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.
Circle Round

Circle Round

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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.

Most Recent Episodes

At-Home Activities For '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 WBUR.org/circleround. 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.

The Elephant's Tub feat. Analeigh Tipton and Stephen Tobolowsky

Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid Love; Why Women Kill) and Stephen Tobolowsky (One Day at a Time, The Tobolowsky Files) co-star in this Burmese tale about a king who dreams of finding an elusive white elephant.

Song of the Horse feat. David Archuleta and Sherry Cola

Pop singer David Archuleta (American Idol) and stand-up comic Sherry Cola (Good Trouble) headline this Mongolian story about the origins of the country's national instrument: the horsehead fiddle. Voices in this episode include Doug Lockwood, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Kimberly Schraf, David Archuleta and Sherry Cola. Grown-ups, look for stand-up comedian Sherry Cola on the Freeform network drama, Good Trouble. Singer-songwriter and American Idol star David Archuleta kicks off his Ok, All Right Tour on March 30th, 2020; it will run throughout the US into May.

Granny's Leather Bag feat. Orla Brady

Orla Brady (Star Trek: Picard, Into the Badlands) stars in this Irish tale about three wise animals, two very different sisters, and one bag of silver coins.

The Mountain Spring feat. Kelli O'Hara & Greg Naughton

Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara (The King and I; Kiss Me, Kate) stars opposite real-life husband, director/musician Greg Naughton (The Independents, The Sweet Remains), in this Korean and Japanese tale about eternal love, kindness and youth.

Encore: 'The Lute Player'

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.

The Rooster in the Sky feat. Rachel Matthews

In this adventure story with roots in Russia, Hungary and the Middle East, a magical rooster rewards Rachel Matthews (Frozen 2) for her fearless persistence and precious friendship.

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