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Fairies And Fairy Tales From Shakespeare, To Grimm's, To The Modern Age

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Mischief and mirth abound in the magical realm of fairies. Whether it's Puck from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream or J.M Barrie's Tinkerbell, you never know quite what you'll get from these fictional creatures.

But where and when did the notion of fairies first emerge? And why, after hundreds of years without evidence, do some people continue to believe in their existence? This hour we look at the history of fairies and fairy lore and ask how the classic fairy tale continues to be re-imagined for a modern world.

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Josh is a producer for WNPR's talk shows. He has produced for Where We Live and is currently producing for The Colin McEnroe Show.