Tabled Fables is a monthly podcast that dissects fairy tales to find out what they mean, how they've evolved and what makes them stick. Produced by Amy Kraft & Sophie Bushwick.


  • Tabled Fables 8 Sleeping Beauty

    02/06/2013 Duration: 21min

    In this episode, we discuss how Sleeping Beauty relates to ancient texts. We delve into a number of versions including ones where Sleeping Beauty is impregnated while she is sleeping and we talk about the moral of the story or lack thereof. Special thanks to Graham Anderson for helping us with the analysis.

  • Tabled Fables 7 Jack and the Beanstalk

    29/03/2013 Duration: 22min

    In this episode we discuss how Jack's conquest of the giant relates to 19th century English colonialism with the help of scholar Brian Szumsky. We also discuss key features in the tale and question whether the giant is an alter ego of Jack or if we should take pity on the giant.

  • Tabled Fables 6 The Armless Maiden

    28/02/2013 Duration: 19min

    In this episode we talk about a lesser known tale, The Armless Maiden. How does she get her arms chopped off you ask? Maybe her dad does it to save himself from the devil or maybe it's punishment after she's accused of breaking a milk jug. Admittedly the punishment doesn't fit the crime. And don't worry, the maiden gets her arms back in the end. To find out how, have a listen to the show.

  • Fabled Extras: An Interview with Angela Slatter

    21/02/2013 Duration: 13min

    Award-winning writer Angela Slatter has a retelling of The Armless Maiden in her 2010 collection, The Girl with No Hands & Other Tales. In her version, readers get a deeper glimpse into the mind of the devil who torments the girl in some unique ways. TF chatted with Slatter via Skype to find out what motivates her to retell fairy tales and how she readapts them for modern readers.

  • Tabled Fables 5 Beauty and the Beast

    31/01/2013 Duration: 27min

    In this episode we explore beast bridegroom tales and other stories where pigs marry peasants and men fall for snakes. It's a mad fairy tale world indeed!

  • News Table: January 2013

    13/01/2013 Duration: 03min

    A round-up of news from the fairy tale world.

  • Tabled Fables 4 Catskin

    31/12/2012 Duration: 18min

    Catskin is part two of our series on tales of the persecuted heroine.

  • The story of Cinderella

    27/11/2012 Duration: 02min

    Here is a retelling of the story of Cinderella by a random group of New Yorkers. Would you like to tell us your version of a fairy tale? Get in touch with Tabled Fables by email at

  • TabledFables Podcast 3 Cinderella

    27/11/2012 Duration: 21min

    This podcast talks about the many versions of Cinderella told around the world and the different kinds of footwear she wore to the ball. My personal favorite: galoshes.

  • TabledFables Podcast 2 Hansel and Gretel

    31/10/2012 Duration: 20min

    This episode discusses the sweet and gory and seriously disturbing story of Hansel and Gretel. Special thanks to Professor Maria Tatar for analyzing the story, and composer Alex Brusentsev for crafting our theme song.