Circle Round

Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10, tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world featuring top talent from the stage and screen. Stories are adapted for today’s families into 10 to 20 minute episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.


  • "Three Wishes"

    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.

  • "Share and Share Alike"

    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.

  • "The Drum"

    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.

  • 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'

    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.

  • What Am I Hearing?

    Feb 06 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

    Jan 30 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'

    Jan 23 2018

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

  • "The Forbidden Knot"

    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.

  • 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'

    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.

  • 'The Answer You Seek'

    Dec 26 2017

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

  • 'The Magpie With Salt On Her Tail'

    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.

  • 'The Shepherd's Disguise'

    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.

  • 'Clever Manka'

    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.

  • '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.

  • '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.

  • 'Thunder and Lightning'

    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.

  • 'The Lion's Whisker'

    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.

  • 'The Woman Who Lived In A Vinegar Bottle'

    Oct 31 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'

    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.

  • 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'

    Oct 17 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'

    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.

  • 'The Happiest Person In The World'

    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.

  • 'Why The Ocean Is Salty'

    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."

  • 'Stella And The Dragon'

    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.

  • 'It Could Always Get Worse'

    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.