Dorktales Storytime

Be the hero of your own story! That’s at the heart of Dorktales Storytime, an imaginative podcast for kids and their pop culture loving grownups. Enter their Once Upon a Time world where Jonathan and Mr. Reginald T. Hedgehog take you on a journey of curiosity and acceptance—through fractured fairy tales with social emotional themes, inspiring histories of hidden heroes, and anything-is-possible lore stories.


  • Where’s Wabbitson?

    May 18 2023

    The game's afoot again, but this time the great squirrel detective, Sherlock Nettlesbee, is feeling too frantic to solve an important mystery. His trusty companion, John Wabbitson, is missing! Presuming the worst, Sherlock is convinced that it’s the fiendish work of the evil Moray-eel-arty. Can he remain calm and follow the clues to the right conclusion? Or will worry slither him into his scariest thoughts?PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This original tale takes young listeners into th...more

  • Special Delivery

    May 04 2023

    No snow, rain, heat nor gloom of night will keep Harold the Hare Mail carrier and Reginald T. Hedgehog from heralding the news across Once Upon a Time! They hop on board the O.U.T.P.S. (Once Upon a Time Postal Service) truck to spend the day chugga-chugga, honk, HONKing across the Parchment Pass. Ride along as they enjoy many sights and meet great citizen critters while dutifully delivering the mail throughout Mythdom, Litropia, the Typographic Islands and beyond.PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOL...more

  • The Valley Hen, Taylor

    Apr 20 2023

    One morning, Taylor the hen, did something amazing! When the giants hear about her daring feat, they decide to throw the biggest bash ever to introduce her to her new neighborhood. Taylor fears she’ll make a fool of herself at the party, and that no one will like her. To prove to herself that she's worthy, she puts herself through three terrifying trials. Will her nerves get the best of her, or will she be brave enough to boogie into unbelievable friendships?PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOL...more

  • Patricia Bath, Hidden Hero of History

    Apr 06 2023

    A story that will open your eyes to scientific imagination! Dr. Patricia Bath was an ophthalmologist, inventor, and humanitarian who was dedicated to bettering the lives of others. She began in her teens by making an important discovery about the relationship between cancer, nutrition, and stress. Eye health became her priority as a doctor and she made sure care was accessible for those in underserved communities. Dr. Bath’s life was filled with achievements, including becoming the first Black f...more

  • Jabberwock This Way

    Mar 23 2023

    OH NO! Alice accidentally summoned the Jabberwock whose causing chaos across Wonderland. She’s frantic to banish the bullying beast when the Cheshire Cat pops in to lend a tail. Can this feline mischief-maker help Alice and her friends find the way? Purrrhaps. Or, maybe what’s called for is a little curiosity and self-discovery to show Alice she already glows with the power to send the monster home.PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This story was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’ poem...more

  • Redge’s K.N.I.G.H.T. School, a Dorktales Lore Story

    Mar 09 2023

    Welcome to Redge’s K.N.I.G.H.T. School, the Knowledgeably Noble Institution for Gallant Hero Training! Here Hedge Knights in training discover their own inner powers, cultivate their courage, celebrate everyone as they are, defend the realm from darkness, and BRAVELY bring about the light. Young Archie doubts he has the right stuff, afraid that he will never be worthy enough to take such a hedge pledge. He’s ready to leap when he learns that he already possesses exemplary knighthood qualities—a ...more

  • Country Redge vs City Rodge

    Feb 23 2023

    Rude! Ill-mannered! Uh oh! After only one night of their visit, Mr. Redge declares that his cozy, country inn experience is over for his city cousin, Rodge. It seems that these two are set on squabbling instead of enjoying their time together. Does Rodge really feel superior because he lives in Litropia and not the Folktale Forest? See how this tale of competing and comparisons turns into acts of mutual appreciation.PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This story was inspired by Aesop’s fable, “...more

  • Groundbreaking Music Makers, Hidden Heroes of History

    Feb 09 2023

    We’ve got stories of chart-topping trailblazers! Ritchie Valens broke cultural barriers with his musical style, and sparked the game-changing Chicano rock movement. Carol Kaye was the only woman on the famous ‘Wrecking Crew’. Always in high-demand, she laid down iconic bass tracks during 10,000 recording sessions. Sister Rosetta Tharpe crossed boundaries in sound and performance to become the Godmother of Rock and Roll, and creator of one of the very first recorded rock tracks. These three groun...more

  • The Golden Touch Screen

    Jan 26 2023

    After missing out on the latest aPhone release, the Acorn-product-obsessed Mr. Redge makes a desperate deal with a dark magic sorcerer. Quivering over almost losing his quills, he meets Acorn founder Beeve Hogs. Beeve tells him the story of King Midas and his love of gold, and the wizard that grants Midas' greedy wish. Will the story's unintended consequences touch Redge’s heart and remind him what he should value the most?PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This story was inspired by...more

  • Encore: Brave Aviators, Hidden Heroes of History

    Jan 12 2023

    We booked you another reservation on Brave Aviator Airlines, where stories take flight! Join Jonathan and Mr. Redge on this encore adventure through time to meet four pioneers of aviation: Bessie Coleman, Hazel Ying Lee, Maggie Gee and Mae Jemison. From flying circuses and Avenger Field to the space shuttle Endeavor, these women broke through racial and gender barriers to reach new heights of acceptance in the field of aviation and beyond!Go to the episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/bra...more

  • Catching Tanya Time from Girl Tales

    Dec 29 2022

    While Jonathan and Mr. Redge rest after all their merrymaking and the joyful tales they’ve told this season, Rebecca Cunningham makes a visit from Girl Tales to share an original story about Shelby Ann Catskills Cunningham. Ms. Cunningham LOVES to lasso and wishes she had more time to do it. Well, right before New Year’s Eve, she lassoes someone who can give her the power to twirl her rope as much as she wants. Seems like her wish will finally come true… but also there might be a few unexpected ...more

  • A Winter's Tail

    Dec 15 2022

    “Poppycock, nonsense and hedge-hogwash!” declares Mr. Redge when he learns winter is responsible for all the cold white stuff making his wallaby friend’s toes and tail freeze. Before emotions heat up to a high degree, the magical weather pixie known as Jack Frost pops in to share what’s so cool about the chilly season. Can he ultimately prove to the Folktale Forest’s creatures that there’s no business like snow business?PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This story was inspired by the tale of ...more

  • Twas a Night Most Jolly Holly

    Dec 01 2022

    ‘Tis the season of good cheer and you, dear listeners, are our reason to be merry! Once Upon a Times’ traditional hedgehog holiday has almost begun—but before the festivities commence, Mr. Redge has invited the Folktale Forest’s Society of Bards and Balladeers to give you a glimpse into the magic of Jolly Holly Day. So, with narrative expressions of joy and great glee they present the poem, ’Twas a Night Most Jolly Holly. PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This episode was inspired by “Twas th...more

  • Lucille Bishop Smith, Hidden Hero of History

    Nov 17 2022

    A taste of kitchen creativity and a recipe for success! Lucille Bishop Smith was a Black American culinary entrepreneur, educator, inventor and corporate founder. Her “Lucille’s All Purpose Hot Roll Mix” revolutionized home cooking. 21 different recipes could be made from its base, adding a dash of time-saving convenience to meal-making! She used her success to give back, uplifting her community and teaching others the secret ingredients needed to navigate the domestic service industry.Go to the...more

  • Alice in Slumberland

    Nov 03 2022

    After tumbling down the rabbit hole, Alice and Mr. Redge find themselves smack dab in the middle of the Queen of Hearts kingdom. Seeing her subjects so forlorn over her majesty’s ill-temper, the two concoct a clever croquet challenge to rid her of her crotchety ways. Can the queen learn their lesson of cooperation and good sportsmanship, or will she command that everyone go, OFF TO THEIR BEDS?!PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is a reimagined story based on “The Queen’s Croquet Ground” c...more

  • Maple Leaf Legends, a Dorktales Lore Story

    Oct 20 2022

    As soon as the leaves fall, you’ll find the Folktale Forest hedgehogs collecting and turning them into maple leaf medals. They award them to the trees for their exemplary service to the land and its critters. Now, Jonathan and Mr. Redge are adding to this honored tradition by celebrating the unique talents of all their forest friends. Come and hear their razzle-dazzling awards show with dancing trios, wonderful wordsmiths, astonishing acrobats, and one famous rooster who cockadoodle-doesn’t miss...more

  • Once Upon a Time – Dorktales Theme Song!

    Oct 13 2022

    “It’s a beautiful day for a story, adventure and glory, new friends, and old ones too!” We’re very excited to bring you, dear listeners, our original theme song, performed by the Folktale Forest’s resident bird band, the Branch Sisters. The lyrics are a tribute to YOU, our dork squad, who join Jonathan and Mr. Redge each episode as they set sail on adventures through the imagination—taking you to a “brand, new world with twists and turns and lessons learned, and journeys most exhilarating.” Than...more

  • Hogenstein, a Spooky Halloween Tale

    Oct 06 2022

    It’s aliiiive!! Deep in the Foreshadow, the ever-dark lands of Once Upon a Time, lived Hogenstein, the infamous warthog scientist who invented “It’s Alive No. 5!” Using this freaky formula, a lightning rod and a fierce thunderstorm, he and his loyal lab assistant, Lugo the bat, brought a super creature to life. Muahahaha! But wait…that’s not what’s so terrifying about this tale—the scariest part is when the creature goes out into the world alone to face his fears.PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOL...more

  • Kazue Togasaki, Hidden Hero of History

    Sep 22 2022

    A story of duty, dedication, and deliveries! Dr. Kazue Togasaki was one of the first Japanese American women to become a doctor in the US. Inspired by her experience in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, she overcame gender and racial barriers to start her own medical practice. But it was living in a Japanese internment camp during World War II where she showed her moxie - setting up make-shift facilities to provide vital health care to her community and delivering over 10,000 babies during the ...more

  • The Tornado Two-Step

    Sep 08 2022

    There’s tension in the Folktale Forest! Two friends clash over blueprints for Midge the Pidge’s new birdhouse. As their issues begin to spiral out of control, they learn the legend of Pecos Bill – the rootinest-tootinest, roughest, toughest cowboy who tamed a tumultuous tornado and created the Grand Canyon. Yippee-ki-yay! The tall tale ultimately calms their chaos and carves a path towards a cordial compromise. PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is our reimagining of the classic tall tale...more

  • Masterpiece Stories: The Tortoise and the Hare

    Aug 25 2022

    Perhaps you've heard of a certain race between a smart-but-slow-moving tortoise and a quick-on-their-feet hare? In our bonus episode, Masterpiece Stories, our friends Alexa, Bristol, and Charlotte – the kids behind the mic of the magnificent ABC Story Sisters podcast – will whisk you off to classic fable land with the original “Tortoise and the Hare.'' Then, you will hear our Dorktales’ contemporary take, “Ready, Set, Slow!”, where Tortoise never gives up and never surrenders! Joi...more

  • Tuning-in to Newsy Pooloozi!

    Aug 11 2022

    Mr. Redge wonders where he’ll get his daily dose of adventure while Jonathan takes a storytelling break to spend time planting and tending his garden. All it takes is turning on their magical radio to tune-in to Newsy Pooloozi, the Common Sense Media news podcast pick for curious kids (and hedgehogs). In this episode, mother-daughter duo, Lyndee and Leela, talk about the hopes for earth-saving plastic trees and the surprising benefits of zoo poo!Find more Newsy Pooloozi news stories: https://www...more

  • Mary Had a Little, Yes And

    Jul 28 2022

    It’s the perfect day for pure play! Sherlock Nettlesbee, the great deducing squirrel detective, joins Jonathan and Mr. Redge in an afternoon of imagination and good old-fashioned make believe. When their cloud gazing doesn’t cut it, Sherlock declares that “the Improv Game is afoot!” Can the trio find inspiration from Mary and her little lamb, Lula? Yes and…they’re sure to find a whole-lotta playful, floofy fun everywhere they go!PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This story is about making tim...more

  • A Sprinkle of What If World!

    Jul 14 2022

    Jonathan is visiting the magical realm of the What If World podcast where he is joined by the show’s host, Mr. Eric, for a storytelling adventure and some mythical merry-making! Enjoy this bonus episode “What if Dragons Breathed Sprinkles?” from What If World. Stay tuned after the story to hear a short interview with our storyteller, Jonathan. “All-star adventurer and wizard, Igneous Draconius (played by Jonathan Cormur) is a guest lecturer at the Observatorium this week, and Professor Abacus P....more

  • Special Message: The WHY Behind Dorktales Storytime

    Jul 05 2022

    We’re 50 episodes in so Molly Murphy, writer, producer and composer for Dorktales Storytime—and our host, Jonathan Cormur’s sister—has a special message about why storytelling and imagination are so incredibly important to the Dorktales’ Team:“We love making this podcast because we can tell all kids that everything they’re feeling is valid. We can give them tools for navigating the world, and stories to turn to where they can hear that they matter and they’re enough. We want to be that community...more

  • The Magical Doorway, a Dorktales Lore Story

    Jun 30 2022

    On an otherwise normal day, a portal opens in a mysterious tree hidden in the very corners of a California redwood forest. Jonathan walks through the trunk and tumbles into the mystical, magical land of Once Upon a Time. Mr. Reginald T. Hedgehog, who’s out on his daily walk around his hovel, encounters this lost human. The two discover their kinship and begin their quest to bring joy and understanding to others through stories. As the sun sets behind the Cliffhanger mountains, they set sail acro...more

  • Big Bad’s Big Feelings

    Jun 16 2022

    Annoyed and anxious and angry, oh my! Looks like our friends from the Folktale Forest are on an emotional roller coaster, especially the Big Bad Wolf. He's so upset, he just wants to howl at the moon! Luckily, they encounter a caring capybara who patiently helps them sort through their big feelings and calm themselves down. Join Jonathan, Redge, and Big Bad as they learn how to understand one another, and huff and puff their stress away. PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: Recognizing over...more

  • Jerry Lawson, Hidden Hero of History

    Jun 02 2022

    An epic quest to uncover an early video game pioneer! As a teen, Jerry Lawson was a self-taught electronics wiz—building ham radios, making walkie-talkies from scratch, and repairing his neighbor’s TVs. His love of new technologies brought him to California where he became one of the only Black engineers in Silicon Valley. While there, he changed the course of the video game industry with his revolutionary invention—the Channel F game console with interchangeable cartridges. Today, his legacy is...more

  • Bear-Weather Friends

    May 19 2022

    Two traveling dudes mindlessly meander down a path when they awaken ferocious O, a ginormous growling bear, from his peaceful slumber! Will these best bro buddies help each other to safety when the bear barrels towards them in full bluster? Or will one have to learn a righteous lesson about who he can truly count on when things get tough?PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is our reimagining of the Aesop fable, “The Two Travelers and a Bear.” The theme of this story is “What is a true frie...more

  • Eugenie Clark, Hidden Hero of History

    May 05 2022

    A story of diving, discovery, and the Shark Lady! Fascinated by marine life as a child, Eugenie Clark grew to become a leading ichthyologist who changed the way scientists study ocean life. Throughout her career, she conducted 72 submersible dives, led more than 200 field expeditions, and pioneered the practice of underwater research through scuba diving. She cared deeply for sharks, swimming among them (and riding on the back of a 50-foot whale shark) in order to understand their behaviors. She...more

  • A Fowl First Impression

    Apr 21 2022

    Harumph! Why is a new neighbor making Mr. Redge’s quills stand on end? Maybe his outlook will change after hearing the story of the pompous peacock who struts his fine feathers while prejudging the friendly crane. Will he connect with the crane’s advice to stay open minded, or will he stand firm with his first fowl impression? PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is our reimagining of the fable, “The Peacock and the Crane.” Seeing past the surface is the lesson of this story. Sometimes we t...more

  • Ida Lewis, Hidden Hero of History

    Apr 07 2022

    A seafaring tale of daring do in a long dress and petticoats! At the young age of 15, Ida Lewis helped her father with his lighthouse keeper’s duties on Lime Rock. She grew to become the small island’s sole keeper responsible for protecting and guiding ships to safe harbor. Throughout her life, Ida fearlessly rowed her small skiff out in rough storms and icy waters to rescue people (and a sheep). She became famous after saving two drowning soldiers in a snowstorm and was named, “the bravest woma...more

  • Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Science Experiment?!

    Mar 24 2022

    “Question everything!” That’s Rapunzel’s motto. The princess from Mythdom breaks all fairy tale stereotypes when she tells the story that her time in the tower was for scientific innovation and experimentation. Her patented, three-step, hair strengthening system could win her a STEM scholarship! Can she shimmy down the tower’s trellis and make her way through the peat bog path to get to the science fair in time? PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS:This is our reimagining of the fairy tale “Rapun...more

  • Pura Belpré, Hidden Hero of History

    Mar 10 2022

    A tale of storytelling magic and handmade puppets from the Bronx to the Lower East Side! Pura Belpré was the very first Puerto Rican librarian hired by the New York Public Library. She was an advocate for Spanish-speaking communities and was responsible for introducing bilingual story hours, authoring children’s stories in Spanish, and releasing the first book of translated Puerto Rican folktales in the U.S. Ms. Belpré was a visionary whose literary programs kept new generations connected to the...more

  • A Hedgehog’s Home Run

    Feb 24 2022

    It’s the Folktale Forest’s annual Diamond Pitch Pennant! Mr. Redge is upset that his team, the Woodland Wonders, lost their first game. He’s sure that he alone is the reason his team is known as the understory underdogs. It takes the tale of one parched yet patient hedgehog with a brilliant idea to prove to him that his one, two, three strikes you’re out experience is why he’s the team’s M.A.C (Most Awesome Critter)! PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS:This is our reimagining of the fable “The C...more

  • Encore: George Washington Carver, Hidden Hero of History!

    Feb 10 2022

    In honor of Black History Month, we share an encore of our most popular Hidden Hero of History episode about George Washington Carver: It’s a story of perseverance and the power of plants! Despite the barriers thrust upon him, George Washington Carver overcame society’s challenges to ultimately become one of the nation’s leading botanists and agricultural inventors. Did you know he discovered over 300 uses for the peanut? Carver used his celebrity to speak on racial harmony, hoping to leave the ...more

  • Mr. Wolf’s Penumbra

    Jan 27 2022

    After worrying that the forest creatures don't respect him, Mr. Wolf exits his cave at sunset and is surprised by his new fearsome and formidable shadow. Feeling large and in charge for the first time, he struts about declaring he’s now the forest’s fiercest foe! It takes the setting sun and one small sparrow to break his illusion, and help him realize he’s already admired for being his authentic ol’ softy self.PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is our retelling of the fable “The Wol...more

  • Innovative Architects, Hidden Heroes of History

    Jan 13 2022

    Two stories of trailblazing triumphs! Helen Liu Fong and Norma Merrick Sklarek broke new ground in building design to become two of the most innovative architects of the 20th Century. Talent and a never-give-up attitude were their blueprints for overcoming gender and racial discrimination in their professions, and served as the building blocks for their distinguished careers. Their lifetime of extraordinary accomplishments lives on in their architectural works, many considered cultural icons to ...more

  • Encore: The Emperor’s New Quills

    Jan 06 2022

    Listener Favorites’ Encore! Is the fancy fabric for the emperor’s new clothes really invisible to those who are not worthy? Or is this a case of double-dealing dupery by two wily weavers? As the emperor struts his stylish self through the streets of his kingdom, it will take one forthright boy to blurt out the naked truth.PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is a retelling of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and the lessons learned are that everyone makes mistakes, even an emperor, who admits hi...more

  • Season 3 Announcement!

    Dec 30 2021

    Hey fellow story lovers! This is Jonathan Cormur tumbling into your pod feed to let you know that Season 3 of the Dorktales Storytime Podcast will begin on January 13th. And just like our friends at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, we’ll be unlocking new fairytales, fables and untold hero stories that will surprise you! Prepare for unexpected special guests! Find geeky twists and turns around every tale! Come with me and Mr. Reginald T. Hedgehog, into OUR world of pure imagination. Follow our po...more

  • A Cratchit Christmas from Girl Tales

    Dec 20 2021

    Life in the Folktale Forest is merry and bright! Jonathan made a glorious holiday feast—including his pop-in-the-oven crescent rolls and his Aunt Mary Ann’s famous sugar cookie recipe—so he and Mr. Redge can grab a plate, gather by the crackling fire, and settle in to hear some Christmas cheer. Join the holiday happiness as they listen to “A Cratchit Christmas” from the Girl Tales Podcast!  Girl Tales has reimagined Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in this charming story about how Belinda Crat...more

  • Jolly Holly Hedgehog

    Dec 09 2021

    Pull up a log, gather ‘round the campfire with your cocoa and get ready for the Jolly Holly Day Spectacular! Jolly Holly has been passed down through generations of Folktale Forest hedgehogs—a day for sharing the year’s joyful moments, and the experiences that make hearts sing. Mr. Redge hosts this reason-for-the-season celebration filled with happy hedgehog traditions, podfriend guest appearances, and the debut of a hit holiday song by famous bird crooners, the Branch Sisters!SHARE YOUR JOLLY H...more

  • The Little Redge Hen

    Nov 22 2021

    Who’s on board to help Little Redge Hen sow some seeds, harvest the wheat, and grind it in to flour? “NOT I,” say the unbelievably unconcerned cow, the overly obstinate ostrich, and the sourly stubborn sheep, who are focused on their own selfish ways. Will the barnyard besties finally step up, or will Hen’s freshly baked bread fill them with the smell of regret?PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is a retelling of “The Little Red Hen” where you’ll find fun examples of alliterative word pai...more

  • Six Triple Eight, Hidden Heroes of History

    Nov 11 2021

    A story of an extraordinary mission of mail and morale! Overcoming the prejudice of her time, Lieutenant Colonel Charity Adams became the first Black woman to command her own battalion in World War II. Known as the “Six Triple Eight,” she and 855 Black female soldiers were assigned to take up a lost cause - sending 17 million warehoused letters and packages to the soldiers who were longing to hear from their loved ones. Though challenged with troops constantly on the move, thousands of common na...more

  • Sleepy Hallow’s Eve - A Halloween Tale

    Oct 28 2021

    Hello boils, ghouls, and non-corporeal entities! Our SCARE-rator is here to tell you a spooky tale that will send shivers up your quivers and make your teeth chatter with delight! It’s party time at Katrina’s house and Ichabod Crane is having the time of his life. Jealous of his fun, Brom Bones gathers the guests to tell the chilling tale of the Headless Horseman, because he knows it will make sweet, but superstitious, Ichabod shriek and head for home. And when he does, poor Ichabod encounters s...more

  • Ángela Peralta, Hidden Hero of History

    Oct 14 2021

    ¡La historia del ruiseñor mexicano! Beloved for her remarkable Bel Canto singing style, Ángela Peralta became known the world over as “The Mexican Nightingale.” She made her debut at the young age of 15, rising in demand to appear at leading opera houses throughout Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, Russia, Egypt and the United States. Beyond singing, Ms. Peralta also wrote and composed her own music and boldly started her own opera company. Like the audiences who loved her, we stand up and cheer “¡B...more

  • The Princess and the Pincushion

    Sep 30 2021

    The lonely Prince is fed up with the Queen and her court! Their snobby standards are keeping him from finding someone who cares about connection over social status. Enter Wilhemina, the rain-soaked and mud-covered girl who makes a mess of a first impression, but ultimately proves that true friendship is more than a popularity contest.  PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This story is about friendship and making connections with the people who see you and appreciate you for who you are. There i...more

  • Evelyn Cheesman, Hidden Hero of History

    Sep 16 2021

    A tale that leads to an extinct volcano’s summit! Evelyn Cheesman’s deep love of the natural world led her to becoming the first woman curator at the London Zoo and leading entomologist for the Natural History Museum. From 1923 to 1953, she traveled to remote locations on solo-expeditions (unheard of for a woman at the time) where she observed, collected and catalogued previously undiscovered insects, reptiles, amphibians, and plants—over 70,000 of them! Scientists are still identifying new spec...more

  • The Goldiquills Effect

    Sep 02 2021

    Rushing out to attend the annual Honey Harvest Hullabaloo, the three bears absentmindedly leave their home in haste and end up with an uninvited guest! Goldiquills—a discourteous and disrespectful golden-quilled hedgehog—feels entitled to slurp, smartphone, and sleep her way through their things. Can she widen her eyes (and heart) to her bullying ways when the bear family returns and growls her from her snoring slumber?PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This episode’s themes include disrespect...more

  • Duke Kahanamoku, Hidden Hero of History

    Aug 19 2021

    A story of sportsmanship, record breaking feats and the Spirit of Aloha! Hawaii’s Duke Kahanamoku is the father of modern surfing, known for catching big waves and globally popularizing the sport. But the Big Kahuna's legendary status went beyond his surfing talents -- he won six Olympic medals for swimming, acted in 30 films, served 13 terms as Honolulu's Sheriff and orchestrated a heroic ocean rescue that forever changed the lifeguard profession. Most importantly, “The Duke” taught u...more

  • Newsy Pooloozi Vacation!

    Aug 05 2021

    Mr.Redge and Jonathan are off on their jam-packed-awesome-times-very-cool summer adventure, so they’ve asked their friends to fill in with their own unique kind of storytelling: It’s Lyndee and Leela, the mother-daughter duo at Newsy Pooloozi! They’re here to share their love of stories and wild, wacky news about science, technology, art, culture, politics, and more. In this Newsy  Pooloozi (formerly known as Newsy Jacuzzi) episode drop, you’ll hear about Maldives’ floating city to combat rising...more

  • Cookie Cobbler Caper

    Jul 22 2021

    Christmas cookie baking and storytelling in July?! It's always a good time for a merry tale about a worried shoemaker who awakens one morning to find his luck has finally changed! How did a perfectly pair of stitched shoes magically appear on his workbench? When he and his wife hide in the cupboard to find the answer, they catch a glimpse of the clever cobblers: two tiny elves who are going through hard times too! Grateful for their new-found fortune, the duo devises a plan to create a holi...more

  • Brave Aviators, Hidden Heroes of History!

    Jul 08 2021

    Welcome to Brave Aviator Airlines, where stories take flight! Unbuckle your curiosity as we take off on an adventure through time to meet four pioneers of aviation: Bessie Coleman, Hazel Ying Lee, Maggie Gee and Mae Jemison. From flying circuses and Avenger Field to the space shuttle Endeavor, these women broke through racial and gender barriers to reach new heights of acceptance in the field of aviation and beyond! Join us for future "Hidden Heroes of History" episodes of the Dorktale...more

  • The Great Acorn Incident

    Jun 24 2021

    When an acorn strikes a blow onto Henny Penny’s head, she mistakenly fears the worst - that the whole sky is falling! As she waddles off to warn the farmyard, her fine-feathered friends join in the cautioning crusade. Will Henny ultimately lead them afoul? Or will her heightened sense for true danger save her bird buddies from a fiendish fox?PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This episode talks about anxiety, the feelings that can lead to worry, uncertainty and fear. The story also defines the...more

  • Ruth Asawa, Hidden Hero of History!

    Jun 10 2021

    A story of artistic triumph and long-lasting legacies! Ruth Asawa is one of California's most beloved sculptors and was an influential advocate for arts education. She persisted through extreme prejudice and the injustice of Japanese internment camps to become a master at her craft. Today, her remarkable work lives on—from installations in famous museums, to monuments in city parks, to The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts! Join us for future "Hidden Heroes of History" e...more

  • Merry Band of Bremen

    May 27 2021

    Once rejected and cast aside, a group of farm and forest animals come together and dream of becoming a busking band of musicians. While on their journey to the town square, they encounter a loathsome lot of thieves celebrating their haul of stolen loot. The group conducts a clever a cappella plan that frightens off the ne'er do wells, turning the Townspeople into their most devoted fans forever!PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS:This episode teaches that everyone has value, no one should b...more

  • Maria Tallchief, Hidden Hero of History!

    May 13 2021

    A head-twirling tale of fairies, firebirds and en pointe feats! Maria Tallchief is a trailblazing dancer who leapt into fame to become America’s first Prima Ballerina. Her technical precision and unique style of dance—full of energy, speed and passion—put American ballet on the map. Early in her career, she was told to change her last name, but Ms. Tallchief refused to hide her Native American heritage and Osage roots. Her successful dance career and worldwide adoration proved the naysayers wron...more

  • The Lion and the Hedgehog

    Apr 29 2021

    The strong and stubborn King of the Jungle gets in an entangled predicament when he pauses while on his favorite Savana prowl. Will his snarling, thrashing and roaring release him from his hopeless bind? Or will it take a mighty nibble from one tiny, sweet creature to free the feisty feline? Acts of kindness, empathy, and a clever idea are the answer to the lion’s plight!PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is our reimagining of the classic fable, "The Lion and the Mouse." It teac...more

  • Hedy Lamarr, Hidden Hero of History!

    Apr 15 2021

    The Dorktales Broadcasting System presents a Tinseltown tale of scientific experiments and world-changing inventions! Who knew that Hollywood’s famous film star in the 1930’s was one of the most brilliant minds of her time? Adored by the public as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Hedy Lamarr’s real talent was technological innovation and invention—from light up dog collars to aircraft wing design! But her most extraordinary achievement was the frequency-hopping technology she developed i...more

  • Redge’s Spring Awakening

    Apr 01 2021

    Winter is over and the renewal of spring is here! Jonathan hosts a vernal equinox celebration for all the characters in his stories, but Mr. Redge gasps at the guest list because only the villains have RSVPed! Should he really judge these scoundrels by their stories? Party on with Redge as he discovers that they’ve pledged to stop their dastardly deeds and change their wicked ways. Can the Witch, Rumpelstiltskin, and Big Bad Wolf awaken him to golden truths that will blow him away?PARENTS, TEACH...more

  • Merlin Tuttle, Hidden Hero of History!

    Mar 18 2021

    A story of bat caves, field notes and righting a wrong reputation! Merlin Tuttle has spent his career studying bats and proving why they are an incredibly vital part of the ecosystem. His research, books, lectures and National Geographic style photography have led to the knowledge that bats are not spooky but spectacular! Meet the hero who showed the world that the some of the smallest creatures are making the biggest contributions—the real “batman” and champion protector of nature’s delightful,...more

  • Three Billy Goats Buff

    Mar 04 2021

    Three goat siblings set off on a quest to reach the hill that has the healthiest snacks when they butt heads with a very hangry troll. Are they fit for the challenge? Will it take their brains or brawn to beat the troll and get across the bridge? Clever tricks and a flying troll will leave you rolling in clover!For parents, teachers and homeschoolers: This episode teaches that having a healthy body is important but true strength comes from using your brain.Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter...more

  • Wilma Rudolph, Hidden Hero of History!

    Feb 18 2021

    An Olympian tale with a golden outcome! Told as a child she’d never walk again to becoming the first American woman to win three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics—Wilma Rudolph was a champion on and off the track. She used her popularity as the “fastest woman in the world” to become a world-record-breaking voice for civil justice and women’s rights. Join us for future "Hidden Heroes of History" episodes of the Dorktales Storytime Podcast where you’ll discover more hidden heroes in scien...more

  • The Wind, the Sun and the Porcu-PUN

    Feb 04 2021

    Uh oh! Our heavenly celestial superintendent (AKA the sun) has challenged the wind in a friendly wager to prove who’s best. Can two powerful forces of nature have a peaceful match or will their breezy competition cause an epic flare up? Button up, it’s going to be a blustery ride!PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This episode is a lesson in PUNS and teaches that power and strength can come from being kind and gentle. Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/wind-sun-and-porcu-pun/Dorktales...more

  • George Washington Carver, Hidden Hero of History!

    Jan 21 2021

    A story of perseverance and the power of plants! Despite the barriers thrust upon him, George Washington Carver overcame society’s challenges to ultimately become one of the nation’s leading botanists and agricultural inventors. Did you know he discovered over 300 uses for the peanut? Carver used his celebrity to speak on racial harmony, hoping to leave the world a better place.Join us for future "Hidden Heroes of History" episodes of the Dorktales Storytime Podcast where you’ll discov...more

  • Strudel and Gretel

    Jan 07 2021

    “Nibble, nibble little mouse! Who is nibbling on my house?!” Is the cute little cottage in the woods Hansel and Gretel’s sweet new sanctuary, or are there more sinister plans awaiting them within? Only their wits and cleverness will guide them to a delicious ending.Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/strudel-and-gretel/Dorktales Storytime website: https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-storytime-podcast/ CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written ...more

  • The Hee Haw Dilemma

    Dec 21 2020

    On a bright sunny day, a man and his son head into town to sell their donkey in the market. Easy-peasy, right? So how did they end up a panting, sweating mess by the time they make it to the town square? Something stinks…and it’s not just the havoc their hee-hawing arrival creates.Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/hee-haw-dilemma/ Dorktales Storytime podcast website: https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-storytime-podcast/CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter production. Today...more

  • Beanstalk

    Dec 10 2020

    Meet Jack. Is he daft or the dealmaker of the century when he sells his cow, Milky White, for beans? His mother thinks he’s out of his mind until those beans lead to a bonanza - bags of gold, the goose that lays the golden eggs, and the golden harp! Find out how Jack fools the ogre over and over again so his mom can have a lovely cottage with all the modern conveniences…an outhouse, outdoor patio and jacuzzi.Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/beanstalk/ Dorktales Storytime Podcast websi...more

  • Tenzing Norgay, Hidden Hero of History!

    Nov 25 2020

    A story of adventure and record-breaking feats! Tenzing Norgay, a true pioneer of mountaineering, carved out new paths for future explorers by climbing up the road less traveled. Tenzing was the Sherpa guide responsible for getting Edmund Hillary to the final ascent of Mount Everest. They became the first recorded pair to reach the highest point on earth.Join us for future "Hidden Heroes of History" episodes of the Dorktales Storytime Podcast where you’ll discover more hidden heroes in...more

  • Ready, Set...SLOW!

    Nov 12 2020

    And they’re off! While the spectators shout, “Forget it! You’re not built to beat the hare,” Tortoise is determined to never give up and never surrender! Will Tortoise’s slow and steady pace ultimately win the hearts and minds of the forest creatures forever?Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/ready-set-slow/ Dorktales Storytime Podcast website: https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-storytime-podcast/CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written by ...more

  • The Boy Who Cried Hedgewolf!

    Oct 29 2020

    Beware of the horrifying hedgewolf! Or maybe beware the bored shepherd boy with too much time on his hands. What devilish prank does he perpetrate, not once, not twice, but three times on the terrified townspeople? And what happens to the far-fetched fibber when he finally tells the truth? Episode Webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/boy-who-cried-hedgewolf/ Dorktales Storytime Podcast website: https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-storytime-podcast/CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter ...more

  • Louis Armstrong, Hidden Hero of History

    Oct 15 2020

    A tale of Mississippi river boats, parasol parades and breaking racial barriers! A man that built a music legacy and a legacy beyond music—Louis Armstrong transformed jazz music and became the beloved “Ambassador Satch” who performed all over the world! So much of his life was about a deep passion for music and using it to bring people together. Join us for future "Hidden Heroes of History" episodes of the Dorktales Storytime Podcast where you’ll discover more hidden heroes in science,...more

  • The Emperor's New Quills

    Oct 01 2020

    Is the fancy fabric for the emperor’s new clothes really invisible to those who are not worthy? Or is this a case of double-dealing dupery by two wily weavers? As the emperor struts his stylish self through the streets of his kingdom, it will take one forthright boy to blurt out the naked truth.Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/the-emperors-new-quills/ Dorktales Storytime Podcast website: https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-storytime-podcast/CREDITS: This episode has been a Joninchara...more

  • The Prickly Duckling

    Sep 17 2020

    After the quacks and croaks of laughter from his siblings and bullying bullfrog, the poor little duckling waddles off through the marshes to find someone who will accept and love him. What about the gaggle of goslings? Or the brood of chicks? “No one understands me! I’ll never fit in,” he cries until he bumps into the best version of himself.Episode Webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/prickly-duckling/Dorktales Storytime Podcast website: https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-storytime-podcast/CRE...more

  • Mary Golda Ross, Hidden Hero of History!

    Sep 03 2020

    The true tale of a woman who reached for the stars! Mary Golda Ross was one of the first women to rise in the ranks of engineering and one of the first Native Americans in the field. Her work in the early days of spaceflight was very important and is still to this day.Join us for future "Hidden Heroes of History" episodes of the Dorktales Storytime Podcast where you’ll discover more hidden heroes in science, technology, engineering, arts, math and human rights who changed the world. Jo...more

  • What are Dorktales?

    Aug 13 2020

    Welcome to the Dorktales Storytime Podcast. I’m Jonathan Cormur, a voice actor who, from a very young age, loved reading, watching cartoons, telling stories and making up character voices. I still do! Now with this podcast, I get to share those stories with you! I have two kinds of original tales to tell…Fractured Fairytales we call Dorktales and Hidden Heroes of History.Hey classic cartoon lovers! Do you remember the fractured fairy tales that were a part of the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwink...more

  • Three Little...Hogs?!!

    Aug 13 2020

    The Three Little…HOGS? Who’s heard of that? According to Mr. Redge, our Dorktales sidekick, it’s a classic tale from the fairy tale cannon! Come hear our storyteller recount the story of hedgehogs Porky, Percy and Peregrin, and their ultimate triumph over the dastardly wolf using a glue pot, rapier and a wheel barrow. According to Percy, “It’s epic, man!”Episode webpage:https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-three-little-hogs/Dorktales Storytime Podcast website: https://jonincharacter.com/dorktale...more

  • RumpleTaleSpin

    Aug 13 2020

    “Rump, who?” asks Mr. Redge as Jonathan spins the tall tale of Daphne, the Miller’s daughter, who must spin thread into gold for a greedy king. It’s an epic yarn involving a magical lawn gnome, a clever guessing game and a Wizard of Oz ending!Episode webpage:https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-rumpletalespin/Dorktales Storytime Podcast website: https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-storytime-podcast/CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written by Amy Thom...more

  • Little Red

    Aug 13 2020

    La, la, la, la-la! Have you heard the tale of Little Red Riding Hood? You know, the one about the sweet, innocent little girl in the beautiful red cloak who out foxes the big bad wolf? Well forget that one and think ninja granny with a stealthy rescue plan and fierce tranquilizer dart skills. Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-little-red/Dorktales Storytime Podcast website: https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-storytime-podcast/CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter p...more