We humans have spent the vast majority of our history in a fog of wonder, trying to come up with credible explanations for the big and little phenomena of our lives. Now we're so smug, with our particle accelerators and DSM-5. It feels like there's nothing we can't know.
The truth is, there's a frightened little 16th-century villager in all of us. We still shiver at the old folk stories, no matter how skeptical we profess ourselves to be. In Lore, Aaron Mahnke takes these tales - recorded accounts, recent and distant, of changelings and witches and creatures in the woods - and gives them to us straight. His tone is measured. There are no winking asides, no sneers. The furthest he'll go is the occasional nudge: remember, we weren't there; things were different then; who can say? He leaves room for possibility, and for fear, and there's a delicious pleasure in that, no matter how little you believe.
Episodes are around 20 minutes long, and are all told in Mahnke's voice. Listen closely, in a cosy place.
Gateway episodes: Episode 4: Dinner at the Afterglow (20 April 2015) / Episode 8: The Castle (15 June 2015) / Episode 11: Black Stockings (26 July 2015)