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Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions and go wherever the answers take us.

Brains On! Science podcast for kids American Public Media

    • Education for Kids
    • 4.5, 675 Ratings

Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions and go wherever the answers take us.

    Introducing: Julie's Library

    Introducing: Julie's Library

    We're very excited to share an episode of a brand new podcast we've been working on called Julie's Library. It’s hosted by the legendary, the one and only, Julie Andrews. Every week, she and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton read from their favorite children’s books.
    The featured book in this episode is Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudsen, and illustrated by Matt Phelan.
    You can listen to more episodes and subscribe at Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/julies-library-story-time-with-julie-andrews/id1507980417), Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/7l9G5ddvRI3BqLf2WVCOS7), Google Podcasts (http://tiny.cc/wrhrpz), or wherever you usually listen. Find out more at julieslibraryshow.org

    • 18 min
    Coronavirus: How to be a helper from home

    Coronavirus: How to be a helper from home

    We’re all doing our best to stay safe from coronavirus, but is there anything we can do for others as well? In this episode we look at some ways you can help from home, like by making masks, donating to food banks or writing letters. Two stars of the World Handwashing Federation stop by to explain the science of how water actually dries out our hands. Plus, Kara and Gilly interview science journalist Carl Zimmer on the weird world of viruses, including some viruses that help people!

    There’s a listener-submitted mystery sound and this week’s Moment of Um tackles the question: how do seashells get their shape?

    This episode is sponsored by Betty Crocker bettycrocker.com and Care.com promo code: BRAINS

    • 38 min
    Thinking ink: The scoop on this colorful stuff!

    Thinking ink: The scoop on this colorful stuff!

    Ink is amazing. It helps us captures our thoughts, comes in many colors and some of it is even made by animals! In this episode we explore the history of this special substance. We’ll also talk squid ink with biologist Sarah McAnulty and explain how tattoos work.

    Plus, your poems about ink! Obviously there’s also a Mystery Sound and a Moment of Um that answers the question: what happens if salt is poured on snails?

    This episode is sponsored in part by Betty Crocker - bettycrocker.com and Laurel Springs School - laurelsprings.com/brainson

    • 38 min
    Mystery Sound Extravaganza 2020

    Mystery Sound Extravaganza 2020

    You don’t have to search far to find amazing Mystery Sounds. If you listen, you can find them in every room of your house. Today’s episode is chock full of these audible wonders. They are cotton candy for the ears! They are the notes to make your tympanic membrane sing!

    It’s time for the Mystery Sound Extravaganza! An episode made up of nothing but Mystery Sounds, most of them recorded by our amazing listeners.Plus, today's Moment of Um answers this stumper: when your eyes are closed, are your pupils big or small?

    Today’s episode is sponsored by KiwiCo (kiwico.com/brainson)

    • 39 min
    Can you dig to the center of the Earth?

    Can you dig to the center of the Earth?

    Like an onion, the Earth has layers. In this episode we’ll see if you can dig through those layers to get to the center of the planet.
    We’ll also hear about the Danish scientist who discovered more about Earth’s core by studying earthquakes. Plus, we investigate the phrase “dig a hole to China.”
    Children’s book author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers stops by to talk about the Earth’s crust. “Here We Are,” his book about our vast and wonderful planet, was just turned into a movie (you can find it on Apple TV+).
    And our Moment of Um answers the question: do fish have tongues? All that and a Mystery Sound in this very layered episode!

    This episode is sponsored by KiwiCo (kiwico.com/brainson) and Skylight Frame (skylightframe.com/brains). You can support the show at brainson.org/fans

    • 34 min
    Joy Overload! The science of tickles and cuteness

    Joy Overload! The science of tickles and cuteness

    Get ready for some smiles! We’re looking at the science of two things that bring us joy: tickles and cuteness.
    We’ll explain why tickles make us giggle and why you can’t tickle yourself. Then we’ll talk about what makes cute things cute and why sometimes we want to eat or smoosh cute things.
    Plus, a super cute Mystery Sound and a Moment of Um answering the question: “Can a moon have a moon?”
    This episode is sponsored by iD Tech (idtech.com/brains). You can support the show at brainson.org/fans

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
675 Ratings

675 Ratings

Naepstn ,

I love brains on!

I love brains on! It is such an amazing podcast it is my favourite ever!😛😝
I really like the episode about dreams and the one about ink called thinking ink and actually I found out about two other podcasts just from listening to your podcast! Guess what didn’t even know I could send stuff to you and I’m only 9 years old! Oh, and I actually have a bunch of questions for you like in Ancient Greece 🇬🇷 why where girls not aloud to read or right or go to school! AND BOYS GET TO DO ALL THOSE THINGS!!! And I really really really want to do an episode with you!
Love your podcast bye. 👋

From: Ella Epstein
To: Molly Bloom

Lbloom1 ,

Eh

It’s not the best. Listened to one episode of it and didn’t like it. Check out mystery recipe! They do a mashup together.

But it’s not my favourite...

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