“Heard at Harvard” is a new podcast series from the Harvard Gazette featuring lively, timely conversations with leading scholars on topics in art, culture, science, politics, and more.

In our first episode, fairy tale expert Maria Tatar talks about the long, rich, and weird tradition of storytelling behind the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” set to be released by Disney on March 17. Tatar, the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, is the editor of  “Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World.”

Beastly origins