I’m betting that if I ask for your favorite podcasts, you can rattle off a list easily. A good podcast is such a treat — something to engage your thoughts in a constructive or creative way while you power through your workout, or scrub the bathtub, or wait in line at school pickup. But did you know there are podcasts created especially for kids? It’s true! And WBUR (Boston’s NPR station), has just introduced a new one for those in the 4-10 age range, called Circle Round. It’s focused on story telling and features folk tales from all over the world.
Starting today, new episodes will air on Tuesdays at 3pm — and the pilot features Jason Alexander (George from Seinfeld!). You can go listen right now! Download or subscribe to Circle Round on iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app so you don’t miss a week.
Friends, Circle Round is so well done! The voice talent includes a long list of some of today’s most exciting theater, film and TV actors you already love — like Jason Alexander (mentioned above), Kathryn Hahn, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jon Cryer, and Sela Ward. The stories provide global perspectives, with voices representing cultures from around the world — Romania, the Philippines, Uzbekistan, Greece, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. They cover diverse and accessible topics like kindness, persistence, and generosity. And each episode includes prompts for discussion, plus lots of food for thought.
I’m not surprised it’s so good. It comes from the WBUR producing team behind the popular podcast Modern Love, and it’s narrated by Rebecca Sheir, a seasoned public radio host. Think of it as a smart alternative to screen time, and one of those unusual programs that both adults and children will enjoy.
If you get a chance to subscribe or listen to Circle Round, I’d love to hear what you think. And now I’m curious: Do your kids already listen to podcasts? If yes, which ones? And is it mostly a car thing for them (listening to podcasts while being driven to hockey lessons)? Or do they listen when they’re home too? I think it would be fun to get in the habit of listening to a podcast as a family while we prep dinner or do the dishes. Doesn’t that sound good?
P.S. — If you’re in the Boston area, WBUR is hosting a free, interactive launch party for Circle Round at the Boston Children’s Museum on Sunday, September 24 at 2 p.m.
Credits: Illustrations and promotion provided by WBUR’s Circle Round. The illustrations give you a hint of episodes to come!