Podcast

Circle Round

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 generosity. Geared for kids ages 4 to 10 and their grown-ups; created and produced by parents of young children.

Episodes

  • 'The Unjust Justice' | feat. Jackie Tohn

    Nov 13 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 stories coming! More at wbur.org/color

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

    Nov 06 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 Round today and help us keep the stories coming! More at wbur.org/color

  • Encore: 'The Rice Cakes And The Oni"

    Oct 30 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 is produced) by donating $5 or $10 a month. When you do, we'll send you the BRAND SPANKIN' NEW coloring book created by our fabulous illustrator Sabina Hahn. Learn more at: wbur.org/color

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

    Oct 23 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 wherever you're listening! We hope you love what you're hearing. WBUR's Circle Round is a listener supported podcast. We rely on donations to keep writing, casting, composing, and entertaining. Donate today and as a thank you, you'll get "Circle Ro...more

  • Circle Round Presents 'Ear Snacks!'

    Oct 16 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 hosted by Andrew and Polly: an award-winning, singing and songwriting duo.

  • 'Armadillo’s Song' | feat. Gad Elmaleh

    Oct 09 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. Make sure you subscribe to this podcast wherever you're listening! We hope you love what you're hearing. WBUR's Circle Round is a listener supported podcast. We rely on donations to keep writing, casting, composing, and entertaining. Donate ...more

  • 'Fiona and the Fairies' | feat. Selenis Leyva

    Oct 02 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 hope you love what you're hearing. WBUR's Circle Round is a listener supported podcast. We rely on donations to keep writing, casting, composing, and entertaining. Donate today and as a thank you, you'll get "Circle Round Colors," our brand new (aweso...more

  • 'The Tug of War' | feat. Quvenzhane Wallis

    Sep 25 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 love what you're hearing. WBUR's Circle Round is a listener supported podcast. We rely on donations to keep writing, casting, composing, and entertaining. Donate today and as a thank you, you'll get "Circle Round Colors," our brand new (awesome) colori...more

  • 'Dollars and Scents' | feat. Derek Klena and Max Casella

    Sep 18 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 this global folktale. Make sure you subscribe to this podcast wherever you're listening! We hope you love what you're hearing. WBUR's Circle Round is a listener supported podcast. We rely on donations to keep writing, casting, composing, and ent...more

  • '100 Rooms' | feat. Ed Asner

    Sep 11 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! We hope you love what you're hearing. WBUR's Circle Round is a listener supported podcast. We rely on donations to keep writing, casting, composing, and entertaining. Donate today and as a thank you, you'll get "Circle Round Colors," our brand new (...more

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

    Sep 04 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

    Aug 24 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'

    Aug 21 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

    Aug 14 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'

    Aug 06 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

    Jul 31 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

    Jul 24 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.

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

    Jul 17 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

    Jul 10 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 for this story, visit: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

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

    Jul 02 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

    Jun 25 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

    Jun 19 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

    Jun 12 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: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'A Taste Of Honey' | feat. Hannah Simone

    Jun 05 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' | feat. Jason Alexander

    May 29 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

  • Two Hour Road Trip Reel: 'The Animal Kingdom'

    May 23 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: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 90 Minute Road Trip Reel: 'Casting A Spell'

    May 23 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." To print out the coloring pages associated with these stories, visit wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • One Hour Road Trip Reel: 'Playing By Ear'

    May 23 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 here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

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

    May 22 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 episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

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

    May 15 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

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

    May 08 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

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

    May 01 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: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'The Lamb With The Golden Fleece' | feat. Kathleen Chalfant

    Apr 24 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: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'The Piper And The Pooka' | feat. Damian McGinty

    Apr 17 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: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'Ashes for Sale' | feat. Cheyenne Jackson, Patch Darragh

    Apr 10 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: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • Encore: 'The Barber's Secret' | feat. Noah Schnapp

    Apr 03 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

  • 'Maushop And Grandfather Sun' | feat. Wes Studi

    Mar 27 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: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'The Hat, The Horn, And The Purse' | feat. Bobby Moynihan

    Mar 20 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 here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'Three Wishes' | feat. Patrick and Mandy Fabian

    Mar 13 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: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'Share and Share Alike' | feat. Tiffany Boone and Glynn Washington

    Mar 06 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 here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'The Drum' | feat. Shankar Vedantam

    Feb 27 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

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

    Feb 19 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' | feat. Kelly Hu and Albert Tsai

    Feb 13 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

  • 'What Am I Hearing?' | feat. Composer Eric Shimelonis

    Feb 06 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

  • Sadko And The Sea | feat. Max Greenfield

    Jan 30 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

  • 'The Goat in the Garden' | feat. 'Car Talk's' Ray Magliozzi

    Jan 23 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

  • "The Forbidden Knot" | feat. Mel Rodriguez

    Jan 16 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 here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • Bonus Episode: 'But Why' Takes Your Questions

    Jan 09 2018

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

  • 'Latchkey Stew' | feat. Jurnee Smollett-Bell

    Jan 02 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: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'The Answer You Seek' | feat. Ari Shapiro and Wade Goodwyn

    Dec 26 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

  • 'The Magpie With Salt On Her Tail' | feat. Rachael Harris and Taran Kilam

    Dec 19 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 here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'The Shepherd's Disguise' | feat. Tony Hale

    Dec 12 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

  • 'Clever Manka' | feat. Bridget Moynahan

    Dec 05 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

  • 'Onions And Garlic'

    Nov 27 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. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'Princess In The Mirror'

    Nov 21 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: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'Thunder and Lightning' | feat. Yetide Badaki and Dayo Okeniyi

    Nov 14 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: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

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

    Nov 07 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 episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'The Woman Who Lived In A Vinegar Bottle' | feat. Sela Ward

    Oct 31 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

  • 'The Owner Of The Sun' | feat. Joanna Hausmann

    Oct 24 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

  • A Few More Podcasts For Kids And Their Grown-Ups

    Oct 19 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' | ft. Noah Schnapp

    Oct 17 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

  • 'The Rice Cakes And The Oni' | ft. Tamlyn Tomita and Hudson Yang

    Oct 10 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: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

  • 'The Happiest Person In The World' | ft. Jon Cryer

    Oct 02 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

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

    Sep 26 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

  • 'Stella And The Dragon' | feat. Kathryn Hahn

    Sep 18 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

  • 'It Could Always Get Worse' | feat. Jason Alexander

    Jun 08 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