 1, 2016 1622
We are paying tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupery's timeless classic, "The Little Prince." In this episode our prince leaves his tiny planet in order to meet the grownups that live on the other nearby asteroids. In his travels he comes across a proud King, a stressed Businessman, and a very tired Lamplighter.
Apologies, Announcements, and Shoutouts
May 1, 2016 398
Joe says "hello" with a quick little personal message to the 401 Stories faithful.
#10: The Impossible Task of Papa Rat
Apr 30, 2016 1324
An adaptation of the Japanese fairy tale "The Husband of the Rat's Daughter," this is the tale of a dedicated but misguided father's quest to find the perfect husband for his daughter.
Story Laboratory #2 (Lila Prescott & Tipingee)
Feb 1, 2016 1456
The 401 Story Laboratory features Joe discussing the writing, recording, and editing process behind the tales of 401 Stories. This edition features outtakes and insight from the third and fourth episodes: "Lila Prescott & the High Diving Board" and "Who's Tipingee?"
#9: Five Short Tales of the Mulla Nasrudin
Jan 1, 2016 901
Nasrudin was a Sufi wise man believed to have lived in 13th century Turkey. He appears in thousands of short stories, some with a subtle sense of humor, others where he illustrates great truths through his own foolishness. Here are five of those tales.
#8: Bonnie's Song
Dec 1, 2015 1185
A tale of friendship, loss, jealousy, and robots, "Bonnie's Song" is a modern fable about growing up and, for better or for worse, finding your purpose in life. Featuring original music by Tiny Wight.
"Once upon a time there was a girl who was not very good at making friends. She was, however, very good at making things, so she decided if she could not make a friend . . . she would MAKE a friend . . ."
How Night Came Into Being: A Story of Grief and Healing
Nov 14, 2015 564
A Hindu tale of the first death, the first grief, the first night, and the first sunrise.
#7: The Sparrow, the Mouse, and the Sausage: a Grimm Tragedy
Nov 1, 2015 979
An adaptation of "The Bird, the Mouse, and the Sausage" from the Brothers Grimm, this is the tale of the partnership between three unusual friends. Their lives are simple and fun until one of them listens to some less-than-great advice. This is a fable about friendship and teamwork, about peer pressure and society's expectations, about humility and forgiveness. Spoiler alert: it is a tragedy.
Story Laboratory #1 (Monkey & the Firefly, Casey vs. Trent)
Oct 1, 2015 1943
The 401 Story Laboratory features Joe discussing the writing, recording, and editing process behind the tales of 401 Stories. This edition features outtakes and insight from the first two episodes: "The Monkey and the Firefly" and "Casey at the Bat vs. Trent on the Mound."
#6: The Ballad of Brian O'Bronaghan from Barrington
Aug 28, 2015 1877
Brian O'Bronaghan is a good man, an honest man, and the most boring man in all of Rhode Island, One day he happens upon a graveyard, and a single chance encounter changes his life forever.
#5: The Fisherman's Son and the Magic Catfish
Aug 11, 2015 1635
An adaptation of the Grimm Fairy Tale "The Fisherman and His Wife," this yarn tells the story of a boy whose chance encounter with magic might be just what his family needs to rise above poverty. But how do you know when you've risen too far?
#4: Who's Tipingee?
Jul 28, 2015 935
Once upon a time there was a stepfather. Now, some storytellers might go so far as to call him an "evil stepfather," but I am not one who is quick to judge, so I'll just call him "the stepfather." So one day the stepfather was walking down the road from the farm where he worked hard all day, every day, even on Saturdays and Sundays. On the way home the heel of his boot became stuck in a small pothole . . .
#3: Lila Prescott & the High Diving Board
Jul 14, 2015 1366
"Once upon a time it was summertime. I was ten years old, I could drink my weight in Del's frozen lemonade without getting a brain freeze, and I loved to swim. In fact there were two things I loved most in the entire world that summer, and the first was my neighborhood pool . . ."
#2: Casey at the Bat vs. Trent on the Mound
Jun 29, 2015 597
"The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville Nine that day;
The score stood two to four with just one inning left to play.
The Mudville fans all wrung their hands for much to their lament,
In strode Wespen Falls' new closer, phenom rookie Jackson Trent."
#1: The Monkey and the Firefly
Jun 23, 2015 705
"Once upon a time there was a monkey who lived in the forest just below the mountains. Now he was not the smartest of monkeys, but he liked to explore and he liked to discover new things. One day he was out exploring and he got lost and, as happens with everybody when they get lost, the harder he tried to find his way home, the more lost he became. Before he knew it he had wandered into the mountains . . ."