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Circle Round

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.

Episodes

  • Growing Courage ft. Kyla Pratt

    Apr 20 2021

    Kyla Pratt (Call Me Kat, The Proud Family) headlines this Ethiopian story about the power of facing your fears.

  • The Giant’s Causeway feat. Alison Wright

    Apr 13 2021

    Alison Wright (Snowpiercer, The Americans) stars as a wise and witty Irish giant who proves she's colossal in both size and smarts.

  • The Fire Within feat. Maz Jobrani

    Apr 06 2021

    Comedian and actor Maz Jobrani (Pandemic Warrior, Back To School With Maz Jobrani) plays a wise man with an on-fire imagination in this clever tale from Turkey, Balochistan, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, the West Indies, and the Hispano community of New Mexico.

  • The Governor’s Puzzle feat. Tiffany Espensen

    Mar 30 2021

    Tiffany Espensen (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Kirby Buckets) stars in this Chinese folktale about thinking outside the box and inside the boat.

  • Encore: The Queen's Gift

    Mar 23 2021

    This favorite episode from our archives is in loving memory of an actor you've heard in numerous Circle Round stories, including this one: Delores King Williams.

  • Mangoes in the Middle feat. Utkarsh Ambudkar

    Mar 16 2021

    In this tale from India, Utkarsh Ambudkar (Brittany Runs a Marathon, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme) plays an ingenious royal advisor who cunningly proves the true owner of a fruitful treasure.

  • Counting Crocodiles feat. Tiya Sircar

    Mar 09 2021

    In this playful tale from Indonesia and Malaysia, Tiya Sircar (Star Wars Rebels, The Good Place) plays a cunning mouse deer who teaches a cantankerous crocodile a lesson.

  • The Uncommon Offering feat. Ruthie Ann Miles

    Mar 02 2021

    Tony Award Winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I, All Rise) stars in this Paraguayan story about giving the most rare and precious gift of all.

  • The Red Leather Shoes feat. Madhur Jaffrey & Aasif Mandvi

    Feb 23 2021

    Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, Evil) and Madhur Jaffrey (Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Nation, I Feel Bad) co-star in this Indian story about a wise king, a generous shoemaker, and a priceless pair of shoes.

  • The Wind Catcher feat. Lea Salonga

    Feb 16 2021

    Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables) headlines this Marshallese tale about how the first sailboat came to be.

  • Encore: One Speckled Hen

    Feb 09 2021

    This week, we bring back a favorite story from the archives: Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown, The Full Monty) stars in a Jewish tale that tests the old adage, "Finders keepers, losers weepers."

  • All The King’s Dogs feat. Rory Culkin & Jeremy Sisto

    Feb 02 2021

    Jeremy Sisto (Law and Order, FBI) and Rory Culkin (Waco, Halston) co-star in this Hungarian story about two farmers, one wise king, and a whole mess of canines.

  • The Fishermen’s Leftovers feat. Marc delaCruz

    Jan 26 2021

    In this magical tale from Japan, Marc delaCruz (If/Then, Hamilton) plays a lowly cook whose kitchen scraps bring him a golden reward.

  • The Horse of a Different Color feat. Christina Anthony & Lindsay Mendez

    Jan 19 2021

    Christina Anthony (Mixed-ish, Key & Peele) and Tony winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, All Rise) play a one-of-a-kind horse and rider in this enchanted tale from across the Spanish-speaking world.

  • The Head and the Heart feat. Hrishikesh Hirway & Joshua Malina

    Jan 12 2021

    Joshua Malina (The West Wing, Scandal) and Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder, The West Wing Weekly) co-star in this Jewish tale about two brothers who make two very different ways in the world.

  • Three Little Critters feat. Mason Gooding & Allen Maldonado

    Jan 05 2021

    Mason Gooding (Love, Victor; Scream 5) and Allen Maldonado (Sneakerheads, The Last O.G.) co-star in this East African story about the big power of a little teamwork.

  • Encore: The Emperor's Challenge

    Dec 29 2020

    As we ring in the new year, we bring back a favorite episode about planting the seeds of honesty, starring Nikki SooHoo (Star Wars Resistance, The Resident) and Christine Toy Johnson (Iron Fist, Come From Away).

  • Encore: A Bird in the Hand

    Dec 22 2020

    As we celebrate the winter holidays, we revisit a favorite episode from season two: Broadway legends Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein play a talking bird and spoiled prince who explore the meaning of true wisdom.

  • Ariana’s Music feat. Mireille Enos

    Dec 15 2020

    Mireille Enos (Hanna, The Killing) headlines this new spin on an ancient Greek legend about an instrument that captivates everyone who hears it, whether they have skin, scales, hair, hides, feathers, or fur.

  • The Three Tests feat. Kiera Allen

    Dec 08 2020

    Kiera Allen (Run) plays a wise woman whose cleverness is tested by her father long after he's gone in this story from Armenia, Greece, Russia, Germany and Hungary.

  • The Twin Monkeys feat. Julia Nickson & Lizzy Capri

    Dec 01 2020

    Julia Nickson (Rambo: First Blood Part II, The Unbidden) and YouTuber Lizzy Capri headline this Tibetan and Burmese tale about finding treasure, playing tricks, and monkeying around.

  • Simple Gifts: Circle Round's Season-of-Giving Special

    Nov 24 2020

    To celebrate the season of giving, we bring you a special mega-episode revisiting four of your favorite Circle Round stories about generosity.

  • The Basilisk’s Stare feat. Nabiyah Be & Evan Whitten

    Nov 17 2020

    In this tale inspired by a Polish legend, Nabiyah Be (Black Panther, Daisy Jones & The Six) and Evan Whitten (The Resident, Mr. Robot) face off against a fantastical creature whose gaze turns people to stone.

  • The Fantastic Fiddle feat. Adam Irigoyen

    Nov 10 2020

    This Hispanic tale from the Southwest U.S. stars Adam Irigoyen (Away, Shake It Up) as a fiddler whose magical instrument brings the world to its feet, and the guilty to their knees.

  • Little Frog’s Big Voice feat. Alex Brightman & Dyllón Burnside

    Nov 03 2020

    Dyllón Burnside (POSE, Prideland) and Tony nominee Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice, School of Rock - The Musical) co-star in this Australian story about small critters, giant egos, and why frogs croak.

  • The Extraordinary Pine Cone feat. Kelly Jenrette & John Carroll Lynch

    Oct 27 2020

    Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid's Tale, Uncorked) and John Carroll Lynch (American Horror Story, The Founder) headline this Estonian/Finnish story about how very far a little generosity can go.

  • Coyote’s Flame feat. Brittany O’Grady

    Oct 20 2020

    In this Native American tale, Brittany O'Grady (Little Voice, Star) plays a cunning creature who uses teamwork to bring light, sun and fire to the dark, cold world.

  • Encore: Grandfather Stone feat. Diane Rehm and Jonathan Joss

    Oct 13 2020

    In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, we're revisiting this Seneca tale from Season 2 about the origin of stories -- co-starring NPR veteran Diane Rehm and Jonathan Joss (Parks and Recreation, Comanche Moon).

  • The Glittering Gourd feat. Glenn Fleshler & Corey Stoll

    Oct 06 2020

    Corey Stoll (Billions, West Side Story) and Glenn Fleshler (Billions, Joker) bring to life this Brazilian story about the sweetness of humility and the sting of greed.

  • The Olive Jar feat. Maggie Siff, Santino Fontana & Denim Richards

    Sep 29 2020

    Maggie Siff (Billions, Mad Men), Santino Fontana (Tootsie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and Denim Richards (Yellowstone, The Chickasaw Rancher) co-star in this Northern African/Middle Eastern/Jewish tale about spoiled olives and fresh starts.

  • Long Hair and the Waterfall feat. Rosalind Chao

    Sep 22 2020

    Rosalind Chao (Mulan, The Joy Luck Club) headlines this Chinese tale about a tall mountain, a big radish, and the magic of giving back to your community.

  • Little Cu feat. Desmin Borges

    Sep 15 2020

    Desmin Borges (You're The Worst, Utopia) plays a tiny bird with an ever-growing ego in this playful story with roots in Mexico and Puerto Rico.

  • Dirt Into Gold feat. Tzi Ma & Jimmy Wong

    Sep 08 2020

    Tzi Ma (The Farewell, Mulan) and Jimmy Wong (Wish Dragon, Mulan) co-star in this Burmese tale about turning soil and dirt into an invaluable treasure.

  • Circle Round: Fan Edition!

    Sep 01 2020

    At the end of season 3, we asked fans to send us their own Circle Round story. This week, you’ll hear some of the submissions we received!

  • Encore: 'The Forbidden Knot'

    Aug 25 2020

    This favorite story from season one, starring Mel Rodriguez (The Last Man on Earth, Electric Dreams), is about the importance of being honest and keeping your word... especially when you’re a leader in charge of something big.

  • The Charming Flute feat. Amy Hargreaves

    Aug 18 2020

    In part four of our summer series with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Amy Hargreaves (13 Reasons Why, Homeland) plays a mystical flute player who teaches a greedy landowner to sing a different tune.

  • Encore: 'A Taste Of Honey'

    Aug 11 2020

    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

  • Naming the Tree feat. Chloe Coleman

    Aug 04 2020

    In part three of our summer series with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chloe Coleman (Timmy Failure, My Spy) stars in an African tale about how bigger isn't always better, and how slow and steady can be best of all!

  • Encore: 'Latchkey Stew'

    Jul 28 2020

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell stars in this classic tale about a young girl who teaches a group of neighbors what it means to really share.

  • The Farmer’s Coin feat. Jin Ha and Greta Jung

    Jul 21 2020

    In part two of our summer series with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jin Ha (Devs, Love Life) and Greta Jung (Modern Family, Station 19) headline a Korean folktale about a hardworking farmer whose generosity brings a surprising reward.

  • Encore: The Enchanted Paintbrush feat. Phillipa Soo

    Jul 14 2020

    Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) and Stacy Keach (Man With a Plan) headline this favorite episode from season 3: a tale from China about a kind, humble artist whose paintings come to life.

  • Every Other Friday feat. Melora Hardin and Gildart Jackson

    Jul 07 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.

  • Encore: 'Kangaroo And Joey Too'

    Jun 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.

  • Shortie: The Leaky Bucket

    Jun 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.

  • Encore: 'The Great Ball Game'

    Jun 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.

  • Shortie: The Dinner Date

    Jun 09 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.

  • Encore: The Most Powerful Of All

    Jun 02 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.

  • The Noblest Tale feat. Lisa Loeb

    May 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.

  • Leopard’s Rhythm feat. Tonya Mosley

    May 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.

  • Sweet and Sour feat. Avi Nash & Marshall Escamilla

    May 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.

  • Chief Know-It-All feat. Chris Sullivan

    May 05 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.

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

    Apr 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.” ...more

  • The Treasured Axe feat. Adrian Martinez

    Apr 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 Treasu...more

  • Shortie: 'The Money Tree'

    Apr 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!

  • The Fallen Sparrow feat. Molly Bloom and Jane Lindholm

    Apr 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.

  • Shortie: 'The First Ring'

    Apr 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. ...more

  • The Birds and the Trees feat. Krys Marshall

    Apr 07 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 Ja...more

  • Shortie: 'A Cup of Poi'

    Apr 03 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 ha...more

  • The Search For Rain feat. Amory Sivertson

    Mar 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 toge...more

  • Circle Round Presents: 'Mystery Recipe'

    Mar 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!

  • Encore: 'The King And The Cobbler'

    Mar 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...more

  • The Elephant’s Tub feat. Analeigh Tipton and Stephen Tobolowsky

    Mar 17 2020

    Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid Love; Why Women Kill) and Stephen Tobolowsky (One Day at a Time, The Tobolowsky Files) co-star in this Burmese tale about a king who dreams of finding an elusive white elephant.

  • Song of the Horse feat. David Archuleta and Sherry Cola

    Mar 10 2020

    Pop singer David Archuleta (American Idol) and stand-up comic Sherry Cola (Good Trouble) headline this Mongolian story about the origins of the country's national instrument: the horsehead fiddle. Voices in this episode include Doug Lockwood, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Kimberly Schraf, David Archuleta and Sherry Cola. Grown-ups, look for stand-up comedian Sherry Cola on the Freeform network drama, Good Trouble. Singer-songwriter and American Idol star David Archuleta kicks off his Ok, All Right...more

  • Granny’s Leather Bag feat. Orla Brady

    Mar 03 2020

    Orla Brady (Star Trek: Picard, Into the Badlands) stars in this Irish tale about three wise animals, two very different sisters, and one bag of silver coins.

  • The Mountain Spring feat. Kelli O’Hara & Greg Naughton

    Feb 25 2020

    Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara (The King and I; Kiss Me, Kate) stars opposite real-life husband, director/musician Greg Naughton (The Independents, The Sweet Remains), in this Korean and Japanese tale about eternal love, kindness and youth.

  • Encore: 'The Lute Player'

    Feb 18 2020

    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.

  • The Rooster in the Sky feat. Rachel Matthews

    Feb 11 2020

    In this adventure story with roots in Russia, Hungary and the Middle East, a magical rooster rewards Rachel Matthews (Frozen 2) for her fearless persistence and precious friendship.

  • The True Mother feat. Alex Landi

    Feb 04 2020

    In this Japanese tale, Alex Landi (Grey's Anatomy, Insatiable) plays a wise judge who finds an ingenious way to determine the real mother of a bouncing baby boy.

  • The Beggar and the Baker’s Daughter feat. Margaret Cho

    Jan 28 2020

    Comedian Margaret Cho (The Margaret Cho, Fresh Off The Bloat) headlines this English tale about a greedy woman who bites off more than she can chew.

  • The Very Busy Fairies feat. Parker Bates

    Jan 21 2020

    In this zany Celtic tale, when fairies come to help Parker Bates (This Is Us) with his chores, he discovers they're far more trouble than they're worth.

  • The Dozen Loaves of Bread feat. Avery Trufelman

    Jan 14 2020

    Podcast luminary Avery Trufelman (99% Invisible, Articles of Interest) stars as a generous baker touched by magic in this scrumptious Jewish tale.

  • The Nine Sticks feat. Nikesh Patel and Maulik Pancholy

    Jan 07 2020

    Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock, Grand Horizons) and Nikesh Patel (Four Weddings and a Funeral) headline this Indian story that asks what's more precious: glittering jewels, or good friends?

  • Encore: The Months Of The Year

    Dec 31 2019

    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.

  • Encore: Three Wishes

    Dec 24 2019

    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

  • The Gloomy Pine Tree feat. Mykal-Michelle Harris

    Dec 17 2019

    Mykal-Michelle Harris (Mixed-ish) stars as a discontented sapling in this classic "grass is always greener" tale from Germany.

  • Nilsa And The Troll feat. Raegan Revord

    Dec 10 2019

    In this story with roots in Denmark, Raegan Revord (Young Sheldon) plays a generous young woman who proves that small gestures of kindness can make a big difference.

  • The Banker’s Riddles feat. Jeannie Mai

    Dec 03 2019

    Jeannie Mai (Listen Hunnay, The Real) headlines this Chinese and Vietnamese tale about a wise, witty woman who gives a greedy, riddle-loving banker a run for his money.

  • Encore: 'Fiona And The Fairies'

    Nov 26 2019

    Selenis Leyva ("Orange is the New Black," "Maniacs") stars as a clever baker in this retelling of a Scottish folktale about the power of a little "please" and "thank you."

  • The Enchanted Paintbrush feat. Phillipa Soo

    Nov 19 2019

    Phillipa Soo (Hamilton, The Code) and Stacy Keach (Man With a Plan, American Greed) headline this Chinese tale about a kind, humble artist whose paintings come to life.

  • Sir Luck and Mister Riches feat. Michael Ian Black and David Wain

    Nov 12 2019

    Comedian/kids' author Michael Ian Black (I'm Worried, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop) and actor/director David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Stella) star in this supernatural story from Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic and the Dominican Republic.

  • The Fire On The Other Side Of The World feat. Yeardley Smith

    Nov 05 2019

    In this Cherokee story, Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons) plays a feisty, creative spider who proves that power and strength aren't always about physical size.

  • The Chattering Clams feat. Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz

    Oct 29 2019

    Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz — hosts of NPR’s "Wow! in the World" podcast — star in this whimsical Native American tale about the dangers of gossip.

  • The King's Face feat. Derrick Baskin and Brandon Uranowitz

    Oct 22 2019

    Broadway stars Derrick Baskin ("Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee") and Brandon Uranowitz ("An American in Paris," "Burn This") play a curious king and clever farmer in this tale with roots in Russia, Italy, India, Greece, Africa and Iran.

  • Encore: 'Maushop And Grandfather Sun'

    Oct 15 2019

    Wes Studi, who later this month will become the first Native American actor to receive an Oscar, stars as the Wampanoag mythical figure 'Maushop,' a kind, gentle giant who tries to convince the sun to come back home.

  • The Rusty Cowbell featuring Lake Bell

    Oct 08 2019

    Lake Bell (The Secret Life of Pets, Bless This Mess) stars as a struggling farmer who gives a selfish landlord a run for his money in this folktale from Russia, Germany, Indonesia and the Netherlands.

  • One Speckled Hen feat. André de Shields

    Oct 01 2019

    Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown, The Full Monty) stars in this Jewish tale that tests the old adage: "finders keepers, losers weepers."

  • The Great Acorn Robbery feat. Katy Mixon and Diedrich Bader

    Sep 24 2019

    Katy Mixon (American Housewife, Minions) and Diedrich Bader (American Housewife, Veep) headline this Seneca tale about an industrious squirrel and the sneaky critters who pilfer her prized acorns.

  • Rabbit's Wish feat. Ryan Michelle Bathé

    Sep 17 2019

    In this story with roots in West Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, Ryan Michelle Bathé (This Is Us, First Wives Club) plays a clever Rabbit who discovers that power and strength aren't just about physical size.

  • Curious Boots feat. Colin Hanks

    Sep 10 2019

    This Norwegian adventure tale stars Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces, Jumanji 2) as a precocious little brother whose curiosity earns him a royally big reward.

  • Circle Round Presents: 'Tai Asks Why'

    Sep 03 2019

    In this episode from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, "Tai Asks Why" features 12-year-old Tai Poole, who asks: What are animals saying to each other?

  • Encore: 'What Am I Hearing?'

    Aug 27 2019

    Ever wonder what instrument you're hearing during your favorite 'Circle Round' story? We're revisiting a very special episode featuring the music and mind of Eric Shimelonis, resident sound designer and composer.

  • Encore: 'The Unwelcome Guest'

    Aug 20 2019

    This week, we're bringing back a listener favorite. 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.

  • Circle Round Presents: 'Wow in the World'

    Aug 13 2019

    In this special episode from our friends at NPR's "Wow in the World," hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz explore canine communication.

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

    Aug 06 2019

    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.

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

    Jul 30 2019

    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.

  • The Magic Bowl featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Jul 23 2019

    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.

  • Practice Makes Progress featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Jul 16 2019

    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.

  • Kangaroo And Joey Too featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Jul 09 2019

    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.

  • Listeners' Favorite: 'The Piper And The Pooka'

    Jul 02 2019

    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.

  • Circle Round Spotlight: Babayan And The Magic Star

    Jun 25 2019

    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,

  • Circle Round Presents: 'Tumble'

    Jun 18 2019

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

  • Circle Round Presents 'Two Princes'

    Jun 11 2019

    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’s ready to face whatever dastardly villain or vile monster stands in his way. What he isn’t prepared for is meeting the handsome Amir, a rival prince on a quest to save his own realm. We’re excited to share the first episode with you here. You can...more

  • Circle Round Presents: Kids Listen Summer Sampler

    Jun 04 2019

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

  • Grandfather Stone feat. Diane Rehm, Jonathan Joss

    May 28 2019

    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.

  • Lazy Jack and the Leprechaun feat. A.J. Buckley, Euan Morton

    May 21 2019

    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.

  • Encore: 'The Skylark'

    May 14 2019

    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.

  • Circle Round Presents 'Brains On'

    May 07 2019

    A special episode from our friends at Brains On.

  • 'The Three-Legged Pot' featuring Aparna Nancherla

    Apr 30 2019

    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.

  • The Lute Player featuring Annie Parisse and Paul Sparks

    Apr 23 2019

    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.

  • 'The Star Fruit Tree' featuring Stephanie Hsu

    Apr 16 2019

    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.

  • 'Sweet Corn and Clever Rabbit' featuring Eris Baker

    Apr 09 2019

    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.

  • Circle Round Presents 'But Why'

    Apr 02 2019

    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 Gina Mireault of the Infant Laughter Project at Northern Vermont University. Also in the episode we hear about April 1 traditions and we listen in to jokes from our listeners with Vermont comedian Josie Leavitt.

  • Encore: 'The Happiest Person In The World'

    Mar 26 2019

    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.

  • All That Glitters, featuring the cast of Story Pirates

    Mar 19 2019

    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.

  • Circle Round Presents 'Story Pirates'

    Mar 12 2019

    A special episode from our friends at Story Pirates.

  • 'A Bird In The Hand' | feat. Danny Burstein ("My Fair Lady") and Rebecca Luker ("The Sound of Music")

    Mar 05 2019

    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 her.

  • 'Three Clever Brothers' | feat. Alexandra Billings (Transparent)

    Feb 26 2019

    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.

  • "The Great Ball Game" | feat. William Jackson Harper (The Good Place, Jack Ryan)

    Feb 19 2019

    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.

  • 'The Most Powerful Of All' | feat. Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon, Big Little Lies)

    Feb 12 2019

    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.

  • Circle Round Presents 'Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls'

    Feb 05 2019

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

  • 'The Emperor's Challenge' | feat. Christine Toy Johnson (Iron Fist) & Nikki SooHoo (Star Wars Resistance)

    Jan 29 2019

    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.

  • 'The Woman In The Moon' | feat. Irene Bedard ("Ralph Breaks The Internet," "Pocahontas")

    Jan 22 2019

    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.

  • 'The Queen's Gift' | feat. Jake Borelli (Grey's Anatomy)

    Jan 15 2019

    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.

  • 'The Golden Flask' | feat. Allison Strong

    Jan 08 2019

    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 at applepodcasts.com/circleround

  • Encore: 'Cow Wells and Cow Bells'

    Jan 01 2019

    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?"

  • Road Trip Reel: 'Family Ties'

    Dec 24 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" and "The Skylark."

  • 'The Dancing Goats' | feat. Raul Esparza

    Dec 17 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 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

  • 'Wit and Wordplay' | feat. 'American Dad's' Rachael MacFarlane and Dee Bradley Baker

    Dec 11 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.

  • Circle Round Presents 'Earth Rangers!'

    Dec 04 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. .

  • 'Maya's Feathers' | feat. Vella Lovell

    Nov 27 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.

  • Road Trip Reel: A Feast For Your Ears!

    Nov 20 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 Scents," "The Perfect Partnership," "A Taste of Honey," and "The Unwelcome Guest." To support Circle Round and receive our thank you gift of a coloring book, please visit wbur.org/color

  • '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