Circle Round

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 Jul 15, 2021

adelie
 Mar 23, 2021
i love your stories! there so fun!😍

Nataliya
 Mar 15, 2021
We've been listening to "Circle Round" for 2.5 years and love these stories -- they engage kids imagination and attention. Our kids have recited the lessons from the stories in real life scenarios. Thank you for the excellent content!

Anonymous
 Jan 22, 2021
why are they gradually deleting all old episodes?

simon
 Nov 28, 2020
I tried listening to older episodes, looks like some have been deleted :(

Description

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.

Episode Date
The Laws of Nature feat. Mo Rocca
00:19:35

Mo Rocca (CBS Sunday Morning, Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!) headlines this eco-conscious Estonian/Finnish tale about conservation, courtesy, and how actions speak louder than words.

Aug 03, 2021
Encore: Sir Luck and Mister Riches
00:23:48

In this favorite tale from the archives, comedian/kids' author Michael Ian Black (I'm Worried, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop) and actor/director David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Medical Police) believe they know the secret to what makes people truly happy.

Jul 27, 2021
The Patched-Up Coat feat. Peter Sagal
00:18:59

NPR's Peter Sagal (Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!) stars in this Russian story about how fantastically priceless a little generosity can be.

Jul 20, 2021
Encore: The King's Face
00:19:31

Broadway stars Derrick Baskin (Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Brandon Uranowitz (An American in Paris, Burn This) play a curious king and clever farmer in this tale with roots in Russia, Italy, India, Greece, Africa and Iran.

This episode was originally released on October 22, 2019.

Jul 13, 2021
The Mountain Guardian feat. Alonzo Bodden & Audrey Hsieh
00:25:09

Audrey Hsieh (Here Today, Mixtape) and Alonzo Bodden (Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!, Who's Paying Attention) headline this Tibetan tale about two family members who are rewarded appropriately by a stone lion, one for her generosity and one for his greed.

Jul 06, 2021
Circle Round Presents: Julie's Library
00:17:10

While we’re hard at work putting together a brand new season of exciting stories, we’re giving you a special treat— an episode of another podcast we think you’ll enjoy: "Julie’s Library," featuring Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton as they share some of their favorite books for kids and families.

In this episode, award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson visits the library to read her book "The Day You Begin," which is about feeling different from everyone around you.

Jun 29, 2021
Encore: The Magpie With Salt On Her Tail
00:22:01

Rachael Harris (Lucifer, Suits) and Taran Killam (Nature Cat, Saturday Night Live) star in this special encore episode about a young man who learns that -- with a little hard work -- dreams can come true.

This episode was originally released on December 19, 2017.

Jun 22, 2021
Encore: The Princess and the Egg
00:20:02

In this enchanting tale from the archives, Amber Stevens West (Happy Together, Run the World) stars as a globe-​trotting princess who works hard to keep her promises.

This episode was originally released on October 23, 2018.

Jun 15, 2021
Encore: The Goat in the Garden
00:16:26

In this favorite episode from the archives, Ray Magliozzi (Car Talk) plays a stubborn goat who inadvertently reminds us that true heroes comes in all shapes and sizes.

This episode was originally released on January 23, 2018.

Jun 08, 2021
Encore: Sweet Corn and Clever Rabbit
00:19:35

In this favorite episode from the archives, Eris Baker (This Is Us) plays a tricky rabbit who presents her fellow animals with an offer they can't refuse.

This episode originally released April 9, 2019.

Jun 01, 2021
She Tells Seashells feat. Joaquina Kalukango
00:22:01

Tony Award nominee Joaquina Kalukango (Slave Play, One Night in Miami) stars in this Zulu tale from South Africa about how stories came to the world.

May 25, 2021
The Unfair Share feat. Jon Huertas & Faith Salie
00:21:35

Jon Huertas (This Is Us, Initiation) and Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me) headline this folktale about a generous queen, a cunning farmer, and a devious gatekeeper who takes more than his fair share.

May 18, 2021
The Missing Knight feat. Sarah, Duchess of York & Jason Mantzoukas
00:27:32

Duchess Sarah Ferguson of York (Storytime With Fergie) and Jason Mantzoukas (How Did This Get Made, Housebroken) play a crafty queen and scheming advisor who face off in an unforgettable game of chess.

May 11, 2021
The Bearded Lake feat. Owen Teale
00:22:26

Owen Teale (Game of Thrones, Dream Horse) stars in this Welsh legend about a desperate farmer who becomes too greedy for his own good.

May 04, 2021
Encore: 100 Rooms
00:19:46

In this favorite episode from the archives, seven-time Emmy-Award winner Ed Asner (Up, The Mary Tyler Moore Show) plays a wise father who challenges his daughters to solve a tricky challenge by thinking outside the box.

Apr 27, 2021
Growing Courage ft. Kyla Pratt
00:22:34

Kyla Pratt (Call Me Kat, The Proud Family) headlines this Ethiopian story about the power of facing your fears.

Apr 20, 2021
The Giant’s Causeway feat. Alison Wright
00:20:43

Alison Wright (Snowpiercer, The Americans) stars as a wise and witty Irish giant who proves she's colossal in both size and smarts.

Apr 13, 2021
The Fire Within feat. Maz Jobrani
00:18:48

Comedian and actor Maz Jobrani (Pandemic Warrior, Back To School With Maz Jobrani) plays a wise man with an on-fire imagination in this clever tale from Turkey, Balochistan, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, the West Indies, and the Hispano community of New Mexico.

Apr 06, 2021
The Governor’s Puzzle feat. Tiffany Espensen
00:22:33

Tiffany Espensen (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Kirby Buckets) stars in this Chinese folktale about thinking outside the box and inside the boat.

Mar 30, 2021
Encore: The Queen's Gift
00:18:21

This favorite episode from our archives is in loving memory of an actor you've heard in numerous Circle Round stories, including this one: Delores King Williams.

Mar 23, 2021
Mangoes in the Middle feat. Utkarsh Ambudkar
00:17:04

In this tale from India, Utkarsh Ambudkar (Brittany Runs a Marathon, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme) plays an ingenious royal advisor who cunningly proves the true owner of a fruitful treasure.

Mar 16, 2021
Counting Crocodiles feat. Tiya Sircar
00:19:16

In this playful tale from Indonesia and Malaysia, Tiya Sircar (Star Wars Rebels, The Good Place) plays a cunning mouse deer who teaches a cantankerous crocodile a lesson.

Mar 09, 2021
The Uncommon Offering feat. Ruthie Ann Miles
00:23:33

Tony Award Winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I, All Rise) stars in this Paraguayan story about giving the most rare and precious gift of all.

Mar 02, 2021
The Red Leather Shoes feat. Madhur Jaffrey & Aasif Mandvi
00:22:47

Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, Evil) and Madhur Jaffrey (Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Nation, I Feel Bad) co-star in this Indian story about a wise king, a generous shoemaker, and a priceless pair of shoes.

Feb 23, 2021
The Wind Catcher feat. Lea Salonga
00:21:13

Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables) headlines this Marshallese tale about how the first sailboat came to be.

Feb 16, 2021
Encore: One Speckled Hen
00:20:29

This week, we bring back a favorite story from the archives: Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown, The Full Monty) stars in a Jewish tale that tests the old adage, "Finders keepers, losers weepers."

Feb 09, 2021
All The King’s Dogs feat. Rory Culkin & Jeremy Sisto
00:20:35

Jeremy Sisto (Law and Order, FBI) and Rory Culkin (Waco, Halston) co-star in this Hungarian story about two farmers, one wise king, and a whole mess of canines.

Feb 02, 2021
The Fishermen’s Leftovers feat. Marc delaCruz
00:19:36

In this magical tale from Japan, Marc delaCruz (If/Then, Hamilton) plays a lowly cook whose kitchen scraps bring him a golden reward.

Jan 26, 2021
The Horse of a Different Color feat. Christina Anthony & Lindsay Mendez
00:24:17

Christina Anthony (Mixed-ish, Key & Peele) and Tony winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, All Rise) play a one-of-a-kind horse and rider in this enchanted tale from across the Spanish-speaking world.

Jan 19, 2021
The Head and the Heart feat. Hrishikesh Hirway & Joshua Malina
00:26:43

Joshua Malina (The West Wing, Scandal) and Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder, The West Wing Weekly) co-star in this Jewish tale about two brothers who make two very different ways in the world.

Jan 12, 2021
Three Little Critters feat. Mason Gooding & Allen Maldonado
00:24:49

Mason Gooding (Love, Victor; Scream 5) and Allen Maldonado (Sneakerheads, The Last O.G.) co-star in this East African story about the big power of a little teamwork.

Jan 05, 2021
Encore: The Emperor's Challenge
00:23:41

As we ring in the new year, we bring back a favorite episode about planting the seeds of honesty, starring Nikki SooHoo (Star Wars Resistance, The Resident) and Christine Toy Johnson (Iron Fist, Come From Away).

Dec 29, 2020
Encore: A Bird in the Hand
00:16:35

As we celebrate the winter holidays, we revisit a favorite episode from season two: Broadway legends Rebecca Luker and Danny Burstein play a talking bird and spoiled prince who explore the meaning of true wisdom.

Dec 22, 2020
Ariana’s Music feat. Mireille Enos
00:19:38

Mireille Enos (Hanna, The Killing) headlines this new spin on an ancient Greek legend about an instrument that captivates everyone who hears it, whether they have skin, scales, hair, hides, feathers, or fur.

Dec 15, 2020
The Three Tests feat. Kiera Allen
00:20:33

Kiera Allen (Run) plays a wise woman whose cleverness is tested by her father long after he's gone in this story from Armenia, Greece, Russia, Germany and Hungary.

Dec 08, 2020
The Twin Monkeys feat. Julia Nickson & Lizzy Capri
00:22:36

Julia Nickson (Rambo: First Blood Part II, The Unbidden) and YouTuber Lizzy Capri headline this Tibetan and Burmese tale about finding treasure, playing tricks, and monkeying around.

Dec 01, 2020
Simple Gifts: Circle Round's Season-of-Giving Special
01:05:12

To celebrate the season of giving, we bring you a special mega-episode revisiting four of your favorite Circle Round stories about generosity.

Nov 24, 2020
The Basilisk’s Stare feat. Nabiyah Be & Evan Whitten
00:17:57

In this tale inspired by a Polish legend, Nabiyah Be (Black Panther, Daisy Jones & The Six) and Evan Whitten (The Resident, Mr. Robot) face off against a fantastical creature whose gaze turns people to stone.

Nov 17, 2020
The Fantastic Fiddle feat. Adam Irigoyen
00:22:50

This Hispanic tale from the Southwest U.S. stars Adam Irigoyen (Away, Shake It Up) as a fiddler whose magical instrument brings the world to its feet, and the guilty to their knees.

Nov 10, 2020
Little Frog’s Big Voice feat. Alex Brightman & Dyllón Burnside
00:18:35

Dyllón Burnside (POSE, Prideland) and Tony nominee Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice, School of Rock - The Musical) co-star in this Australian story about small critters, giant egos, and why frogs croak.

Nov 03, 2020
The Extraordinary Pine Cone feat. Kelly Jenrette & John Carroll Lynch
00:20:30

Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid's Tale, Uncorked) and John Carroll Lynch (American Horror Story, The Founder) headline this Estonian/Finnish story about how very far a little generosity can go.

Oct 27, 2020
Coyote’s Flame feat. Brittany O’Grady
00:17:34

In this Native American tale, Brittany O'Grady (Little Voice, Star) plays a cunning creature who uses teamwork to bring light, sun and fire to the dark, cold world.

Oct 20, 2020
Encore: Grandfather Stone feat. Diane Rehm and Jonathan Joss
00:19:42

In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, we're revisiting this Seneca tale from Season 2 about the origin of stories -- co-starring NPR veteran Diane Rehm and Jonathan Joss (Parks and Recreation, Comanche Moon).

Oct 13, 2020
The Glittering Gourd feat. Glenn Fleshler & Corey Stoll
00:18:36

Corey Stoll (Billions, West Side Story) and Glenn Fleshler (Billions, Joker) bring to life this Brazilian story about the sweetness of humility and the sting of greed.

Oct 06, 2020
The Olive Jar feat. Maggie Siff, Santino Fontana & Denim Richards
00:23:32

Maggie Siff (Billions, Mad Men), Santino Fontana (Tootsie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and Denim Richards (Yellowstone, The Chickasaw Rancher) co-star in this Northern African/Middle Eastern/Jewish tale about spoiled olives and fresh starts.

Sep 29, 2020
Long Hair and the Waterfall feat. Rosalind Chao
00:22:15

Rosalind Chao (Mulan, The Joy Luck Club) headlines this Chinese tale about a tall mountain, a big radish, and the magic of giving back to your community.

Sep 22, 2020
Little Cu feat. Desmin Borges
00:22:54

Desmin Borges (You're The Worst, Utopia) plays a tiny bird with an ever-growing ego in this playful story with roots in Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Sep 15, 2020
Dirt Into Gold feat. Tzi Ma & Jimmy Wong
00:18:46

Tzi Ma (The Farewell, Mulan) and Jimmy Wong (Wish Dragon, Mulan) co-star in this Burmese tale about turning soil and dirt into an invaluable treasure.

Sep 08, 2020
Circle Round: Fan Edition!
00:30:55

At the end of season 3, we asked fans to send us their own Circle Round story. This week, you’ll hear some of the submissions we received!

Sep 01, 2020
Encore: 'The Forbidden Knot'
00:22:13

This favorite story from season one, starring Mel Rodriguez (The Last Man on Earth, Electric Dreams), is about the importance of being honest and keeping your word... especially when you’re a leader in charge of something big.

Aug 25, 2020
The Charming Flute feat. Amy Hargreaves
00:23:43

In part four of our summer series with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Amy Hargreaves (13 Reasons Why, Homeland) plays a mystical flute player who teaches a greedy landowner to sing a different tune.

Aug 18, 2020
Encore: 'A Taste Of Honey'
00:20:18

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

Aug 11, 2020
Naming the Tree feat. Chloe Coleman
00:22:00

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!

Aug 04, 2020
Encore: 'Latchkey Stew'
00:20:48

Jurnee Smollett-Bell stars in this classic tale about a young girl who teaches a group of neighbors what it means to really share.

Jul 28, 2020
The Farmer’s Coin feat. Jin Ha and Greta Jung
00:27:22

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.

Jul 21, 2020
Encore: The Enchanted Paintbrush feat. Phillipa Soo
00:24:17

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.

Jul 14, 2020
Every Other Friday feat. Melora Hardin and Gildart Jackson
00:26:12

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.

Jul 07, 2020
Encore: 'Kangaroo And Joey Too'
00:22:46

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.

Jun 30, 2020
Shortie: The Leaky Bucket
00:12:54

Is the bucket half empty or half full? This week's bonus episode comes from a Chinese folktale about the unexpected upside of imperfection.

Jun 23, 2020
Encore: 'The Great Ball Game'
00:19:15

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.

Jun 16, 2020
Shortie: The Dinner Date
00:14:07

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.

Jun 09, 2020
Encore: The Most Powerful Of All
00:19:35

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.

Jun 02, 2020
The Noblest Tale feat. Lisa Loeb
00:24:47

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.

May 26, 2020
Leopard’s Rhythm feat. Tonya Mosley
00:23:05

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.

May 19, 2020
Sweet and Sour feat. Avi Nash & Marshall Escamilla
00:24:10

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.

May 12, 2020
Chief Know-It-All feat. Chris Sullivan
00:26:45

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.

May 05, 2020
The Sultan’s Figs feat. Shazad Latif and Anthony Rapp
00:24:31

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 WBUR.org/supportcircleround

Apr 28, 2020
The Treasured Axe feat. Adrian Martinez
00:23:44

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!

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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.

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Apr 21, 2020
Shortie: 'The Money Tree'
00:14:39

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.

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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!

Apr 17, 2020
The Fallen Sparrow feat. Molly Bloom and Jane Lindholm
00:19:19

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.

Apr 14, 2020
Shortie: 'The First Ring'
00:15:48

In this bonus story with roots in Europe and China, a horse teaches a knight about loyalty and kindness.

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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.

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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!

Apr 10, 2020
The Birds and the Trees feat. Krys Marshall
00:23:37

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.”

Apr 07, 2020
Shortie: 'A Cup of Poi'
00:13:50

A bonus story from Hawaii, about the magic that happens when we show kindness to strangers in need.

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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."

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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!

Apr 03, 2020
The Search For Rain feat. Amory Sivertson
00:22:47

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.

Mar 31, 2020
Circle Round Presents: 'Mystery Recipe'
00:16:33

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!

Mar 27, 2020
Encore: 'The King And The Cobbler'
00:23:33

This week we present a favorite story from the archives: Keith David (Greenleaf) and Tony Award winner James Naughton (City of Angels, Chicago) play a curious, disguised king and a cobbler who proves the power of self-reliance.

Mar 24, 2020
The Elephant’s Tub feat. Analeigh Tipton and Stephen Tobolowsky
00:23:48

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.

Mar 17, 2020
Song of the Horse feat. David Archuleta and Sherry Cola
00:23:46

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.

Mar 10, 2020
Granny’s Leather Bag feat. Orla Brady
00:23:47

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.

Mar 03, 2020
The Mountain Spring feat. Kelli O’Hara & Greg Naughton
00:20:19

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.

Feb 25, 2020
Encore: 'The Lute Player'
00:21:18

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.

Feb 18, 2020
The Rooster in the Sky feat. Rachel Matthews
00:22:02

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.

Feb 11, 2020
The True Mother feat. Alex Landi
00:18:42

In this Japanese tale, Alex Landi (Grey's Anatomy, Insatiable) plays a wise judge who finds an ingenious way to determine the real mother of a bouncing baby boy.

Feb 04, 2020
The Beggar and the Baker’s Daughter feat. Margaret Cho
00:19:29

Comedian Margaret Cho (The Margaret Cho, Fresh Off The Bloat) headlines this English tale about a greedy woman who bites off more than she can chew.

Jan 28, 2020
The Very Busy Fairies feat. Parker Bates
00:17:43

In this zany Celtic tale, when fairies come to help Parker Bates (This Is Us) with his chores, he discovers they're far more trouble than they're worth.

Jan 21, 2020
The Dozen Loaves of Bread feat. Avery Trufelman
00:18:01

Podcast luminary Avery Trufelman (99% Invisible, Articles of Interest) stars as a generous baker touched by magic in this scrumptious Jewish tale.

Jan 14, 2020
The Nine Sticks feat. Nikesh Patel and Maulik Pancholy
00:18:35

Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock, Grand Horizons) and Nikesh Patel (Four Weddings and a Funeral) headline this Indian story that asks what's more precious: glittering jewels, or good friends?

Jan 07, 2020
Encore: The Months Of The Year
00:23:49

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.

Dec 31, 2019
Encore: Three Wishes
00:19:35

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

Dec 24, 2019
The Gloomy Pine Tree feat. Mykal-Michelle Harris
00:19:10

Mykal-Michelle Harris (Mixed-ish) stars as a discontented sapling in this classic "grass is always greener" tale from Germany.

Dec 17, 2019
Nilsa And The Troll feat. Raegan Revord
00:19:43

In this story with roots in Denmark, Raegan Revord (Young Sheldon) plays a generous young woman who proves that small gestures of kindness can make a big difference.

Dec 10, 2019
The Banker’s Riddles feat. Jeannie Mai
00:17:31

Jeannie Mai (Listen Hunnay, The Real) headlines this Chinese and Vietnamese tale about a wise, witty woman who gives a greedy, riddle-loving banker a run for his money.

Dec 03, 2019
Encore: 'Fiona And The Fairies'
00:18:32

Selenis Leyva ("Orange is the New Black," "Maniacs") stars as a clever baker in this retelling of a Scottish folktale about the power of a little "please" and "thank you."

Nov 26, 2019
The Enchanted Paintbrush feat. Phillipa Soo
00:23:32

Phillipa Soo (Hamilton, The Code) and Stacy Keach (Man With a Plan, American Greed) headline this Chinese tale about a kind, humble artist whose paintings come to life.

Nov 19, 2019
Sir Luck and Mister Riches feat. Michael Ian Black and David Wain
00:22:26

Comedian/kids' author Michael Ian Black (I'm Worried, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop) and actor/director David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Stella) star in this supernatural story from Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic and the Dominican Republic.

Nov 12, 2019
The Fire On The Other Side Of The World feat. Yeardley Smith
00:20:51

In this Cherokee story, Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons) plays a feisty, creative spider who proves that power and strength aren't always about physical size.

Nov 05, 2019
The Chattering Clams feat. Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz
00:18:41

Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz — hosts of NPR’s "Wow! in the World" podcast — star in this whimsical Native American tale about the dangers of gossip.

Oct 29, 2019
The King's Face feat. Derrick Baskin and Brandon Uranowitz
00:19:06

Broadway stars Derrick Baskin ("Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee") and Brandon Uranowitz ("An American in Paris," "Burn This") play a curious king and clever farmer in this tale with roots in Russia, Italy, India, Greece, Africa and Iran.

Oct 22, 2019
Encore: 'Maushop And Grandfather Sun'
00:19:38

Wes Studi, who later this month will become the first Native American actor to receive an Oscar, stars as the Wampanoag mythical figure 'Maushop,' a kind, gentle giant who tries to convince the sun to come back home.

Oct 15, 2019
The Rusty Cowbell featuring Lake Bell
00:21:15

Lake Bell (The Secret Life of Pets, Bless This Mess) stars as a struggling farmer who gives a selfish landlord a run for his money in this folktale from Russia, Germany, Indonesia and the Netherlands.

Oct 08, 2019
One Speckled Hen feat. André de Shields
00:20:27

Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown, The Full Monty) stars in this Jewish tale that tests the old adage: "finders keepers, losers weepers."

Oct 01, 2019
The Great Acorn Robbery feat. Katy Mixon and Diedrich Bader
00:20:15

Katy Mixon (American Housewife, Minions) and Diedrich Bader (American Housewife, Veep) headline this Seneca tale about an industrious squirrel and the sneaky critters who pilfer her prized acorns.

Sep 24, 2019
Rabbit's Wish feat. Ryan Michelle Bathé
00:20:23

In this story with roots in West Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, Ryan Michelle Bathé (This Is Us, First Wives Club) plays a clever Rabbit who discovers that power and strength aren't just about physical size.

Sep 17, 2019
Curious Boots feat. Colin Hanks
00:23:36

This Norwegian adventure tale stars Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces, Jumanji 2) as a precocious little brother whose curiosity earns him a royally big reward.

Sep 10, 2019
Circle Round Presents: 'Tai Asks Why'
00:28:05

In this episode from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, "Tai Asks Why" features 12-year-old Tai Poole, who asks: What are animals saying to each other?

Sep 03, 2019
Encore: 'What Am I Hearing?'
00:13:28

Ever wonder what instrument you're hearing during your favorite 'Circle Round' story? We're revisiting a very special episode featuring the music and mind of Eric Shimelonis, resident sound designer and composer.

Aug 27, 2019
Encore: 'The Unwelcome Guest'
00:17:11

This week, we're bringing back a listener favorite. 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 its cover.

Aug 20, 2019
Circle Round Presents: 'Wow in the World'
00:23:27

In this special episode from our friends at NPR's "Wow in the World," hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz explore canine communication.

Aug 13, 2019
Encore: 'Armadillo’s Song' | feat. Gad Elmaleh
00:19:14

French comedian Gad Elmaleh stars in this episode about one little armadillo who doesn't let anyone discourage him from following his dreams. This lively Bolivian folktale tells the origin story of the "charango," a small Andean stringed instrument.

Aug 06, 2019
Encore: 'The Hat, The Horn, And The Purse' | feat. Bobby Moynihan
00:27:50

In this encore, we revisit an Italian folktale starring Bobby Moynihan ("Duck Tales," "SNL") about a father who gives seemingly simple gifts to his three sons. But there is more to these family heirlooms than meets the eye.

Jul 30, 2019
The Magic Bowl featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:21:08

Part three of our special summer pop-up series -- recorded live with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra -- comes from Ghana and the West Indies, and explores the dangers of greed.

Jul 23, 2019
Practice Makes Progress featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:21:08

Part two of our special summer pop-up series -- recorded live with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra -- is a tale from the Antilles about an aspiring musician and a giant adventure.

Jul 16, 2019
Kangaroo And Joey Too featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra
00:20:48

Part one of our special summer pop-up series, recorded live with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this Aboriginal story from Australia imagines how the kangaroo got her indispensable pouch.

Jul 09, 2019
Listeners' Favorite: 'The Piper And The Pooka'
00:20:22

This episode was chosen by you, the fans! Thanks for the submissions! In this Irish folktale, Damian McGinty ("Glee," "Celtic Thunder") stars as a musician with a serious case of butterflies.

Jul 02, 2019
Circle Round Spotlight: Babayan And The Magic Star
00:24:10

Yo-Yo Ma narrates the story of a monster named Babayan, and how he changed in ways he never thought possible.

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Jun 25, 2019
Circle Round Presents: 'Tumble'
00:16:05

A special episode from our friends at the podcast Tumble, a science podcast for kids.

Jun 18, 2019
Circle Round Presents 'Two Princes'
00:25:52

This week, we’re bringing you an extra-special episode from our friends at the new Gimlet podcast “Two Princes".

Follow Prince Rupert as he sets out to break the mysterious curse that’s been looming over his kingdom (literally) his whole life. He’s ready to face whatever dastardly villain or vile monster stands in his way. What he isn’t prepared for is meeting the handsome Amir, a rival prince on a quest to save his own realm.

We’re excited to share the first episode with you here. You can listen to all episodes "Two Princes" right now for free on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

Jun 11, 2019
Circle Round Presents: Kids Listen Summer Sampler
00:55:53

We've teamed up with some of the best kids podcasts out there to bring you the Kids Listen Summer Sampler!

Jun 04, 2019
Grandfather Stone feat. Diane Rehm, Jonathan Joss
00:17:57

Jonathan Joss (Comanche Moon, Parks and Recreation) and NPR’s Diane Rehm (The Diane Rehm Show, On My Mind) star in this Seneca tale about a mystical stone who introduces the first stories to the world.

May 28, 2019
Lazy Jack and the Leprechaun feat. A.J. Buckley, Euan Morton
00:18:34

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.

May 21, 2019
Encore: 'The Skylark'
00:15:04

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.

May 14, 2019
Circle Round Presents 'Brains On'
00:38:14

A special episode from our friends at Brains On.

May 07, 2019
'The Three-Legged Pot' featuring Aparna Nancherla
00:19:22

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.

Apr 30, 2019
The Lute Player featuring Annie Parisse and Paul Sparks
00:19:32

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.

Apr 23, 2019
'The Star Fruit Tree' featuring Stephanie Hsu
00:18:26

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.

Apr 16, 2019
'Sweet Corn and Clever Rabbit' featuring Eris Baker
00:17:55

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.

Apr 09, 2019
Circle Round Presents 'But Why'
00:26:21

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.

Apr 02, 2019
Encore: 'The Happiest Person In The World'
00:12:36

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.

Mar 26, 2019
All That Glitters, featuring the cast of Story Pirates
00:18:27

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.

Mar 19, 2019
Circle Round Presents 'Story Pirates'
00:28:05

A special episode from our friends at Story Pirates.

Mar 12, 2019
'A Bird In The Hand' | feat. Danny Burstein ("My Fair Lady") and Rebecca Luker ("The Sound of Music")
00:14:50

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.

Mar 05, 2019
'Three Clever Brothers' | feat. Alexandra Billings (Transparent)
00:16:45

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.

Feb 26, 2019
"The Great Ball Game" | feat. William Jackson Harper (The Good Place, Jack Ryan)
00:17:28

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.

Feb 19, 2019
'The Most Powerful Of All' | feat. Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon, Big Little Lies)
00:18:00

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.

Feb 12, 2019
Circle Round Presents 'Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls'
00:17:10

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

Feb 05, 2019
'The Emperor's Challenge' | feat. Christine Toy Johnson (Iron Fist) & Nikki SooHoo (Star Wars Resistance)
00:21:57

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.

Jan 29, 2019
'The Woman In The Moon' | feat. Irene Bedard ("Ralph Breaks The Internet," "Pocahontas")
00:17:43

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.

Jan 22, 2019
'The Queen's Gift' | feat. Jake Borelli (Grey's Anatomy)
00:16:41

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.

Jan 15, 2019
'The Golden Flask' | feat. Allison Strong
00:22:07

Allison Strong (The Week Of) headlines this Incan tale about a brave, magical journey to heal a prince and save a family.

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Jan 08, 2019
Encore: 'Cow Wells and Cow Bells'
00:15:39

We're celebrating Billy Porter's 2019 Golden Globe nomination by bringing back this East African folktale that asks: "Is honesty always the best policy?"

Jan 01, 2019
Road Trip Reel: 'Family Ties'
01:39:15

To make your winter holidays even merrier and brighter, enjoy 90 minutes of your favorite Circle Round episodes about family! Stories include: "The Months of the Year," "Why The Ocean Is Salty," "100 Rooms," "The Lion’s Whisker,""Three Wishes" and "The Skylark."

Dec 24, 2018
'The Dancing Goats' | feat. Raul Esparza
00:20:57

In this Galician folktale, Raul Esparza (Law and Order: SVU, Bojack Horseman, Ferdinand) stars as an aspiring musician who dreams of making the whole world dance.

If you love this podcast, please consider supporting WBUR (where Circle Round is produced) by donating $5 or $10 a month. When you do, we'll send you the BRAND SPANKIN' NEW coloring book created by our fabulous illustrator Sabina Hahn. Learn more at: wbur.org/color

Dec 17, 2018
'Wit and Wordplay' | feat. 'American Dad's' Rachael MacFarlane and Dee Bradley Baker
00:19:59

In this clever folktale with roots in the Middle East and Spain, Rachael MacFarlane (American Dad) and Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad) seek a soulmate whose mind is in tune with their own.

Dec 11, 2018
Circle Round Presents 'Earth Rangers!'
00:17:19

Winter is coming.... While we get out of hats and gloves, animals are making their own plans. A four month nap? Extra food? Flying south? Our friends at "Earth Rangers" get up close and personal with wildlife to learn more. .

Dec 04, 2018
'Maya's Feathers' | feat. Vella Lovell
00:15:21

Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power) stars as a young woman who learns the power of her words... and how you can't take the meaner ones back once they're out there.

Nov 27, 2018
Road Trip Reel: A Feast For Your Ears!
01:41:58

Whether you're traveling, cooking, or storing leftovers, get ready for scrumptious Thanksgiving listening with 90 minutes of your favorite Circle Round stories about food! Stories included: "Fiona and the Fairies," "When Fish Fly," "Dollars and Scents," "The Perfect Partnership," "A Taste of Honey," and "The Unwelcome Guest."

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Nov 20, 2018
'The Unjust Justice' | feat. Jackie Tohn
00:19:46

Jackie Tohn (G.L.O.W.) stars as a clever grocer who teaches a dishonest judge the importance of being fair and trustworthy.

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Nov 13, 2018
'Turtle Island' | feat. 'The Punies' and 'Earth Ranger Emma'
00:16:32

Circle Round partners with two fellow kids podcasts--'The Punies,' by Kobe Bryant and Canada's 'Earth Rangers,'-- to bring a First Nations folktale to life.

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Nov 06, 2018
Encore: 'The Rice Cakes And The Oni"
00:15:12

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.

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Oct 30, 2018
'The Princess and the Egg' | feat. Amber Stevens West
00:18:17

Amber Stevens West ("Happy Together") stars as a globe-trotting princess who works hard to keep all of her promises. But in this story, the honest princess's commitment is tested in more ways than one!

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Oct 23, 2018