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Circle Round

WBUR

Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

Location:

United States

Networks:

WBUR

Description:

Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Fishermen’s Leftovers feat. Marc delaCruz

1/26/2021
In this magical tale from Japan, Marc delaCruz (If/Then, Hamilton) plays a lowly cook whose kitchen scraps bring him a golden reward.

Duration:00:21:04

The Horse of a Different Color feat. Christina Anthony & Lindsay Mendez

1/19/2021
Christina Anthony (Mixed-ish, Key & Peele) and Tony winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, All Rise) play a one-of-a-kind horse and rider in this enchanted tale from across the Spanish-speaking world.

Duration:00:25:48

The Head and the Heart feat. Hrishikesh Hirway & Joshua Malina

1/12/2021
Joshua Malina (The West Wing, Scandal) and Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder, The West Wing Weekly) co-star in this Jewish tale about two brothers who make two very different ways in the world.

Duration:00:27:02

Three Little Critters feat. Mason Gooding & Allen Maldonado

1/5/2021
Mason Gooding (Love, Victor; Scream 5) and Allen Maldonado (Sneakerheads, The Last O.G.) co-star in this East African story about the big power of a little teamwork.

Duration:00:25:08

Encore: The Emperor's Challenge

12/29/2020
As we ring in the new year, we bring back a favorite episode about planting the seeds of honesty, starring Nikki SooHoo (Star Wars Resistance, The Resident) and Christine Toy Johnson (Iron Fist, Come From Away).

Duration:00:25:25

Encore: A Bird in the Hand

12/22/2020
As we celebrate the winter holidays, we revisit a favorite episode from season two: Broadway legends Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein play a talking bird and spoiled prince who explore the meaning of true wisdom.

Duration:00:18:20

Ariana’s Music feat. Mireille Enos

12/15/2020
Mireille Enos (Hanna, The Killing) headlines this new spin on an ancient Greek legend about an instrument that captivates everyone who hears it, whether they have skin, scales, hair, hides, feathers, or fur.

Duration:00:21:22

The Three Tests feat. Kiera Allen

12/8/2020
Kiera Allen (Run) plays a wise woman whose cleverness is tested by her father long after he's gone in this story from Armenia, Greece, Russia, Germany and Hungary.

Duration:00:22:43

The Twin Monkeys feat. Julia Nickson & Lizzy Capri

12/1/2020
Julia Nickson (Rambo: First Blood Part II, The Unbidden) and YouTuber Lizzy Capri headline this Tibetan and Burmese tale about finding treasure, playing tricks, and monkeying around.

Duration:00:24:47

Simple Gifts: Circle Round's Season-of-Giving Special

11/24/2020
To celebrate the season of giving, we bring you a special mega-episode revisiting four of your favorite Circle Round stories about generosity.

Duration:01:05:59

The Basilisk’s Stare feat. Nabiyah Be & Evan Whitten

11/17/2020
In this tale inspired by a Polish legend, Nabiyah Be (Black Panther, Daisy Jones & The Six) and Evan Whitten (The Resident, Mr. Robot) face off against a fantastical creature whose gaze turns people to stone.

Duration:00:19:43

The Fantastic Fiddle feat. Adam Irigoyen

11/10/2020
This Hispanic tale from the Southwest U.S. stars Adam Irigoyen (Away, Shake It Up) as a fiddler whose magical instrument brings the world to its feet, and the guilty to their knees.

Duration:00:23:49

Little Frog’s Big Voice feat. Alex Brightman & Dyllón Burnside

11/3/2020
Dyllón Burnside (POSE, Prideland) and Tony nominee Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice, School of Rock - The Musical) co-star in this Australian story about small critters, giant egos, and why frogs croak.

Duration:00:20:28

The Extraordinary Pine Cone feat. Kelly Jenrette & John Carroll Lynch

10/27/2020
Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid's Tale, Uncorked) and John Carroll Lynch (American Horror Story, The Founder) headline this Estonian/Finnish story about how very far a little generosity can go.

Duration:00:21:51

Coyote’s Flame feat. Brittany O’Grady

10/20/2020
In this Native American tale, Brittany O'Grady (Little Voice, Star) plays a cunning creature who uses teamwork to bring light, sun and fire to the dark, cold world.

Duration:00:18:55

Encore: Grandfather Stone feat. Diane Rehm and Jonathan Joss

10/13/2020
In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, we're revisiting this Seneca tale from Season 2 about the origin of stories -- co-starring NPR veteran Diane Rehm and Jonathan Joss (Parks and Recreation, Comanche Moon).

Duration:00:22:03

The Glittering Gourd feat. Glenn Fleshler & Corey Stoll

10/6/2020
Corey Stoll (Billions, West Side Story) and Glenn Fleshler (Billions, Joker) bring to life this Brazilian story about the sweetness of humility and the sting of greed.

Duration:00:20:57

The Olive Jar feat. Maggie Siff, Santino Fontana & Denim Richards

9/29/2020
Maggie Siff (Billions, Mad Men), Santino Fontana (Tootsie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and Denim Richards (Yellowstone, The Chickasaw Rancher) co-star in this Northern African/Middle Eastern/Jewish tale about spoiled olives and fresh starts.

Duration:00:23:32

Long Hair and the Waterfall feat. Rosalind Chao

9/22/2020
Rosalind Chao (Mulan, The Joy Luck Club) headlines this Chinese tale about a tall mountain, a big radish, and the magic of giving back to your community.

Duration:00:22:15

Little Cu feat. Desmin Borges

9/15/2020
Desmin Borges (You're The Worst, Utopia) plays a tiny bird with an ever-growing ego in this playful story with roots in Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Duration:00:22:54