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Circle Round

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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 e… read more

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Katya the Quick feat. Etai Benson & Susannah Flood

May 24th, 2022

25:58

Susannah Flood (Life and Beth, Birthday Candles) and Etai Benson (The Band's Visit, Company) star in this Jewish folktale about a clever, …

Misery Loves Company feat. Hrishikesh Hirway, Joshua Malina & Samin Nosrat

May 17th, 2022

18:35

Samin Nosrat (Salt Fat Acid Heat, Home Cooking), Hrishikesh Hirway (Home Cooking, Song Exploder), and Josh Malina (The West Wing, Chutzpod) star in …

After Midnight feat. Fiona Glascott & David Morse

May 10th, 2022

22:24

David Morse (John Adams, How I Learned To Drive) and Fiona Glascott (Fantastic Beasts, Julia) star in this Irish tale about a magical creature who …

The Early Bird feat. Megan Boone & Jazmyn Simon

May 3rd, 2022

18:53

Jazmyn Simon (Ballers, Most Perfect You) and Megan Boone (The Blacklist, The Underground Railroad) play competing birds in this Native American story about the surprising ways that slow and steady can win the race.

Encore: The Golden Flask

April 26th, 2022

24:36

Allison Strong (The Week Of) headlines this Incan tale from our second season about a brave, magical journey to heal a prince and save a family.

Friends in High Places feat. Mario Cantone & Denise Crosby

April 19th, 2022

22:32

Mario Cantone (And Just Like That, Surf's Up) and Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) star in this folktale about how the giraffe got its …

Of Beans and Bunnies feat. Efren Ramirez

April 12th, 2022

24:54

Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite, Lightyear) portrays a beloved trickster who lives by his wits—and uses them to outwit others—in this folktale from …

The Troupe of Ten feat. Malia Baker, Kelly Jenrette & Kenny Leu

April 5th, 2022

22:54

Malia Baker (The Baby-Sitters Club, Are You Afraid of the Dark), Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid's Tale, All-American: Homecoming) and Kenny Leu (A Shot Through the Wall, Midway) headline a story about a troupe of actors …

Poor Rich feat. Michael Cerveris & Patrick Page

March 29th, 2022

21:15

Broadway stars Michael Cerveris (The Gilded Age, Fun Home) and Patrick Page (The Gilded Age, Hadestown) star in a Ukrainian folktale that shows …

Queen of the Forest feat. Mari Heller & Jorma Taccone

March 22nd, 2022

16:05

Actors, directors and real-life couple Marielle Heller (The Queen's Gambit, MacGruber) and Jorma Taccone (MacGruber, The Lonely Island) headline a …

The Lumps of Clay feat. Maulik Pancholy

March 15th, 2022

19:36

In this classic Indian tale, Maulik Pancholy (Phineas and Ferb, Sanjay and Craig) plays a wonderfully wise adviser who finds an ingenious way to …

The Magic Touch feat. Edi Gathegi

March 8th, 2022

28:11

Edi Gathegi ("The Harder They Fall," "For All Mankind") stars in this East African story about twin brothers, enchanted fruit, and the magic of an open heart.

Encore: Share and Share Alike

March 1st, 2022

19:05

Glynn Washington (Snap Judgment) and Tiffany Boone (Hunters, Nine Perfect Strangers) star in this favorite folktale from season one, about a lazy …

Coyote's Wild Ride feat. Alan Tudyk

February 22nd, 2022

20:13

Alan Tudyk (Resident Alien, Rogue One) plays a wily coyote desperate to show the world just how ultra-mega-super-spectacular he is -- or thinks he …

Porcupine’s Plan feat. Jacob Laval

February 15th, 2022

20:14

Jacob Laval (John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch, Unbreakable Boy) plays a super savvy critter with a sharp body and even sharper mind in this …

The New Neighbor feat. Melora Hardin & Michael Zegen

February 8th, 2022

18:58

Michael Zegen (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Boardwalk Empire) helps Melora Hardin (The Bold Type, The Office) get her literal and figurative "just …

A Coconut a Day feat. Jayne Houdyshell

February 1st, 2022

21:05

Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans, The Music Man) stars in this Burmese tale about honesty, honor, and a highly coveted coconut tree.

Tiddalick Drinks Up feat. Izaac Wang

January 25th, 2022

17:18

Izaac Wang (Clifford the Big Red Dog, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai) plays a tiny eel who teaches a big frog an even bigger lesson in this laugh-out-loud legend from Australia.

Plowing the Road feat. Kimiko Glenn

January 18th, 2022

21:29

Kimiko Glenn (My Little Pony, Orange is the New Black) learns the wonders of wisdom that old age can bring in this touching tale with roots in Japan, …

The Wiser Adviser feat. Elaine Hendrix, Devyn McDowell, Mark Pellegrino

January 11th, 2022

22:58

Elaine Hendrix (Dynasty, The Parent Trap), Mark Pellegrino (Supernatural, American Rust), and Devyn McDowell (Annette, The Good Nurse) star in this Jewish and Persian tale about how fortune can change in the blink of an …

Encore: The Beggar and the Baker’s Daughter

January 4th, 2022

20:49

In this whimsical tale from the archives, comedian Margaret Cho (The Margaret Cho, Fresh Off The Bloat) plays a greedy woman who bites off more than she can chew.

Encore: All That Glitters

December 21st, 2021

20:52

This Circle Round favorite starring Story Pirates Podcast hosts Lee Overtree, Peter McNerney and Meghan O'Neill shines a sparkling light on the treasures that come from honesty, integrity and honor.

Encore: The Dozen Loaves of Bread

December 21st, 2021

19:35

Podcast luminary Avery Trufelman (99% Invisible, Nice Try!) stars as a generous baker touched by magic in this appetizing episode from the Circle Round archives.

Encore: The Tug of War

December 14th, 2021

19:25

Does bigger always mean stronger? Oscar nominee & children's author Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Annie) stars in this amusing …

Treasure Mountain feat. Boston Symphony Orchestra

December 7th, 2021

24:25

Recorded live at Tanglewood with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and an all-star cast, this tale from China explores the true riches in life.

The Bags of Seeds feat. Boston Symphony Orchestra

November 30th, 2021

18:44

Recorded live at Tanglewood with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and an all-star cast, this Vietnamese origin story imagines how a very important grain first came to earth.

Lookalike Falls (feat. Boston Symphony Orchestra)

November 23rd, 2021

23:04

Recorded live at Tanglewood with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and an all-star cast, this tale from Mexico explores wisdom, folly, and …

Encore: The Very Busy Fairies

November 16th, 2021

19:28

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

The Bright Yellow Hat feat. Jona Xiao

November 9th, 2021

24:44

Jona Xiao (Raya and the Last Dragon, Hightown) plays a flower peddler who makes gardens and goodness grow in this story with Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Moroccan, French, Canadian, and Peruvian roots.

Clear as a Bell feat. Carla Hall

November 2nd, 2021

19:05

Chef, author, and TV personality Carla Hall (Carla and the Christmas Cornbread, Holiday Baking Championship) plays a sly, surprising judge in this …

Catching Fire feat. Lilli Cooper & Chuck Cooper

October 26th, 2021

16:35

Broadway stars and father-daughter duo Chuck Cooper ("The Life," "Trouble In Mind") and Lilli Cooper ("Tootsie," "SpongeBob SquarePants") headline this West African adventure tale about using your inner spark to change …

The Persimmon Sisters (feat. Tennille Read)

October 19th, 2021

17:58

In this story with Jewish, Arab, and Korean origins, Tennille Read (SurrealEstate, Workin' Moms) plays a young woman who learns the true meaning of sisterly love.

Encore: The Woman in the Moon

October 12th, 2021

20:08

In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, we bring back a favorite tale from the archives: Irene Bedard (Pocahontas, Ralph Breaks the Internet) stars in an Alaska Native story about the out-of-this-world power that comes …

Getting Skunked feat. Terrence Terrell

October 5th, 2021

17:48

Terrence Terrell (B Positive, Giants) stars in this Native American tale about a gentle giant who brings night and day to the world, and gives a certain striped critter its telltale scent.

Fools Thrush In feat. Anthony Alabi

September 28th, 2021

18:27

Anthony Alabi (Family Reunion, black-ish) headlines an Oneida and Mohawk story about how one of the most beautiful bird songs of all came to be.

Night and Day feat. MASUMI

September 21st, 2021

24:29

Actor/singer-songwriter MASUMI (Yakuza Princess) headlines this magical tale from the Yoruba people about how night came to a world of endless day.

The Red Velvet Purse feat. Elisa Donovan

September 14th, 2021

19:07

Elisa Donovan (Clueless, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) plays a judge who puts honesty on trial in this tale with Chinese, Indian, Ethiopian, and Romanian roots.

The Friend Ship feat. Carra Patterson

September 7th, 2021

21:07

Carra Patterson (Turner & Hooch, Jitney) stars in a tale from Japan about a woman with enough generosity to last a lifetime, and a man with enough greed to sink a ship.

Encore: The Fire On The Other Side Of The World

August 31st, 2021

21:26

We wrap up the summer with another listener favorite: a Cherokee tale in which Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons, Oil and Water) plays a feisty, creative spider who proves that power and strength aren't always about physical …

Circle Round Presents: Stories Podcast

August 24th, 2021

13:25

We’re mixing it up today and sharing an episode of "Stories Podcast" -- a show featuring everything from classic fairytales to original stories for kids, written by Dan Hinds and performed by Amanda Weldin. In this …

The Laughing Canoe feat. George Salazar

August 17th, 2021

19:34

George Salazar (Be More Chill, Superstore) plays a wise-cracking waterborne vessel in this Brazilian story about the extraordinary things teamwork can bring.

Encore: The Chattering Clams

August 10th, 2021

19:06

This week we bring back a listener favorite: Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz (hosts of "Wow in the World") star in a whimsical Native American tale about the dangers of gossip.

The Laws of Nature feat. Mo Rocca

August 3rd, 2021

19:35

Mo Rocca (CBS Sunday Morning, Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!) headlines this eco-conscious Estonian/Finnish tale about conservation, courtesy, and how actions speak louder than words.

Encore: Sir Luck and Mister Riches

July 27th, 2021

23:48

In this favorite tale from the archives, comedian/kids' author Michael Ian Black (I'm Worried, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop) and actor/director David Wain …

The Patched-Up Coat feat. Peter Sagal

July 20th, 2021

18:59

NPR's Peter Sagal (Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!) stars in this Russian story about how fantastically priceless a little generosity can be.

Encore: The King's Face

July 13th, 2021

19:31

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 …

The Mountain Guardian feat. Alonzo Bodden & Audrey Hsieh

July 6th, 2021

25:09

Audrey Hsieh (Here Today, Mixtape) and Alonzo Bodden (Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!, Who's Paying Attention) headline this Tibetan tale about two family members who are rewarded appropriately by a stone lion, one for her …

Circle Round Presents: Julie's Library

June 29th, 2021

17:10

While we’re hard at work putting together a brand new season of exciting stories, we’re giving you a special treat— an episode of another podcast we …

Encore: The Magpie With Salt On Her Tail

June 22nd, 2021

22:01

Rachael Harris (Lucifer, Suits) and Taran Killam (Nature Cat, Saturday Night Live) star in this special encore episode about a young man who learns that -- with a little hard work -- dreams can come true.

This episode …

Encore: The Princess and the Egg

June 15th, 2021

20:02

In this enchanting tale from the archives, Amber Stevens West (Happy Together, Run the World) stars as a globe-​trotting princess who works hard to keep her promises.

This episode was originally released on October 23, …

Encore: The Goat in the Garden

June 8th, 2021

16:26

In this favorite episode from the archives, Ray Magliozzi (Car Talk) plays a stubborn goat who inadvertently reminds us that true heroes comes in all shapes and sizes.

This episode was originally released on January …

Encore: Sweet Corn and Clever Rabbit

June 1st, 2021

19:35

In this favorite episode from the archives, Eris Baker (This Is Us) plays a tricky rabbit who presents her fellow animals with an offer they can't refuse.

This episode originally released April 9, 2019.

She Tells Seashells feat. Joaquina Kalukango

May 25th, 2021

22:01

Tony Award nominee Joaquina Kalukango (Slave Play, One Night in Miami) stars in this Zulu tale from South Africa about how stories came to the world.

The Unfair Share feat. Jon Huertas & Faith Salie

May 18th, 2021

21:35

Jon Huertas (This Is Us, Initiation) and Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me) headline this folktale about a generous queen, …

The Missing Knight feat. Sarah, Duchess of York & Jason Mantzoukas

May 11th, 2021

27:32

Duchess Sarah Ferguson of York (Storytime With Fergie) and Jason Mantzoukas (How Did This Get Made, Housebroken) play a crafty queen and scheming advisor who face off in an unforgettable game of chess.

The Bearded Lake feat. Owen Teale

May 4th, 2021

22:26

Owen Teale (Game of Thrones, Dream Horse) stars in this Welsh legend about a desperate farmer who becomes too greedy for his own good.

Encore: 100 Rooms

April 27th, 2021

19:46

In this favorite episode from the archives, seven-time Emmy-Award winner Ed Asner (Up, The Mary Tyler Moore Show) plays a wise father who challenges …

Growing Courage ft. Kyla Pratt

April 20th, 2021

22:34

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

April 13th, 2021

20:43

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

April 6th, 2021

18:48

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 …

The Governor’s Puzzle feat. Tiffany Espensen

March 30th, 2021

22:33

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

March 23rd, 2021

18:21

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

March 16th, 2021

17:04

In this tale from India, Utkarsh Ambudkar (Brittany Runs a Marathon, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme) plays an ingenious royal advisor who cunningly …

Counting Crocodiles feat. Tiya Sircar

March 9th, 2021

19:16

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

The Uncommon Offering feat. Ruthie Ann Miles

March 2nd, 2021

23:33

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

February 23rd, 2021

22:47

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

February 16th, 2021

21:13

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

February 9th, 2021

20:29

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 …

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

February 2nd, 2021

20:35

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 …

The Fishermen’s Leftovers feat. Marc delaCruz

January 26th, 2021

19:36

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

January 19th, 2021

24:17

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

January 12th, 2021

26:43

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

January 5th, 2021

24:49

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

December 29th, 2020

23:41

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

December 22nd, 2020

16:35

As we celebrate the winter holidays, we revisit a favorite episode from season two: Broadway legends Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein play a talking …

Ariana’s Music feat. Mireille Enos

December 15th, 2020

19:38

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

December 8th, 2020

20:33

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

December 1st, 2020

22:36

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

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

November 24th, 2020

1:05:12

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

November 17th, 2020

17:57

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 …

The Fantastic Fiddle feat. Adam Irigoyen

November 10th, 2020

22:50

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

November 3rd, 2020

18:35

Dyllón Burnside (POSE, Prideland) and Tony nominee Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice, School of Rock - The Musical) co-star in this Australian story about …

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

October 27th, 2020

20:30

Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid's Tale, Uncorked) and John Carroll Lynch (American Horror Story, The Founder) headline this Estonian/Finnish story about …

Coyote’s Flame feat. Brittany O’Grady

October 20th, 2020

17:34

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 …

Encore: Grandfather Stone feat. Diane Rehm and Jonathan Joss

October 13th, 2020

19:42

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

October 6th, 2020

18:36

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

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

September 29th, 2020

23:32

Maggie Siff (Billions, Mad Men), Santino Fontana (Tootsie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and Denim Richards (Yellowstone, The Chickasaw Rancher) co-star in …

Long Hair and the Waterfall feat. Rosalind Chao

September 22nd, 2020

22:15

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 …

Little Cu feat. Desmin Borges

September 15th, 2020

22:54

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

September 8th, 2020

18:46

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!

September 1st, 2020

30:55

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'

August 25th, 2020

22:13

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 …

The Charming Flute feat. Amy Hargreaves

August 18th, 2020

23:43

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'

August 11th, 2020

20:18

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 …

Naming the Tree feat. Chloe Coleman

August 4th, 2020

22:00

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 …

Encore: 'Latchkey Stew'

July 28th, 2020

20:48

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

July 21st, 2020

27:22

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 …

Encore: The Enchanted Paintbrush feat. Phillipa Soo

July 14th, 2020

24:17

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

July 7th, 2020

26:12

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'

June 30th, 2020

22:46

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

June 23rd, 2020

12:54

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'

June 16th, 2020

19:15

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

June 9th, 2020

14:07

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

June 2nd, 2020

19:35

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, …

The Noblest Tale feat. Lisa Loeb

May 26th, 2020

24:47

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (A Simple Trick to Happiness, Feel What U Feel) discovers the true meaning of goodness, virtue and …

Leopard’s Rhythm feat. Tonya Mosley

May 19th, 2020

23:05

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 …

Sweet and Sour feat. Avi Nash & Marshall Escamilla

May 12th, 2020

24:10

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) …

Chief Know-It-All feat. Chris Sullivan

May 5th, 2020

26:45

Actor and musician Chris Sullivan (This Is Us, Joseph The Spouse) plays the boastful, blowhard title character in this Hawaiian tale about an …

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

April 28th, 2020

24:31

Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery, Penny Dreadful) and Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery, Rent) headline this Middle Eastern/North African tale …

The Treasured Axe feat. Adrian Martinez

April 21st, 2020

23:44

Adrian Martinez (Stumptown, Lady and the Tramp) stars in this classic folktale about the big treasures a little honesty can bring.

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Shortie: 'The Money Tree'

April 17th, 2020

14:39

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.

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The Fallen Sparrow feat. Molly Bloom and Jane Lindholm

April 14th, 2020

19:19

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 …

Shortie: 'The First Ring'

April 10th, 2020

15:48

In this bonus story with roots in Europe and China, a horse teaches a knight about loyalty and kindness.

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The Birds and the Trees feat. Krys Marshall

April 7th, 2020

23:37

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 …

Shortie: 'A Cup of Poi'

April 3rd, 2020

13:50

A bonus story from Hawaii, about the magic that happens when we show kindness to strangers in need.

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The Search For Rain feat. Amory Sivertson

March 31st, 2020

22:47

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 …

Circle Round Presents: 'Mystery Recipe'

March 27th, 2020

16:33

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 …

Encore: 'The King And The Cobbler'

March 24th, 2020

23:33

This week we present a favorite story from the archives: Keith David (Greenleaf) and Tony Award winner James Naughton (City of Angels, Chicago) play a curious, disguised king and a cobbler who proves the power of …

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

March 17th, 2020

23:48

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 …

Song of the Horse feat. David Archuleta and Sherry Cola

March 10th, 2020

23:46

Pop singer David Archuleta (American Idol) and stand-up comic Sherry Cola (Good Trouble) headline this Mongolian story about the origins of the …

Granny’s Leather Bag feat. Orla Brady

March 3rd, 2020

23:47

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

February 25th, 2020

20:19

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 …

Encore: 'The Lute Player'

February 18th, 2020

21:18

This Russian and European folktale stars real-life husband and wife Paul Sparks (House of Cards, Sweetbitter) and Annie Parisse (Friends From …

The Rooster in the Sky feat. Rachel Matthews

February 11th, 2020

22:02

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

February 4th, 2020

18:42

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

January 28th, 2020

19:29

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

January 21st, 2020

17:43

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

January 14th, 2020

18:01

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

January 7th, 2020

18:35

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

Encore: The Months Of The Year

December 31st, 2019

23:49

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 …

Encore: Three Wishes

December 24th, 2019

19:35

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 …

The Gloomy Pine Tree feat. Mykal-Michelle Harris

December 17th, 2019

19:10

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

December 10th, 2019

19:43

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

December 3rd, 2019

17:31

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'

November 26th, 2019

18:32

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 …

The Enchanted Paintbrush feat. Phillipa Soo

November 19th, 2019

23:32

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

November 12th, 2019

22:26

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 …

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

November 5th, 2019

20:51

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

October 29th, 2019

18:41

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

October 22nd, 2019

19:06

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 …

Encore: 'Maushop And Grandfather Sun'

October 15th, 2019

19:38

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

October 8th, 2019

21:15

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 …

One Speckled Hen feat. André de Shields

October 1st, 2019

20:27

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

September 24th, 2019

20:15

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

September 17th, 2019

20:23

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

September 10th, 2019

23:36

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

Circle Round Presents: 'Tai Asks Why'

September 3rd, 2019

28:05

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

Encore: 'What Am I Hearing?'

August 27th, 2019

13:28

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'

August 20th, 2019

17:11

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 …

Circle Round Presents: 'Wow in the World'

August 13th, 2019

23:27

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

August 6th, 2019

19:14

French comedian Gad Elmaleh stars in this episode about one little armadillo who doesn't let anyone discourage him from following his dreams. This …

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

July 30th, 2019

27:50

In this encore, we revisit an Italian folktale starring Bobby Moynihan ("Duck Tales," "SNL") about a father who gives seemingly simple gifts to his …

The Magic Bowl featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra

July 23rd, 2019

21:08

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

July 16th, 2019

21:08

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

July 9th, 2019

20:48

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'

July 2nd, 2019

20:22

This episode was chosen by you, the fans! Thanks for the submissions! In this Irish folktale, Damian McGinty ("Glee," "Celtic Thunder") stars as a …

Circle Round Spotlight: Babayan And The Magic Star

June 25th, 2019

24:10

Yo-Yo Ma narrates the story of a monster named Babayan, and how he changed in ways he never thought possible.

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Circle Round Presents: 'Tumble'

June 18th, 2019

16:05

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

Circle Round Presents 'Two Princes'

June 11th, 2019

25:52

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 …

Circle Round Presents: Kids Listen Summer Sampler

June 4th, 2019

55:53

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 28th, 2019

17:57

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 21st, 2019

18:34

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 14th, 2019

15:04

Miriam Shor ("Younger," "The Americans,") stars in this Portuguese folktale about a feathered creature who gives a young, impatient man a lesson …

Circle Round Presents 'Brains On'

May 7th, 2019

38:14

A special episode from our friends at Brains On.

'The Three-Legged Pot' featuring Aparna Nancherla

April 30th, 2019

19:22

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

April 23rd, 2019

19:32

This Russian and European folktale stars real-life husband and wife Paul Sparks (House of Cards, Sweetbitter) and Annie Parisse (Friends From …

'The Star Fruit Tree' featuring Stephanie Hsu

April 16th, 2019

18:26

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

April 9th, 2019

17:55

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 …

Circle Round Presents 'But Why'

April 2nd, 2019

26:21

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 …

Encore: 'The Happiest Person In The World'

March 26th, 2019

12:36

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

March 19th, 2019

18:27

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'

March 12th, 2019

28:05

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")

March 5th, 2019

14:50

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 …

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

February 26th, 2019

16:45

Alexandra Billings (Transparent, Paddleton) stars in this Indian/Persian/Tunisian/Siberian/Iraqi/Uzbekistani folktale about the power of a keen eye …

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

February 19th, 2019

17:28

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)

February 12th, 2019

18:00

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, …

Circle Round Presents 'Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls'

February 5th, 2019

17:10

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)

January 29th, 2019

21:57

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")

January 22nd, 2019

17:43

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)

January 15th, 2019

16:41

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

January 8th, 2019

22:07

Allison Strong (The Week Of) headlines this Incan tale about a brave, magical journey to heal a prince and save a family.

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Encore: 'Cow Wells and Cow Bells'

January 1st, 2019

15:39

We're celebrating Billy Porter's 2019 Golden Globe nomination by bringing back this East African folktale that asks: "Is honesty always the best …

Road Trip Reel: 'Family Ties'

December 24th, 2018

1:39:15

To make your winter holidays even merrier and brighter, enjoy 90 minutes of your favorite Circle Round episodes about family! Stories include: "The …

'The Dancing Goats' | feat. Raul Esparza

December 17th, 2018

20:57

In this Galician folktale, Raul Esparza (Law and Order: SVU, Bojack Horseman, Ferdinand) stars as an aspiring musician who dreams of making the whole …

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

December 11th, 2018

19:59

In this clever folktale with roots in the Middle East and Spain, Rachael MacFarlane (American Dad) and Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad) seek a …

Circle Round Presents 'Earth Rangers!'

December 4th, 2018

17:19

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 …

'Maya's Feathers' | feat. Vella Lovell

November 27th, 2018

15:21

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!

November 20th, 2018

1:41:58

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 …

'The Unjust Justice' | feat. Jackie Tohn

November 13th, 2018

19:46

Jackie Tohn (G.L.O.W.) stars as a clever grocer who teaches a dishonest judge the importance of being fair and trustworthy.

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

November 6th, 2018

16:32

Circle Round partners with two fellow kids podcasts--'The Punies,' by Kobe Bryant and Canada's 'Earth Rangers,'-- to bring a First Nations folktale …

Encore: 'The Rice Cakes And The Oni"

October 30th, 2018

15:12

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.

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

October 23rd, 2018

18:17

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 …

Circle Round Presents 'Ear Snacks!'

October 16th, 2018

20:04

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 …

'Armadillo’s Song' | feat. Gad Elmaleh

October 9th, 2018

17:43

French comedian Gad Elmaleh stars in this episode about one little armadillo who doesn't let anyone discourage him from following his dreams. This …

'Fiona and the Fairies' | feat. Selenis Leyva

October 2nd, 2018

16:37

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 …

'The Tug of War' | feat. Quvenzhane Wallis

September 25th, 2018

17:01

Does bigger always mean stronger? Oscar nominee & children's author Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild, Annie) stars in this East …

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

September 18th, 2018

18:32

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 …

'100 Rooms' | feat. Ed Asner

September 11th, 2018

18:06

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 …

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

September 4th, 2018

13:58

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 …

Kids Listen Road Trip Mixtape

August 24th, 2018

36:40

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. …

Encore: 'Sadko And The Sea'

August 21st, 2018

25:01

Max Greenfield ("The Neighborhood," "New Girl") stars in this Russian folktale about the power of music.

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The Mega Awesome Super Huge Wicked Fun Podcast Playdate

August 14th, 2018

33:24

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'

August 6th, 2018

11:40

YouTuber and comedian Joanna Hausmann stars in a Venezuelan folktale about an enterprising young girl and her quest to free the sun.

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'Cow Wells And Cow Bells' | feat. Billy Porter and Joshua Boone

July 31st, 2018

14:57

Greed. Deception. Adorable baby cows. Billy Porter ("Pose") and Joshua Boone ("Seven Seconds") star in this East African folktale that asks: "is …

'The Unwelcome Guest' | feat. Richard Kind

July 24th, 2018

15:34

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 …

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

July 17th, 2018

21:08

When the most powerful person in the land has never relied on himself, trouble ensues! Keith David ("Greenleaf") and James Naughton ("The …

'The Months Of The Year' | feat. Ailsa Chang and Joshua Rush

July 10th, 2018

21:37

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 …

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

July 2nd, 2018

13:47

Sela Ward ("Graves," "Independence Day") stars in a traditional English tale about a woman who can't seem to find home sweet home.

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'The Skylark' | feat. Miriam Shor

June 25th, 2018

14:21

Miriam Shor ("Younger," "The Americans,") stars in this Portuguese folktale about a feathered creature who gives a young, inpatient man a lesson …

'The Perfect Partnership' | Feat. Joshua Johnson and Sam Sanders

June 19th, 2018

16:44

Being a good partner is all about give and take. But in today’s story, Sam Sanders (NPR) and Joshua Johnson (WAMU) co-star in a Ghanaian story about one man who's far more interested in the taking.

'The Friendship Orchard' | feat. Susan Stamberg and Linda Wertheimer

June 12th, 2018

13:23

NPR's own Linda Wertheimer and Susan Stamberg co-star in a Kazakh folktale about lifelong friends whose bond is tested by the unexpected discovery of …

'A Taste Of Honey' | feat. Hannah Simone

June 5th, 2018

18:20

Hannah Simone ("New Girl") stars alongside her real-life father Naren Simone in a South Asian tale about the power of self-reliance.

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Encore: 'It Could Always Get Worse' | feat. Jason Alexander

May 29th, 2018

13:46

Whether we’re 3 or 93, we all love a good story. Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") stars in this classic Yiddish folktale.

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Two Hour Road Trip Reel: 'The Animal Kingdom'

May 23rd, 2018

1:48:14

Have a very long road trip ahead? We've got you! This playlist features nearly two hours of your favorite Circle Round stories about our furry and …

90 Minute Road Trip Reel: 'Casting A Spell'

May 23rd, 2018

1:22:20

We just made your road trips so much better. This 90 minute playlist features your favorite Circle Round stories about magic including "The Hat, The Horn, and the Purse," "The Rice Cakes and The Oni," "The Magic …

One Hour Road Trip Reel: 'Playing By Ear'

May 23rd, 2018

1:03:02

Buckle your seat belt for a spectacular ride! This 60 minute playlist features your favorite Circle Round stories about music including "The Drum," …

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

May 22nd, 2018

12:20

Marsai Martin ("Black-ish"), Miles Brown ("Black-ish"), and NPR's own Ofeibia Quist-Arcton star in this story about a brother and a sister who are prepared to do just about anything in order to get along.

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

May 15th, 2018

20:16

Tony Hale ("Veep," "Arrested Development") stars in a German folktale about a royal advisor whose dishonesty gets him into a royal mess.

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

May 8th, 2018

17:11

Kathryn Hahn ("Bad Moms") stars in the encore presentation of a Romanian folktale where a clever mother does her best to outwit a powerful dragon.

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

May 1st, 2018

14:30

Lou Diamond Phillips ("Longmire," "33") and Jon Jon Briones ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") star in the classic …

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

April 24th, 2018

20:53

In our season finale, Tony-nominated actor Kathleen Chalfant ("The Affair," "House of Cards") stars in an Iraqi tale about three friends whose love …

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

April 17th, 2018

19:52

Damian McGinty ("Glee," "Celtic Thunder") tells the story of a musician with a serious case of butterflies until he finds himself performing for a …

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

April 10th, 2018

23:15

Cheyenne Jackson ("American Horror Story," "Glee") and Patch Darragh ("Everything Sucks") star in a folktale about two friends, generosity, and the …

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

April 3rd, 2018

17:44

Noah Schnapp ("Stranger Things") stars in a story about a prince, a barber, and a secret that was impossible to keep.

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'Maushop And Grandfather Sun' | feat. Wes Studi

March 27th, 2018

17:06

Wes Studi ("Penny Dreadful," "Dances With Wolves") stars as the Wampanoag mythical figure 'Maushop,' a kind, gentle giant who tries to convince the …

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

March 20th, 2018

26:11

Bobby Moynihan ("Duck Tales," "SNL") stars in an Italian folktale about a father who gives seemingly simple gifts to his three sons. But they is …

'Three Wishes' | feat. Patrick and Mandy Fabian

March 13th, 2018

17:45

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 …

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

March 6th, 2018

16:30

Tiffany Boone ("The Chi") and Glynn Washington ("Snap Judgement") star in a classic folktale about a lazy bear who isn't big on sharing--until he …

'The Drum' | feat. Shankar Vedantam

February 27th, 2018

17:55

Shankar Vedantam (NPR's "Hidden Brain") retells an Indian folktale about a young girl whose generous heart takes her on a surprising adventure.

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

February 19th, 2018

29:55

How do our brains process the stories we hear? What happens when we are introduced to new characters? Our friends from the podcast "Brains On!" help us figure it out!

'The Magic Cloth' | feat. Kelly Hu and Albert Tsai

February 13th, 2018

22:03

Kelly Hu ("Dietland") and Albert Tsai ("Dr Ken," "9JKL") star in a Chinese folktale about a mother, her three sons, and a very special magic cloth.

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

February 6th, 2018

13:14

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

Sadko And The Sea | feat. Max Greenfield

January 30th, 2018

24:43

Max Greenfield ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") stars in this Russian folktale about the power of music.

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

January 23rd, 2018

14:51

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

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"The Forbidden Knot" | feat. Mel Rodriguez

January 16th, 2018

20:25

Adapted from the original Estonian folktale, Mel Rodriguez ("Last Man On Earth" "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams") stars in a story about a …

Bonus Episode: 'But Why' Takes Your Questions

January 9th, 2018

20:44

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

'Latchkey Stew' | feat. Jurnee Smollett-Bell

January 2nd, 2018

18:51

Jurnee Smollett-Bell ("Underground," "Friday Night Lights,") stars in this classic tale about a young girl who teaches a group of neighbors what it …

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

December 26th, 2017

18:36

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

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

December 19th, 2017

20:25

Rachael Harris ("Lucifer," "Suits") and Taran Killam ("Nature Cat," "Killing Gunther") star in a classic Swedish tale about a little boy who learns that--with a little hard work--dreams can come true.

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

December 12th, 2017

19:37

Tony Hale ("Veep," "Arrested Development") stars in a German folktale about a royal advisor whose dishonesty gets him into a royal mess.

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'Clever Manka' | feat. Bridget Moynahan

December 5th, 2017

18:19

Bridget Moynahan ("Blue Bloods") re-tells this Czech folktale about a clever young woman who uses her intelligence to win the hearts of her town.

'Onions And Garlic'

November 27th, 2017

26:16

The second installment from our live performance at the Boston Jewish Film Festival. In this old Jewish folktale, we tell a story about spicy, …

'Princess In The Mirror'

November 21st, 2017

20:39

Live from the Boston Jewish Film Festival! In this Israeli folktale, an adventurous princess learns that the greatest lessons may not be learned in …

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

November 14th, 2017

17:13

Yetide Badaki ("American Gods") and Dayo Okeniyi ("Shades of Blue") star in this Nigerian folktale about thunder and lightning and how they found …

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

November 7th, 2017

11:42

Marsai Martin ("Black-ish"), Miles Brown ("Black-ish"), and NPR's own Ofeibia Quist-Arcton star in this story about a brother and a sister who are prepared to do just about anything in order to get along.

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

October 31st, 2017

13:09

Sela Ward ("Graves," "Independence Day") stars in a traditional English tale about a woman who can't seem to find home sweet home.

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

October 24th, 2017

11:13

YouTuber and comedian Joanna Hausmann stars in a Venezuelan folktale about an enterprising young girl and her quest to free the sun.

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A Few More Podcasts For Kids And Their Grown-Ups

October 19th, 2017

21:39

Do you love science? Mystery? Adventure? You can bet there's a Kidcast for it! This bonus episode introduces you to some of our favorites.

'The Barber's Secret' | ft. Noah Schnapp

October 17th, 2017

17:06

Noah Schnapp ("Stranger Things") stars in a story about a prince, a barber, and a secret that was impossible to keep.

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

October 10th, 2017

14:52

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 …

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

October 2nd, 2017

11:56

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.

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

September 26th, 2017

13:57

Lou Diamond Phillips ("Longmire," "33") and Jon Jon Briones ("Miss Saigon") star in the classic Filipino folktale "Why The Ocean is Salty."

'Stella And The Dragon' | feat. Kathryn Hahn

September 18th, 2017

17:28

Kathryn Hahn ("Bad Moms Christmas") stars in this Romanian folktale about a clever mother and her quest to outwit a powerful dragon.

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

June 8th, 2017

12:52

Whether we’re 3 or 93, we all love a good story. Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") stars in our first episode, a classic Yiddish folktale.

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