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Welcome to 1001 Classic Short Stories and Tales Audio Podcast!  This is a hand-picked collection of favorites from writers like Jack London, Louisa May Alcott, Hans Christian Anderson, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, and many more. I narrate the stories and often add background music and sound effects to bring the stories to life. These are suitable for the entire family, enjoyed by all ages and levels of literary experience, and often make great discussion starters for students who are just getting exposed to literature. 

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Jon Hagadorn/1001 Stories Podcast Network


Apr 8, 2018

"The Thorny Road of Honor" is a deeply moving essay from Hans Christian Anderson that tells of the many slings and arrows that some of history's greatest heroes/scientists/leaders had to suffer. 

Some names and quick bios:Socrates- the great philosopher and thinker who was sentenced to death by the Athens courts in 399 B.C. for speaking irreverently about the many Greek Gods. He chose to calmly drink the poison hemlock as the stadium crowd jeered. 

Homer-the poet and teacher who gave civilzation the Iliad and The Odyssey- works that provided the seeds and nourishment for the growth of arts and culture in Western Civilization. He lived and died as a blind beggar but gave us the greatest legacy of all.

Ferdowsi- the poet of Iran, the most influential figure in Persian literature, who, because of the actions of jealous, scheming enemies, was framed for something he didn't do and forced to go into exile before he could receive the riches he had earned by helping others. He died sick and penniless.

Solomon Cares- almost lost to history now, invented the first steam engine 2,000 years ago, was accused of being a heretic, and died imprisoned in a madhouse.

Columbus- Brought the wealth back to Spain from 4 voyages, was ignored by the king in his later years, and died never knowing he had discovered the New World

Galileo-who insisted the Earth was turning, and that  it revolved around the sun- was hounded and neglected, and called a fool- he was called a heretic and placed under house arrest for the remainder of his life

Joan of Arc- a courageous 16 year old girl who carried the banner of her country at the front of armies, giving them the spirit they needed to defend their lands, and who was burned at the stake as a witch

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