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Circle Round

Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

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The Gloomy Pine Tree feat. Mykal-Michelle Harris

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

19mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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The Nine Sticks feat. Nikesh Patel and Maulik Pancholy

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

18mins

7 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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Circle Round Presents 'Ear Snacks!'

Throughout the year, we’re sharing some of our favorite kids’ podcasts with you-- from science shows to storytelling to EAR SNACKS. (That’s the name of this week’s visiting podcast.) 'Ear Snacks' comes to us from sunny California, and is hosted by Andrew and Polly: an award-winning, singing and songwriting duo.

20mins

16 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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'Fiona and the Fairies' | feat. Selenis Leyva

Selenis Leyva ("Orange is the New Black," "Maniacs") stars as a clever baker in this retelling of Scottish folktale about the power of a little "please" and "thank you." Make sure you subscribe to this podcast wherever you're listening! We hope you love what you're hearing. WBUR's Circle Round is a listener supported podcast. We rely on donations to keep writing, casting, composing, and entertaining. Donate today and as a thank you, you'll get "Circle Round Colors," our brand new (awesome) coloring book!More at: wbur.org/color

16mins

2 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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'Armadillo’s Song' | feat. Gad Elmaleh

French comedian Gad Elmaleh stars in this episode about one little armadillo who doesn't let anyone discourage him from following his dreams. This lively Bolivian folktale tells the origin story of the "charango," a small Andean stringed instrument. Make sure you subscribe to this podcast wherever you're listening! We hope you love what you're hearing. WBUR's Circle Round is a listener supported podcast. We rely on donations to keep writing, casting, composing, and entertaining. Donate today and as a thank you, you'll get "Circle Round Colors," our brand new (awesome) coloring book!More at: wbur.org/color

17mins

9 Oct 2018

Rank #5

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Encore: 'Latchkey Stew'

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

20mins

28 Jul 2020

Rank #6

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Naming the Tree feat. Chloe Coleman

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

22mins

4 Aug 2020

Rank #7

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Encore: 'A Taste Of Honey'

Hannah Simone ("New Girl") stars alongside her real-life father Naren Simone in a South Asian tale about the power of self-reliance. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages

20mins

11 Aug 2020

Rank #8

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The Wind Catcher feat. Lea Salonga

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

21mins

16 Feb 2021

Rank #9

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The Fantastic Fiddle feat. Adam Irigoyen

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.

22mins

10 Nov 2020

Rank #10

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'The Dancing Goats' | feat. Raul Esparza

In this Galician folktale, Raul Esparza (Law and Order: SVU, Bojack Horseman, Ferdinand) stars as an aspiring musician who dreams of making the whole world dance. If you love this podcast, please consider supporting WBUR (where Circle Round is produced) by donating $5 or $10 a month. When you do, we'll send you the BRAND SPANKIN' NEW coloring book created by our fabulous illustrator Sabina Hahn. Learn more at: wbur.org/color

20mins

17 Dec 2018

Rank #11

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The Fishermen’s Leftovers feat. Marc delaCruz

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

19mins

26 Jan 2021

Rank #12

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Road Trip Reel: 'Family Ties'

To make your winter holidays even merrier and brighter, enjoy 90 minutes of your favorite Circle Round episodes about family! Stories include: "The Months of the Year," "Why The Ocean Is Salty," "100 Rooms," "The Lion’s Whisker,""Three Wishes" and "The Skylark."

1hr 39mins

24 Dec 2018

Rank #13

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Listeners' Favorite: 'The Piper And The Pooka'

This episode was chosen by you, the fans! Thanks for the submissions! In this Irish folktale, Damian McGinty ("Glee," "Celtic Thunder") stars as a musician with a serious case of butterflies.

20mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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Circle Round Presents 'Earth Rangers!'

Winter is coming.... While we get out of hats and gloves, animals are making their own plans. A four month nap? Extra food? Flying south? Our friends at "Earth Rangers" get up close and personal with wildlife to learn more. .

17mins

4 Dec 2018

Rank #15

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The Red Leather Shoes feat. Madhur Jaffrey & Aasif Mandvi

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.

22mins

23 Feb 2021

Rank #16

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Shortie: 'The Money Tree'

In this bonus episode inspired by a Chinese folktale, an industrious man finds a clever way to teach his brother the value of hard work. ------ If you’re looking for something extra to do while listening to today’s tale, ask a grown-up to print out the coloring page for this week’s story! You can find it at WBUR.org/circleround. At the end of this episode you'll hear more another activity -- an "I did it" jar!

14mins

17 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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

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

23mins

29 Sep 2020

Rank #18

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

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

20mins

2 Feb 2021

Rank #19

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

Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon, Big Little Lies) learns a surprising lesson about size, strength and power in this twist on a folktale from East Asia, India, Spain, Latin America and the southwestern U.S.

18mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #20