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Circle Round

WBUR

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.

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.

Location:

United States

Networks:

WBUR

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Every Other Friday feat. Melora Hardin and Gildart Jackson

7/7/2020
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.

Duration:00:27:18

Encore: 'Kangaroo And Joey Too'

6/30/2020
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.

Duration:00:25:36

Shortie: The Leaky Bucket

6/23/2020
Is the bucket half empty or half full? This week's bonus episode comes from a Chinese folktale about the unexpected upside of imperfection.

Duration:00:15:26

Encore: 'The Great Ball Game'

6/16/2020
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.

Duration:00:22:29

Shortie: The Dinner Date

6/9/2020
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.

Duration:00:16:40

Encore: The Most Powerful Of All

6/2/2020
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.

Duration:00:20:42

The Noblest Tale feat. Lisa Loeb

5/26/2020
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.

Duration:00:27:37

Leopard’s Rhythm feat. Tonya Mosley

5/19/2020
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.

Duration:00:26:18

Sweet and Sour feat. Avi Nash & Marshall Escamilla

5/12/2020
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.

Duration:00:28:01

Chief Know-It-All feat. Chris Sullivan

5/5/2020
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.

Duration:00:30:55

The Sultan’s Figs feat. Shazad Latif and Anthony Rapp

4/28/2020
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.”...

Duration:00:28:55

The Treasured Axe feat. Adrian Martinez

4/21/2020
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...

Duration:00:26:20

Shortie: 'The Money Tree'

4/17/2020
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!

Duration:00:15:19

The Fallen Sparrow feat. Molly Bloom and Jane Lindholm

4/14/2020
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.

Duration:00:21:54

Shortie: 'The First Ring'

4/10/2020
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...

Duration:00:16:01

The Birds and the Trees feat. Krys Marshall

4/7/2020
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...

Duration:00:25:44

Shortie: 'A Cup of Poi'

4/3/2020
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...

Duration:00:14:31

The Search For Rain feat. Amory Sivertson

3/31/2020
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...

Duration:00:25:23

Circle Round Presents: 'Mystery Recipe'

3/27/2020
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!

Duration:00:19:08

Encore: 'The King And The Cobbler'

3/24/2020
Things are pretty different from what we’re all used to, aren’t they? You might be spending much more time at home, and finding new ways to pass the time each day… while staying safe and healthy and entertained. When things get challenging, there are all sorts of ways we can get through. And one of those ways is right there inside your head: Your imagination! This week, we’re bringing you a Circle Round episode that’s all about using your imagination -- your creativity -- in the face of...

Duration:00:26:09