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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.

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19:35Jun 2, 2020
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'The Noblest Tale' | Circle Round 100

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.

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24:47May 26, 2020
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'Leopard’s Rhythm' | Circle Round 99

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.

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23:05May 19, 2020
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'Sweet And Sour' | Circle Round 98

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.

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24:10May 12, 2020
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'Chief Know-It-All' | Circle Round 97

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.

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26:45May 5, 2020
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Shortie: 'The First Ring'

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

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15:48Apr 10, 2020
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Shortie: 'A Cup of Poi'

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

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13:50Apr 3, 2020

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.
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