Are you a fan of podcasts? I have to admit that I don’t have a lot of experience with podcasts but when I learned about Circle Round I knew I had to check it out. Hearing that the stories take you around the world with global perspectives and represent different cultures I knew this was the perfect podcast to listen to. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, I listened to my first Circle Round episode, Three Wishes, and I was transported to a new world.
The story of Three Wishes reminds you how blessed you are to have a roof over your head and love in your heart. The story had me stopping work and just spending time listening and savoring the story and message conveyed. I love that at the end of the story there are thought prompts to encourage you and your kids to think of the lessons learned during the show and talk about them, draw them out and share them with each other.
The Circle Round stories are perfect for car rides, family nights or really any day of the week! Subscribe to Circle Round via iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app and download episodes! The Circle Round stories would be great to play while making dinner. They are the perfect lead in to family time and being able to talk about the stories. I also think they would be great in the car on the way to school or while running errands. The stories are entertaining for both kids and adults!
Circle Round is a storytelling podcast for kids from the WBUR producing team behind the popular podcasts Modern Love, Dear Sugars, and Kind World. Circle Round is produced by WBUR, NPR’s Boston affiliate. There are 30 episodes in the first season of Circle Round. Circle Round is narrated by Rebecca Sheir, a seasoned public radio host. Original music is composed and performed by Eric Shimeloni (he introduces a different instrument for each episode!). Rebecca and Eric are a husband and wife creative team!
Plus each week you can print a coloring sheet that corresponds to the episode. The coloring pages are a great way to reconnect as you color and talk about the story you listened to. Download the coloring sheets on the WBUR Website http://www.wbur.org/circleround
Episodes you need to check out and the voices you will recognize in them!
- Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”) stars in It Could Always Get Worse.
- Stella and the Dragon (Romania): Stella, a new mother of 100 children, must outsmart a fierce dragon in order to feed her family, starring Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent,” “Bad Moms”), James Konicek and Mia Rilette.
- Why The Ocean is Salty (Philippines): Two brothers, one kind and one mischievous, learn why it’s never wise to take more than you need, starring Lou Diamond Phillips (“La Bamba,” “Longmire,” “The 33”), Jon Briones (“Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary”) and John Lescault.
- The Happiest Person in the World (Various, including Uzbekistan, Africa, Greece, Italy): A depressed man believes he’ll finally be happy if he can track down the happiest person on earth, starring Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”), Laura C. Harris, Delores King Williams, Anya Whelan-Smith, Keshav Moodliar, John Lescault and Mitch Hebert.
- Thunder and Lightning (Nigeria): A creation story about how lightning and thunder went from being honored members of a village in Africa to living in the sky with their friend Rain, starring Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh in “Hunger Games”).
- The Woman in the Vinegar Bottle (United Kingdom): An old woman who lives in a vinegar bottle wishes she could live in a cottage. A fairy grants her request. The woman’s wishes get larger and larger and the fairy grants them–to a point–starring Sela Ward (“Sisters,” “Graves,” “Independence Day”) and Annabella Sherman.
If you need me I will be sitting by the fireplace listening to more episodes of Circle Round and taking a moment to just soak in the stories!