Purple Tales Podcast was a weekly podcast hosted by Carey Stinson and Nancy Jay. Debuting on March 5, 2019, and ending August 6, 2019, episodes of the podcast were posted every Tuesday on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify and Spreaker, but are filmed the week before they are posted at RNCN Studios in Dallas, Texas.
The podcast featured guests who have worked with Barney and they shared many wonderful behind the scenes stories of everyone's favorite purple dinosaur and the current work they're doing now.
Purple Tales Podcast celebrates the spirit of Barney as told through the talented people who created, produced and worked on all aspects of the cultural phenomena we know as America’s favorite purple dinosaur. The life lessons Barney has taught children since 1988 are recalled by the people who knew Barney best. Their stories and anecdotes provide a weekly reminder that the simplest of lessons can have a meaningful impact that lasts a lifetime.
The show typically opens with various clips from Barney & Friends as well as interviews and other media pertaining the program. It then zooms into one television screen and fades to the title of the podcast, which plays the notes of "I Love You". Background music of "Tickle" by Josef Falkensköld plays for a bit as Stinson and Jay start introductions and then move onto interviewing the guest of the week. The show concludes by ending with the song "Tickle" and concluding with the title card of the podcast.
Chris Kraft was at home one day with his granddaughter, trying to keep her entertained. He decided that children's programming could possibly keep her interest but none of the shows on television did not keep her attention nor did she enjoy what was on. Kraft decided to possibly try putting on Barney & Friends through Netflix, since his children grew up with the program. His granddaughter was soon captivated by the purple dinosaur on the screen.
Kraft has known Stinson for a year. On one of the episodes, Kraft saw Stinson's name in the credits, took a screenshot and texted it to him, asking if he was Barney. Stinson replied yes and Kraft was interested. After Kraft's new found knowledge, he would tease some stories out of Stinson during long road trips and told Stinson to share his stories with people. Stinson, reluctant at first, decided to go ahead and start a podcast pertaining to Barney in order to tell stories of not just himself but others who worked on the series.
Purple Tales Podcast LIVE! was an event scheduled for June 22, 2019 at the Ennis Public Theatre at 6pm. The event was cancelled for unknown reasons. The live event was scheduled to feature Carey Stinson, Jeff Ayers, Kyle Nelson, Patty Wirtz, Shelley Aubrey, and Nancy Jay telling stories relating to Barney & Friends and had tickets in benefit of the Ennis Boys and Girls Club for $25.
|1||Carey "Barney" Stinson welcomes Jeff "Baby Bop" Ayers||March 5, 2019||Jeff Ayers||Long-time costume performer of Baby Bop|
|2||Listening In with Barney Musical Director Joe Phillips||March 12, 2019||Joseph Phillips||Musical director of Barney & Friends from 1995-2011|
|3||Barney's Big Surprise with Actress Courtney Cook||March 19, 2019||Courtney Cook||Original child cast member of the national tour of Barney's Big Surprise in 1996.|
|4||Between Two Barneys with Josh Martin||March 26, 2019||Josh Martin||Costume performer of Barney.|
|5||The Words of Barney with Head Writer Steve White||April 2, 2019||Stephen White||Long time head writer of Barney & Friends.|
|6||Love and a Simple Jazz Square with Shelley Aubrey||April 9, 2019||Shelley C. Aubrey||Dialogue Coach, Performance director Barney & Friends.|
|7||The Body and The Voice of BJ||April 16, 2019||Patty Wirtz & Kyle Nelson||The original voice of BJ and the performer of BJ from 1997-2010.|
|8||Actress Marisa Kuers-Mailhes - "Hannah" (Season 4-6)||April 23, 2019||Marisa Kuers Mailhes||Actress who portrayed Hannah.|
|9||Of course Barney has a publicist!||April 30, 2019||Jackie Smith||Former publicist.|
|10||Working with dinos and kids from a director's point of view||May 7, 2019||Brian Mack||Former director and associate director.|
|11||Carey "Barney" Stinson takes his turn in the guest chair||May 14, 2019||Carey Stinson||Costume performer of Barney for twenty-two years.|
|12||Who sees Barney as a big purple lump of love?||May 21, 2019||Bob Lavallee||Former Production Designer|
|13||Stuuuuuuuu-pen-dous! It's the original voice of Barney||May 28, 2019||Bob West||The original voice of Barney.|
|14||Barney meets Rock & Roll!||June 4, 2019||Sloan Coleman & Jake Berry||SVP - Stage Tours/Live Events; Production Director|
|15||Barney rap from Backyard Gang kid Derek||June 11, 2019||Rickey Carter||Actor who portrayed Derek|
|16||the one and only Professor Tinkerputt is in the house!||June 18, 2019||Barry Pearl||Actor who portrayed Professor Tinkerputt.|
|17||From Barney to Broadway, Min Grows Up!||June 25, 2019||Pia Hamilton||Actress who portrayed Min|
|18||THE EVOLUTION OF BARNEY||July 2, 2019||Debbie Ries||Senior Vice President - HIT Entertainment|
|19||You asked. We answer. A very purple Q&A||July 9, 2019||Host Carey Stinson and Co-Host Nancy Jay answer questions from fans.|
|20||In the classroom with Selena, Demi and Barney's friends||July 16, 2019||Anne Marie Hurlbut||School Teacher for Barney & Friends.|
|21||Director shares never-before-seen Barney footage||July 23, 2019||Fred Holmes||Director for 98 episodes and 53 home videos.|
|22||Now an actress in Hollywood, it's Hayden "Sarah" Tweetie||July 30, 2019||Hayden Tweedie||Actress who portrayed Sarah|
|23||Let's start at the beginning with Brian "Michael" Eppes||August 6, 2019||Brian Eppes||Actor who portrayed Michael|