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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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Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) and Stacy Keach (Man With a Plan) headline this favorite episode from season 3: a tale from China about a kind, humble artist whose paintings come to life.
Part one of our special summer series with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Melora Hardin and Gildart Jackson co-star in this tale about a crafty countess who teaches a broke baker never to look a gift horse in the mouth.
Recorded live with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra as part of our 2019 summer pop-up series, this Aboriginal story from Australia imagines how the kangaroo got her indispensable pouch.
Is the bucket half empty or half full? This week's bonus episode comes from a Chinese folktale about the unexpected upside of imperfection.
In this Native American story, William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) portrays a tiny creature who teaches the other animals and birds to appreciate what it means to be different.
Shortie: The Dinner Date

Shortie: The Dinner Date

2020-06-0916:596

In this bite-sized bonus episode from West Africa, a tricky spider bites off more than he can chew when he tries outwitting a wise dinner guest.
Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon, Big Little Lies) learns a surprising lesson about size, strength and power in this twist on a folktale from East Asia, India, Spain, Latin America and the southwestern U.S.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (A Simple Trick to Happiness, Feel What U Feel) discovers the true meaning of goodness, virtue and honor in this folktale originally from Mexico.
Public radio and podcast veteran Tonya Mosley (Here and Now, Truth Be Told) plays a clever turtle determined to outwit the local bully in this whimsical tale inspired by stories told in Ghana.
In this story from the Zulu people of South Africa, Marshall Escamilla (Tumble: A Science Podcast for Kids) and Avi Nash (The Walking Dead, Hosea) star as brothers who are as different as sweet and sour.
Actor and musician Chris Sullivan (This Is Us, Joseph The Spouse) plays the boastful, blowhard title character in this Hawaiian tale about an egotistical chief who gets cut down to size.
Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery, Penny Dreadful) and Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery, Rent) headline this Middle Eastern/North African tale about sweet figs, bad breath, and the bitter truth. When you need advice, what kind of advisor do you turn to? Someone who’s honest? Trustworthy? Supportive? In today’s story, we’ll meet an advisor who’s none of these things. And the person he’s advising -- a wealthy, powerful sultan -- has no idea! Our story is called “The Sultan’s Figs.” Versions of this tale originally come from North Africa and the Middle East. Voices in this episode include Mike DelGaudio, Shazad Latif and Anthony Rapp. Grown-ups, you can see Shazad and Anthony on the CBS All-Access series, Star Trek. You can also check out Shazad Latif in three Netflix shows -- Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Penny Dreadful and Toast of London -- plus the upcoming indie film, Falling For Figaro. Anthony Rapp has starred in dozens of Broadway plays and musicals, including Rent and If/Then, opposite Idina Menzel. He’s the author of the book, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent. To give to Circle Round got to WBUR.org/supportcircleround
Adrian Martinez (Stumptown, Lady and the Tramp) stars in this classic folktale about the big treasures a little honesty can bring. Visit our website, www.wbur.org/circleround and print out our coloring pages! ----------- What does it mean to be “honest”? Being “honest” means being truthful in what you do and say - even if it isn’t easy! In today’s story, we’ll find out why telling the truth can be even more precious than bronze, silver, and gold! Our story is called “The Treasured Axe.” Versions of this tale come from all over the world, from Greece, Latvia and Russia, to Nigeria, Indonesia and Japan, to China, Thailand and Tibet. ------- www.wbur.org/circleround
In this bonus episode inspired by a Chinese folktale, an industrious man finds a clever way to teach his brother the value of hard work. ------ If you’re looking for something extra to do while listening to today’s tale, ask a grown-up to print out the coloring page for this week’s story! You can find it at WBUR.org/circleround. At the end of this episode you'll hear more another activity -- an "I did it" jar!
Children's podcast hosts Molly Bloom (Brains On!, Smash Boom Best) and Jane Lindholm (But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids) co-star as twin sisters who reap what they sow in this story with origins in Korea, Tibet, Japan and China.
In this bonus story with roots in Europe and China, a horse teaches a knight about loyalty and kindness. ------ If you’re looking for something extra to do while listening to today’s tale, ask a grown-up to print out the coloring page for this week’s story! You can find it at WBUR.org/circleround. At the end of this episode you'll hear more another activity -- writing notes. ------ Think about someone in your life who has helped you. Perhaps a teacher helped you learn something new. Or a family member gave you a smile and a hug when you were having a rough day. When people help us out, it’s nice to return the favor, by doing something helpful for them. But in this bonus edition of Circle Round, we’ll meet a character who forgets about that last part, even though his helper saved his life!
Think about someone you admire for their courage. Maybe it’s a person from history, who stood up for what’s right. Perhaps it’s a family member or friend who’s always bold enough to try something new. In today’s story, we’ll meet a character who’s so brave, she’s willing to give up everything she’s ever known. Everything! Our story is called “The Birds and the Trees.” Versions of this tale come from New Zealand, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. Voices in this episode include James Konicek, Adam Mastroianni, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Gamalia Pharms, and Krys Marshall. Grown-ups, you can see Krys Marshall on Apple TV’s fictionalized version of the 1960s race to the moon, For All Mankind. Krys is also a mentor with the Young Storytellers Foundation, which seeks to "inspire young people to discover the power of their own voice.”
Shortie: 'A Cup of Poi'

Shortie: 'A Cup of Poi'

2020-04-0313:505

A bonus story from Hawaii, about the magic that happens when we show kindness to strangers in need. ------ If you’re looking for something extra to do while listening to today’s tale, ask a grown-up to print out the coloring page for this week’s story! You can find it at WBUR.org/circleround. At the end of this episode you'll hear more about how to play "Kindness Bingo." ----------- We’ve been hearing a lot from our listeners around the world - listeners like you! And many of you have been asking for more stories to help you get through this time of social distancing, when we’re all spending a bunch more time at home than we’re used to. Today we’re bringing you a special bonus episode of Circle Round.  Our story is called “A Cup of Poi.” Poi is a popular food where our tale originally comes from: Hawaii, the only island state in the United States. It’s all about the magic that happens when we’re kind to others… especially when we’ve never met them before!
Have you ever teamed up with other people to get something done?  We’re all keeping our distance from other people, to help everyone stay healthy and safe. But just because we’re keeping a physical distance, it doesn’t mean we have to be separated. Even if we’re not in the same room, or the same building, we can still find ways to join up with others, and accomplish things that we can’t do on our own!  In the story we’re about to hear, we’ll meet some people who really need to work together. But first… they need to get their act together! Our story is called “The Search For Rain.” It’s inspired by a tale from Argentina, the second-largest country in South America. Voices in this episode include Doug Lockwood, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Gamalia Pharms, Delores King Williams, and Amory Sivertson. Amory is the co-host of Endless Thread, a podcast from WBUR and Reddit that brings stories from the Internet to life -- from mysteries, to histories, to stories about our shared humanity.  This episode was adapted for Circle Round by Rebecca Sheir. It was edited by Circle Round’s executive producer, Katherine Brewer. Circle Round’s original music and sound design is by Eric Shimelonis. Our artist is Sabina Hahn.
Here at Circle Round, we’re hard at work, putting together brand new episodes for you. But since everyone’s routines are changing and we're all staying home more, we’re giving you a special treat today: an episode of another podcast you might enjoy, "Mystery Recipe," from America's Test Kitchen Kids.  “Mystery Recipe” is jam-packed with fascinating trivia, cool science, fun characters, and of course… food.  Listen to find out!
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Script Writer

love that🍭

Jul 12th
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C H

season 4 soon!

Jun 7th
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Script Writer

my son and i reallly like your storie. we're listening to them from the first day of quarantine. thanks alot. but you know, sometime the music is too loud on the voice of narrator. and makes hard to listen. ☘☘☘good luck✋🍀

May 16th
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Script Writer

thank you for your stories🌺🌺🌺. The music was a little bit annoying on story teller's voice🌿

Apr 28th
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Script Writer

"i loved that" 👈 my 6 years old son said so

Apr 26th
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Ruth Siedlecki

We love your stories!

Apr 24th
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how it works

great

Apr 21st
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how it works

love it

Apr 21st
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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

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Jan 1st
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Kathleen Hoffman

listen in the car with my 11 year old

Nov 14th
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