Episodes
After missing out on the latest aPhone release, the Acorn-product-obsessed Mr. Redge makes a desperate deal with a dark magic sorcerer. Quivering over almost losing his quills, he meets Acorn founder Beeve Hogs. Beeve tells him the story of King Midas and his love of gold, and the wizard that grants Midas' greedy wish. Will the story's unintended consequences touch Redge’s heart and remind him what he should value the most? PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This story was inspired by the...
Published 01/26/23
We booked you another reservation on Brave Aviator Airlines, where stories take flight! Join Jonathan and Mr. Redge on this encore adventure through time to meet four pioneers of aviation: Bessie Coleman, Hazel Ying Lee, Maggie Gee and Mae Jemison. From flying circuses and Avenger Field to the space shuttle Endeavor, these women broke through racial and gender barriers to reach new heights of acceptance in the field of aviation and beyond! Go to the episode webpage:...
Published 01/12/23
Published 01/12/23
While Jonathan and Mr. Redge rest after all their merrymaking and the joyful tales they’ve told this season, Rebecca Cunningham makes a visit from Girl Tales to share an original story about Shelby Ann Catskills Cunningham. Ms. Cunningham LOVES to lasso and wishes she had more time to do it. Well, right before New Year’s Eve, she lassoes someone who can give her the power to twirl her rope as much as she wants. Seems like her wish will finally come true… but also there might be a few...
Published 12/29/22
“Poppycock, nonsense and hedge-hogwash!” declares Mr. Redge when he learns winter is responsible for all the cold white stuff making his wallaby friend’s toes and tail freeze. Before emotions heat up to a high degree, the magical weather pixie known as Jack Frost pops in to share what’s so cool about the chilly season. Can he ultimately prove to the Folktale Forest’s creatures that there’s no business like snow business? PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This story was inspired by the tale...
Published 12/15/22
‘Tis the season of good cheer and you, dear listeners, are our reason to be merry! Once Upon a Times’ traditional hedgehog holiday has almost begun—but before the festivities commence, Mr. Redge has invited the Folktale Forest’s Society of Bards and Balladeers to give you a glimpse into the magic of Jolly Holly Day. So, with narrative expressions of joy and great glee they present the poem, ’Twas a Night Most Jolly Holly.  PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This episode was inspired by...
Published 12/01/22
A taste of kitchen creativity and a recipe for success! Lucille Bishop Smith was a Black American culinary entrepreneur, educator, inventor and corporate founder. Her “Lucille’s All Purpose Hot Roll Mix” revolutionized home cooking. 21 different recipes could be made from its base, adding a dash of time-saving convenience to meal-making! She used her success to give back, uplifting her community and teaching others the secret ingredients needed to navigate the domestic service industry. Go...
Published 11/17/22
After tumbling down the rabbit hole, Alice and Mr. Redge find themselves smack dab in the middle of the Queen of Hearts kingdom. Seeing her subjects so forlorn over her majesty’s ill-temper, the two concoct a clever croquet challenge to rid her of her crotchety ways. Can the queen learn their lesson of cooperation and good sportsmanship, or will she command that everyone go, OFF TO THEIR BEDS?! PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is a reimagined story based on “The Queen’s Croquet...
Published 11/03/22
As soon as the leaves fall, you’ll find the Folktale Forest hedgehogs collecting and turning them into maple leaf medals. They award them to the trees for their exemplary service to the land and its critters. Now, Jonathan and Mr. Redge are adding to this honored tradition by celebrating the unique talents of all their forest friends. Come and hear their razzle-dazzling awards show with dancing trios, wonderful wordsmiths, astonishing acrobats, and one famous rooster who cockadoodle-doesn’t...
Published 10/20/22
“It’s a beautiful day for a story, adventure and glory, new friends, and old ones too!” We’re very excited to bring you, dear listeners, our original theme song, performed by the Folktale Forest’s resident bird band, the Branch Sisters. The lyrics are a tribute to YOU, our dork squad, who join Jonathan and Mr. Redge each episode as they set sail on adventures through the imagination—taking you to a “brand, new world with twists and turns and lessons learned, and journeys most exhilarating.”...
Published 10/13/22
It’s aliiiive!! Deep in the Foreshadow, the ever-dark lands of Once Upon a Time, lived Hogenstein, the infamous warthog scientist who invented “It’s Alive No. 5!” Using this freaky formula, a lightning rod and a fierce thunderstorm, he and his loyal lab assistant, Lugo the bat, brought a super creature to life. Muahahaha! But wait…that’s not what’s so terrifying about this tale—the scariest part is when the creature goes out into the world alone to face his fears. PARENTS, TEACHERS AND...
Published 10/06/22
A story of duty, dedication, and deliveries! Dr. Kazue Togasaki was one of the first Japanese American women to become a doctor in the US. Inspired by her experience in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, she overcame gender and racial barriers to start her own medical practice. But it was living in a Japanese internment camp during World War II where she showed her moxie - setting up make-shift facilities to provide vital health care to her community and delivering over 10,000 babies during...
Published 09/22/22
There’s tension in the Folktale Forest! Two friends clash over blueprints for Midge the Pidge’s new birdhouse. As their issues begin to spiral out of control, they learn the legend of Pecos Bill – the rootinest-tootinest, roughest, toughest cowboy who tamed a tumultuous tornado and created the Grand Canyon. Yippee-ki-yay! The tall tale ultimately calms their chaos and carves a path towards a cordial compromise.  PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is our reimagining of the classic tall...
Published 09/08/22
Perhaps you've heard of a certain race between a smart-but-slow-moving tortoise and a quick-on-their-feet hare? In our bonus episode, Masterpiece Stories, our friends Alexa, Bristol, and Charlotte – the kids behind the mic of the magnificent ABC Story Sisters podcast – will whisk you off to classic fable land with the original “Tortoise and the Hare.'' Then, you will hear our Dorktales’ contemporary take, “Ready, Set, Slow!”, where Tortoise never gives up and never surrenders! Join us for...
Published 08/25/22
Mr. Redge wonders where he’ll get his daily dose of adventure while Jonathan takes a storytelling break to spend time planting and tending his garden. All it takes is turning on their magical radio to tune-in to Newsy Pooloozi, the Common Sense Media news podcast pick for curious kids (and hedgehogs). In this episode, mother-daughter duo, Lyndee and Leela, talk about the hopes for earth-saving plastic trees and the surprising benefits of zoo poo! Find more Newsy Pooloozi news stories:...
Published 08/11/22
It’s the perfect day for pure play! Sherlock Nettlesbee, the great deducing squirrel detective, joins Jonathan and Mr. Redge in an afternoon of imagination and good old-fashioned make believe. When their cloud gazing doesn’t cut it, Sherlock declares that “the Improv Game is afoot!” Can the trio find inspiration from Mary and her little lamb, Lula? Yes and…they’re sure to find a whole-lotta playful, floofy fun everywhere they go! PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This story is about making...
Published 07/28/22
Jonathan is visiting the magical realm of the What If World podcast where he is joined by the show’s host, Mr. Eric, for a storytelling adventure and some mythical merry-making! Enjoy this bonus episode “What if Dragons Breathed Sprinkles?” from What If World. Stay tuned after the story to hear a short interview with our storyteller, Jonathan.  “All-star adventurer and wizard, Igneous Draconius (played by Jonathan Cormur) is a guest lecturer at the Observatorium this week, and Professor...
Published 07/14/22
We’re 50 episodes in so Molly Murphy, writer, producer and composer for Dorktales Storytime—and our host, Jonathan Cormur’s sister—has a special message about why storytelling and imagination are so incredibly important to the Dorktales’ Team: “We love making this podcast because we can tell all kids that everything they’re feeling is valid. We can give them tools for navigating the world, and stories to turn to where they can hear that they matter and they’re enough. We want to be that...
Published 07/05/22
On an otherwise normal day, a portal opens in a mysterious tree hidden in the very corners of a California redwood forest. Jonathan walks through the trunk and tumbles into the mystical, magical land of Once Upon a Time. Mr. Reginald T. Hedgehog, who’s out on his daily walk around his hovel, encounters this lost human. The two discover their kinship and begin their quest to bring joy and understanding to others through stories. As the sun sets behind the Cliffhanger mountains, they set sail...
Published 06/30/22
Annoyed and anxious and angry, oh my! Looks like our friends from the Folktale Forest are on an emotional roller coaster, especially the Big Bad Wolf. He's so upset, he just wants to howl at the moon! Luckily, they encounter a caring capybara who patiently helps them sort through their big feelings and calm themselves down. Join Jonathan, Redge, and Big Bad as they learn how to understand one another, and huff and puff their stress away.  PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: Recognizing...
Published 06/16/22
An epic quest to uncover an early video game pioneer! As a teen, Jerry Lawson was a self-taught electronics wiz—building ham radios, making walkie-talkies from scratch, and repairing his neighbor’s TVs. His love of new technologies brought him to California where he became one of the only Black engineers in Silicon Valley. While there, he changed the course of the video game industry with his revolutionary invention—the Channel F game console with interchangeable cartridges. Today, his legacy...
Published 06/02/22
Two traveling dudes mindlessly meander down a path when they awaken ferocious O, a ginormous growling bear, from his peaceful slumber! Will these best bro buddies help each other to safety when the bear barrels towards them in full bluster? Or will one have to learn a righteous lesson about who he can truly count on when things get tough? PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is our reimagining of the Aesop fable, “The Two Travelers and a Bear.” The theme of this story is “What is a true...
Published 05/19/22
A story of diving, discovery, and the Shark Lady! Fascinated by marine life as a child, Eugenie Clark grew to become a leading ichthyologist who changed the way scientists study ocean life. Throughout her career, she conducted 72 submersible dives, led more than 200 field expeditions, and pioneered the practice of underwater research through scuba diving. She cared deeply for sharks, swimming among them (and riding on the back of a 50-foot whale shark) in order to understand their behaviors....
Published 05/05/22
Harumph! Why is a new neighbor making Mr. Redge’s quills stand on end? Maybe his outlook will change after hearing the story of the pompous peacock who struts his fine feathers while prejudging the friendly crane. Will he connect with the crane’s advice to stay open minded, or will he stand firm with his first fowl impression?  PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This is our reimagining of the fable, “The Peacock and the Crane.” Seeing past the surface is the lesson of this story. Sometimes...
Published 04/21/22
A seafaring tale of daring do in a long dress and petticoats! At the young age of 15, Ida Lewis helped her father with his lighthouse keeper’s duties on Lime Rock. She grew to become the small island’s sole keeper responsible for protecting and guiding ships to safe harbor. Throughout her life, Ida fearlessly rowed her small skiff out in rough storms and icy waters to rescue people (and a sheep). She became famous after saving two drowning soldiers in a snowstorm and was named, “the bravest...
Published 04/07/22