ODYSSEY: THE PODCAST

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.

22:33:13 2019-08-23
STORY  0:00 – 1:15:00 Odysseus – “the polytropus man” – sets sail for home.  Adventures at Ismarus and in the Land of the Lotus Eaters follow.  A detailed flashback takes us to Ithaka, to explore Penelope’s three duties in her husband’s a...
22:25:37 2019-08-23
STORY  0:00 – 1:03:45 This episode includes all of the adventures – the horror, the comedy, and the strategy – inside the cyclops Polyphemus’ cave.  The episode concludes with Odysseus being cursed, followed by a short primer on how to curse one...
22:13:01 2019-08-02
STORY  0:00 – 45:00 The Great Wanderings continue, and disaster follows disaster.  First Odysseus squanders opportunity for easy homecoming via King Aeolus’ magical bag of wind.  And then Odysseus loses most of his ships and crew, in the Lastrygoni...
22:29:20 2019-08-01
STORY  0:00 – 56:00 Odysseus’ crew arrive on Circe’s island, where they are transformed into pigs (most likely for behaving like pigs).  After rescuing his crew, Odysseus decides to postpone his homecoming a full year, unwilling to resist the plea...
22:12:37 2019-07-31
STORY  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); a...
23:06:37 2019-07-30
STORY  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 “...
22:31:24 2019-07-29
STORY  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 ...
22:50:56 2019-07-28
STORY  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 sto...
22:35:59 2019-07-27
STORY  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:  w...
22:30:09 2019-07-26
STORY  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 nee...
22:39:19 2019-07-25
STORY   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 bar...
23:28:44 2019-07-24
STORY  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...
23:31:00 2019-07-23
STORY  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 anno...
22:31:59 2019-07-18
STORY  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 ...