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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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'Latchkey Stew'

21:11 | 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.

'The Magpie With Salt On Her Tail'

22:45 | 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.

'Clever Manka'

20:39 | 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.

'Turtle Island' | feat. 'The Punies' and 'Earth Ranger Emma'

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

Encore: 'The Rice Cakes And The Oni"

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

'The Princess and the Egg' | feat. Amber Stevens West

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

Circle Round Presents 'Ear Snacks!'

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 [...]

'Armadillo’s Song' | feat. Gad Elmaleh

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 instrument.

'Fiona and the Fairies' | feat. Selenis Leyva

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."

'The Tug of War' | feat. Quvenzhane Wallis

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.

'Dollars and Scents' | feat. Derek Klena

18:26 | 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

'100 Rooms' | feat. Ed Asner

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.

'When Fish Fly' | feat. HGTV's 'The Cousins:' John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino

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.

Kids Listen Road Trip Mixtape

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!

Encore: 'Sadko And The Sea'

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

The Mega Awesome Super Huge Wicked Fun Podcast Playdate

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.

Encore: 'The Owner Of The Sun'

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

'Cow Wells And Cow Bells' | feat. Billy Porter and Joshua Boone

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?"

'The Unwelcome Guest' | feat. Richard Kind

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 it's cover.

'The King And The Cobbler' | feat. Keith David and James Naughton

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.

'The Months Of The Year' | feat. Ailsa Chang and Joshua Rush

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

Encore: 'The Woman Who Lived In A Vinegar Bottle' feat. Sela Ward

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

'The Skylark' | Feat. Miriam Shor

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.

'The Perfect Partnership' | Feat. Joshua Johnson and Sam Sanders

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.

'The Friendship Orchard' | feat. Susan Stamberg and Linda Wertheimer

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: [...]

'A Taste Of Honey' | feat. Hannah Simone

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

Encore: 'It Could Always Get Worse'

16:06 | May 29th, 2018

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

Two Hour Road Trip Reel: 'The Animal Kingdom'

1:50:34 | 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. To print out the free coloring pages associated with these stories, visit [...]

90 Minute Road Trip Reel: 'Casting A Spell'

1:24:40 | 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

One Hour Road Trip Reel: 'Playing By Ear'

1:04:27 | 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."

Encore: 'The Lion's Whisker' | feat. Marsai Martin and Miles Brown

14:40 | 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. Print your free coloring page for this [...]

Encore: 'The Shepherd's Disguise' | feat. Tony Hale

22:36 | 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. Print your free coloring page for this story at wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

Encore: 'Stella And The Dragon' | feat. Kathryn Hahn

19:31 | 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. Print your free coloring page for this story at: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

Encore: 'Why The Ocean Is Salty'| Feat. Lou Diamond Phillips, Jon Jon Briones

16:50 | 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." Print your free coloring page for this story at: [...]

'The Lamb With The Golden Fleece' | Featuring Kathleen Chalfant

23:13 | 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.

'The Piper And The Pooka'| Feat. Damian McGinty

22:12 | 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.

'Ashes for Sale' | Feat. Cheyenne Jackson, Patch Darragh

25:35 | 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.

Encore: 'The Barber's Secret'

20:04 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Noah Schnapp ("Stranger Things") stars in a story about a prince, a barber, and a secret that was impossible to keep.

'Maushop And Grandfather Sun'

19:26 | 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.

The Hat, The Horn, And The Purse

28:31 | 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.

"Three Wishes"

20:05 | 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.

"Share and Share Alike"

18:50 | 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.

"The Drum"

20:15 | 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.

How Do Our Brains Process Stories?: 'BrainsOn!' Has Some Answers!

32:15 | 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!

'The Magic Cloth'

24:23 | 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.

What Am I Hearing?

15:34 | Feb 6th, 2018

Ever wonder what instrument you're hearing during your favorite 'Circle Round' story? Well, you're about to find out!

Sadko And The Sea

27:03 | Jan 30th, 2018

Max Greenfield ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") stars in this Russian folktale about the power of music.

'The Goat in the Garden'

17:11 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Ray Magliozzi ("Car Talk") reminds us that heroes come in all shapes--and sizes.

"The Forbidden Knot"

22:45 | 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.

Bonus Episode: 'But Why' Takes Your Questions

23:04 | Jan 9th, 2018

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

'The Answer You Seek'

20:56 | Dec 26th, 2017

NPR's own Ari Shapiro and Wade Goodwyn star in a Thai folktale that explores the power and universality of empathy.

'The Shepherd's Disguise' feat. Tony Hale

21:57 | 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.

'Onions And Garlic'

28:36 | 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.

'Princess In The Mirror'

22:59 | 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.

'Thunder and Lightning'

19:33 | 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.

'The Lion's Whisker' feat. Marsai Martin and Miles Brown

14:02 | 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.

'The Woman Who Lived In A Vinegar Bottle'

15:29 | Oct 31st, 2017

Sela Ward ("Graves," "Indepdendence Day") stars in a traditional English tale about a woman who can't seem to find home sweet home.

'The Owner Of The Sun'

13:33 | 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.

A Few More Podcasts For Kids And Their Grown-Ups

23:59 | 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.

'The Barber's Secret'

19:26 | Oct 17th, 2017

Noah Schnapp ("Stranger Things") stars in a story about a prince, a barber, and a secret that was impossible to keep.

'The Rice Cakes And The Oni'

17:12 | 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.

'The Happiest Person In The World'

14:16 | 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.

'Why The Ocean Is Salty' | Feat. Lou Diamond Phillips, Jon Jon Briones

16:17 | 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." Print your free coloring page for this story at wbur.org/circleround

'Stella And The Dragon' | feat. Kathryn Hahn

19:48 | 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.

Circle Round: A New Storytelling Podcast For Kids And The Young At Heart

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.