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!

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.

The Farmer's Coin feat. Jin Ha and Greta Jung

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 Korean folktale about a hardworking farmer whose generosity brings a surprising reward.

Encore: The Enchanted Paintbrush feat. Phillipa Soo

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

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'

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

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'

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Rent and If/Then, opposite Idina Menzel. He's the author of the book, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent. To give to Circle Round got to

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, 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. -------

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 At the end of this episode you'll hear more another activity — an "I did it" jar!

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.

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 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 this bonus edition of Circle Round, we'll meet a character who forgets about that last part, even though his helper saved his life!

The Birds and the Trees feat. Krys Marshall

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 friend who's always bold enough to try something new. In today's story, we'll meet a character who's so brave, she's willing to give up everything she's ever known. Everything! Our story is called "The Birds and the Trees." Versions of this tale come from New Zealand, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. Voices in this episode include James Konicek, Adam Mastroianni, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Gamalia Pharms, and Krys Marshall. Grown-ups, you can see Krys Marshall on Apple TV's fictionalized version of the 1960s race to the moon, For All Mankind. Krys is also a mentor with the Young Storytellers Foundation, which seeks to "inspire young people to discover the power of their own voice."

Shortie: 'A Cup of Poi'

A bonus story from Hawaii, about the magic that happens when we show kindness to strangers in need. ------ 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 At the end of this episode you'll hear more about how to play "Kindness Bingo." ----------- We've been hearing a lot from our listeners around the world - listeners like you! And many of you have been asking for more stories to help you get through this time of social distancing, when we're all spending a bunch more time at home than we're used to. Today we're bringing you a special bonus episode of Circle Round. Our story is called "A Cup of Poi." Poi is a popular food where our tale originally comes from: Hawaii, the only island state in the United States. It's all about the magic that happens when we're kind to others... especially when we've never met them before!

The Search For Rain feat. Amory Sivertson

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 doesn't mean we have to be separated. Even if we're not in the same room, or the same building, we can still find ways to join up with others, and accomplish things that we can't do on our own! In the story we're about to hear, we'll meet some people who really need to work together. But first... they need to get their act together! Our story is called "The Search For Rain." It's inspired by a tale from Argentina, the second-largest country in South America. Voices in this episode include Doug Lockwood, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Gamalia Pharms, Delores King Williams, and Amory Sivertson. Amory is the co-host of Endless Thread, a podcast from WBUR and Reddit that brings stories from the Internet to life — from mysteries, to histories, to stories about our shared humanity. This episode was adapted for Circle Round by Rebecca Sheir. It was edited by Circle Round's executive producer, Katherine Brewer. Circle Round's original music and sound design is by Eric Shimelonis. Our artist is Sabina Hahn.

Circle Round Presents: 'Mystery Recipe'

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 another podcast you might enjoy, "Mystery Recipe," from America's Test Kitchen Kids. "Mystery Recipe" is jam-packed with fascinating trivia, cool science, fun characters, and of course... food. Listen to find out!

Encore: 'The King And The Cobbler'

Things are pretty different from what we're all used to, aren't they? You might be spending much more time at home, and finding new ways to pass the time each day... while staying safe and healthy and entertained. When things get challenging, there are all sorts of ways we can get through. And one of those ways is right there inside your head: Your imagination! This week, we're bringing you a Circle Round episode that's all about using your imagination — your creativity — in the face of difficulties and obstacles. It's one of our favorite stories from season two, and whether it's your first time hearing it or your tenth, we hope you enjoy it. This episode's story is called "The King and the Cobbler." It was inspired by a folktale with origins in a number of places... from Germany and Italy, to Greece and Finland, to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Voices on this episode include: MaConnia Chesser, Evan Casey, Keith David and James Naughton.