Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round is a podcast that 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.
Notable voices from the stage and screen bring these stories to life with the help of narrator, writer, and veteran public radio host/reporter Rebecca Sheir. Eric Shimelonis, composer for the stage and screen, creates original music for each story. Circle Round was created by former executive producer Jessica Alpert.
Circle Round has earned numerous honors, including a Parents' Choice Gold Award, a Webby nomination, and featured spots at the The UK International Radio Drama Festival and HEAR Now Festival. Circle Round was also the recipient of a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Rebecca Sheir has brought thousands of stories to life as a public radio reporter and host, appearing on such shows as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Splendid Table and Marketplace. She's helmed several weekly news programs, including AK (Alaska Public Radio Network) and Metro Connection (WAMU 88.5), and has hosted podcasts for the Folger Shakespeare Library ("Shakespeare Unlimited") and Slate Magazine ("Placemakers"). Rebecca has also done voiceover work for film, television and dozens of audio books.
Eric Shimelonis is a composer, musician and audio producer whose work has been heard on stage, screen and over the airwaves. Most recently, he scored and mixed the “Placemakers” podcast for Slate Magazine. He has performed in venues from CBGB to the Kennedy Center, and audiences have enjoyed his classical compositions at the Juilliard School, the Rattlestick New Music Series, and at a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. With more than 300 sound designs in the theater, Eric has won a Helen Hayes Award, and has been nominated for Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Big Easy and Henry Hewes Design Awards. Film highlights include the feature “Winter Passing,” for which he performed a duet with Will Ferrell.
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