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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.

 

#150

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


#149

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


#148

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


#147

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


#146

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


#145

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


#144

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


#143

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


#142

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


#141

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


#140

The Missing Knight feat. Sarah, Duchess of York & Jason Mantzoukas

Duchess Sarah Ferguson of York (Storytime With Fergie) and Jason Mantzoukas (How Did This Get Made, Housebroken) play a crafty queen and scheming advisor who face off in an unforgettable game of chess. ... Read more

11 May 2021

27 MINS

27:32

11 May 2021


#139

The Bearded Lake feat. Owen Teale

Owen Teale (Game of Thrones, Dream Horse) stars in this Welsh legend about a desperate farmer who becomes too greedy for his own good. ... Read more

04 May 2021

22 MINS

22:26

04 May 2021


#138

Encore: 100 Rooms

In this favorite episode from the archives, seven-time Emmy-Award winner Ed Asner (Up, The Mary Tyler Moore Show) plays a wise father who challenges his daughters to solve a tricky challenge by thinking outside the box. ... Read more

27 Apr 2021

19 MINS

19:46

27 Apr 2021


#137

Growing Courage ft. Kyla Pratt

Kyla Pratt (Call Me Kat, The Proud Family) headlines this Ethiopian story about the power of facing your fears. ... Read more

20 Apr 2021

22 MINS

22:34

20 Apr 2021


#136

The Giant’s Causeway feat. Alison Wright

Alison Wright (Snowpiercer, The Americans) stars as a wise and witty Irish giant who proves she's colossal in both size and smarts. ... Read more

13 Apr 2021

20 MINS

20:43

13 Apr 2021


#135

The Fire Within feat. Maz Jobrani

Comedian and actor Maz Jobrani (Pandemic Warrior, Back To School With Maz Jobrani) plays a wise man with an on-fire imagination in this clever tale from Turkey, Balochistan, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, the West Indies, and the Hispano community of New Mexico. ... Read more

06 Apr 2021

18 MINS

18:48

06 Apr 2021


#134

The Governor’s Puzzle feat. Tiffany Espensen

Tiffany Espensen (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Kirby Buckets) stars in this Chinese folktale about thinking outside the box and inside the boat. ... Read more

30 Mar 2021

22 MINS

22:33

30 Mar 2021


#133

Encore: The Queen's Gift

This favorite episode from our archives is in loving memory of an actor you've heard in numerous Circle Round stories, including this one: Delores King Williams. ... Read more

23 Mar 2021

18 MINS

18:21

23 Mar 2021


#132

Mangoes in the Middle feat. Utkarsh Ambudkar

In this tale from India, Utkarsh Ambudkar (Brittany Runs a Marathon, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme) plays an ingenious royal advisor who cunningly proves the true owner of a fruitful treasure. ... Read more

16 Mar 2021

17 MINS

17:04

16 Mar 2021


#131

Counting Crocodiles feat. Tiya Sircar

In this playful tale from Indonesia and Malaysia, Tiya Sircar (Star Wars Rebels, The Good Place) plays a cunning mouse deer who teaches a cantankerous crocodile a lesson. ... Read more

09 Mar 2021

19 MINS

19:16

09 Mar 2021


#130

The Uncommon Offering feat. Ruthie Ann Miles

Tony Award Winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I, All Rise) stars in this Paraguayan story about giving the most rare and precious gift of all. ... Read more

02 Mar 2021

23 MINS

23:33

02 Mar 2021


#129

The Red Leather Shoes feat. Madhur Jaffrey & Aasif Mandvi

Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, Evil) and Madhur Jaffrey (Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Nation, I Feel Bad) co-star in this Indian story about a wise king, a generous shoemaker, and a priceless pair of shoes. ... Read more

23 Feb 2021

22 MINS

22:47

23 Feb 2021


#128

The Wind Catcher feat. Lea Salonga

Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables) headlines this Marshallese tale about how the first sailboat came to be. ... Read more

16 Feb 2021

21 MINS

21:13

16 Feb 2021


#127

Encore: One Speckled Hen

This week, we bring back a favorite story from the archives: Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown, The Full Monty) stars in a Jewish tale that tests the old adage, "Finders keepers, losers weepers." ... Read more

09 Feb 2021

20 MINS

20:29

09 Feb 2021


#126

All The King’s Dogs feat. Rory Culkin & Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto (Law and Order, FBI) and Rory Culkin (Waco, Halston) co-star in this Hungarian story about two farmers, one wise king, and a whole mess of canines. ... Read more

02 Feb 2021

20 MINS

20:35

02 Feb 2021


#125

The Fishermen’s Leftovers feat. Marc delaCruz

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

26 Jan 2021

19 MINS

19:36

26 Jan 2021


#124

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

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. ... Read more

19 Jan 2021

24 MINS

24:17

19 Jan 2021


#123

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

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. ... Read more

12 Jan 2021

26 MINS

26:43

12 Jan 2021


#122

Three Little Critters feat. Mason Gooding & Allen Maldonado

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. ... Read more

05 Jan 2021

24 MINS

24:49

05 Jan 2021


#121

Encore: The Emperor's Challenge

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). ... Read more

29 Dec 2020

23 MINS

23:41

29 Dec 2020