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Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10, tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world featuring top talent from the stage and screen. Stories are adapted for today’s families into 10 to 20 minute episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.

Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10, tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world featuring top talent from the stage and screen. Stories are adapted for today’s families into 10 to 20 minute episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.

Location:

United States

Networks:

WBUR

Description:

Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10, tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world featuring top talent from the stage and screen. Stories are adapted for today’s families into 10 to 20 minute episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.

Language:

English


Episodes

Encore: 'The Lute Player'

2/18/2020
This Russian and European folktale stars real-life husband and wife Paul Sparks (House of Cards, Sweetbitter) and Annie Parisse (Friends From College) as a king who's taken prisoner, and a queen whose musical prowess sets him free.

Duration:00:22:17

The Rooster in the Sky feat. Rachel Matthews

2/11/2020
In this adventure story with roots in Russia, Hungary and the Middle East, a magical rooster rewards Rachel Matthews (Frozen 2) for her fearless persistence and precious friendship.

Duration:00:23:00

The True Mother feat. Alex Landi

2/4/2020
In this Japanese tale, Alex Landi (Grey's Anatomy, Insatiable) plays a wise judge who finds an ingenious way to determine the real mother of a bouncing baby boy.

Duration:00:19:40

The Beggar and the Baker’s Daughter feat. Margaret Cho

1/28/2020
Comedian Margaret Cho (The Margaret Cho, Fresh Off The Bloat) headlines this English tale about a greedy woman who bites off more than she can chew.

Duration:00:20:28

The Very Busy Fairies feat. Parker Bates

1/21/2020
In this zany Celtic tale, when fairies come to help Parker Bates (This Is Us) with his chores, he discovers they're far more trouble than they're worth.

Duration:00:18:42

The Dozen Loaves of Bread feat. Avery Trufelman

1/14/2020
Podcast luminary Avery Trufelman (99% Invisible, Articles of Interest) stars as a generous baker touched by magic in this scrumptious Jewish tale.

Duration:00:18:59

The Nine Sticks feat. Nikesh Patel and Maulik Pancholy

1/7/2020
Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock, Grand Horizons) and Nikesh Patel (Four Weddings and a Funeral) headline this Indian story that asks what's more precious: glittering jewels, or good friends?

Duration:00:18:35

Encore: The Months Of The Year

12/31/2019
What would it be like to experience the months of the year--out of order? Joshua Rush ("Andi Mack") and Ailsa Chang (NPR) co-star in this story which has its origins in Russia, Greece, and the Czech Republic.

Duration:00:24:06

Encore: Three Wishes

12/24/2019
Patrick Fabian ("Better Call Saul") and Mandy Fabian ("Dropping The Soap") star in a story about a husband and wife whose generosity leads them to an unexpected challenge. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

Duration:00:21:10

The Gloomy Pine Tree feat. Mykal-Michelle Harris

12/17/2019
Mykal-Michelle Harris (Mixed-ish) stars as a discontented sapling in this classic "grass is always greener" tale from Germany.

Duration:00:22:21

Nilsa And The Troll feat. Raegan Revord

12/10/2019
In this story with roots in Denmark, Raegan Revord (Young Sheldon) plays a generous young woman who proves that small gestures of kindness can make a big difference.

Duration:00:21:18

The Banker’s Riddles feat. Jeannie Mai

12/3/2019
Jeannie Mai (Listen Hunnay, The Real) headlines this Chinese and Vietnamese tale about a wise, witty woman who gives a greedy, riddle-loving banker a run for his money.

Duration:00:19:21

Encore: 'Fiona And The Fairies'

11/26/2019
Selenis Leyva ("Orange is the New Black," "Maniacs") stars as a clever baker in this retelling of a Scottish folktale about the power of a little "please" and "thank you."

Duration:00:19:47

The Enchanted Paintbrush feat. Phillipa Soo

11/19/2019
Phillipa Soo (Hamilton, The Code) and Stacy Keach (Man With a Plan, American Greed) headline this Chinese tale about a kind, humble artist whose paintings come to life.

Duration:00:24:47

Sir Luck and Mister Riches feat. Michael Ian Black and David Wain

11/12/2019
Comedian/kids' author Michael Ian Black (I'm Worried, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop) and actor/director David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Stella) star in this supernatural story from Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic and the Dominican Republic.

Duration:00:24:10

The Fire On The Other Side Of The World feat. Yeardley Smith

11/5/2019
In this Cherokee story, Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons) plays a feisty, creative spider who proves that power and strength aren't always about physical size.

Duration:00:22:36

The Chattering Clams feat. Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz

10/29/2019
Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz — hosts of NPR’s "Wow! in the World" podcast — star in this whimsical Native American tale about the dangers of gossip.

Duration:00:19:45

The King's Face feat. Derrick Baskin and Brandon Uranowitz

10/22/2019
Broadway stars Derrick Baskin ("Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee") and Brandon Uranowitz ("An American in Paris," "Burn This") play a curious king and clever farmer in this tale with roots in Russia, Italy, India, Greece, Africa and Iran.

Duration:00:21:52

Encore: 'Maushop And Grandfather Sun'

10/15/2019
Wes Studi, who later this month will become the first Native American actor to receive an Oscar, stars as the Wampanoag mythical figure 'Maushop,' a kind, gentle giant who tries to convince the sun to come back home.

Duration:00:22:05

The Rusty Cowbell featuring Lake Bell

10/8/2019
Lake Bell (The Secret Life of Pets, Bless This Mess) stars as a struggling farmer who gives a selfish landlord a run for his money in this folktale from Russia, Germany, Indonesia and the Netherlands.

Duration:00:23:42