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Circle Round

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Circle Round

Circle Round

WBUR

188
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1.9K
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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 episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

Latest Episodes

Encore: The Most Powerful Of All

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.

19 MIN3 d ago
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Encore: The Most Powerful Of All

The Noblest Tale feat. Lisa Loeb

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (A Simple Trick to Happiness, Feel What U Feel) discovers the true meaning of goodness, virtue and honor in this folktale originally from Mexico.

24 MIN1 w ago
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The Noblest Tale feat. Lisa Loeb

Leopard’s Rhythm feat. Tonya Mosley

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 whimsical tale inspired by stories told in Ghana.

23 MIN2 w ago
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Leopard’s Rhythm feat. Tonya Mosley

Sweet and Sour feat. Avi Nash & Marshall Escamilla

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) star as brothers who are as different as sweet and sour.

24 MIN3 w ago
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Sweet and Sour feat. Avi Nash & Marshall Escamilla

Chief Know-It-All feat. Chris Sullivan

Actor and musician Chris Sullivan (This Is Us, Joseph The Spouse) plays the boastful, blowhard title character in this Hawaiian tale about an egotistical chief who gets cut down to size.

26 MINMAY 6
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Chief Know-It-All feat. Chris Sullivan

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

Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery, Penny Dreadful) and Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery, Rent) headline this Middle Eastern/North African tale about sweet figs, bad breath, and the bitter truth. When you need advice, what kind of advisor do you turn to? Someone who’s honest? Trustworthy? Supportive? In today’s story, we’ll meet an advisor who’s none of these things. And the person he’s advising -- a wealthy, powerful sultan -- has no idea! Our story is called “The Sultan’s Figs.” Versions of this tale originally come from North Africa and the Middle East. Voices in this episode include Mike DelGaudio, Shazad Latif and Anthony Rapp. Grown-ups, you can see Shazad and Anthony on the CBS All-Access series, Star Trek. You can also check out Shazad Latif in three Netflix shows -- Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Penny Dreadful and Toast of London -- plus the upcoming indie film, Falling For Figaro. Anthony Rapp has starred in dozens of Broadway plays and musicals, including Ren...

24 MINAPR 29
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The Sultan’s Figs feat. Shazad Latif and Anthony Rapp

The Treasured Axe feat. Adrian Martinez

Adrian Martinez (Stumptown, Lady and the Tramp) stars in this classic folktale about the big treasures a little honesty can bring. Visit our website, www.wbur.org/circleround and print out our coloring pages! ----------- What does it mean to be “honest”? Being “honest” means being truthful in what you do and say - even if it isn’t easy! In today’s story, we’ll find out why telling the truth can be even more precious than bronze, silver, and gold! Our story is called “The Treasured Axe.” Versions of this tale come from all over the world, from Greece, Latvia and Russia, to Nigeria, Indonesia and Japan, to China, Thailand and Tibet. ------- www.wbur.org/circleround

23 MINAPR 22
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The Treasured Axe feat. Adrian Martinez

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!

14 MINAPR 18
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Shortie: 'The Money Tree'

The Fallen Sparrow feat. Molly Bloom and Jane Lindholm

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 who reap what they sow in this story with origins in Korea, Tibet, Japan and China.

19 MINAPR 15
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The Fallen Sparrow feat. Molly Bloom and Jane Lindholm

Shortie: 'The First Ring'

In this bonus story with roots in Europe and China, a horse teaches a knight about loyalty and kindness. ------ 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 -- writing notes. ------ Think about someone in your life who has helped you.Perhaps a teacher helped you learn something new. Or a family member gave you a smile and a hug when you were having a rough day.When people help us out, it’s nice to return the favor, by doing something helpful for them. But in thisbonus edition of Circle Round, we’ll meet a character who forgets about that last part, even though his helper saved his life!

15 MINAPR 11
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Shortie: 'The First Ring'

Latest Episodes

Encore: The Most Powerful Of All

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.

19 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Encore: The Most Powerful Of All

The Noblest Tale feat. Lisa Loeb

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (A Simple Trick to Happiness, Feel What U Feel) discovers the true meaning of goodness, virtue and honor in this folktale originally from Mexico.

24 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Noblest Tale feat. Lisa Loeb

Leopard’s Rhythm feat. Tonya Mosley

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 whimsical tale inspired by stories told in Ghana.

23 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Leopard’s Rhythm feat. Tonya Mosley

Sweet and Sour feat. Avi Nash & Marshall Escamilla

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) star as brothers who are as different as sweet and sour.

24 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Sweet and Sour feat. Avi Nash & Marshall Escamilla

Chief Know-It-All feat. Chris Sullivan

Actor and musician Chris Sullivan (This Is Us, Joseph The Spouse) plays the boastful, blowhard title character in this Hawaiian tale about an egotistical chief who gets cut down to size.

26 MINMAY 6
Comments
Chief Know-It-All feat. Chris Sullivan

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

Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery, Penny Dreadful) and Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery, Rent) headline this Middle Eastern/North African tale about sweet figs, bad breath, and the bitter truth. When you need advice, what kind of advisor do you turn to? Someone who’s honest? Trustworthy? Supportive? In today’s story, we’ll meet an advisor who’s none of these things. And the person he’s advising -- a wealthy, powerful sultan -- has no idea! Our story is called “The Sultan’s Figs.” Versions of this tale originally come from North Africa and the Middle East. Voices in this episode include Mike DelGaudio, Shazad Latif and Anthony Rapp. Grown-ups, you can see Shazad and Anthony on the CBS All-Access series, Star Trek. You can also check out Shazad Latif in three Netflix shows -- Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Penny Dreadful and Toast of London -- plus the upcoming indie film, Falling For Figaro. Anthony Rapp has starred in dozens of Broadway plays and musicals, including Ren...

24 MINAPR 29
Comments
The Sultan’s Figs feat. Shazad Latif and Anthony Rapp

The Treasured Axe feat. Adrian Martinez

Adrian Martinez (Stumptown, Lady and the Tramp) stars in this classic folktale about the big treasures a little honesty can bring. Visit our website, www.wbur.org/circleround and print out our coloring pages! ----------- What does it mean to be “honest”? Being “honest” means being truthful in what you do and say - even if it isn’t easy! In today’s story, we’ll find out why telling the truth can be even more precious than bronze, silver, and gold! Our story is called “The Treasured Axe.” Versions of this tale come from all over the world, from Greece, Latvia and Russia, to Nigeria, Indonesia and Japan, to China, Thailand and Tibet. ------- www.wbur.org/circleround

23 MINAPR 22
Comments
The Treasured Axe feat. Adrian Martinez

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!

14 MINAPR 18
Comments
Shortie: 'The Money Tree'

The Fallen Sparrow feat. Molly Bloom and Jane Lindholm

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 who reap what they sow in this story with origins in Korea, Tibet, Japan and China.

19 MINAPR 15
Comments
The Fallen Sparrow feat. Molly Bloom and Jane Lindholm

Shortie: 'The First Ring'

In this bonus story with roots in Europe and China, a horse teaches a knight about loyalty and kindness. ------ 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 -- writing notes. ------ Think about someone in your life who has helped you.Perhaps a teacher helped you learn something new. Or a family member gave you a smile and a hug when you were having a rough day.When people help us out, it’s nice to return the favor, by doing something helpful for them. But in thisbonus edition of Circle Round, we’ll meet a character who forgets about that last part, even though his helper saved his life!

15 MINAPR 11
Comments
Shortie: 'The First Ring'
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