Odyssey: The Podcast is a serialized telling in contemporary language, of Homer’s Odyssey. Over twenty-three hours, master storyteller Jeff Wright delivers a fast-paced, literate, and addictive performance. Each episode features a continuation of the story arc, followed by engaging commentary on the social, cultural and political contexts helpful to maximizing your fun with Homer’s story. Odyssey: The Podcast works brilliantly as a free-standing story, or as a sequel to Trojan War: The Podcast.
EPISODE 14 REUNION
1:31:59STORY 0:00 – 1:03:05 And finally, Penelope and Odysseus (no longer in disguise) meet. Penelope sets one final test, Odysseus passes it, and certain recognition ensues. Following that, Homer attempts to tie up a few lose ends in his plot – and leaves even more dangling – and The Odyssey comes to a close. POST-STORY... The post EPISODE 14 REUNION appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
EPISODE 13 RECOGNITION AND REVENGE
2:31:00STORY 0:00 – 1:36:40 Our story opens with possible “recognition”. Penelope and a homeless beggar (Odysseus) have a long conversation, and take turns decoding a dream. Does Penelope know that the beggar is Odysseus? The next day Penelope announces that her husband is dead, and now is the day to choose a new husband. Penelope... The post EPISODE 13 RECOGNITION AND REVENGE appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
EPISODE 12 HOMECOMING
2:28:44STORY 0:00 – 1:33:40 Odysseus – after twenty years away – wakes up on the shores of his own dear Ithaka. Athena provides her boy with an intelligence briefing, a reconnoiter strategy, and, of course, a disguise. And then Odysseus launches into the most dangerous part of his homecoming journey yet: figuring a way to... The post EPISODE 12 HOMECOMING appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
EPISODE 11 DEMODOCUS and THE PHAECIANS
1:39:19STORY 0:00 – 1:18:30 Odysseus – his identity still a secret – spends a very full day as the guest of the King Alcinous and Queen Arete. Most of the day is spent in Odysseus doing his best to NOT reveal his identity. But songs sung by the bard Demodocus, and an ugly incident on... The post EPISODE 11 DEMODOCUS and THE PHAECIANS appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
EPISODE 10 NAUSICAA
1:30:09STORY 0:00 – 1:04:45 At the same time as Athena is in Ithaka – “mentoring” Telemachus – Odysseus washes ashore the land of the Phaeacians: badly beat up, half-starved, and totally naked. And his only hope of receiving the xenia that he needs, is to somehow find a way to supplicate a feisty young teenage... The post EPISODE 10 NAUSICAA appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
EPISODE 9 TELEMACHUS, MENELAUS, and HELEN OF TROY
1:35:59STORY 0:00 – 53:45 Athena sends Telemachus off on his first ever “road trip” – to Pylos and to Sparta – in the hopes that it might help the milquetoast young man to “grow a pair”. Telemachus meets some familiar characters from Iliad: windy old king Nestor, blustery Menelaus, and the “enigmatic-as-ever” Helen of Troy... The post EPISODE 9 TELEMACHUS, MENELAUS, and HELEN OF TROY appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
EPISODE 8 TELEMACHUS
1:50:56STORY 0:00 – 53:15 At the same time as Hermes takes flight to Calypso’ island, in order to rescue Odysseus, Athena takes flight to Ithaka, in order to “rescue” 20-year old Telemachus: from his remarkable immaturity. This episode picks up the story in the twentieth year of Odysseus’ absence, and details the “Ithacan constitutional crisis”... The post EPISODE 8 TELEMACHUS appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
EPISODE 7 CALYPSO
1:31:24STORY 0:00 – 54:30 The episode opens in year seven of Odysseus’ long, largely undocumented sojourn on Calypso’s island. Odysseus is longing for home, apparently unmoved by the promise of immortality with a goddess. Up on Mount Olympus: Athena pleads Odysseus’ case, Zeus relents, and Hermes is sent to Calypso’s island with orders that “Odysseus... The post EPISODE 7 CALYPSO appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
EPISODE 6 SIRENS, SCYLLA, CHARYBDIS and SOME COWS
2:06:37STORY 0:00 – 58:55 Odysseus listens to the Sirens. I pause to provide a historical review of how Sirens evolved over time, following Homer’s Odyssey. Odysseus then chooses between Charybdis and Scylla, and I pause to relate a seriously twisted “Scylla back-story”. And finally, we witness the incredibly disturbing deaths of all of Odysseus’ remaining... The post EPISODE 6 SIRENS, SCYLLA, CHARYBDIS and SOME COWS appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.
EPISODE 5 ODYSSEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD
1:12:37STORY 0:00 – 53:00 Odysseus visits the underworld and has some interesting conversations with the dead. His mom warns him about the deteriorating situation in Ithaka; Agamemnon warns him about the fidelity of wives (an Odyssey “recurring theme); and Achilles shares his post-life existential crisis: “was all of my earthly kleos really worth anything?”. POST-STORY... The post EPISODE 5 ODYSSEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD appeared first on ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST.