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Circle Round podcast

Circle Round

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  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.

 

#223

The Persimmon Sisters (feat. Tennille Read)

In this story with Jewish, Arab, and Korean origins, Tennille Read (SurrealEstate, Workin' Moms) plays a young woman who learns the true meaning of sisterly love. ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

17 MINS

17:58

19 Oct 2021


#222

Encore: The Woman in the Moon

In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, we bring back a favorite tale from the archives: Irene Bedard (Pocahontas, Ralph Breaks the Internet) stars in an Alaska Native story about the out-of-this-world power that comes when we work together. ... Read more

12 Oct 2021

20 MINS

20:08

12 Oct 2021


#221

Getting Skunked feat. Terrence Terrell

Terrence Terrell (B Positive, Giants) stars in this Native American tale about a gentle giant who brings night and day to the world, and gives a certain striped critter its telltale scent. ... Read more

05 Oct 2021

17 MINS

17:48

05 Oct 2021


#220

Fools Thrush In feat. Anthony Alabi

Anthony Alabi (Family Reunion, black-ish) headlines an Oneida and Mohawk story about how one of the most beautiful bird songs of all came to be. ... Read more

28 Sep 2021

18 MINS

18:27

28 Sep 2021


#219

Night and Day feat. MASUMI

Actor/singer-songwriter MASUMI (Yakuza Princess) headlines this magical tale from the Yoruba people about how night came to a world of endless day. ... Read more

21 Sep 2021

24 MINS

24:29

21 Sep 2021


#218

The Red Velvet Purse feat. Elisa Donovan

Elisa Donovan (Clueless, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) plays a judge who puts honesty on trial in this tale with Chinese, Indian, Ethiopian, and Romanian roots. ... Read more

14 Sep 2021

19 MINS

19:07

14 Sep 2021


#217

The Friend Ship feat. Carra Patterson

Carra Patterson (Turner & Hooch, Jitney) stars in a tale from Japan about a woman with enough generosity to last a lifetime, and a man with enough greed to sink a ship. ... Read more

07 Sep 2021

21 MINS

21:07

07 Sep 2021


#216

Encore: The Fire On The Other Side Of The World

We wrap up the summer with another listener favorite: a Cherokee tale in which Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons, Oil and Water) plays a feisty, creative spider who proves that power and strength aren't always about physical size. ... Read more

31 Aug 2021

21 MINS

21:26

31 Aug 2021


#215

Circle Round Presents: Stories Podcast

We’re mixing it up today and sharing an episode of "Stories Podcast" -- a show featuring everything from classic fairytales to original stories for kids, written by Dan Hinds and performed by Amanda Weldin. In this story, "The Grass is Always Greener," we meet a bunny named Beverly who's in search of the most delicious grass. ... Read more

24 Aug 2021

13 MINS

13:25

24 Aug 2021


#214

The Laughing Canoe feat. George Salazar

George Salazar (Be More Chill, Superstore) plays a wise-cracking waterborne vessel in this Brazilian story about the extraordinary things teamwork can bring. ... Read more

17 Aug 2021

19 MINS

19:34

17 Aug 2021


#213

Encore: The Chattering Clams

This week we bring back a listener favorite: Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz (hosts of "Wow in the World") star in a whimsical Native American tale about the dangers of gossip. ... Read more

10 Aug 2021

19 MINS

19:06

10 Aug 2021


#212

The Laws of Nature feat. Mo Rocca

Mo Rocca (CBS Sunday Morning, Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!) headlines this eco-conscious Estonian/Finnish tale about conservation, courtesy, and how actions speak louder than words. ... Read more

03 Aug 2021

19 MINS

19:35

03 Aug 2021


#211

Encore: Sir Luck and Mister Riches

In this favorite tale from the archives, comedian/kids' author Michael Ian Black (I'm Worried, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop) and actor/director David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Medical Police) believe they know the secret to what makes people truly happy. ... Read more

27 Jul 2021

23 MINS

23:48

27 Jul 2021


#210

The Patched-Up Coat feat. Peter Sagal

NPR's Peter Sagal (Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!) stars in this Russian story about how fantastically priceless a little generosity can be. ... Read more

20 Jul 2021

18 MINS

18:59

20 Jul 2021


#209

Encore: The King's Face

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. This episode was originally released on October 22, 2019. ... Read more

13 Jul 2021

19 MINS

19:31

13 Jul 2021


#208

The Mountain Guardian feat. Alonzo Bodden & Audrey Hsieh

Audrey Hsieh (Here Today, Mixtape) and Alonzo Bodden (Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!, Who's Paying Attention) headline this Tibetan tale about two family members who are rewarded appropriately by a stone lion, one for her generosity and one for his greed. ... Read more

06 Jul 2021

25 MINS

25:09

06 Jul 2021


#207

Circle Round Presents: Julie's Library

While we’re hard at work putting together a brand new season of exciting stories, we’re giving you a special treat— an episode of another podcast we think you’ll enjoy: "Julie’s Library," featuring Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton as they share some of their favorite books for kids and families. In this episode, award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson visits the library to read her book "The Day You Begin," which is about feeling different from everyone around you. ... Read more

29 Jun 2021

17 MINS

17:10

29 Jun 2021


#206

Encore: The Magpie With Salt On Her Tail

Rachael Harris (Lucifer, Suits) and Taran Killam (Nature Cat, Saturday Night Live) star in this special encore episode about a young man who learns that -- with a little hard work -- dreams can come true. This episode was originally released on December 19, 2017. ... Read more

22 Jun 2021

22 MINS

22:01

22 Jun 2021


#205

Encore: The Princess and the Egg

In this enchanting tale from the archives, Amber Stevens West (Happy Together, Run the World) stars as a globe-​trotting princess who works hard to keep her promises. This episode was originally released on October 23, 2018. ... Read more

15 Jun 2021

20 MINS

20:02

15 Jun 2021


#204

Encore: The Goat in the Garden

In this favorite episode from the archives, Ray Magliozzi (Car Talk) plays a stubborn goat who inadvertently reminds us that true heroes comes in all shapes and sizes. This episode was originally released on January 23, 2018. ... Read more

08 Jun 2021

16 MINS

16:26

08 Jun 2021


#203

Encore: Sweet Corn and Clever Rabbit

In this favorite episode from the archives, Eris Baker (This Is Us) plays a tricky rabbit who presents her fellow animals with an offer they can't refuse. This episode originally released April 9, 2019. ... Read more

01 Jun 2021

19 MINS

19:35

01 Jun 2021


#202

She Tells Seashells feat. Joaquina Kalukango

Tony Award nominee Joaquina Kalukango (Slave Play, One Night in Miami) stars in this Zulu tale from South Africa about how stories came to the world. ... Read more

25 May 2021

22 MINS

22:01

25 May 2021


#201

The Unfair Share feat. Jon Huertas & Faith Salie

Jon Huertas (This Is Us, Initiation) and Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me) headline this folktale about a generous queen, a cunning farmer, and a devious gatekeeper who takes more than his fair share. ... Read more

18 May 2021

21 MINS

21:35

18 May 2021