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Your search for bedtime stories for kids is over as Chimes Radio brings to you the collection of best English stories with moral. Each and every story has been a kid’s favorite over the years. From legendary writers like Beatrix Potter, Grimm Brothers, and Watty Piper to name a few, we present the all-time favorite bedtime stories for kids in English. The best English stories for kids include the tale of Cinderella, Snowdrops, Rapunzel, Puss in Boots, Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, Aladdin, and many more.

Few of these bedtime kids stories have been adapted into some of the biggest Hollywood movies like Cinderella movie, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp movie, Snow-white, etc.  We have recreated these English stories for kids in audios format as bedtime stories for kids.

Chimes Radio brings to you a collection of 30 Bedtime Stories for Kids especially edited to suit the young minds. Scroll down to read each of these short story with moral.

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Moral Stories in English

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1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Author: Beatrix Potter

The tale of Peter Rabbit is adapted over the years and is a popular short story with moral. This audio story focuses on a little mischievous rabbit, named Peter who disobeys his mother’s advice of not visiting the garden of Mr MacGregor. Instead, he decides to go to the place and gets himself into big trouble. Furthermore, the tale continues on how Peter Rabbit gets lost there, unable to find the exit gate, is chased by Mr. MacGregor, and finally escapes the garden to reach his home after the entire day of hurdles. From saving his own life to losing his belongings and falling out of breath, he faces it all.

The tale of peter rabbit moral lesson is that one should always listen to his/her mother and never disobey her.

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2. The Little Thief in the Pantry

Published by: T Nelson & Sons

This audio story narrates the tale of a little naughty rat who neglects his mother’s advice of not going in the house pantry. Disregarding what she wisely said, he goes to explore delicious food in the pantry shelves of the house when his mother has fallen asleep and heartily enjoys his stolen piece of a decorated cake. The next day the cheeky mouse again pops up in the pantry but gets caught in the process of eagerly searching for food. When he was set free by the kindness of a little girl, he quickly ran home to his dear mother and promised never to disobey her anymore. This short English story The little thief in the pantry” delivers to us the moral lesson to never steal anything and to not defy our elder’s advice. 

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3. Cinderella

Author: Hamilton Wright Maybe, Edward Everett Hale, and William Byron Forbush

This is an original Cinderella story as per written in the Cinderella book. The Cinderella story remains the favorite bedtime story for kids all over the world.

It is a fairy tale for kids that revolves around a little girl, Cinderella who dreams of marrying a mighty prince but in ultimate reality, she leads a life full of hardships. Her life belongs in the hands of her stepmother and stepsisters who mistreat her. She tries adapting to the life of sufferings until her fairy godmother appears on hearing her in distress. Fairy grandmother uses her powers and then magic happens – carriages, horses, magnificent dresses, and glass shoes. She also visits the royal castle as a princess and dances with the prince the whole evening.

The short English story continues on how the Prince finds out Cinderella and marries her to live happily ever after. The story of Cinderella is also adapted into Cinderella movies.

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4. Little Red Riding Hood

Edited by Watty Piper

Little Red Riding Hood is a short story with moral for kids about an innocent little girl and a wolf. The innocent girl is named Red Riding Hood because of the red cape she wears.

The summary of the story Red Riding Hood states about a  little girl who is sent by her mother to provide some supplies to her granny who lives across the woods. As she walks through the dense forest, she is secretly stalked by a cunning big bad wolf who tries to make granny and the little girl its supper but meets his fate at the end of the story.

The kids’ story which has been passed over the generations and adapted many times over tells an important moral lesson to the kids to stay clear of strangers and never share details with them about your whereabouts. 

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5. Goldilock And The Three Bears

Author: Hamilton Wright Maybe, Edward Everett Hale, and William Byron Forbush

Goldilocks and Three Bears is another all-time favorite moral story in English which while written originally several centuries ago has been adapted into various versions over the years.

In this children’s story, a girl named Goldilocks goes for a walk in the forest and comes upon a small cottage. She knocks on the door but when there is no answer, she decides to explore it on her own. In the process, she ends up consuming their food, breaks a chair before falling into sleep on one of the beds. Meanwhile, the three bears that actually lived in the cottage come back to discover that their place has been used by someone else. When they go about exploring the cottage, they find Goldilocks still sleeping in the little bear’s bed. When she wakes upon hearing the commotion, she makes a dash for her home through the window without even looking back once. 

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6. 12 Dancing Princess

Author: The Brothers Grimm
This is an amazing bedtime kids story for kids about 12 beautiful dancing princesses. Once there was a king who had 12 daughters and all of them slept in a large room.

Every night the princess wore a new pair of shoes to bed but when they woke up, the shoes had large holes in it. The king locked them up every time but still, it continued.  The desperate king wanted to know what was happening and therefore he declared that any man who could solve the mystery shall marry one of her daughters of his choice and would be the next king to the throne.

Many failed until one intelligent and brave soldier decided to try his luck with some external help of an invisible cloak and finally solves the mystery.  Listen to other bedtime stories for kids and English stories for kids on Chimes Radio mobile apps – available on Google and Apple App stores.

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7. Aladdin and The Magic Lamp

A Classic Arabian Folk Tale. 

An all-time classic story which has also been adapted into Hollywood movies, Aladdin and Magic Lamp is a classic Arabic folk story. Aladdin And The Magic Lamp story is about the time when a lazy boy Aladdin, who loved to play than to work,  fights against the wicked magician who wanted to use the service of Aladdin to win a Genie residing in a magic lamp.

With his courage and the power of Genie, Aladdin fights against his enemies and wins the heart of the Sultan’s daughter, Princess Jasmine in this Arabian folklore. The story of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp has also been adapted into a Disney movie in 2019 “Aladdin”. Enjoy this English moral story for kids in audio format.

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8. Snowdrops & The Seven Dwarfs

Edited by Watty Piper

Chimes Radio brings another classic story for kids of Snowdrops and seven little dwarfs. This bedtime kids story is about a girl named Snowdrops who lived with her stepmother, a queen, who had a magic mirror and a strong desire to be the fairest person of all in the kingdom. Queen is ready to do anything and everything in her power to be the one.

Every time the Queen questions her magic mirror about who is the fairest of all, the mirror would say her name till the time when Snowdrop grows up into a young fine lady and the mirror is forced to mention her instead of the queen. Out of sheer jealously, stepmother tries to hurt her but the good prevails and Snowdrops finds safety in a little cottage in the forest which belongs to seven dwarfs and decides to stay there until one day she ends up eating a poisoned apple provided by the wicked queen.

Snowdrops run into some luck when a prince falls in love with her motionless body and through an accident, the poisoned apple is dropped from her mouth bringing her back to life. Snowdrops go on to marry the prince while the Queen dies of jealousy on finding out from the mirror that Snowdrops is still alive and the fairest person in the kingdom. 


This story is also known as “Snow White and the seven dwarfs story” and has also been adapted into snow-white movies and also Disney princess character.

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9. The Frog Prince

Author: The Brothers Grimm 

This is a classic short story with moral. The fairy tale for kids is of a beautiful princess who seeks help from a frog to find her golden ball which she accidentally drops into a spring.

In return for the frog’s help, she promises to be the frog’s companion. But when the frog gave her the ball back from the spring, the princess shies away from keeping her promise and did not bother to look back. The frog follows her to her palace where the King orders princess to take the frog as her companion as promised. It is then the evil spell of a spiteful fairy is finally broken and the frog is transformed into a handsome prince again.  

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10. Puss In Boots: English Stories for kids

Written by Charles Perrault

This classic moral story in English is about a clever cat that goes out of the way to secure the future of its master. Unlike every other story, this particular kid’s story has no lesson but revolves around the power of promise and dedication. 

The story begins with a miller who died and passed on his property among his children leaving the youngest with nothing but a cat. The disappointed son wishes to get rid of the cat but instead, the cat promises to make him rich. After numerous trickery and lies in which the cat projects its master as some nobleman “Marquis of Carabas” to a wealthy king, the cat succeeds in keeping its promise and makes his master a prince and gets him married to the king’s daughter. 

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11. The Tale Of Mrs Tiggy Winkle

Author: Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter is one of the most popular children’s book authors and her short story with moral are often based on animal characters. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle was first published in 1905 and is as charming today as it was then. It tells the story of a hidden home high in the hills.

One day a little girl called Lucie discovers that her pocket-handkerchiefs have gone missing so she sets out in search of her missing pocket-handkerchiefs. She knocks on the tiny door and meets Mrs. Tiggy-winkle who does all the washing and ironing for the neighboring animals.

Lucie spends a lovely day helping her and having a cup of tea. It’s only right at the end of the day that she realizes that Mrs. Tiggy-winkle is actually a hedgehog!

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12. Jack and The Beanstalk

Author: Benjamin Tabbart; Edited by Joseph Jacobs

This all-time classic , short story with moral for children was originally written as “The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean” by Benjamin Tabbart but it went under several changes till Joseph Jacobs’s version came across and “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

It summary of the story “Jack and the Beanstalk” is of a young and poor country boy Jack who trades his family cow for a handful of magic beans, which grows into an enormous beanstalk reaching up to the clouds. Jack climbs the beanstalk and finds himself in a castle of a giant where he retrieves the fortune from the giant and escapes the place to return back to his home and mother. When the giant tries to follow Jack back to his home, Jack manages to cut the beanstalk just in time to escape from the giant’s clutches. 

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13. The Little Ginger Bread Man

Author: Gaston Herbert Putnam

An all-time classic The little gingerbread man story is of a gingerbread man who was baked by a lady cook for a young boy. The gingerbread looked like a jolly little man plotting some mischief. As soon as the cook opened the door, the gingerbread man hopped,  jumped and ran across the kitchen door and out into the garden. All the animals and people started chasing the gingerbread until the boy got hold of it and slowly ate it all. This children short English story is full of laughter and funny elements that engage children the most. 

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14. The Elves And The Shoemaker

Editor: Hamilton Wright Mabie, Edward Everett Hale, and William Byron Forbush

The Elves and the Shoemaker is the classic kid’s story where a poor but honest shoemaker struggles to make his living but had just enough money to buy leather for one more pair of shoes. That evening he runs into some good luck when two elves decide to pay him a visit at midnight. Every morning he would find his work neatly done. Slowly the buyers started to pay him more and he becomes quite well to do. When he found out about the little helping hands and as his stars had now changed for good, the honest shoemaker doesn’t forget to pay back his beneficiaries. The short English story teaches us about honesty and being thankful to someone when they help you. 

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15. The Sleeping Beauty

Author: The Brothers Grimm

Grim fairy tales are enjoyed by kids over the years.  Sleeping Beauty story is a classic prince and princess story for kids. This princess story is also adapted into a Hollywood movie, named Sleeping Beauty in 2014. This classic short English fairy tale for kids, “The Sleeping Beauty” is about a princess who was cursed by a wicked fairy.

The wicked fairy had cursed the princess to die but a good fairy instead converted the curse into a hundred years sleep until a prince wakens her up. When the lovely princess turned seventeen, she pricked her fingers on a spindle and fell asleep as the curse cast its spell. The curse continued over the years and people forgot about the sleeping princess until one pleasant day a noble prince came across her castle and went in to explore it and seals their fate. The Story of Sleeping Beauty is also adapted into a Disney Princess Movie for kids. 

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16. Johnny And The Golden Goose

Author: Brothers Grimm

The summary of the famous children’s story, “Jhonny and the Golden Goose” is as followed. Once upon a time, there lived a young boy Simpleton with his two elder brothers and mother. His brothers would chop woods for a living but be rude and selfish. Simpleton, on the other hand, was very kind and humble and thus was rewarded a golden goose by a little wise man with whom he shared his meager food. This golden goose and the wise old man helps Simpleton to win the hand of the princes who has never smiled in her life. This moral English story by famous children author Brother Grimm teaches us to be kind and humble. 

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17. Emperor's New Suit

Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Emperor’s New Clothes is a folktale by Anderson which has been translated in various languages. The moral story in English for children is about an emperor who spends lavishly on clothes. Two very clever weavers trick the emperor and get commissioned to weave him magnificent clothes that are invisible to stupid people. This comic tale then tells the story of how everyone in the king’s court for the fear of being called stupid plays along in the plot of the weavers till a small child breaks the silence and makes everyone realize the truth. 

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18. The Goose Girl

Edited by Watty Piper

The short English fairy tale is about a young beautiful princess who was sent away by her old mother to the lands a prince with whom she would get married as promised a long time ago. She was sent away along with a maid and a horse. On the way, the maid threatened the princess and swaps her identity with the princess. The poor princess has to wither lot of hardship and lives as a goose girl looking after the geese in the courtyard of the king. But the suspicious king finds out the truth and then the prince and king trick the maid into choosing her own punishment. 

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19. The Little Shepherd Boy

The Little Shepherd Boy is a famous short English story for kids. The story is about a little boy who was famous for his wise answers which he gave to all questions. His act of wiseness was known to all even in far lands. So, one day a king summoned the boy’s presence in his kingdom and decided to ask him three questions. The boy successfully impressed the king and answered all the three questions wisely thereafter which he lived in the palace as the king’s own child. 

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20. Little Red Hen: English Stories for kids

Little Red Hen is an American fable collection. The story is about a hardworking little red hen who lived on a farm along with her three friends- a dog, a cat, and a duck. The little hen found some seeds and so she decided to plant, cut and grind them to bake some bread when the plant grows. The hen had to do everything of her own as her friends would deny helping. So when she finally baked the bread, she denied to give them any. The story teaches kids the value of hardworking. No matter what, you can achieve your goals without any help only if you possess a strong will.

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21. The Beauty And The Beast

A classic French story for kids written by author: Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve.

Once lived a merchant who had a lavish life but due to misfortune, all his fortunes were lost. Everyone in the family was sad but only Beauty, the youngest daughter of the merchant was positive and cheerful. When one day, merchant got the news that maybe one of his lost ships has been found, he went on to the town to check but ends up as prisoners of a beast in his castle. He had to agree to trade his daughter Beauty for his freedom. Beauty starts to live with the Beast in his castle and is slowly and steadily falls into love with him after seeing the softer side of him.

Beast is then revealed to be a charming prince who was converted into a fierce beast due to a curse which is lifted once he found true love. Listen to this moral story in English and other bedtime stories for kids in English on Chimes Radio mobile apps available on Google and Apple App stores.

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22. Rapunzel

A Classic moral story in English written by The Brothers Grimm.

Once there was a couple who wished for a baby for a long time. They lived behind a beautiful house and garden  that belonged to a witch. The couple was expecting their first child. One day the woman noticed rampion salad leaves in the garden, and wanted to eat them. The man sneaked into the garden to get the salad but  was caught by the witch. The witch kept a condition in order to let him go. She demanded him to give his baby to her and she would take care of the baby as a mother.

The baby turned out to be a very beautiful girl when she grew up. But the witch kept her away. Rapunzel had long golden hair so when the witch came to meet her, Rapunzel would throw her hair out of the window and let the witch climb up. One day she met a prince who was mesmerized by the voice of Rapunzel. But when the witch came to know about the prince and Rapunzel, she chopped off her beautiful long hair and sent her away to a far away desert. But, the prince met her again and this time, he took her along with him. They lived happily ever after. 

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23. The Ugly Duckling

One bright summer season afternoon, a Mother duck built herself a warm nest and sat on the six eggs she had lately laid. Five of them had been white, but the sixth, which was large than the others was different from the rest and was grey in color. The sixth egg cracked into a brown-colored bird and appeared distinctive from other ducklings. All the neighbors used to call the poor little duck ugly and unpleasant.

Everyone stared at him with unpleasant eyes, called him ugly and disgraceful.As he grew older, the complete farm started teasing him which include his personal brothers and sisters.  One day he decided to go away from the farm.

One night the grey duckling ran away from the farm and came across a lot of hardships and challenges while living by his own. After the winter he grew taller and had no grey wings left. He had turned into a beautiful white swan with a golden beak.

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24. The Wolf and The Seven Little Goats

This short story with moral was originally authored by Laure Claire Foucher.

Once upon a time, there lived a mother goat with her seven children. One day she went to the dense forest to fetch some food and warned her kids about a clever wolf. She asked them to stay alert from the wolf who would often come in disguise to kill. But he could be distinguished by his rough voice and black paws.  After she left, the wolf came by thrice pretending to be the mother goat. The little goats managed to avoid his traps but are done in by his cleverness and ended up opening the door.

The wolf immediately swallowed six of the little goats but spared the seventh one, unable to find it. When the mother goat came back the little goat explained everything. Do you want to know what did the mother goat did next? If yes, check out this podcast.

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25. Mistress Pussy's Mistake

An short moral Story in English  for kids written by Abbie Phillips Walker.

A very kind gentleman once lived in a huge house which was in the midst of a stunning park. He had a lovely cat.  Pussy was very clever and his master knew very vividly that she would harm the birds in the garden. So he put an enormous ribbon around Pussy’s neck and tied a little silver bell on that which used to tinkle on every occasion pussy moved and this warned the birds. Pussy however pretended that she did now not care. One day a bird was singing very sweetly on a tree which overhung a small lake.

Pussy being a clever cat decided to manipulate the bird. She complimented the bird in its sweet voice and expressed her wish to go close to the bird and listen to her sing. She said that since she is getting old, it’s difficult for her to hear properly. The bird understood the cat’s evil. 

Pussy climbed the tree very slowly as she wanted the bird to think that she was old and weak. Pussy when tried to pounce on the bird, it flew away and she fell into the lake.

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26. The Good Sea Monster

An moral story for kids in English written by Abbie Phillips Walker.

A long time ago, there lived a sea monster on an island of rocks out in the ocean. His head was giant and mouth. It was so massive that he could swallow a ship. On stormy nights he used to sit on the rocks and the flashing of his eyes could be seen from miles away. Although he was a friendly monster, the sailors were frightened of him because of his massive appearance. One night there was a terrible storm and the sea monster saw a little boy named Ko-Ko floating on a plank.

At first, the boy was scared of the monster but then when he saw that the huge sea monster had to intention to hurt him, he climbed on his back and went to the rocky island. Soon Ko-Ko was comfortable with the monster and cooked dinner for him from all the things Ko-Ko found from the monster’s big mouth. Play the podcast to know about a little guest they had next.

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27. Hilda's Mermaid

This English mermaid story for kids was written by Abbie Phillips Walker.

 Little Hilda was a sailors daughter and lived in a little cottage near the shore. Her father used to go on long voyages. She used to spin and knit while her father was away. She was very fond of water so she would often go for fishing or stare the blue depths of the ocean to try to see a mermaid. She was always very anxious to see one as her father has told her many stories about mermaids, how they sang and combed their beautiful long hair. One night she actually had a mermaid at her place but she had wounds all over her body.

The mermaid explained how she got there and looked very worried. Hilda offered her supper and they started to have pleasant conversation with each other. She cried about her miseries and troubles to Hilda. But curious Hilda had her list of mermaid questions ready. The next morning when Hilda woke up, she could not find the mermaid anywhere but found pieces of seaweed on the floor. 

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28. Tearful

This classic kids bedtime story was written by Abbie Phillips Walker.

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Tearful, because she cried so often. She used to cry anytime and anywhere, for things big and small. Her mother warned her about crying but Tearful did not take her warning seriously and kept on crying. One morning she was crying on her way to school because she wanted to stay at home, when she noticed a frog hopping along beside her.

She asked the frog to leave but it kept following her. Tearful stopped crying and began to run, but the frog hopped faster and she could not get away from him. So she closed her eyes and began to cry again. She asked the frog to leave again but it kept on saying, “I’ll have my own pond.”. When she opened her eyes, they were on a small island in the middle of a pond. The frog hopped out of the pond, gave a terrible smile and sat down beside her. She kept on crying and the water level started rising. The frog asked her to stop crying and promised to help her in its own unique way.

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29. Lazy Gray

 A short story with moral for kids authored by Abbie Phillips Walker.

Lazy Gray was the youngest in his family. His mother thought he was the prettiest and hence did not ask him to do errands or to climb trees or to carry out any other tasks that most squirrels have to do. So, Lazy Gray took advantage of the kindness of his family. He used to ask them to wait on him. When lazy got thirsty and wanted to drink water, He would call his mother or make his brothers go on long journeys through the woods to get a particular kind of nuts. Beffore the fall, his mother asked him to collect enough nuts for himself to survive but he did not pay any attention and would go to sleep again. Even before the mid winter all his store was exhausted and he had nothing left to eat. Then he asked his mother to let him have some of the nuts that she had gathered, but she still had to keep some for his sick brothers. At a point, she denied giving him any more nuts. So, he decided to beg nuts from the other squirrels. Soon the squirrels started hating him for his behavior. You want to know how he survived? Play the podcast below.

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30. Barber & The Tiger: English Stories for kids

An short story with moral written by Maive Stokes

Once there lived a barber who was very poor. He lived with his wife and children on his meager earnings. One day he had a very bad day at work and with nothing left in his pocket, he decided to walk away from his family. After travelling a lot, he came to a jungle. It was night when he got there. He saw tigers wandering in the jungle and got very scared. But on seeing Barber, the tigers instead started begging for their life. 

 “I have come,” said the barber, “to catch twenty tigers by order of my king. You are one, and I want nineteen more.” The tigers offered him many gold jewells and requested him to pardon their lives. His financial condition started improving and whenever he needed more money, he would go to the jungle and do the same thing. But one day, Barber and his fakir friend were evesdropping in the tigers meeting where, the head of the tiger decided to eat the barber. The fakir got so scared that he fell from the tree in between the meeting. Did the tigers eat them? Were they able to escape? Play the podcast to know the rest of the story.

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