Main content


Why is Cinderella such a universal story?

Popularly known through the1950 Disney film of the same name, Cinderella has become a childhood classic all over the world. But different versions of her story can be traced all the way from Asia to Africa and beyond. These variants provide a snapshot of the history and cultures from which they emerge, providing clues to the tale’s longevity. In this episode Sandra Kanthal asks: Why is Cinderella such a popular story to tell.

Gessica Martini – PhD Student, Durham University
Juwen Zhang – Professor of Chinese, Willamette University
Rym Tina Ghazal – Author and Journalist
Ousseina Alidou – Professor of African Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University
Dee Dee Chainey – Author and Co-founder of Folklore Thursday

Editor: Richard Knight
Producer: Tural Ahmedzade

Photo: Cinderella About to Try on the Glass Slipper by Richard Redgrave
Credit: Historical Picture Archive/Corbis via Getty Images

Available now

23 minutes

Last on

Yesterday 19:06GMT


  • Mon 8 Apr 2019 12:32GMT
  • Mon 8 Apr 2019 17:06GMT
  • Mon 8 Apr 2019 21:06GMT
  • Tue 9 Apr 2019 01:32GMT
  • Mon 15 Apr 2019 08:06GMT
  • Saturday 22:32GMT
  • Yesterday 01:32GMT
  • Yesterday 08:06GMT
  • Yesterday 14:06GMT
  • Yesterday 15:32GMT
  • Yesterday 19:06GMT

Get the podcast

Get the podcast

Subscribe or download individual episodes for free

Why do we look the way we do?

Why do we look the way we do?

Tattoos, trainers, jeans, hair, ties ... why?