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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.
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Encore: 'The Lute Player'

Encore: 'The Lute Player'

2020-02-1800:22:171

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Podcast luminary Avery Trufelman (99% Invisible, Articles of Interest) stars as a generous baker touched by magic in this scrumptious Jewish tale.
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?
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.
Encore: Three Wishes

Encore: Three Wishes

2019-12-2400:20:504

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

Phillipa soo is in Hamilton I love you

Jan 20th
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Jenna Teddy

Awesome way to sho that woman are strong

Dec 5th
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Türsün Uygür

very good

Jul 11th
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Erica Ervine

A little confusing, but still good

Jun 16th
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Erica Ervine

Yeah why is there two Circle Rounds?

May 23rd
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taravat jalalifarahani

why there is two of "circle around"! it is confusing.

May 9th
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Melissa MCalvey

NORaH dad Dad Mom Daddy magic Mommy I love my daddy and mama someone that make me want to sing I'm going to sing I want Daddy come home soon so I can be with him cuz I want him to be with me so we can play and have fun I want what I want cuz I want Amy scene I want Daddy to come home soon enough so we can run the quad so we can play and have fun cuz I want to watch a movie if we can yes yes I want to watch a movie today so Daddy has to come home and Mama maybe if you can watch a movie that would be great may I please watch a movie me please watch a movie may I please watch a movie I love to watch movies and not make me want to sing and so I'm singing right now I'm doing it I'm singing and I love to do so I love to do what I want I know what way down here and I miss some of my things and blue moving and moving and moving so we can tell Laveen okay it's going down song dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum bye-bye bye bike I should buy Baha'i okay bye-bye bye-bye bye-bye bye-bye bye-bye bye-bye bye-bye bye Peppa Pig big cuz I love kitty with lala lala lala AAA

Apr 8th
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Melissa MCalvey

okay Daddy I did this. This time and I sent it to Mama too and I want mama and you to know that I want you to work work work there's lots of customers but it's a lot of customers come home soon please because I don't want you to stay at work so so long because I want you to be with us and play with us so I really want this to be good please can you come home because I buy

Apr 8th
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Mister Spoon

keep doing the good work good cwolaty story's

Jan 7th
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Gi-Hyun An

You can always

Jan 1st
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Gi-Hyun An

G

Jan 1st
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Kathleen Hoffman

listen in the car with my 11 year old

Nov 14th
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its yo gurl riy

#LoveThisChannel

Nov 7th
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NLuc

thank you. wonderful stories that my 5 year old enjoys!

Oct 27th
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taravat jalalifarahani

hi, thanks for great episodes, should you please share you website here?

Sep 20th
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Shannon Molina

Great stories, well told and entertaining. my kids love these and will actually be quite in the car to listen to them!

Aug 3rd
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Georgia Hutchinson

this was a brilliant finale, thank you!

May 9th
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Leny Khem

my kids love listening to these stories

May 2nd
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Georgia Hutchinson

We love listening to these stories as a family.

Apr 21st
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India. Charlie. Echo

A beautiful story ☀

Apr 19th
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