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Brains On! Science podcast for kids podcast

Brains On! Science podcast for kids

Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Each week, a different kid co-host joins Molly Bloom to find answers to fascinating questions about the world sent in by listeners. Like, do dogs know they’re dogs? Or, why do feet stink? Plus, we have mystery sounds for you to guess, songs for you to dance to, and lots of facts -- all checked by experts.

Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Each week, a different kid co-host joins Molly Bloom to find answers to fascinating questions about the world sent in by listeners. Like, do dogs know they’re dogs? Or, why do feet stink? Plus, we have mystery sounds for you to guess, songs for you to dance to, and lots of facts -- all checked by experts.

 

#273

Is it possible to clone yourself?

Imagine an exact copy of you, someone with the same hair, eyes and DNA. That’s a clone. Scientists have been able to make clones of some animals. In this episode, we’ll hear the story of Dolly the sheep, the most famous clone ever! We’ll also talk about why people think it would be ethically wrong to clone humans. But natural human clones DO exist! They’re called identical twins and even though they share the same DNA, they can be quite different. We’ll meet two identical twins to talk about their differences, plus an all new Mystery Sound for your ears! This episode was sponsored by; Mathnasium ( [Mathnasium.com] (http://mathnasium.com/)  - Contact Mathnasium for a free in-center or online consultation.) Thrive Market ( [Thrive.com/brains] (http://thrive.com/brains)  - Join Thrive Market today and get 30% off your first order, plus a FREE $60 gift.) ... Read more

27 Dec 2022

38 MINS

38:02

27 Dec 2022


#272

How is concrete made? And why does it matter?

Concrete is so much more than just a sidewalk. We use it to build playgrounds and skateparks and even musical instruments! But how does it go from a powder to a sludge to the strong building material that we use all over the world? And can we come up with new recipes that are better for the environment? To celebrate this superlative substance, Molly and cohost Mark are joined by special guest Concreature, a being from the concrete dimension! Tune in for a dose of history, some magnificent moss, and some hot, hot science. ... Read more

13 Dec 2022

27 MINS

27:02

13 Dec 2022


#271

How were people mummified?

Ancient Egyptians did lots of amazing things, from building pyramids to inventing a form of writing called hieroglyphics. They also mummified important people after they died. In this episode, we’ll explain how that process was done and why. We’ll also meet a museum curator who thinks it might be time to rethink how we study mummified people. Plus, we’ll find out why so many things from ancient Egypt are still around, meet a biker club that loves respecting other cultures and hear an all new Mystery Sound. ... Read more

29 Nov 2022

35 MINS

35:47

29 Nov 2022


#270

Do insects see the world in slow motion? Looking through animal eyes

Do insects see the world in slow motion? Do animals see the same rainbow we do? How do eagles see so far away? Our listeners have a lot of questions about the way animals see the world, and this episode tackles lots of them. We'll visit a lab where scientists are observing predatory insects to find out how their brains work, we'll drop in on the Eyes Open Wider support group for animals, and give you a catchy melody that will help you remember the electromagnetic spectrum -- that's all the light that's both visible and invisible to us. This episode was sponsored by: Elfster ( [Elfster.com/podcast] (http://elfster.com/podcast)  - Set up a free Secret Santa gift exchange.) Shopify ( [Shopify.com/brainson] (http://shopify.com/brainson)  - Sign up for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features.) Storyworth ( [Storyworth.com/brains] (http://storyworth.com/brains)  - Save $10 on your first purchase.) [WOW in the World] (https://tinkercast.com/shows/wow-in-the-world/) podcast by Wondery ... Read more

22 Nov 2022

23 MINS

23:33

22 Nov 2022


#269

Space: The ultimate intergalactic game show

Do you like games? Do you like space? Then this is the episode for you! We’ve got five space-inspired games for you: Cosmic Couplets, Infini-Trivia, First Things First, Stars in Space or Pasta Shapes and, of course, Mystery Sounds! Plus we’ll hear some of the super catchy, dance-your-pants-off space jingles you’ve been sending to us! Get your astronaut gear on, gaze up at the cosmos and get ready to play along! This episode was sponsored by: Elfster ( [Elfster.com/podcast] (http://elfster.com/podcast)  - Set up a free Secret Santa gift exchange.) Indeed ( [Indeed.com/BRAINS] (http://indeed.com/BRAINS)  - For a $100 sponsored job credit Terms and conditions apply. Offer good for a limited time.) Shopify ( [Shopify.com/brainson] (http://shopify.com/brainson)  - Click for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features.) Storyworthy ( [Storyworth.com/brains] (http://storyworth.com/brains)  - Save $10 on your first purchase.) [WOW in the World] (https://tinkercast.com/shows/wow-in-the-world/) podcast by Wondery ... Read more

15 Nov 2022

35 MINS

35:09

15 Nov 2022


#268

Terrestrials: The Mastermind

Hi friends! We wanted to share this episode from the fabulous new podcast: Terrestrials. If you like it, you’re in luck, because there are five more episodes waiting for your hungry ears. Enjoy! Radiolab for Kids Presents: Terrestrials. Terrestrials is a show for people of all ages that explores the strangeness that exists right here on Earth.    In this episode, Sy Montgomery, an author and naturalist, shares the story of a color-changing creature many people assumed to be brainless who outsmarts his human captors. If you want a SPOILER of what the creature is, read on: It’s an octopus. We hear the story of one particularly devious octopus who lost a limb, was captured by humans, and then managed to make an escape from its aquarium tank—back into the ocean! The tale of “Inky” the octopus calls into question who we think of as intelligent (and kissable) in the animal kingdom.   Learn about the storytellers, listen to music, and dig deeper into the stories you hear on Terrestrials with activities you can do at home or in the classroom on our website,  [Terrestrialspodcast.org] (https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fterrestrialspodcast.org%2F&data=05%7C01%7Cradkins%40americanpublicmedia.org%7Cbe71b0f0f24d4393298508dac1d15409%7C8245ecb6b08841218e216c093b6d9d22%7C0%7C0%7C638035402105993804%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=tbLO%2BWrAJ5fGS19hhfjIfCJtpq2z4ERSf3I8PJiuC7s%3D&reserved=0) .    Find MORE original Terrestrials fun on Youtube.   Badger us on Social Media: @radiolab and #TerrestrialsPodcast    Credits:   Terrestrials is a production of WNYC Studios, created by Lulu Miller. This episode is produced by Ana González, Alan Goffinski and Lulu Miller. Original Music by Alan Goffinski. Help from Suzie Lechtenberg, Sarah Sandbach, Natalia Ramirez, and Sarita Bhatt. Fact-check by Diane Kelley. Sound design by Mira Burt-Wintonick with additional engineering by Joe Plourde. Our storyteller this week is Sy Montgomery. Transcription by Caleb Codding.   Our advisors are Theanne Griffith, Aliyah Elijah, Dominique Shabazz, John Green, Liza Steinberg-Demby, Tara Welty, and Alice Wong.   Terrestrials is supported in part by Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation. ... Read more

11 Nov 2022

24 MINS

24:48

11 Nov 2022


#267

Flush! Where does our poo and pee go?

Every time you flush, your poo and pee start an epic journey. From the toilet, to the sewers, to a treatment plant, our waste travels quite a distance only to end up cleaner by the end. We'll hear from a "PooTube" star about her experience with "the flush." We'll also hear about ancient sewers, a "fatberg" under London and a toilet that cleans waste on site. Plus, our Moment of Um answers why you can feel your heart beating in your neck of all places. This episode was sponsored by: Indeed ( [Indeed.com/BRAINS] (http://indeed.com/BRAINS)  - For a $100 sponsored job credit Terms and conditions apply. Offer good for a limited time.) Shopify ( [Shopify.com/brainson] (http://shopify.com/brainson)  - For a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features.) ... Read more

08 Nov 2022

32 MINS

32:14

08 Nov 2022


#266

Why are we so sweaty?

When most bodies get hot, sweat starts pouring out. Why? In this episode, we'll hop in the Amazing Truck of Minimization (ATOM) to see how sweat glands work from the inside out, take a peek back in time to figure out how we evolved to be so sweaty, and we'll find out if there are any other animals as sweaty as we are. All that plus a brand new mystery sound! This episode was sponsored by: Indeed ( [Indeed.com/BRAINS] (http://indeed.com/BRAINS)  - For a $100 sponsored job credit Terms and conditions apply. Offer good for a limited time.) Shopify ( [Shopify.com/brainson] (http://shopify.com/brainson)  - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features) Outschool ( [Outschool.com/brains] (http://outschool.com/brains)  - save $15 on your child's first class) Bombas ( [Bombas.com/brainson] (http://bombas.com/brainson)  - get 20% off your first purchase) ... Read more

01 Nov 2022

24 MINS

24:43

01 Nov 2022


#265

Introducing Smarty Pass: Your ticket to the Brains On! Universe

Become a Smarty Pass subscriber today to access bonus episodes and ad-free episodes of Brains On!, Smash Boom Best, Moment of Um, and Forever Ago -- all right here in your favorite podcast player. Visit  [smartypass.org/brainson] (http://smartypass.org/brainson)  to get your Smarty Pass! It's $4/month or $36/year (a three-month discount!) Don't worry: This feed will stay free and we’ll be posting new episodes just like we always have. Whether you choose to subscribe, or keep listening in our free feeds, we so appreciate you listening to our shows and being a part of the Brains On universe. Thank you so much for your support! ... Read more

28 Oct 2022

04 MINS

04:15

28 Oct 2022


#264

Moon Myths: Why are there so many scary stories about the full moon?

The full moon is bright, beautiful, and reappears in the sky like clockwork. Many cultures use the full moon to mark the passing of time and organize calendars around the moon’s cycle. So why does the full moon also have a reputation for causing mischief and mayhem? In this episode, we’ll learn where some of these beliefs come from and investigate whether the full moon actually does affect humans and our behavior. We’ll also hear about folklore tied to the full moon and examine how the moon’s phases work. All that plus a brand new mystery sound! This episode was sponsored by: Indeed ( [Indeed.com/BRAINS] (http://indeed.com/BRAINS)  - For a $100 sponsored job credit Terms and conditions apply. Offer good for a limited time.) Shopify ( [Shopify.com/brainson] (http://shopify.com/brainson)  - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features) Outschool ( [Outschool.com/brains] (http://outschool.com/brains)  - save $15 on your child's first class) Bombas ( [Bombas.com/brainson] (http://bombas.com/brainson)  - get 20% off your first purchase) ... Read more

25 Oct 2022

33 MINS

33:41

25 Oct 2022


#263

AHH! How music can make scary movies even scarier

We listen to music with our ears – and that amazing electric meatball between our ears: our brain! But why do our brains find some music scary? We’re born with some fears baked into our brains, because our ancestors thought they were scary too! That’s why sudden loud noises startle us sometimes. But there’s another reason certain sounds freak us out – we’ve been taught to find them scary. We’ll hear how composer Heather McIntosh uses these fears to write scary film scores, and we’ll explore some of the ways scary sounds make their way into music with pianist and musical magician, Jae Kyo Han. Plus an extra mysterious mystery sound! This episode was sponsored by: Mathnasium ( [Mathnasium.com] (http://mathnasium.com/)  - Contact Mathnasium for a free in-center or online consultation) Indeed ( [Indeed.com/BRAINS] (http://indeed.com/BRAINS)  - For a $100 sponsored job credit Terms and conditions apply. Offer good for a limited time.) Shopify ( [Shopify.com/brainson] (http://shopify.com/brainson)  - For a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features) Outschool ( [Outschool.com/brains] (http://outschool.com/brains)  - Save $15 on your child's first class) Bombas ( [Bombas.com/brainson] (http://bombas.com/brainson)  - Get 20% off your first purchase) ... Read more

18 Oct 2022

33 MINS

33:25

18 Oct 2022


#262

Blood: The superhighway of the body

This episode was sponsored by: Mathnasium ( [Mathnasium.com] (http://mathnasium.com/)  - contact Mathnasium for a free in-center or online consultation) Indeed ( [Indeed.com/BRAINS] (http://indeed.com/BRAINS)  - For a $100 sponsored job credit Terms and conditions apply. Offer good for a limited time.) Shopify ( [Shopify.com/brainson] (http://shopify.com/brainson)  - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features) Outschool ( [Outschool.com/brains] (http://outschool.com/brains)  - save $15 on your child's first class) Bombas ( [Bombas.com/brainson] (http://bombas.com/brainson)  - get 20% off your first purchase) ... Read more

11 Oct 2022

33 MINS

33:07

11 Oct 2022


#261

Did the Brontosaurus really exist?

Today’s episode is all about one of the most dynamite dinosaurs, the Brontosaurus! This long-necked icon has been featured in books, cartoons, movies, and even logos. But did the Brontosaurus really exist in the first place? We’ll dig into that question and uncover the history of Brontosaurus with science writer and bronto-enthusiast Riley Black. We’ll also learn about taxonomy from a ghost and catch up with Mr. Bone Jangles. Plus, a new mystery sound to discover! Don’t forget to check out Forever Ago, where we have a companion episode to this Brontosaurus tale. It’s called [The Bone Wars: A dino-discovery duel] (https://www.brainson.org/episode/2022/10/12/dino-discovery-duel) , and it’s all about two competing paleontologists, who get a little carried away. This episode is sponsored by: Mathnasium ( [Mathnasium.com] (http://mathnasium.com/)  - contact Mathnasium for a free in-center or online consultation) Indeed ( [Indeed.com/BRAINS] (http://indeed.com/BRAINS)  - For a $100 sponsored job credit Terms and conditions apply. Offer good for a limited time.) Shopify ( [Shopify.com/brainson] (http://shopify.com/brainson)  - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features) Outschool ( [Outschool.com/brains] (http://outschool.com/brains)  - save $15 on your child's first class) Bombas ( [Bombas.com/brainson] (http://bombas.com/brainson)  - get 20% off your first purchase) ... Read more

04 Oct 2022

32 MINS

32:01

04 Oct 2022