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Girl Tales

Girl Tales is a podcast featuring reimagined fairytales. Damsels in distress? Princesses in need of protection? You won’t find those here. The girls in our stories take control of their own destinies, turning your favorite fairytales into exciting new adventures. With energetic voice actors and professional sound design, these audio plays burst to life at the touch of a button. To connect fantasy with reality, our segment Little Girls Doing Big Things features interviews with young girls from...more

Episodes

  • Nova’s Lab! Becoming Mary Shelley’s Ink

    Oct 20 2019

    To celebrate Halloween, Nova travels back in time to 1818 and becomes the ink Mary Shelley uses to write the very first science fiction novel, Frankenstein! Learn all about what ink was made of in 1818 and hear a portion from the original story of Frankenstein. Written, Performed, and Produced by Tessa FlanneryExecutive Produced by Rebecca CunninghamTheme Music by Eli Denby Wood & Amy Gijsbers van WijkSeason 3 Questionnaire: https://girltalespodcast.com/surveyPatreon: https://girltalespo...more

  • Anansi and the Sky Goddess Asase Yaa by Bleu Beckford-Burrell

    Oct 11 2019

    Have you ever wondered how stories were invented? In this tale, the Sky Goddess Asase Yaa creates a spider named Anansi who brings stories to all of human kind using her smarts! Based on the character in many Akan tales, Anansi. by Bleu Beckford-BurrellStarring Barron Bass, Rama Orleans-Lindsay, & Cristina PitterProduced by Chad ChenailExecutive Produced and Hosted by Rebecca CunninghamTheme Music: Eli Denby Wood & Amy Gijsbers van WijkArtwork: Ana StretcuGirl Tales Season 3 Sur...more

  • Little Girls Doing Big Things: Sadie, Electro-Punk Performing Artist

    Oct 02 2019

    Rebecca interviews Sadie, a 7 1/2 year old electro-punk performing artist & musician. Sadie gives advice to kids on how to make their own music, how to get over stage freight, and lets us all know that kids can do anything grown-ups can do. And she loves to scream and yell about it!Produced by Rebecca CunninghamPhotograph by Elisabeth FuchsiaMusic by SadieListen to Sadie’s music on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/sadie_officialPurchase Sadie’s music on BandCamp: https://sa...more

  • Nova’s Lab! Becoming Malala Yousafzai’s Microphone

    Sep 20 2019

    In this episode, Nova travels to Norway in 2014 to become Malala Yousafzai’s microphone as she accepts the Nobel Peace Prize. Learn all about how microphones work and Malala’s fight for girls’ education.Written, Produced, and Performed by Tessa FlanneryExecutive Produced by Rebecca CunninghamOriginal Theme Music by Eli Denby WoodMake a Megaphone: https://funbrains.net/simple-megaphone-experiment/Malala Fund: https://www.malala.org/Listen to Noodle Loaf: http://noodleloafsho...more

  • Sink or Swim una nueva leyenda de La Llorona by Monet Hurst-Mendoza

    Sep 10 2019

    In this bilingual tale, Xo and Xul go to the waterpark with their mama. When they get there, they meet La Llorona underneath the water. They join La Llorona and try to help her find her son, Sol. How will they make their way back to their own mama? Based on Latin American tale, ‘La Llorona’.Written by Monet Hurst-MendozaStarring: Jen Anaya, Jacqueline Guillen, Annie Henk, & Benjamin MannoProducer: Chad ChenailExecutive Producer: Rebecca CunninghamOriginal Theme Music: Eli Den...more

  • Chloe Asks Liza Questions About The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses

    Aug 31 2019

    In this episode, Chloe, a kid like you, asks Liza Birkenmeier questions about the story she wrote for Girl Tales called “The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses”. Listen to The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses: https://girltalespodcast.com/2018/03/30/the-mystery-of-the-dancing-princesses-by-liza-birkenmeier/Join our Patreon: www.patreon.com/girltalesListen to Chloe’s Friendship Circle: http://www.chloesfriendshipcircle.com/

  • Nova’s Lab! Meeting Katherine Johnson

    Aug 20 2019

    The follow up to our last Nova’s Lab episode, this time Nova meets the real life NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson! In this episode, Katherine Johnson teaches Nova about orbital mechanics and how she helped land astronauts on the moon. Written and produced by Tessa FlanneryStarring: Tessa Flannery & Lanee’ SandersTo do the experiment at home: https://www.education.com/science-fair/article/centripetal-force-string-planets-orbit/Join Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/girltal...more

  • Pan the Pirate by Dani Martineck

    Aug 10 2019

    Aspiring pirate, Pan and their sister Wendy find an old pirate treasure that transforms Pan into Captain Hook on an actual pirate ship in Neverland! Join Pan as they try to convince Captain Hook to make better choices and show the entire pirate crew the right way to be a pirate. an adaptation of Peter Pan with a non-binary protagonistWritten by Dani Martineck Starring: Barron Bass, Donnie Cianciotto, Neo Cihi, & Isabella DawisProducer: Olivia GemelliProducing Assistant: Chad ChenailExecu...more

  • Little Girls Doing Big Things: Lilia Montiel of ZZZ’s 4 Kidz

    Aug 01 2019

    In this episode of Little Girls Doing Big Things, Rebecca speaks with 13-year-old Lilia Montiel, the creator of ZZZ’s 4 Kidz, a campaign that provides San Diego kids and families with new beds. Produced by Rebecca CunninghamTo donate to Lilia’s campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/zzzs4kidzJoin Team Road Trip on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/join/girltales/checkout?rid=3856307

  • Nova’s Lab! Becoming a Moon Rock

    Jul 20 2019

    Come celebrate National Moon Day with Girl Tales as kid scientist Nova journeys to July 20th, 1969 where she will become a moon rock! Learn about how the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission were able to enter the moon’s orbit and then successfully land their rocket ship. Are you ready? This is JUST part one of this story. Hear the rest of the story on August 20th.Written, Performed, and Produced by Tessa FlanneryExecutive Producer: Rebecca CunninghamTheme Song: Eli Denby Wood & Amy Gijsb...more

  • Rumpelstiltskin & Lulu’s Search for Gold by Ali Wilkinson

    Jul 10 2019

    Future fashion designer, Lulu has a dad who just loves to brag about her to the town’s judge. This time his bragging goes a little too far and lands Lulu in jail! She is forced to turn her drawings into gold or she’ll be locked in jail forever. Will the guard at the jail be able to help her? And how will she ever be able to repay him if he does?  Written by Ali WilkinsonStarring: Chris Fayne, Jessica Giannone, Kahlil Garcia, and Dennis PachecoProducer: Chad ChenailExecutive Producer ...more

  • Little Girls Doing Big Things: Emily Rintzler of James J. Sheeran Park

    Jul 01 2019

    In this episode of Little Girls Doing Big Things, Rebecca speaks with Emily Rintzler, a 10-year-old girl who had the idea for a park in her neighborhood so she contacted her mayor and made it happen! Listen to Emily’s story and learn how you can make a positive change in your own community. Executive Producer & Host: Rebecca CunninghamProducer: Chad ChenailTheme Song: Eli Denby WoodTo attend our live reading of Little Lina by Kimberly Belflower: https://www.facebook.com/events/3046...more

  • Nova’s Lab! Becoming the First Pride Flag

    Jun 20 2019

    It’s our newest segment, Nova’s Lab! Nova is a kid scientist who time travels to exciting moments in history where she becomes different objects as a scientific experiment. This month, she’s traveling to the Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco 1978 where she will morph into the very first Pride flag! Discover with Nova how our eyes know the difference between each color in the rainbow flag and learn how you can make your very own rainbow at home! Written, Produced, ...more

  • Little Lina by Kimberly Belflower

    Jun 15 2019

    Lina wants to compete in this year’s big sailing contest but her Mama doesn’t think she’s healthy enough or big enough. Lina feels like she’s ready so she decides to go on an adventure of her own. Follow Lina as she soars on the wings of a seagull, dives down deep into the ocean where she befriends all sorts of ocean creatures including an octopus and a mermaid, and finds her way back home to her Mama.Written by Kimberly BelflowerAdapted from Thumbelina by Hans Christ...more

  • Little Girls Doing Big Things: Chloe Mei Espinosa of Skip the Plastic Straw

    Jun 01 2019

    Rebecca speaks with Chloe Mei Espinosa, the 12-year-old founder of Skip the Plastic Straw, a campaign that spreads the word about the harmful effects of plastic straws on the environment. After watching a video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck up its nose, Chloe Mei has been determined to help protect the marine life she so deeply respects and loves. Come listen and skip the plastic straw with Chloe Mei!Executive Producer: Rebecca CunninghamProducer: Chad ChenailTheme Music by Eli Denb...more

  • Kids Listen Road Trip Mixtape ft. Nova’s Lab! Becoming The Statue of Liberty

    May 23 2019

    While you’re on the move this Memorial Day Weekend, listen to these 5 minute samples of 10 different Kids Listen podcasts! Plus! We’re launching our newest segment Nova’s Lab! Kid scientist, Nova travels through space and time to become The Statue of Liberty and learn just how something so large could float on a ship all the way from France! Be sure to listen all the way to the end to hear Nova’s Lab: Becoming the Statue of Liberty written, performed, and produced by ...more

  • A Real Boy by Rae Mariah MacCarthy

    May 15 2019

    Geppetto always wanted a child of his own, so when he found a magical talking log, he decided to make his dream come true. He chiseled away and lo and behold, his child came to life! But he got two things wrong. Pinocchio wasn’t a girl and he didn’t want to be made of wood. Run along with Pinocchio as he sings for an adoring audience, celebrates his birthday everyday on Toyland, leads an army of kid donkeys, gets sucked into the belly of an enormous whale, and with the help of hi...more

  • Little Girls Doing Big Things: Paloma Rambana of Paloma’s Dream

    May 01 2019

    13-year-old, Paloma Rambana started Paloma’s Dream, an organization that helps visually impaired and blind students in Florida get access to the tools they need to learn in school. She lobbied the Florida legislature and received over $1,000,000 to do just that. She’s writing books, lobbying for change, starting podcasts, and tackling middle school. Listen in as she chats with Rebecca about all of it. Produced by Chad Chenail To learn more about Paloma’s Dream and purchase...more

  • Hansel & Gretel (& Minna) by Jennifer Sassaman

    Apr 15 2019

    The story of a brother & sister left to fend for themselves in the dark and dangerous woods. It’s there that they find a witch who lures them into her house made of delicious foods and a talking bird named Minna who helps them defeat the witch! Based on the classic German tale collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Written by Jennifer SassamanDirected by Jennifer SassamanSound Design: Samuel Fitzwater-ButchartStarring: Henry Anderson, Cole Conrad, Samuel Fitzwater-Butchart, Jenna Eve...more

  • Little Girls Doing Big Things: Addisyn & Sheridan Goss of Snuggle Sacks

    Apr 01 2019

    Host Rebecca Cunningham talks to two inspiring sisters, Addisyn and Sheridan Goss, the creators of Snuggle Sacks. Snuggle Sacks is a charity that began when Addisyn and Sheridan first met their grandfather and learned of his experience with homelessness. They now help bring awareness to homelessness in Michigan by providing homeless individuals with survival kits. Listen and discover how one young girl’s small idea led to an entire community committing big acts of kindness. Produced...more

  • The Quest of the Reed Marsh Daughter by Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

    Mar 15 2019

    A mother and her transgender daughter set out on a perilous and magical journey to reclaim their names, heal old wounds, and discover what it truly means to be a hero. Lady Dane was inspired by all sorts of fairytales and some very special goddesses and women from all over the world and throughout time. They include the the goddess Inanna from ancient Mesopotamia, Baba Yaga from Slavic fairytales, La Lorna from a Latin American fairytale, Hekate an Ancient Greek goddess, Isis, Osiris, Set, &...more

  • Little Girls Doing Big Things: Stella Keating of GenderCool Project

    Mar 01 2019

    Our first episode of our second season! Today, Rebecca interviews Stella Keating of GenderCool Project as a part of our Little Girls Doing Big Things segment. This segment comprises of interviews with girls all over the world who are changing their communities, starting their own businesses, or just not waiting until they are grownups to start chasing their dreams. Stella is a 14 year old transgender rights advocate, a future politician, and 1 of 5 champions of a national storytelling campaign c...more

  • TINY EPISODE an invite

    Feb 01 2019

    Info about our second season! Plus! Join us at Roosevelt Elementary School in Rahway, New Jersey at 6:30pm to hear a live reading of The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses. A link here.

  • Marie the Nutcracker Prince by Tessa Flannery

    Dec 02 2018

    It’s a bonus Girl Tales holiday episode! Marie has dreams of playing the Nutcracker Prince in her ballet holiday recital but her dreams are crushed when she is cast in the role of Clara — a role every other girl in the class seems to want play except Marie. She starts to rethink things when in the middle of the night she shrinks down in size, meets the dolls she forgot about under her bed (they talk to her!), and must defeat the Mouse King and his army! by Tessa Flannery Directed by ...more

  • The Princess Musicians of Maple Street by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk

    Oct 22 2018

    Kitty’s band with her friends Turtle, Birdie, and Rabbit are practicing for Battle of the Bands at their school but when her grandpa moves in, they lose their rehearsal space! Practicing at the abandoned house on Maple Street is their only option to win but there’s a chance the house might be haunted. What will they do? by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk Adapted from Town Musicians of Bremen by the Brothers Grimm Starring: Chad Chenail, Rebecca Cunningham, Polina Ionina, Gulshan Mia, Rebeca Rad, and...more

  • Elisa and the Swans: Part 2 by Lea McKenna-Garcia

    Sep 18 2018

    Elisa made a wish during an “Ill Wind” and now her brothers have turned into swans and have flown away from the palace! Will her need to find her brothers become greater than her fear of traveling through the Deep Dark Wood to get to them? Come listen to Part 2 of Elisa and the Swans and join Elisa on an adventure to save her brothers! Tale by Lea McKenna Garcia Adapted from The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen Starring Sophie Hassett, Russell Jordan, Jessica Osber, and Claire W...more

  • Elisa and the Swans: Part 1 by Lea McKenna-Garcia

    Sep 03 2018

    All Elisa wants is some alone time away from her 11 (!!) brothers. But when an “Ill Wind” sweeps through the castle grounds where she lives, she gets way more than she bargained for. A tale of magic, love, and adventure. Come listen to Part 1 of Elisa and the Swans! Tale by Lea McKenna Garcia Adapted from The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen Starring Sophie Hassett, Russell Jordan, Jessica Osber, and Claire Warden Directed by Rebecca Cunningham Sound Design by Maria Wurtelle Tec...more

  • Little Girls Doing Big Things: Shalise of Shalise’s Ocean Support

    Aug 28 2018

    Girl Tales segment, Little Girls Doing Big Things — Host Rebecca interviews young girls who are engaging in their communities, starting their own businesses or charities, and not waiting until they’re a grown-up to start making change and living out their dreams. This month we speak to Shalise of Shalise’s Ocean Support. Shalise is a brilliant 11 year old Aussie girl who is on a mission to save our beautiful oceans! Come get to know Shalise!

  • Little Girls Doing Big Things: Chloe of Chloe’s Friendship Circle Podcast

    Jun 02 2018

    A new Girl Tales segment! Host Rebecca interviews young girls who are engaging in their communities, starting their own businesses or charities, and not waiting until they’re a grown-up to start making change and living out their dreams. This month we speak to Chloe of Chloe’s Friendship Circle Podcast. Chloe is a seven year old entertainment podcaster and producer. She does interviews, shares fun ideas, and plays the best kindie music! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podc...more

  • Beauty and Bea by Kathleen Coombs

    May 05 2018

    Bea is an aspiring young botanist, whose studies get sidetracked when she’s voted “Prettiest Girl in School”. Her new friends are all about looks, but when a magical new student joins her class, Bea is forced to rethink just how important her looks might be. Find out what happens as the Science Fair approaches in this month’s episode of Girl Tales! Beauty and Bea by Kathleen Coombs – Starring Gina DeMay, Tessa Flannery, Alex Mesaros, and Maria Ortiz-Marquez – Directed and Hoste...more

  • The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses by Liza Birkenmeier

    Mar 30 2018

    Alba is a budding, young detective who doesn’t mind living on her own. When the Mayor of Strangetown sends out a notice looking for someone to uncover why her daughters wear holes in their shoes every night, Alba hops on a bus and heads toward adventure. With the help of a sorceress and a hawk, Alba tries to uncover The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses! A podcast play based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm. The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses by Liza Birkenmeier Featurin...more

  • Snow White and the Magic Mirror by Gina Femia

    Jan 17 2018

    Snow White is a girl who likes girls, wearing suit jackets, and math. But Queenie, the Enchanted Forest Academy bully makes fun of all these things! Snow uses her magic mirror to travel through time and find out just how special she is. An adaptation of Snow White by The Brothers Grimm. Snow White and the Magic Mirror by Gina Femia Featuring: Erin Healani Chung, Geri Brown, Leila Ben-Abdallah and Dorothy James – Host and Director: Rebecca Cunningham – Sound Design and Production: Cha...more

  • Rudy the Female Reindeer by Delaney Yeager

    Dec 10 2017

    Rudy’s had a dream her whole life; to make Santa’s sleigh team. But, it’s a boys club and this year is no exception. Nevertheless, with the help of her parents, Carol Claus, and her good friend Frosty Tips the Snow Ma’am, Rudy persists. Listen as Rudy saves Christmas! Rudy the Female Reindeer by Delaney Yeager Featuring: Delaney Yeager, Tessa Flannery, Russell Jordan, and Aaron Marshall-Bobb – Host and Director: Rebecca Cunningham – Sound Design and Production...more

  • Rapunzel by Jahna Ferron-Smith

    Dec 10 2017

    Rapunzel is a reimagining of the classic fairytale, with a curly, coarse, courageous twist! This time, Rapunzel goes on an adventure, makes a long-lasting friendship, and uses her smarts and Black Girl Magic to become her own hero. Rapunzel by Jahna Ferron-Smith Featuring: Laureen Lembe, Bonita Jackson, and C. Kelly Wright – Sound Design and Production: Chad Chenail – Host and Direction: Rebecca Cunningham – Original Music: Eli Denby Wood

  • The Literate Mermaid by Christina Quintana

    Dec 09 2017

    Myra is a mermaid who loves reading books. The problem is, every time she tries to read one it gets ruined by the ocean water! Will she become a human or figure out another way to solve this problem? The Literate Mermaid by Christina Quintana Featuring: Joseph Cordaro, Caitlin Morris, Ashton Muniz, and Elise Santora Host and Director: Rebecca Cunningham Sound Design and Production: Chad Chenail Original Music: Eli Denby Wood

  • A Podcast for Girls (&Boys) Who Persist.

    Aug 07 2017

    Come hear what we’re all about and a sample of our first tale! Girl Tales is podcast theatre for young audiences. Once a month, we’ll air fairytales where girls are the heroes! Turn off the screens and jump into an adventure with Girl Tales! Tale by Christina Quintana, Featuring: Joseph Cordaro, Caitlin Morris, Ashton Muniz, and Elise Santora, Host and Director: Rebecca Cunningham, Sound Design and Production: Chad Chenail, Original Music: Eli Denby Wood

  • A Podcast for Girls (&Boys) Who Persist

    Aug 01 2017

    https://girltalespodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Girl-Tales-Preview.mp3 Come hear what we’re all about and a sample of our first tale! Girl Tales is podcast theatre for young audiences. Once a month, we’ll air fairytales where girls are the heroes! Turn off the screens and jump into an adventure with Girl Tales!  Sample by Christina Quintana Featuring: Joseph Cordaro, Caitlin Morris, Ashton Muniz, and Elise Santora Host and Director: Rebecca Cunningham Sound Design and Produ...more