Monstrum

The world is full of monsters, myths, and legends and Monstrum isn’t afraid to take a closer look. The show, hosted by Emily Zarka, Ph.D., takes us on a journey to discover a new monster for each new episode. Monstrum looks at humans unique drive to create and shape monster mythology through oral storytelling, literature and film.

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Mapinguari: Fearsome Beast and Protector of the Amazon

10:34

Notoriously elusive, the mysterious Mapinguari lurks within the Amazon rainforest.



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Why Has the Majestic Griffin Been Forgotten?

10:03

Why has The Griffin - a half-lion, half-eagle creature - largely been forgotten?

Have Humans Always Feared Sharks?

11:59

Despite being rare, Sharks and shark attacks are the most feared. Here's why.

Why the Dragon is Central to Chinese Culture

09:32

We explore why the Chinese Dragon is central figure in Chinese culture.

Adze: the Shapeshifting Firefly from West Africa

08:55

For some, the firefly is mystical, but in West-African cultures, it's a monster.

The Enchanting Fairies of Celtic Lore

09:13

Where do the Tuatha Dé Danann come from and how did they become the ancestors of Ireland?

Krampus: Origins of the Yuletide Monster

08:38

We look at the historical origins of Krampus in the winter festivals of the Alpine region.