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The Planet Storytime Podcast (PSP) is a wonderful story narration and music program for kids of all ages that provides listeners the invitation and opportunity to use their imaginations to see all the things they're hearing in each of our shows. We divide our time between providing fully original content and adaptations of timeless classics. Thomas Mitchell provides amazing narration while Paxton Stanley provides all the music and sound effects. Bringing these two talents together creates wonderful artistic synergy and great programs in the same spirit as Fred Rogers and Sesame Street. Great for bedtime, short/long road trips, or family sit-downs in the living room, PSP provides stories that appeal to all races, religions, and identities with a focus on building confidence, tolerance, and the belief that through hard work and self-awareness, anything is possible! Enjoy the podcast! PSP Team
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Welcome back to Planet Storytime!In this episode of the podcast, we are presenting our Thanksgiving episode from last year, A Crow & Beetle Thanksgiving.    Part of the decision to re-run PSP13 is tied to our current production work for our new original series, The Beatru Chronicles, which we'll be releasing with PSP34  in little over a week (more details on that below), and part is tied to the fact that we consider this to be one of our very best episodes, with two of Thomas and Paxton's favorite characters, Crow and Beetle.    So if you missed this episode last year, please give it a listen this year!We're also well aware of the fact that we are behind schedule with new content - we apologize for the delay.    As we've mentioned in the past, the Planet Storytime Podcast  has been largely a content experiment for our production team as we've worked hard to understand what our continually growing audience wants from the show.   And given the amount of time we put into producing the show, we want to make sure that our efforts are tying back well to our fans' main interests.Over the past 14 months since our inception, we have produced famous works from famous authors and we have produced original content.  The feedback for both story types has been equally positive.   But given the amount of time needed to produce our podcasts, we've opted to focus strictly on our own original content, which requires far less development/modernization time.    We're also moving to a new story-telling model with The Beatru Chronicles - a recurring, serial show with each podcast episode produced as single chapters from a much larger story we've been working on the past several months.   This will not only help improve our publishing frequency but provide cliff-hangers, longer story arcs and help streamline our production schedule.   Most importantly, this shift in content will help us produce better and better podcasts.   We will still occasionally produce one-offs with original content, like our Crow & Beetle stories, but our long-term plan is to focus largely on The Beatru Chronicles and other long-term series.    We'd love to share more about Beatru and her adventures but would prefer to save all of that for PSP34.   Suffice it to say that Beatru should appeal to our 6-and-up listeners (and hopefully most of adult listeners) who love epic adventures in the vein of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling!We want to thank all of you once again for your endless support - we know you want more content, faster, and it is coming!   We feel cautiously confident that The Beatru Chronicles and continued focus on original content will be well-received by our fanbase and intend to have PSP34 published on Black Friday.Stay tuned!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome back to Planet Storytime!!In this episode of the podcast, we are proud to present Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, by Rudyard Kipling.  Many know and love this story, and it has been adapted many times.   For Thomas and Paxton, the need to stick as closely to the original story as possible was important, given how well it is written.   We did make a few changes but none of these impact the flow of the story.If this is your first time hearing about Rikki the Mongoose, prepare for a very dramatic, exciting story about bravery, and putting others first!   This is the longest single-story podcast in PSP's history and is also one of the scarier stories we've done.   We would encouarge our parent-friends to consider this for any kids under age 6.   We have some exciting new material coming out in the next few weeks - stay tuned in for that in the next few weeks!Thank you for your continued support!PSP Team  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome back to Planet Storytime!Today marks our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!   Hard to believe 12 months have passed since we released PSP1!  We weren't sure what to expect when we started the podcast,  but our goal was to create amazing content for kids of all ages and to help all our listeners make full use of their imaginations and the pictures in their head while listening to our stories. One year and 2 seasons in, it's clear that we have an amazing fanbase and friends from all over the world, and that our listeners continue to come back for more stories.  We've learned a great deal over the past year and look forward to continuing to produce amazing content as we move towards the end of Season 2 and 2020.   We say it all the time, but THANK YOU(!!!!!) to all of you for supporting our show and for telling your friends about us - we would not still be here if not for each and every one of you!  Please keep your emails coming to us with suggestions, ideas, things you like and even things you don't like!  In celebration of our first year together, we want to use this podcast to spotlight one of TM Ganim's most beloved poems from PSP16, However You Be.  Two dear friends to our show, Ellie and Stew, recently requested a copy of However You Be to help Ellie through some challenges she's going through (hope you're enjoying it, Ellie!), and we thought we'd feature it in our anniversary show today as a tribute to Ellie and Stew, as well as all of our fans.   TM's message in this poem is so important and a source of great clarity during the trying times we often find ourselves in this year.  We've also included Pax's soundtrack from our last episode, The Wonderful Pump.   We hope this podcast provides soothing and calming thoughts and sounds to each of you!   We have several new original stories in the works as well and will release another Stellar podcast this fall since those really seem to be a great format for our listener friends:)Please email us with any comments, questions, praise, criticism, or collaboration ideas at planet.storytime@gmail.com.   We really do make the time to read each and every email we receive and appreciate the time needed to do so.    Thank you all for listening to the Planet Storytime Podcast during our first year of production!   We will continue to deliver new content for everyone as we dive headlong into year two, face to the wind!With greatest respect and appreciation, the PSP Team!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome back to Planet Storytime!In this episode of the podcast, Thomas Mitchell and Paxton Stanley deliver one of L. Frank Baum's often overlooked classics, The Wonderful Pump, a story that dramatically illustrates how greed taints best possible outcomes and the crucial need to remain fully mindful when opportunity presents itself.   Once again, we would like to express our gratitude to all of our loyal listeners worldwide!  Our audience continues to grow each week and the outpouring of support humbles the entire PSP team!   THANK YOU!!Housekeeping:- We're less than two weeks away from our 1 year anniversary, and as we head into our second year, we have exciting changes coming, including producing 100% all-original content, and diving deeper into the history of Planet Storytime- Before we make the change to all-original content, we have a handful of children's classics we intend to produce, including at least a pair of Rudyard Kipling's most famous works- Given challenges with Covid-19, distributed work, digital learning, etc., our production schedule has lagged behind our intended plans for 2020;  we promise that our publication frequency will increase back to 2-3 podcasts/months as soon as possible- Our much anticipated website will finally roll out in the next few weeks as wellWe could literally spend 1000 words expressing our gratitude for your support but we know the best 'thank you' back to all PSP fans is to get more content into everyone's ears.  Our first year was largely an experiment to gauge interest levels and overall sustainability.   Suffice it to say that the overwhelmingly positive feedback and subscriptions have convinced us to continue making podcasts indefinitely!Thank you, loyal listeners!  Without you our show could not exist!PSP TeamSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome back to Planet Storytime!In this episode of the podcast, we give you Stellar Classics, five of our favorite, timeless stories from our favorite children's writers from our catalog:How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin by Rudyard KiplingHow The Camel Got His Hump by Rudyard KiplingThe Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix PotterThe Selfish Giant by Oscar WildeThe Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian AndersenAs with all of our previous Stellar podcasts, this episode features chapter markers, making it very easy to navigate to your favorite stories.UPDATES:We have many new stories in production at the moment and will be back with new episodes in the next couple of weeks.   Stay tuned because we have some exciting stories we're about to release!Huge thanks to all of our worldwide audience for your continued support!   And for those of you who have taken time out of your day to provide us support on Patreon, we are humbled, and grateful to all of you - thank you!Please be safe and kind and never stop believing in youself!Tom and PaxSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Shortly after publishing PSP27 we received requests for the theme music from the Victor's story.Enjoy!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome back to Planet Storytime!We appreciate your patience with the delay to publish this week's podcast.   As Pax elluded to on our landing page, we had some major technical challenges with our studio that delayed us by 3 weeks and for that we are very sorry!   We are back and happy to provide another TM Ganim story and a great story to help kick off the summer with The Victors Go To The Pool!    Whether we look different, talk different or stand apart in any way from those around us, it's important to embrace who we are - bask in it, and celebrate ourselves as the one-of-a-kind, unique human beings we all are.   We all eventually learn that we cannot always please everyone, and recognizing that helps us understand that worrying about such things limits our ability to be the happiest version of ourselves we can be.  This is another great TM story that teaches us to stand up for ourselves and to ignore the doubters!    We hope your enjoy this week's podcast!Tom and PaxSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome back to Planet Storytime!In this episode of the podcast, we get a brand new TM Ganim story with The Misdirection!   This is our 3rd story featuring the odd couple - the crow and the beetle - and their continued struggle to balance some odd form of friendship with their natural roles as predator and prey.   In this story, we learn the importance of being quick on your feet and how best to work against the odds.Thanks to everyone who downloaded Pax's instrumental story in PSP25 last week!   It was far more popular than anticipated:)   It also laid the groundwork for future stories about our actual home, Planet Storytime!  Stay tuned for more stories about our homeworld!We thank you for your continued support!Enjoy the show!PSP TeamSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Greetings everyone and welcome back for a new podcast from our team at Planet Storytime!  Only, for PSP25, we are giving Thomas Mitchell a quick break while he finishes work on PSP26 (w/ TM Ganim), for the next Crow and Beetle story!   PSP26 will be our third Crow and Beetle story and we couldn't be more excited to find out what our odd couple is up to in their next adventure:)For this episode of the podcast, Paxton Stanley provides a musical/soundtrack story using only music to tell the story of the first pioneers to discover Planet Storytime!   The origins of Planet Storytime will become more and more clear as we begin to share more and more stories about its history and magic, but for our first foray into Planet Storytime lore, we present you with Finding Planet Storytime, a musical story about our first travelers to the place we call home!  This soundtrack features a large, cosmos-sized soundscape and leaves much space for the imagination to explore - we hope you enjoy this week's episode!  Thank you for your amazing, growing support and please tell your friends about us!   And please feel free to reach out and tell us, hello!    We'd love to do some new shout-outs!planet.storytime@gmail.comTeam Planet StorytimeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome back to Planet Storytime!We hope your enjoyed PSP23 throughout the month of April!    Many people did as it became our most downloaded episode in only a few short weeks!We are happy to return with a truly timeless classic, written by Hans Christain Andersen, The Emperor's New Clothes, with narration from Thomas Mitchell and soundtrack by Pax Stanley.   We really hope you enjoy the new podcast!Thank you once again for your continued support.   Our podcast continues to gain more and more new fans and we could not be happier about that!   We have decided to continue to provide our podcast free or charge and without advertisement.    These are challenging times for families who need quality children's content and we want to do our part to provide good stories without the distraction of ads or paywalls.We would, however, very much encourage you all to reach out to us with your thoughts and ideas at planet.storytime@gmail.com.  Thanks again for your love and support!Thomas & PaxSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome to Planet Storytime, and Happy April Fools Day!!   We know things back on earth are very challenging right now with most families in our audience relegated to sheltering at home with limited ability to socialize.  We thought it was long past time to present another STELLAR podcast to help fill some of your time while sheltering together!In this episode of the podcast, we present to you 5 of our amazing stories that haven't received as much attention as most of our others:   Crow and Beetle, The Lazy Man and the Squirrel, How The Bald Man Came to Be, by TM Ganim, along with Bremen Town Musicians and Hans In Luck, by the Brothers Grimm.  (This podcast has chapter markers for each story)We would like to thank Scott Gilbertson and WIRED magazine for putting us in their latest article about the best podcasts for kids for sheltering at home!   This is the second time WIRED has promoted our podcast and we remain both humbled and greatful!https://www.wired.com/story/best-podcasts-for-kids/Thanks, Scott!! We hope you and your family are sheltering safely and are able to enjoy our latest Stellar podcast:)These are challenging times and we encourage everyone to remember to take a deep breath, hold it, and let it out, a few times each day.   We will make it through this together and we will continue to provide more and more episodes and new content in the weeks and months ahead.As always, we thank all of you for love and support!Thomas and PaxApril 1, 2020Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome to Planet Storytime and our latest podcast, The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, by Beatrix Potter, narrated by Thomas Mitchell with soundtrack by Pax Stanley!In his pursuit to present his friends with the finest dinner possible, Mr. Jeremy Fisher embarks on a fishing excursion that becomes more thrash and splash than catch!   We hope you enjoy this week's episode and hope everyone, all over the world, is doing what they can to stay healthy and to stay sheltered as much as possible.  We will get through this together!Love, Thomas and PaxSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome back to Planet Storytime!In this episode of the podcast, TM Ganim provides a story about kids facing fears and the various challenges we all must face to try to conquer them.   Stablefree and Equipoise and their classmates embark upon a "deep dive" both into Mud Cave but into themselves as well.- with narration by Thomas Mitchell and soundtrack by Pax Stanley We really hope you enjoy it!If you enjoy the Planet Storytime Podcast and would like to support the show, please click the ‘subscribe' button on your podcast player and tell your friends about us!  You can also support us with contributions on our Patreon webpage.   Simply go to Patreon.com, and search for The Planet Storytime Podcast.You can also reach out to us with suggestions, requests and questions by email at planet.storytime@gmail.com, and keep using your imagination to unlock the full power of your brain!Thank you for your continued support!Thomas and PaxSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome to Planet Storytime!In this week's podcast, we present another TM Ganim original, The Tale of Mann Kranky.  When given the chance to hoard his good fortune or share it, Mann Kranky chooses a greedy path and finds himself lacking something no amount of money can truly buy.    Narrated by Thomas Mitchell with music by Pax Stanley.UPDATE:    Our website is coming!    We appreciate everyone's patience and promise to unveil it by April 1st!If you enjoy the Planet Storytime Podcast and would like to support the show, please click the ‘subscribe' button on your podcast player and tell your friends about us!  You can also support us with contributions on our Patreon webpage.   Simply go to Patreon.com, and search for The Planet Storytime Podcast.You can also reach out to us with suggestions, requests and questions by email at planet.storytime@gmail.com, and keep using your imagination to unlock the full power of your brain!Thank you for your continued support!Thomas and PaxSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome back to Planet Storytime!We want to thank everyone for their patience during the past four weeks!   We had some things that required our full attention - we had some friends we had to help.   And friendship is the focus of our latest podcast, Paxidrom and Dowjamboo, the latest original from our best pal, TM Ganim, with narration by Thomas Mitchell and music by Paxton Stanley!Our website is coming very soon, so please stayed tuned for that!Enjoy this week's podcast and keep using your imagination!Planet Storytime TeamSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Happy New Year!With each new year comes the opportunity for each of us to strive for new goals, new ways of thinking, and true enlightenment.   For the team at Planet Storytime, we look forward to continuing to provide amazing stories in 2020 and beyond, and kick this year off with Oscar Wilde's, The Selfish Giant, adapted for the podcast by Thomas Mitchell with music by Pax Stanley.   This is a gorgeous story about the importance of overcoming selfishness, learning how to give and serve others, and the kind of magic that happens when you learn to share not only of your things, but of yourself:)Housekeeping- The new website is very close to launch!   This will provide an easy stop to download episodes, subscribe to the podcast, read our upcoming blog series in the many reasons why we do this show and believe in its power to help strengthen young minds and older ones as well- Starting with PSP18, we will no longer be adhering to a strict, every Monday schedule, as much of our work in the new year will be focused on the development of new, original material and will, at times, take us longer than a week to produce;  we expect our pace will average 3 episodes per month, but don't hold us to that - we may deliver more or less, depending on the material- We will be returning to the 'Stellar' podcasts which summarize all the previous months' episodes into one episode as these shows have been extrememly popular with our listeners- We will also be releasing our "Best Planet Storytime Podcasts of 2019" in the weeks ahead which will combine our 10 most popular episodes from 2019Shoutouts- We want to say thank you to Daniel Altiere for his time in the past week.   Daniel is responsible for some really big kids movie screenplays over the past 10 years, and he was kind enough to spend some time with us this week - thanks, Daniel!- A big shoutout to Caleb and Carly for becoming our first two official listeners and a huge source of inspiration for our show and two of our most loyal fans!- A big shoutout to all of our fans worldwide!   Our show is now played in 27 countries all around the globe and we want to say thanks to all of you for your support!Until next time!PSP Teamplanet.storytime@gmail.comIf you enjoy the Planet Storytime Podcast and would like to support the show, please click the ‘subscribe' button on your podcast pSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Happy Holidays from Planet Storytime!We hope you get to spend some happy times with friends and family over the current holiday season:)   In this episode of the podcast,  we wanted to give everyone a story about bravery, love, generosity and living together in harmony to help celebrate the season, and our dear friend, TM Ganim, was kind enough to share yet another one of his amazing stories for this week's show with, The Bear The Light and The Sacred Night!  We hope you love it as much as we did.Also, we wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy winter holiday as we get ready to take a few weeks off to regroup, launch our website, and focus on the content we will be providing on Planet Storytime in 2020.   The support everyone has given us has been wonderful and proof to us that we should continue making podcasts for our growing audience:)    We will return with PSP18 on January 13th.Until next time, take good care of yourselves, enjoy your loved ones, be grateful to have them in your life, and keep using your imagination to see just how powerful your brain truly is!Happy Holidays!!!Goodbye for now!Thomas and PaxtonSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Welcome to Planet Storytime!   In this episode of the podcast, Thomas narrates two wonderful short works:  his adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's How The Rhino Got His Skin, with an awesome soundtrack from Paxton Stanley, and a gorgeous poem by TM Ganim, called However You Be.We are huge fans of both Kipling and TM Ganim and truly hope you enjoy both of our shorts today!Coming next week...TM Ganim has been hard at work finishing his first holiday story for the show which we'll have out next Monday, December 23rd, for PSP17!   Don't miss it!If you enjoy the Planet Storytime Podcast and would like to support the show, please click the ‘subscribe' button on your podcast player and tell your friends about us!  You can also support us with contributions on our Patreon webpage.   Simply go to Patreon.com, and search for Planet Storytime Podcast.You can also reach out to us with suggestions, requests and questions by email at planet.storytime@gmail.com, and keep using your imagination to unlock the full power of your brain!So long for now!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Hans In Luck - PSP15

Hans In Luck - PSP15

2019-12-0915:03

Welcome back to Planet Storytime!In this episode of the podcast, Thomas Mitchell and Pax Stanley present their adaptation of Hans In Luck, by the Brothers Grimm, a story that reminds us that attitude and perspective play the biggest roles in how we view good/bad luck, and happiness in general.    This story was adapted for the podcast by Thomas with all original music by Pax.On the horizon...- Our new website rolls out in January which will feature easy access to all of our podcasts, our upcoming blog, interviews with popular children's story creators, and listener-supported-only content, including the music soundtrack for each episode, contests, opinion polls, and much more!- There are rumors on Planet Storytime that TM Ganim is putting the finishing touches on a new holiday story for us for release later this month...stay tuned!- We've received several requests for a "Stellar Vocabulary" segment on the podcast. Look for this new section to be included in future episodes and eventually retrofit to ALL of our episodes.   We believe young minds thrive when they're stretched ever so slightly, and for our younger listeners, this will give them defnitions for our larger words!Our podcast continues to grow and we continue to gain new subscribers. We cannot thank all of you enough for your amazing love and support!   Thank You!!If you enjoy the Planet Storytime Podcast and would like to support the show, please click the ‘subscribe' button on your podcast player and tell your friends about us!  You can also support us with contributions on our Patreon webpage.   Simply go to Patreon.com, and search for Planet Storytime Podcast.You can also reach out to us with suggestions, requests and questions by email at planet.storytime@gmail.com, and keep using your imagination to unlock the full power of your brain!So long for now!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
Greetings!We hope everyoe had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family!    Since we too celebrate Thanksgiving on Planet Storytime, we took the week off from story development to enjoy some quality time with our families and the associated travel took some time away from our storytelling.   Our Stellar Podcasts have been a huge hit since many of our listeners like the longer format, and we will continue to produce these every month.  We thought now would be a good time to put together our first Stellar Top 5 Episodes Podcast, showcasing our 5 most popular episodes thru our first 3 months:1)   The Tale of Peter Rabbit2)   Crow and Beetle3)   The Tale of The Pumpkin House4)   How The Camel Got His Hump5)   The Queen BeeIn this episode of the podcast, we present each of these episodes (in reverse order) for you in one show, making it great for road trips or even before bedtime.    We were happy to see how diverse this list is, with 5 awesome stories from 4 different, amazing authors.    We truly hope you enjoy these stories and we look forward to providing a new episode with a newly develped story next Monday, December 9th.Thanks again for your support, and so long for now!If you enjoy the Planet Storytime Podcast and would like to support the show, please click the ‘subscribe' button on your podcast player and tell your friends about us!  You can also support us with contributions on our Patreon webpage.   Simply go to Patreon.com, and search for Planet Storytime Podcast.You can also reach out to us with suggestions, requests and questions by email at planet.storytime@gmail.com, and keep using your imagination to unlock the full power of your brain!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/planet_storytime_podcast)
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