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Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10, tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world featuring top talent from the stage and screen. Stories are adapted for today’s families into 10 to 20 minute episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.

Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10, tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world featuring top talent from the stage and screen. Stories are adapted for today’s families into 10 to 20 minute episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.
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United States

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WBUR

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Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10, tells carefully-selected folktales from around the world featuring top talent from the stage and screen. Stories are adapted for today’s families into 10 to 20 minute episodes that delve into topics such as kindness, persistence and generosity.

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English


Episodes

Lazy Jack and the Leprechaun feat. A.J. Buckley, Euan Morton

5/21/2019
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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.

Duration:00:20:27

Encore: 'The Skylark'

5/14/2019
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Miriam Shor ("Younger," "The Americans,") stars in this Portuguese folktale about a feathered creature who gives a young, impatient man a lesson he'll never forget.

Duration:00:18:04

Circle Round Presents 'Brains On'

5/7/2019
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A special episode from our friends at Brains On.

Duration:00:41:14

'The Three-Legged Pot' featuring Aparna Nancherla

4/30/2019
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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.

Duration:00:19:21

The Lute Player featuring Annie Parisse and Paul Sparks

4/23/2019
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This Russian and European folktale stars real-life husband and wife Paul Sparks (House of Cards, Sweetbitter) and Annie Parisse (Friends From College) as a king who's taken prisoner, and a queen whose musical prowess sets him free.

Duration:00:21:25

'The Star Fruit Tree' featuring Stephanie Hsu

4/16/2019
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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.

Duration:00:21:08

'Sweet Corn and Clever Rabbit' featuring Eris Baker

4/9/2019
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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 an offer they can't refuse.

Duration:00:21:24

Circle Round Presents 'But Why'

4/2/2019
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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 humor develops with Gina Mireault of the Infant Laughter Project at Northern Vermont University. Also in the episode we hear about April 1 traditions and we listen in to jokes from our listeners with Vermont comedian Josie Leavitt.

Duration:00:28:14

Encore: 'The Happiest Person In The World'

3/26/2019
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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.

Duration:00:17:11

All That Glitters, featuring the cast of Story Pirates

3/19/2019
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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.

Duration:00:23:01

Circle Round Presents 'Story Pirates'

3/12/2019
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A special episode from our friends at Story Pirates.

Duration:00:32:39

'A Bird In The Hand' | feat. Danny Burstein ("My Fair Lady") and Rebecca Luker ("The Sound of Music")

3/5/2019
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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 Danny Burstein (My Fair Lady, Moulin Rouge) play a clever bird and the prince who tries to catch her.

Duration:00:19:24

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

2/26/2019
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Alexandra Billings (Transparent, Paddleton) stars in this Indian/Persian/Tunisian/Siberian/Iraqi/Uzbekistani folktale about the power of a keen eye and a quick mind.

Duration:00:20:30

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

2/19/2019
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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.

Duration:00:21:19

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

2/12/2019
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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.

Duration:00:20:22

Circle Round Presents 'Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls'

2/5/2019
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This episode (featuring Melinda Gates) tells the story of Wangari Maathai,one of the world's most important ecologists.

Duration:00:18:30

'The Emperor's Challenge' | feat. Christine Toy Johnson (Iron Fist) & Nikki SooHoo (Star Wars Resistance)

1/29/2019
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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.

Duration:00:23:19

'The Woman In The Moon' | feat. Irene Bedard ("Ralph Breaks The Internet," "Pocahontas")

1/22/2019
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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.

Duration:00:19:06

'The Queen's Gift' | feat. Jake Borelli (Grey's Anatomy)

1/15/2019
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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.

Duration:00:18:21

'The Golden Flask' | feat. Allison Strong

1/8/2019
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Allison Strong (The Week Of) headlines this Incan tale about a brave, magical journey to heal a prince and save a family. Download the coloring page that goes with this episode at wbur.org/circleround/coloring-pages Subscribe to Circle Round at applepodcasts.com/circleround

Duration:00:23:47