Dorktales Storytime

Jonathan Cormur

Be the hero of your own story! That’s at the heart of Dorktales Storytime, an imaginative podcast for kids and their pop culture loving grownups. Enter their Once Upon a Time world where Jonathan and Mr. Reginald T. Hedgehog take you on a journey of curiosity and acceptance—through fractured fairy tales with social emotional themes, inspiring histories of hidden heroes, and anything-is-possible lore stories.

  • 18 minutes 58 seconds
    Never Never No No Land

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    Jonathan and Redge leave their chores behind and escape to Never Never No No Land! Abandoning their responsibilities, the pair think only happy thoughts as Tweeter Pan flies them off to the legendary place where endless fun awaits. From ice cream sundae pools to all-night dance parties, it’s a dream come true. But amidst the magic and mischief, they find that a little balance goes a long way—even in the land of play.

    Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/never-never-no-no-land/             

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    PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This episode is inspired by the classic tale of Peter Pan. “Never Never No No Land” is a story rich with insights that help kids appreciate the balance between playtime and responsibilities, and how both contribute to a well-rounded life. It also highlights the point that chores and having fun can coexist, making daily tasks more enjoyable.  (Aligns with CASEL Social and Emotional learning framework)

    IF YOU ENJOYED THIS STORY, give the far-fetched fibber in EP9 The Boy Who Cried Hedgewolf a listen: https://jonincharacter.com/boy-who-cried-hedgewolf/

    CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written by Monique Hafen Adams, edited and produced by Molly Murphy, and performed by Jonathan Cormur. Sound recording and production by Jermaine Hamilton at Hamilton Studio Recordings.

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    13 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 17 minutes 9 seconds
    Maya Lin, Hidden Hero of History

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    Uncover the life of Maya Lin, the visionary artist and architect behind one of the most visited memorials in America. Her parents were Chinese immigrants, both accomplished in their own artistic fields. Growing up, they supported her pursuits and encouraged her to always follow her passions. At just 21, Maya won a national design competition to create the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C—a reflective black granite wall engraved with the names of fallen soldiers. Throughout her career, Maya Lin continues to have an impact on important social and environmental issues through her work. That’s the power of her art!

    This episode includes brief discussions about heavier topics including war and loss.

    Go to the episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/maya-lin/         

    Get a free activity guide on Maya Lin: https://dorktalesstorytime.aweb.page/ep91freePDF

    Learn about more Asian American and Pacific Islander hidden heroes of history: https://jonincharacter.com/kids-podcast-playlist-for-aapi-heritage-month/

    CREDITS: Hidden Heroes of History is a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written by Rebecca Cunningham, edited and produced by Molly Murphy and performed by Jonathan Cormur. Sound recording and production by Jermaine Hamilton at Hamilton Studio Recordings.

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    30 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 6 minutes 18 seconds
    Mr. Redge’s Hotline: Listener Questions and Shout Outs!

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    Join Jonathan and Mr. Redge in this special Dorktales Storytime episode where they answer questions from our wonderful listeners and give some heartwarming shout-outs! Tune in as Mr. Redge, our beloved hedgehog host, eagerly responds to inquiries about his favorite hats and shares exciting news about the Dorktales community.  With the help of Big Bad, Jonathan, and Mr. Redge, we celebrate the love and support from our fans who make the Dorktales community so special.

    Grown-ups, your feedback is invaluable to us, so please take a moment to fill out our survey and receive a special map of Dorktales Once Upon a Time lands as a thank you. Young listeners, keep your questions coming for a chance to be featured in a future Mr. Redge’s Hotline episode!

    SURVEY: Grownups, help us make stories your family loves to hear by filling out this quick survey: https://forms.gle/LWq6r2v5WDpVqzBX8

    WAYS TO SEND IN YOUR QUESTION:

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    23 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 19 minutes 35 seconds
    Cinderella and the Dough Ball

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    Cinderella has finally been invited to the biggest event of the year for Once Upon a Time’s most talented bakers and treat makers—The Dough Ball! Feeling hopeless over what to wear, her Fairy Godmother, Fey, conjures up fantastical outfits for her to try on. The choices are fashion-tasticly fabulous—from mermaid inspired gowns to cyber-chic ensembles to sprinkle-frosting frocks—but nothing feels quite right. Her friends and Fey help her choose an outfit that will make her feel her best at the Ball and stay true to who she is, no matter the occasion.

    Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/cinderella-and-the-dough-ball/           

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    PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: Dorktales’ Cinderella is a master baker who has been invited to the prestigious Dough Ball, but she’s feeling hopeless because she can’t find the right outfit to wear. With the support of her friends and a pop-up fashion show, Cinderella finds her confidence and own form of self-expression. Through hilarious mishaps and heartwarming moments, this episode teaches valuable lessons about embracing individuality and staying true to oneself.  (Aligns with CASEL Social and Emotional learning framework)

    IF YOU ENJOYED THIS STORY about Cinderella, you may also enjoy this story about Rapunzel, EP43 Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down your Science Experiment: https://jonincharacter.com/rapunzel/

    CREDITS: This has been a Jonincharacter production. This episode was written by Kristin Schmitz and Molly Murphy. Cinderella was performed by Adrienne Walters and Fey the Fairy Godmother was performed by Kristin Schmitz. All other characters were performed by Jonathan Cormur. Sound recording and production by Jermaine Hamilton at Hamilton Studio Recordings.

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    16 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 19 minutes 21 seconds
    The Disobedient Dream

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    Redge is worried about leading his team, the Quizzical Quizzards, in the Folktale Forest’s upcoming trivia tournament. His tossing and turning troublesome dreams release the glittering Night Mare who clomps and stomps its way into the waking world. He and Jonathan call upon Hesper, the Fairy of the Evening Star, and her trusty moth companion, Vesper for help. Together they saddle up and unleash their sleepy time power and calming exercises to lure the Night Mare back into a sweet dream once again.

    This episode includes the lullaby, Any Dream You Dream Of, by Molly Murphy.

    Dorktales sleep story: https://jonincharacter.com/the-disobedient-dream/ 

    GRAB YOUR FREE PDF LISTof conversation questions for this episode: https://dorktalesstorytime.aweb.page/ep89freePDF

    PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This story touches on feelings of nervousness and anxiety over an upcoming event and how it can have an impact on getting a good night’s sleep. It highlights how sleep is essential for one’s overall health and well-being. There are examples of bedtime routines that can signal to bodies and minds that it’s time to wind down, including a bedtime story, listening to calming music, or practicing gentle yoga or stretching exercises. (Aligns with Social Awareness competency within the CASEL SEL Framework.)

    IF YOU ENJOYED THIS STORY with Hesper and Vesper you may also enjoy our sleep story, EP75 Once Upon a Lullaby: https://jonincharacter.com/once-upon-a-lullaby/

    Dorktales Storytime Podcast website:
    https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-storytime-podcast/

    CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written and produced by Molly Murphy. Special thanks to Molly Murphy who performed the character Hesper, the fairy of the evening star. All other characters were performed by Jonathan Cormur. The song ‘Any Dream You Dream Of’ was written, produced and performed by Molly Murphy, with additional instrumentation by Phil Harris. The song was mastered by Jermaine Hamilton. Sound recording and production for the episode by Jermaine Hamilton at Hamilton Studio Recordings.

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    2 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 11 minutes 21 seconds
    Bessie Stringfield, Hidden Hero of History

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    A story of courage and adventure! Bessie Stringfield, revved through societal barriers to become the first Black woman to ride solo across the United States on a motorcycle in 1930. From braving the bumpy and dangerous roads to serving as a dispatch rider in World War II, Bessie's adventurous spirit and unwavering courage broke new ground for women and Black motorcycle riders. She defied the limitations of her time and pursued her passion against all odds, earning her the respect of her community and the title "Motorcycle Queen of Miami."

    Go to the episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/bessie-stringfield/

    Get a free activity guide on Bessie Stringfield: https://dorktalesstorytime.aweb.page/ep88freePDF

    If you liked this story about Bessie Stringfield, you might like learning about other women in history: https://jonincharacter.com/kids-podcast-playlist-for-womens-history-month/

    CREDITS: Hidden Heroes of History is a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written by Rebecca Cunningham, edited and produced by Molly Murphy and performed by Jonathan Cormur. Sound recording and production by Jermaine Hamilton at Hamilton Studio Recordings.

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    18 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 26 minutes 50 seconds
    Owen and the Order of the Ancient Cedar

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    "Big breath, magic at my fingertips, and a quest in my heart!” Owen, a spirited sorcerer, leaves the safety of their beloved library to begin a brand new, boundless adventure. With courage and curiosity, they head deep into the Great Forest and face puzzling challenges to find fellow sorcerers at the Ancient Cedar. Owen uses their wit, grit, and the encouragement of enchanted creatures to discover how to listen to the beat of their own magic and become the legendary Owen the Wayforger--Creator of Paths and Empowerer of Others!

    Owen and the Order of the Ancient Cedar is brought to you by Girl Tales and Dorktales Storytime podcasts to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month and the rich diversity, individuality, and power of neurodiversity.

    Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/owen-and-the-order-of-the-ancient-cedar/

    GRAB YOUR FREE PDF LISTof conversation questions for this episode including questions to talk about autism and neurodiversity: https://dorktalesstorytime.aweb.page/ep87freePDF

    PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: As listeners embark on Owen’s quest, they uncover profound truths about courage, compassion, and the power of being true to oneself. Owen’s decision to follow their heart and forge their own path encourages young listeners to trust their instincts and believe in themselves. The story also reminds young listeners to see the magic in everyday life, from simple acts of kindness to the wonders of nature. It was written as a celebration of neurodiversity for a more inclusive and accepting society, making it a fitting choice for Autism Acceptance Month. (Aligns with CASEL Social and Emotional learning framework)

    IF YOU ENJOYED THIS STORYabout autism, bravery and quests, you may also enjoy EP63: Redge’s K.N.I.G.H.T. School: https://jonincharacter.com/redges-knight-school/

    CREDITS: This episode is a Dorktales Storytime and Girl Tales podcast collaboration. Owen and the Order of the Ancient Cedar was written by Molly Murphy, produced by Tessa Flannery, starring Jonathan Cormur, Anna Maguire, and Imani Russell, executive produced by Chad Chenail and Jodi Murphy. This episode was funded by the Inevitable Foundation.

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    11 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 20 minutes 47 seconds
    Goldiquills and the Rummaging Raccoon

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    Goldiquills, the fashionista hedgehog, faces a terrible trespass inside her hovel and asks a friend to help her sort things out. She’s frustrated that her stylish clothes and precious sneaker collection are out of order. Her irritation spikes when she discovers that the raccoon responsible for the messy deed is also rummaging through her garbage. But anger soon turns to empathy when she realizes that once upon a time she entered someone else’s home without permission.

    Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/goldiquills-and-the-rummaging-raccoon/

    GRAB YOUR FREE PDF LISTof conversation questions for this episode: https://dorktalesstorytime.aweb.page/ep86freePDF

    PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: In this continuation of the character Goldiquills, Dorktales’ reimagined “Goldilocks,” you’ll find themes of empathy, forgiveness and hospitality. Young listeners will follow Goldiquills journey of understanding and kindness towards a surprising visitor and the transformative power of empathy, the healing nature of forgiveness, and the warmth of hospitality.(Aligns with CASEL Social and Emotional learning framework)

    IF YOU ENJOYED THIS STORY about Goldiquills, you may also enjoy our reimagined Goldilocks and the Three Bears episode 30, The Goldiquills Effect: https://jonincharacter.com/the-goldiquills-effect/

    CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written by Melissa Victor, edited and produced by Molly Murphy, and performed by Jonathan Cormur. Sound recording and production by Jermaine Hamilton at Hamilton Studio Recordings.

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    4 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 18 minutes 37 seconds
    The Scribbleton Scramble

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    Using cookies Alice brought back from Wonderland, Jonathan and Redge shrink until they’re small enough to visit Scribbleton, the Folktale Forest’s tiniest town. As they explore this miniature world filled with wonders, they meet a Scribble Knight pixie and his bright yellow banana slug buddy. They learn that the duo is scrambling down Doodle Avenue to frantically prepare for the town's annual celebration. With a chirping cricket and jumping spider as their rides, Jonathan and Redge join forces with their new friends, realizing that even the smallest tasks in Scribbleton lead to the biggest surprises.

    Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/the-scribbleton-scramble/

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    PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: From the importance of teamwork to kindness and hospitality, “The Scribbleton Scramble” is brimming with opportunities for growth and learning. Lessons learned include thinking outside-the-box when it comes to solving problems and overcoming obstacles, appreciation for the little things, courage to step out of one’s comfort zones, and the value of friendship and companionship.(Aligns with CASEL Social and Emotional learning framework)

    IF YOU ENJOYED THIS STORY about Scribbleton, you may also enjoy these episodes about other lands in Once Upon a Time:

    CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written and produced by Molly Murphy and performed by Jonathan Cormur. Sound recording and production by Jermaine Hamilton at Hamilton Studio Recordings.

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    21 March 2024, 7:00 am
  • 15 minutes 21 seconds
    Emma Lazarus, Hidden Hero of History

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    A story of empathy in action and the power of words! Emma Lazarus' life is a testament to courage and compassion—from her literary work to her tireless advocacy for Jewish immigrants coming to America for the chance of better lives. Her most iconic poem, The New Colossus, helped raise the funds to build the Statue of Liberty. The poem’s timeless message of welcoming ‘the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free,’ has remained as a symbol of hope and inclusion for generations.

    Go to the episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/emma-lazarus/

    Get a free activity guide on Emma Lazarus: https://dorktalesstorytime.aweb.page/ep84freePDF

    Download Redge’s Family Tree: https://bit.ly/RedgeFamilyTree

    If you liked this story about Emma Lazarus, you might like learning about other women in history: https://jonincharacter.com/kids-podcast-playlist-for-womens-history-month/

    CREDITS: Hidden Heroes of History is a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written by Rebecca Cunningham, edited and produced by Molly Murphy and performed by Jonathan Cormur. Sound recording and production by Jermaine Hamilton at Hamilton Studio Recordings.

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    7 March 2024, 8:00 am
  • 21 minutes 15 seconds
    Bigfoot’s Legendary Birdsong

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    Lost on the path to Legend Lake, Jonathan and Redge stumble upon Bigfoot, the introverted gentle giant who can sing like the birds. He longs to participate in the Outstanding Olympiads competition but struggles to get any attention so he can sign up. Despite his best efforts, he remains invisible, overshadowed by the other mythological competitors’ feats. With unwavering support from his new friends, he finds the courage to be heard and let his talent soar!  

    Episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/bigfoots-legendary-birdsong/

    GRAB YOUR FREE PDF LISTof conversation questions for this episode: https://dorktalesstorytime.aweb.page/ep83freePDF 

    PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This original story intertwines mythical creatures and life lessons in a heartwarming tale of acceptance, courage, and healthy competition. The narrative carries themes of self-doubt, perseverance, empathy and a celebration of diversity and hidden talents. (Aligns with CASEL Social and Emotional learning framework.)

    IF YOU ENJOYED THIS STORY, you may also enjoy, episode 55, Maple Leaf Legends, where the critters from the Folktale Forest come together to share their own unique talents in a razzle-dazzling awards show: https://jonincharacter.com/maple-leaf-legends/

    CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written and produced by Molly Murphy and performed by Jonathan Cormur. Sound recording and production by Jermaine Hamilton at Hamilton Studio Recordings.

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    22 February 2024, 8:00 am
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