Rebecca Sheir

Podcast, Children

Rebecca Sheir is the author of the Circle Round books The Tale of the Unwelcome Guest, A Taste of Honey, The Great Ball Game, and The Lion’s Whisker, and is the host, writer, and producer of the Circle Round storytelling podcast. Distributed by WBUR (Boston's NPR station), Circle Round adapts folktales from around the world as audio plays starring beloved voices from the stage, screen, and public radio. It's heard by kids and grown-ups in all 50 states and 150+ countries, and has been named a top kids and family podcast by the New York Times, The Washington Post, WIRED, and TIME.

Prior to hosting Circle Round, Rebecca brought thousands of stories to life as a news reporter on public-radio shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Splendid Table, and Marketplace. She holds a BA in Film Studies from Columbia University, an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa, and lives in western Massachusetts with her husband—Circle Round's sound designer and composer, Eric Shimelonis—and eight-year-old son.

Festival Years: 2024