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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! Science podcast for kids American Public Media

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

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.

    The Mosties!

    The Mosties!

    Raise a curtain. Cue the lights. It’s the most most-tacular night. It’s The Mosties! The Brains Brains On favorites, Bob, Gungador, Elevator and HARVEY have all made it out to celebrate superlatives.



    The Mosties is an awards show of the extreme. Tonight’s categories include: Biggest Plant, Fastest Organism, Strongest Glue, Oldest Animal and Oldest Music. And don’t forget to stick around for a Mystery Mostie (aka Mystery Sound). And the winner is… ???



    This is our last episode of this season but we’ll be back in August with more new episodes. Until then, Forever Ago is coming back June 1st and Smash Boom Best will be back July 7th. Remember, you can listen to Moment of Um every weekday too! Plus, the Brains On books are always around to keep you company -- you can buy them at brainson.org/books



    This episode was sponsored by:

    Outschool (Outschool.com/brains for $15 off your child’s first class)

    Insect Lore (Insectlore.com)

    Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson for a 14 day free trial)

    Galileo Camps (Galileo-camps.com promo code: FUNSUMMER2022 for $100 off camp)

    Pinna (Pinna.fm/brainson promo code: BRAINSON for 50% off your first payment of full access)

    Mathnasium (Mathnasium.com)

    • 37 min
    Forever Ago is back June 1!

    Forever Ago is back June 1!

    We are so excited to share that our podcast, Forever Ago, is returning for a brand new season!

    If you didn’t get a chance to hear the first season, Forever Ago is a history show for the whole family hosted by Joy Dolo - where every episode looks into the surprising and fascinating history of things we think are ordinary but they’re not - like ice cream flavors, video games, baths and umbrellas.

    We think you’ll really like it and we have the trailer of the new season for you to check out! Make sure to subscribe to Forever Ago wherever you get your podcasts and listen to all the episodes from season 1 to get ready. New episodes come out on June 1st! 

    • 2 min
    Dreams: The science of a sleeping brain

    Dreams: The science of a sleeping brain

    You dream every night, even if you don't remember them. But why? We'll hop on a wild ride to go inside the brain and see which parts help create these often fantastical images and storylines. We'll also learn how to take control of our dreams and how they make us more creative. Plus: a new mystery sound and a Moment of Um answers the question "How do octopuses make ink?"

    Today’s episode is sponsored by


    Insectlore.com

    Shopify.ca/brainson – for a free 14 day trial and full access to Shopify’s entire suite of features

    Galileo-camps.com – use code FUNSUMMER2022 for $100 off camp

    PINNA.FM/BRAINSON and use promo code BRAINSON for 50% off your first payment when you sign up for Pinna full access




    You can support the show at brainson.org/donate, check out our merch at brainson.org/shop or buy our books at brainson.org/books. You can also join our free fan club at brainson.org/fanclub

    • 36 min
    Tongue twisters: Terribly terrific and truly tantalizing

    Tongue twisters: Terribly terrific and truly tantalizing

    Why is it so hard to say sentences like: she sells sea shells at the sea shore? This episode cracks the code of tongue twisters. Check out the role mouth shapes and vocal folds play in tongue twisters. Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel will share her research into tongue twisters and how she came up with some of the hardest sentences for people to say. We also have a report on “the late eight,” a group of sounds that can be tough to say — and quite confounding when combined.



    Also, be sure to check out our listener-submitted tongue twisters — some you may have heard before, others are brand new to the world! Stick around for a stumper of a Mystery Sound too!



    This episode was sponsored by:

    Insect Lore (insectlore.com)

    Shopify (shopify.com/brainson for a free 14 day trial)

    Galileo Camps (galileo-camps.com promo code: FUNSUMMER2022 for $100 off camp)

    Pinna (pinna.fm/brainson promo code: BRAINSON for 50% off your first full-access payment)

    • 32 min
    How does a caterpillar become a butterfly?

    How does a caterpillar become a butterfly?

    Caterpillars go through a striking transformation from a crawly, tube-like creature into a soaring, beautifully-winged butterfly. This process is called metamorphosis and it’s no wonder our listeners have lots of questions about it. We’ll find out exactly how a caterpillar transforms (spoiler alert: it doesn’t just grow a pair of wings), and we’ll go on a house-hunting journey with two caterpillars searching for their pupation stations. Plus, a pretty tricky mystery sound for you to guess!



    This episode was sponsored by:

    Insect Lore (insectlore.com)Shopify (shopify.com/brainson for a 14 day trial)Galileo Camps (Galileo-camps.com - promo code: FUNSUMMER2022 for $100 off camp)Pinna (Pinna.fm/BrainsOn - promo code: BRAINSON for 50% off your first payment when you sign up for Pinna full access)

    • 26 min
    What makes tiny tardigrades tick?

    What makes tiny tardigrades tick?

    You can find micro-animals just about everywhere. They’re on your face and in your hair. They’re in puddles and in soil. One of the most famous of these microscopic creatures is the tardigrade.



    This episode zooms in on these adorable little animals, also known as moss piglets and water bears. The biggest tardigrade is about the size of the tip of a sharpened pencil, but most are smaller. More like the width of a hair. They’re kinda like a squishy pillow with eight legs, four on each side, with finger-like little claws at the end of each leg. And a round, snout-like opening on its face.



    Jasmine Nirody tells us what she’s learned about these cuties through her research. She’s watched hundreds of hours of tardigrade videos. Way better than YouTube, right? We’ll also hear about where you can find tardigrades, how they live and why we’ve sent them to space.

    Don’t forget to check out the brand new Mystery Sound too. If you’re near Los Angeles or St. Paul, you still have time to check out Brains On Live: Your Brain Is Magic. Molly, Marc and Sanden will wow you with magic, jokes and dancing. Ticket info is at brainson.org/events.



    This episode was sponsored by:

     

    Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON)

    Novo (Novo.co/BRAINS)

    Insect Lore (Insectlore.com)

    Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson)

    Galileo Camps (Galileo-camps.com – promo code: FUNSUMMER2022 for $100 off camp)

    Little Passports (Littlepassports.com/BRAINS – 20% off for new customers)

    Pinna (Pinna.fm/BRAINSON - promo code BRAINSON)

    Mathnasium (Mathnasium.com)

    • 29 min

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