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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
    • 4.5 • 10.2K 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.

    Underwater volcanoes and lots of salt: A deep dive into the ocean

    Underwater volcanoes and lots of salt: A deep dive into the ocean

    The ocean is huge and full of wonders, so it's no surprise our listeners have lots of question about it. In this episode we'll travel to the bottom of the ocean to find out what the ocean floor is made of, and learn how geologist Marie Tharp helped us understand how amazing it is. We'll also delve into why the ocean is salty but lakes and rivers aren't, and sing along with the Salty Sea Shanty. Plus a brand new mystery sound!






    BrainsOnSaltySeaShanty








    Our Salty Sea Shanty complete with sea creature drawings sent in by our listeners!







    This episode was sponsored by:


    Indeed (indeed.com/BRAINSON - to receive a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job posting)

    Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - for a free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features)

    • 33 min
    Why can't we remember when we were babies?

    Why can't we remember when we were babies?

    You've probably seen photos from your first birthday. Or maybe you heard about the time you got spaghetti sauce all over the walls when you were two. The grown ups around you remember these things, so why can't you? In this episode, we'll find out how our brains store memories and why we can't hang on to those early ones. Plus: a brand new mystery sound and a preview of everyone's favorite soap opera, The Young and the Toothless.



    This episode was sponsored by:


    Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - Receive a $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job posting)

    Shopify (Shopify.com/brainson - Free 14-day trial and full access to Shopify's entire suite of features)

    • 27 min
    Million Bazillion: How do big video platforms make money?

    Million Bazillion: How do big video platforms make money?

    We’re thrilled to share an episode from our pals at Million Bazillion. Take a peek at the fascinating world of online video makers and the role money plays.



    A listener wants to know how the creators of his favorite online videos get paid. It’s a surprisingly complicated question, and Ryan and Bridget have to go viral themselves to find out the answer. Accompanied by their new dog and a bunch of influencers, we’ll learn all about the wild economics of online videos. Put on your tap-dancing shoes, we’re making content!






    https://www.marketplace.org/shows/million-bazillion/

    What role do you play in getting video makers paid?

    • 27 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
10.2K Ratings

10.2K Ratings

Robanana ,

Love but

I love your show but I don’t like how you moved the answer to mystery sound to the end because i listen to your podcast to fall asleep so i fall asleep before i get to find out the answer.

Hawth 2013 ,

Brains on is Awesome!

I’ve learned so much from brains on. I think Sandon is really funny. 👍👍🛸🛫

AJT 👍🏼 ,

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Thanks for making this podcast! I tune in every night before bed, and whenever I’m bored. You guys are THE BEST!!!
Keep it up!
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