Circle Round

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Thoughtfully-selected folktales from around the world are adapted for today's families and feature top talent from the stage and screen. With original music and sound design, these stories delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity. Geared for kids ages 4 to 10 and their grown-ups; created and produced by parents of young children.

Episode Date
The Mega Awesome Super Huge Wicked Fun Podcast Playdate
00:33:24
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. 
Aug 14, 2018
Encore: 'The Owner Of The Sun'
00:11:40
YouTuber and comedian Joanna Hausmann stars in a Venezuelan folktale about an enterprising young girl and her quest to free the sun. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Aug 06, 2018
'Cow Wells And Cow Bells' | feat. Billy Porter and Joshua Boone
00:14:57
Greed. Deception. Adorable baby cows. Billy Porter ("Pose") and Joshua Boone ("Seven Seconds") star in this East African folktale that asks: "is honesty always the best policy?"
Jul 31, 2018
'The Unwelcome Guest' | feat. Richard Kind
00:15:34
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 judging a book by it's cover.
Jul 24, 2018
'The King And The Cobbler' | feat. Keith David and James Naughton
00:21:08
When the most powerful person in the land has never relied on himself, trouble ensues! Keith David ("Greenleaf") and James Naughton ("The Blacklist," "Our Town") co-star in a folktale that claims many homes--from Afghanistan to Greece.
Jul 17, 2018
'The Months Of The Year' | feat. Ailsa Chang and Joshua Rush
00:21:37
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 which has its origins in Russia, Greece, and the Czech Republic. To download the free coloring page for this story, visit: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Jul 10, 2018
Encore: 'The Woman Who Lived In A Vinegar Bottle' feat. Sela Ward
00:13:47
Sela Ward ("Graves," "Independence Day") stars in a traditional English tale about a woman who can't seem to find home sweet home. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Jul 02, 2018
'The Skylark' | feat. Miriam Shor
00:14:21
Miriam Shor ("Younger," "The Americans,") stars in this Portuguese folktale about a feathered creature who gives a young, inpatient man a lesson he'll never forget.
Jun 25, 2018
'The Perfect Partnership' | Feat. Joshua Johnson and Sam Sanders
00:16:44
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.
Jun 19, 2018
'The Friendship Orchard' | feat. Susan Stamberg and Linda Wertheimer
00:13:23
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 big treasure. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Jun 12, 2018
'A Taste Of Honey' | feat. Hannah Simone
00:18:20
Hannah Simone ("New Girl") stars alongside her real-life father Naren Simone in a South Asian tale about the power of self-reliance. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Jun 05, 2018
Encore: 'It Could Always Get Worse' | feat. Jason Alexander
00:13:46
Whether we’re 3 or 93, we all love a good story. Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") stars in this classic Yiddish folktale. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
May 29, 2018
Two Hour Road Trip Reel: 'The Animal Kingdom'
01:48:14
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 feathered friends. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
May 23, 2018
90 Minute Road Trip Reel: 'Casting A Spell'
01:22:20
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 Cloth," and "The Barber's Secret." To print out the coloring pages associated with these stories, visit wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
May 23, 2018
One Hour Road Trip Reel: 'Playing By Ear'
01:03:02
Buckle your seat belt for a spectacular ride! This 60 minute playlist features your favorite Circle Round stories about music including "The Drum," "Sadko and the Sea," and "The Piper and the Pooka." Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
May 23, 2018
Encore: 'The Lion's Whisker' | feat. Marsai Martin and Miles Brown
00:12:20
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. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
May 22, 2018
Encore: 'The Shepherd's Disguise' | feat. Tony Hale
00:20:16
Tony Hale ("Veep," "Arrested Development") stars in a German folktale about a royal advisor whose dishonesty gets him into a royal mess. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
May 15, 2018
Encore: 'Stella And The Dragon' | feat. Kathryn Hahn
00:17:11
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. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
May 08, 2018
Encore: 'Why The Ocean Is Salty' | feat. Lou Diamond Phillips, Jon Jon Briones
00:14:30
Lou Diamond Phillips ("Longmire," "33") and Jon Jon Briones ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") star in the classic Filipino folktale "Why The Ocean is Salty." Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
May 01, 2018
'The Lamb With The Golden Fleece' | feat. Kathleen Chalfant
00:20:53
In our season finale, Tony-nominated actor Kathleen Chalfant ("The Affair," "House of Cards") stars in an Iraqi tale about three friends whose love of storytelling changes their entire future. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Apr 24, 2018
'The Piper And The Pooka' | feat. Damian McGinty
00:19:52
Damian McGinty ("Glee," "Celtic Thunder") tells the story of a musician with a serious case of butterflies until he finds himself performing for a very special -- and magical -- audience. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Apr 17, 2018
'Ashes for Sale' | feat. Cheyenne Jackson, Patch Darragh
00:23:15
Cheyenne Jackson ("American Horror Story," "Glee") and Patch Darragh ("Everything Sucks") star in a folktale about two friends, generosity, and the power of a pile of ashes. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Apr 10, 2018
Encore: 'The Barber's Secret' | feat. Noah Schnapp
00:17:44
Noah Schnapp ("Stranger Things") stars in a story about a prince, a barber, and a secret that was impossible to keep. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Apr 03, 2018
'Maushop And Grandfather Sun' | feat. Wes Studi
00:17:06
Wes Studi ("Penny Dreadful," "Dances With Wolves") stars as the Wampanoag mythical figure 'Maushop,' a kind, gentle giant who tries to convince the sun to come back home. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Mar 27, 2018
'The Hat, The Horn, And The Purse' | feat. Bobby Moynihan
00:26:11
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 more to these family heirloomsl than meets the eye. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Mar 20, 2018
'Three Wishes' | feat. Patrick and Mandy Fabian
00:17:45
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 unexpected challenge. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Mar 13, 2018
'Share and Share Alike' | feat. Tiffany Boone and Glynn Washington
00:16:30
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 meets a clever rabbit that teaches him a thing or two. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Mar 06, 2018
'The Drum' | feat. Shankar Vedantam
00:17:55
Shankar Vedantam (NPR's "Hidden Brain") retells an Indian folktale about a young girl whose generous heart takes her on a surprising adventure. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Feb 27, 2018
How Do Our Brains Process Stories?: 'BrainsOn!' Has Some Answers!
00:29:55
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!
Feb 19, 2018
'The Magic Cloth' | feat. Kelly Hu and Albert Tsai
00:22:03
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. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Feb 13, 2018
'What Am I Hearing?' | feat. Composer Eric Shimelonis
00:13:14
Ever wonder what instrument you're hearing during your favorite 'Circle Round' story? Well, you're about to find out! Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Feb 06, 2018
Sadko And The Sea | feat. Max Greenfield
00:24:43
Max Greenfield ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story") stars in this Russian folktale about the power of music. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Jan 30, 2018
'The Goat in the Garden' | feat. 'Car Talk's' Ray Magliozzi
00:14:51
Ray Magliozzi ("Car Talk") reminds us that heroes come in all shapes--and sizes. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Jan 23, 2018
"The Forbidden Knot" | feat. Mel Rodriguez
00:20:25
Adapted from the original Estonian folktale, Mel Rodriguez ("Last Man On Earth" "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams") stars in a story about a fisherman who learns how important it is to keep your word. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Jan 16, 2018
Bonus Episode: 'But Why' Takes Your Questions
00:20:44
In this Bonus Episode from our friends at "But Why," we reveal who in the world created cake!
Jan 09, 2018
'Latchkey Stew' | feat. Jurnee Smollett-Bell
00:18:51
Jurnee Smollett-Bell ("Underground," "Friday Night Lights,") stars in this classic tale about a young girl who teaches a group of neighbors what it means to really share. Find your free coloring page for this episode at: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Jan 02, 2018
'The Answer You Seek' | feat. Ari Shapiro and Wade Goodwyn
00:18:36
NPR's own Ari Shapiro and Wade Goodwyn star in a Thai folktale that explores the power and universality of empathy. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Dec 26, 2017
'The Magpie With Salt On Her Tail' | feat. Rachael Harris and Taran Kilam
00:20:25
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. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Dec 19, 2017
'The Shepherd's Disguise' | feat. Tony Hale
00:19:37
Tony Hale ("Veep," "Arrested Development") stars in a German folktale about a royal advisor whose dishonesty gets him into a royal mess. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Dec 12, 2017
'Clever Manka' | feat. Bridget Moynahan
00:18:19
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. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Dec 05, 2017
'Onions And Garlic'
00:26:16
The second installment from our live performance at the Boston Jewish Film Festival. In this old Jewish folktale, we tell a story about spicy, flavorful onions... but we promise it won’t make you cry. If anything you’ll laugh and laugh. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Nov 27, 2017
'Princess In The Mirror'
00:20:39
Live from the Boston Jewish Film Festival! In this Israeli folktale, an adventurous princess learns that the greatest lessons may not be learned in far flung lands but rather--right at home. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Nov 21, 2017
'Thunder and Lightning' | feat. Yetide Badaki and Dayo Okeniyi
00:17:13
Yetide Badaki ("American Gods") and Dayo Okeniyi ("Shades of Blue") star in this Nigerian folktale about thunder and lightning and how they found their home in the sky. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Nov 14, 2017
'The Lion's Whisker' | feat. Marsai Martin and Miles Brown
00:11:42
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. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Nov 07, 2017
'The Woman Who Lived In A Vinegar Bottle' | feat. Sela Ward
00:13:09
Sela Ward ("Graves," "Independence Day") stars in a traditional English tale about a woman who can't seem to find home sweet home. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Oct 31, 2017
'The Owner Of The Sun' | feat. Joanna Hausmann
00:11:13
YouTuber and comedian Joanna Hausmann stars in a Venezuelan folktale about an enterprising young girl and her quest to free the sun. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Oct 24, 2017
A Few More Podcasts For Kids And Their Grown-Ups
00:21:39
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.
Oct 19, 2017
'The Barber's Secret' | ft. Noah Schnapp
00:17:06
Noah Schnapp ("Stranger Things") stars in a story about a prince, a barber, and a secret that was impossible to keep. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Oct 17, 2017
'The Rice Cakes And The Oni' | ft. Tamlyn Tomita and Hudson Yang
00:14:52
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 good sense of humor. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Oct 10, 2017
'The Happiest Person In The World' | ft. Jon Cryer
00:11:56
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. Download a coloring page for this episode here: wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages
Oct 02, 2017