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Storytelling

Circle Round

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Thoughtfully-selected folktales from around the world are adapted for today's families and feature top talent from the stage and screen. With original music and sound design, these stories delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosit...Show More
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18:51 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Jurnee Smollett-Bell ("Underground," "Friday Night Lights,") stars in this classic tale about a young girl who teaches a group of neighbors what it means to really share. Find your free coloring page for this episode at: [...]

20:25 | Dec 19th, 2017

Rachael Harris ("Lucifer," "Suits") and Taran Killam ("Nature Cat," "Killing Gunther") star in a classic Swedish tale about a little boy who learns that--with a little hard work--dreams can come true. Download a coloring page for this episode [.....Show More

18:19 | Dec 5th, 2017

Bridget Moynahan ("Blue Bloods") re-tells this Czech folktale about a clever young woman who uses her intelligence to win the hearts of her town. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

19:14 | Aug 6th

French comedian Gad Elmaleh stars in this episode about one little armadillo who doesn't let anyone discourage him from following his dreams. This lively Bolivian folktale tells the origin story of the "charango," a small Andean stringed instrument.

27:50 | Jul 30th

In this encore, we revisit an Italian folktale starring Bobby Moynihan ("Duck Tales," "SNL") about a father who gives seemingly simple gifts to his three sons. But there is more to these family heirlooms than meets the eye.

21:08 | Jul 23rd

Part three of our special summer pop-up series -- recorded live with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra -- comes from Ghana and the West Indies, and explores the dangers of greed.

21:08 | Jul 16th

Part two of our special summer pop-up series -- recorded live with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra -- is a tale from the Antilles about an aspiring musician and a giant adventure.

20:48 | Jul 9th

Part one of our special summer pop-up series, recorded live with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this Aboriginal story from Australia imagines how the kangaroo got her indispensable pouch.

20:22 | Jul 2nd

This episode was chosen by you, the fans! Thanks for the submissions! In this Irish folktale, Damian McGinty ("Glee," "Celtic Thunder") stars as a musician with a serious case of butterflies.

24:10 | Jun 25th

Yo-Yo Ma narrates the story of a monster named Babayan, and how he changed in ways he never thought possible. To learn more, visit our website at www.wbur.org/circleround,

16:05 | Jun 18th

A special episode from our friends at the podcast Tumble, a science podcast for kids.

25:52 | Jun 11th

This week, we’re bringing you an extra-special episode from our friends at the new Gimlet podcast “Two Princes". Follow Prince Rupert as he sets out to break the mysterious curse that’s been looming over his kingdom (literally) his whole life. He’...Show More

55:53 | Jun 4th

We've teamed up with some of the best kids podcasts out there to bring you the Kids Listen Summer Sampler!

17:57 | May 28th

Jonathan Joss (Comanche Moon, Parks and Recreation) and NPR’s Diane Rehm (The Diane Rehm Show, On My Mind) star in this Seneca tale about a mystical stone who introduces the first stories to the world.

18:34 | May 21st

A.J. Buckley (SEAL Team) and Euan Morton (Hamilton) headline this Irish tale about a lazy fellow who wants to get rich quick, and the conniving leprechaun who has a big trick up his tiny sleeve.

15:04 | May 14th

Miriam Shor ("Younger," "The Americans,") stars in this Portuguese folktale about a feathered creature who gives a young, impatient man a lesson he'll never forget.

19:22 | Apr 30th

Comedian Aparna Nancherla (The Standups, Corporate) stars as a rambunctious, Robin Hood-esque cooking vessel in this Danish and Middle Eastern story about generosity and greed.

19:32 | Apr 23rd

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.

18:26 | Apr 16th

Broadway star Stephanie Hsu (Be More Chill, The SpongeBob Musical) headlines this magical Vietnamese tale about the unexpectedly sweet rewards generosity and contentment can bring.

17:55 | Apr 9th

In this playful tale with roots in Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica, Eris Baker (This Is Us) plays a tricky rabbit who presents her fellow animals with an offer they can't refuse.

26:21 | Apr 2nd

This week, we’re bringing you an extra-special episode from our friends at the podcast “But Why”: Why do we laugh? Why do you feel ticklish when someone tickles you? Why can't you tickle yourself? We learn about how humor develops with [...]

12:36 | Mar 26th

Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men") stars in a story about a man chasing happiness--and the elusive shirt that will make him smile again.

18:27 | Mar 19th

This Thai story starring Lee Overtree, Peter McNerney and Meghan O'Neill (hosts of Gimlet's Story Pirates podcast) shines a sparkling light on the treasures that come from honesty, integrity and honor.

28:05 | Mar 12th

A special episode from our friends at Story Pirates.

14:50 | Mar 5th

In this folktale with roots across Europe and Asia, Broadway legends -- and real-life couple -- Rebecca Luker (The Music Man, The Sound of Music) and Danny Burstein (My Fair Lady, Moulin Rouge) play a clever bird and the prince who tries to catch [.....Show More

16:45 | Feb 26th

Alexandra Billings (Transparent, Paddleton) stars in this Indian/Persian/Tunisian/Siberian/Iraqi/Uzbekistani folktale about the power of a keen eye and a quick mind.

17:28 | Feb 19th

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.

18:00 | Feb 12th

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.

17:10 | Feb 5th

This episode (featuring Melinda Gates) tells the story of Wangari Maathai,one of the world's most important ecologists.

21:57 | Jan 29th

Nikki SooHoo (Star Wars Resistance, The Resident) and Christine Toy Johnson (Iron Fist, Come From Away) co-star in this Chinese tale about planting the seeds of honesty.

17:43 | Jan 22nd

In this Alaska Native tale, Irene Bedard (Pocahontas, Ralph Breaks the Internet) plays a patient mortal who yearns to help the moon carry light across the night sky.

16:41 | Jan 15th

In this story from Africa, the Middle East and the Caucasus, Jake Borelli (Grey's Anatomy) plays a prince whose newfound weaving skills come in handier than he ever imagined.

22:07 | Jan 8th

Allison Strong (The Week Of) headlines this Incan tale about a brave, magical journey to heal a prince and save a family. Download the coloring page that goes with this episode at wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages Subscribe to Circle Round [....Show More

15:39 | Jan 1st

We're celebrating Billy Porter's 2019 Golden Globe nomination by bringing back this East African folktale that asks: "Is honesty always the best policy?"

1:39:15 | Dec 24th, 2018

To make your winter holidays even merrier and brighter, enjoy 90 minutes of your favorite Circle Round episodes about family! Stories include: "The Months of the Year," "Why The Ocean Is Salty," "100 Rooms," "The Lion’s Whisker,""Three Wishes" [...]

20:57 | Dec 17th, 2018

In this Galician folktale, Raul Esparza (Law and Order: SVU, Bojack Horseman, Ferdinand) stars as an aspiring musician who dreams of making the whole world dance. If you love this podcast, please consider supporting WBUR (where Circle Round is [.....Show More

19:59 | Dec 11th, 2018

In this clever folktale with roots in the Middle East and Spain, Rachael MacFarlane (American Dad) and Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad) seek a soulmate whose mind is in tune with their own.

17:19 | Dec 4th, 2018

Winter is coming.... While we get out of hats and gloves, animals are making their own plans. A four month nap? Extra food? Flying south? Our friends at "Earth Rangers" get up close and personal with wildlife to learn more. .

15:21 | Nov 27th, 2018

Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power) stars as a young woman who learns the power of her words... and how you can't take the meaner ones back once they're out there.

1:41:58 | Nov 20th, 2018

Whether you're traveling, cooking, or storing leftovers, get ready for scrumptious Thanksgiving listening with 90 minutes of your favorite Circle Round stories about food! Stories included: "Fiona and the Fairies," "When Fish Fly," "Dollars and [...]

19:46 | Nov 13th, 2018

Jackie Tohn (G.L.O.W.) stars as a clever grocer who teaches a dishonest judge the importance of being fair and trustworthy. Our *NEWEST* coloring book is available as a thank-you gift to donors. Support Circle Round today and help us keep the [.....Show More

16:32 | Nov 6th, 2018

Circle Round partners with two fellow kids podcasts--'The Punies,' by Kobe Bryant and Canada's 'Earth Rangers,'-- to bring a First Nations folktale to life. Our *NEWEST* coloring book is available as a thank-you gift to donors. Support Circle [......Show More

15:12 | Oct 30th, 2018

Tamlyn Tomita ("The Good Doctor") and Hudson Yang ("Fresh Off The Boat") star in this Japanese story about a mother and son team with a seriously good sense of humor. If you love this podcast, please consider supporting WBUR (where Circle Round [....Show More

18:17 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Amber Stevens West ("Happy Together") stars as a globe-trotting princess who works hard to keep all of her promises. But in this story, the honest princess's commitment is tested in more ways than one! Make sure you subscribe to this podcast [.....Show More

20:04 | Oct 16th, 2018

Throughout the year, we’re sharing some of our favorite kids’ podcasts with you-- from science shows to storytelling to EAR SNACKS. (That’s the name of this week’s visiting podcast.) 'Ear Snacks' comes to us from sunny California, and is [...]

17:43 | Oct 9th, 2018

French comedian Gad Elmaleh stars in this episode about one little armadillo who doesn't let anyone discourage him from following his dreams. This lively Bolivian folktale tells the origin story of the "charango," a small Andean stringed [...]

16:37 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Selenis Leyva ("Orange is the New Black," "Maniacs") stars as a clever baker in this retelling of Scottish folktale about the power of a little "please" and "thank you." Make sure you subscribe to this podcast wherever you're listening! We [.....Show More

17:01 | Sep 25th, 2018

Does bigger always mean stronger? Oscar nominee & children's author Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Annie) stars in this East African folktale. Make sure you subscribe to this podcast wherever you're listening! We hope you [......Show More

18:32 | Sep 18th, 2018

Our noses can detect nearly a trillion different scents. When the main character in our story smells just a handful of them he winds up in quite a mess! Derek Klena ("Anastasia," "Wicked,") and Max Casella ("The Lion King," "Music Man") co-star in [....Show More

18:06 | Sep 11th, 2018

Ed Asner ("Up," "Mary Tyler Moore Show") stars in a British folktale about a father who challenges his young daughters to solve a tricky challenge by thinking outside the box. Make sure you subscribe to this podcast wherever you're listening! [......Show More

13:58 | Sep 4th, 2018

John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino (HGTV’s “Cousins on Call) co-star in this story about a man who gets a very tricky lesson about the dangers of gossip.

36:40 | Aug 24th, 2018

We've teamed up with some of the best kids podcasts out there to bring you our final summer bonus episode, the Kids Listen Road Trip Mixtape. Perfect for your end-of-summer road trip spectacular!

25:01 | Aug 21st, 2018

Max Greenfield ("The Neighborhood," "New Girl") stars in this Russian folktale about the power of music. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

33:24 | Aug 14th, 2018

In this special episode, we team up with some of our pals for an awesome mash-up of fun! Featuring Circle Round, Wow In The World, Story Pirates, Brains On, But Why, and Eleanor Amplified.

11:40 | Aug 6th, 2018

YouTuber and comedian Joanna Hausmann stars in a Venezuelan folktale about an enterprising young girl and her quest to free the sun. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

14:57 | Jul 31st, 2018

Greed. Deception. Adorable baby cows. Billy Porter ("Pose") and Joshua Boone ("Seven Seconds") star in this East African folktale that asks: "is honesty always the best policy?"

15:34 | Jul 24th, 2018

Richard Kind ("Inside Out") stars in this Middle Eastern folktale about a clever man who teaches his village a thing or two about the dangers of judging a book by its cover.

21:08 | Jul 17th, 2018

When the most powerful person in the land has never relied on himself, trouble ensues! Keith David ("Greenleaf") and James Naughton ("The Blacklist," "Our Town") co-star in a folktale that claims many homes--from Afghanistan to Greece.

21:37 | Jul 10th, 2018

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. To download the free coloring page [....Show More

13:47 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Sela Ward ("Graves," "Independence Day") stars in a traditional English tale about a woman who can't seem to find home sweet home. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

14:21 | Jun 25th, 2018

Miriam Shor ("Younger," "The Americans,") stars in this Portuguese folktale about a feathered creature who gives a young, inpatient man a lesson he'll never forget.

16:44 | Jun 19th, 2018

Being a good partner is all about give and take. But in today’s story, Sam Sanders (NPR) and Joshua Johnson (WAMU) co-star in a Ghanaian story about one man who's far more interested in the taking.

13:23 | Jun 12th, 2018

NPR's own Linda Wertheimer and Susan Stamberg co-star in a Kazakh folktale about lifelong friends whose bond is tested by the unexpected discovery of big treasure. Download a coloring page for this episode here: [...]

18:20 | Jun 5th, 2018

Hannah Simone ("New Girl") stars alongside her real-life father Naren Simone in a South Asian tale about the power of self-reliance. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

13:46 | May 29th, 2018

Whether we’re 3 or 93, we all love a good story. Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") stars in this classic Yiddish folktale. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

1:48:14 | May 23rd, 2018

Have a very long road trip ahead? We've got you! This playlist features nearly two hours of your favorite Circle Round stories about our furry and feathered friends. Download a coloring page for this episode here: [...]

1:22:20 | May 23rd, 2018

We just made your road trips so much better. This 90 minute playlist features your favorite Circle Round stories about magic including "The Hat, The Horn, and the Purse," "The Rice Cakes and The Oni," "The Magic Cloth," and "The Barber's Secret." [....Show More

1:03:02 | May 23rd, 2018

Buckle your seat belt for a spectacular ride! This 60 minute playlist features your favorite Circle Round stories about music including "The Drum," "Sadko and the Sea," and "The Piper and the Pooka." Download a coloring page for this episode [......Show More

12:20 | May 22nd, 2018

Marsai Martin ("Black-ish"), Miles Brown ("Black-ish"), and NPR's own Ofeibia Quist-Arcton star in this story about a brother and a sister who are prepared to do just about anything in order to get along. Download a coloring page for this [...]

20:16 | May 15th, 2018

Tony Hale ("Veep," "Arrested Development") stars in a German folktale about a royal advisor whose dishonesty gets him into a royal mess. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

17:11 | May 8th, 2018

Kathryn Hahn ("Bad Moms") stars in the encore presentation of a Romanian folktale where a clever mother does her best to outwit a powerful dragon. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

14:30 | May 1st, 2018

Lou Diamond Phillips ("Longmire," "33") and Jon Jon Briones ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") star in the classic Filipino folktale "Why The Ocean is Salty." Download a coloring page for this episode here: [...]

20:53 | Apr 24th, 2018

In our season finale, Tony-nominated actor Kathleen Chalfant ("The Affair," "House of Cards") stars in an Iraqi tale about three friends whose love of storytelling changes their entire future. Download a coloring page for this episode here: [...]

19:52 | Apr 17th, 2018

Damian McGinty ("Glee," "Celtic Thunder") tells the story of a musician with a serious case of butterflies until he finds himself performing for a very special -- and magical -- audience. Download a coloring page for this episode here: [...]

23:15 | Apr 10th, 2018

Cheyenne Jackson ("American Horror Story," "Glee") and Patch Darragh ("Everything Sucks") star in a folktale about two friends, generosity, and the power of a pile of ashes. Download a coloring page for this episode here: [...]

17:44 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Noah Schnapp ("Stranger Things") stars in a story about a prince, a barber, and a secret that was impossible to keep. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

17:06 | Mar 27th, 2018

Wes Studi ("Penny Dreadful," "Dances With Wolves") stars as the Wampanoag mythical figure 'Maushop,' a kind, gentle giant who tries to convince the sun to come back home. Download a coloring page for this episode here: [...]

26:11 | Mar 20th, 2018

Bobby Moynihan ("Duck Tales," "SNL") stars in an Italian folktale about a father who gives seemingly simple gifts to his three sons. But they is more to these family heirloomsl than meets the eye. Download a coloring page for this episode [...]

17:45 | Mar 13th, 2018

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: [...]

16:30 | Mar 6th, 2018

Tiffany Boone ("The Chi") and Glynn Washington ("Snap Judgement") star in a classic folktale about a lazy bear who isn't big on sharing--until he meets a clever rabbit that teaches him a thing or two. Download a coloring page for this episode [......Show More

17:55 | Feb 27th, 2018

Shankar Vedantam (NPR's "Hidden Brain") retells an Indian folktale about a young girl whose generous heart takes her on a surprising adventure. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

29:55 | Feb 19th, 2018

How do our brains process the stories we hear? What happens when we are introduced to new characters? Our friends from the podcast "Brains On!" help us figure it out!

22:03 | Feb 13th, 2018

Kelly Hu ("Dietland") and Albert Tsai ("Dr Ken," "9JKL") star in a Chinese folktale about a mother, her three sons, and a very special magic cloth. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

13:14 | Feb 6th, 2018

Ever wonder what instrument you're hearing during your favorite 'Circle Round' story? Well, you're about to find out! Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

24:43 | Jan 30th, 2018

Max Greenfield ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") stars in this Russian folktale about the power of music. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

14:51 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Ray Magliozzi ("Car Talk") reminds us that heroes come in all shapes--and sizes. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

20:25 | Jan 16th, 2018

Adapted from the original Estonian folktale, Mel Rodriguez ("Last Man On Earth" "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams") stars in a story about a fisherman who learns how important it is to keep your word. Download a coloring page for this episode [.....Show More

20:44 | Jan 9th, 2018

In this Bonus Episode from our friends at "But Why," we reveal who in the world created cake!

18:36 | Dec 26th, 2017

NPR's own Ari Shapiro and Wade Goodwyn star in a Thai folktale that explores the power and universality of empathy. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

19:37 | Dec 12th, 2017

Tony Hale ("Veep," "Arrested Development") stars in a German folktale about a royal advisor whose dishonesty gets him into a royal mess. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

26:16 | Nov 27th, 2017

The second installment from our live performance at the Boston Jewish Film Festival. In this old Jewish folktale, we tell a story about spicy, flavorful onions... but we promise it won’t make you cry. If anything you’ll laugh and laugh. [...]

20:39 | Nov 21st, 2017

Live from the Boston Jewish Film Festival! In this Israeli folktale, an adventurous princess learns that the greatest lessons may not be learned in far flung lands but rather--right at home. Download a coloring page for this episode here: [...]

17:13 | Nov 14th, 2017

Yetide Badaki ("American Gods") and Dayo Okeniyi ("Shades of Blue") star in this Nigerian folktale about thunder and lightning and how they found their home in the sky. Download a coloring page for this episode here: [...]

11:42 | Nov 7th, 2017

Marsai Martin ("Black-ish"), Miles Brown ("Black-ish"), and NPR's own Ofeibia Quist-Arcton star in this story about a brother and a sister who are prepared to do just about anything in order to get along. Download a coloring page for this [...]

13:09 | Oct 31st, 2017

Sela Ward ("Graves," "Independence Day") stars in a traditional English tale about a woman who can't seem to find home sweet home. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

11:13 | Oct 24th, 2017

YouTuber and comedian Joanna Hausmann stars in a Venezuelan folktale about an enterprising young girl and her quest to free the sun. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

21:39 | Oct 19th, 2017

Do you love science? Mystery? Adventure? You can bet there's a Kidcast for it! This bonus episode introduces you to some of our favorites.

17:06 | Oct 17th, 2017

Noah Schnapp ("Stranger Things") stars in a story about a prince, a barber, and a secret that was impossible to keep. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

14:52 | Oct 10th, 2017

Tamlyn Tomita ("The Good Doctor") and Hudson Yang ("Fresh Off The Boat") star in this Japanese story about a mother and son team with a seriously good sense of humor. Download a coloring page for this episode here: [...]

11:56 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men") stars in a story about a man chasing happiness--and the elusive shirt that will make him smile again. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

13:57 | Sep 26th, 2017

Lou Diamond Phillips ("Longmire," "33") and Jon Jon Briones ("Miss Saigon") star in the classic Filipino folktale "Why The Ocean is Salty." Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

17:28 | Sep 18th, 2017

Kathryn Hahn ("Bad Moms Christmas") stars in this Romanian folktale about a clever mother and her quest to outwit a powerful dragon. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
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12:52 | Jun 8th, 2017

Whether we’re 3 or 93, we all love a good story. That’s why the WBUR iLab is launching a new storytelling podcast for kids and the grown-ups they love.

12:52 | Jun 8th, 2017

Whether we’re 3 or 93, we all love a good story. Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") stars in our first episode, a classic Yiddish folktale. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages