A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Episode show notes link to a website for each episode. Each includes a story script, a printable illustration, a list of "Things to Think About After Listening," and a photo and information about a particular musical instrument from the music.
Tales explore universal themes found across cultures, including creativity, persistence, honesty, and generosity. Courage, compassion, empathy and self-control are at the heart of many of the stories told.
Positive Role Models
Characters who make positive choices earn respect, honor, or rewards, while those who don't face consequences.
Featured folktales are adapted from a wide range of countries -- Siberia, Burma, China, Africa, and many more -- and diverse global cultures. Featured cast members include award-winning and well-known guest voices with diverse backgrounds and identities.
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Products & Purchases
Breaks in the middle of each show and at the end include ads for things like show swag, other network podcasts, and third-party products for kids.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that each episode of the award-winning Circle Round podcast includes an adapted folktale told by multiple cast members and beautiful instrumental music (website tie-ins include printable illustrations and follow-up activities). Kid listeners are encouraged to interact by (safely) sharing their completed activities through social media. Courage, compassion, empathy and self-control are central themes throughout.
Is It Any Good?
Each episode of this podcast feels like a piece of art. The Circle Round library includes hundreds of beautifully adapted and narrated folktales; each explores morals and themes found across cultures. Pairing exciting casts of actors with original music and artwork creates splendid entertainment for listeners of all ages.
Morals and themes within stories aren't always explicitly stated. To make clear connections for kid listeners, extend discussions beyond the show to help them connect the messages to their own lives. But kids will definitely be engaged through two-way communication options with the show -- including email, call-in voice recordings, and social media platforms. In fact, episodes often include recordings of kid listeners sharing their favorite show.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.