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A Common Sense Selection! Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher). Visit www.tumblepodcast.com for educational content.

Tumble Science Podcast for Kids Tumble Media

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.3 • 2.4K Ratings

A Common Sense Selection! Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher). Visit www.tumblepodcast.com for educational content.

    Can We Time Travel?

    Can We Time Travel?

    Is it possible to build a time machine? Can we time travel someday? That’s what Tumble listener Willa wants to know. Clifford Johnson, a theoretical physicist and film consultant, says that there’s real science behind the time travel - and he’ll tell us what it takes to do it.
    To learn more about time travel, go visit our blog at sciencepodcastforkids.com, where you can find all sorts of awesome resources to go along with this episode.
    This is our last episode of season 9! If you like what we do, why not support our show on Patreon? Just go to patreon.com/tumblepodcast and support us at any level for ad-free episodes, or for $5 a month you can hear a happy birthday wish on our show.
    Visit our Threadless shop to get awesome tumble t-shirts: tumblepodcast.threadless.com

    • 20 min
    Will An Asteroid Hit Earth?

    Will An Asteroid Hit Earth?

    How do scientists find out if an asteroid might hit our planet? And what do they do if it’s on a collision course with Earth? We’ll meet a planetary defender - an astronomer who uses radar telescopes to defend our planet from space rocks! Edgard Rivera Valentín grew up in Puerto Rico, next to Arecibo, the world’s most powerful radar telescope. Hear the story of how Edgard became a scientist superhero, and the supervillain asteroids they’re up against. 

    A bonus interview episode with Edgard is available to Patreon members who pledge at the $1 level or higher at patreon.com/tumblepodcast. 

    Check out more resources about Arecibo and asteroids on our blog, at sciencepodcastforkids.com.

    Listen to Tumble en Español! Search for “Tumble en Español” wherever you get your podcasts, or on our website under “En Español.”

    • 21 min
    Why Do Cicadas Live Underground?

    Why Do Cicadas Live Underground?

    How did cicadas evolve to go underground for so long? Why do cicadas spend so much of their lives underground? That’s what listeners Gus and Zachary want to know. This spring, up to a TRILLION cicadas will emerge across 16 states in the U.S., in an event that hasn’t happened since 1803. Cicada scientist Chris Simon helps us dig into the surprising science of cicadas - and figure out how they’re changing on this science podcast for kids. 
    Listen to our interview episode with Chris Simon, available to Patreon members who pledge at the $1 level or higher at patreon.com/tumblepodcast. 

    We also have free resources on our website - including maps of the emergence and links to download Cicada Safari, a citizen science cicada project. That’s on the blog at sciencepodcastforkids.com.

    Buy Tumble gear at our threadless shop!

    ¿Hablas español? Hay más episodios de nuestro podcast Tumble en Español en nuestro sitio web, https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/tumble-en-espanol.

    • 20 min
    The Alien Bacteria Abduction

    The Alien Bacteria Abduction

    Scientists stage an alien abduction to learn how bacteria avoid antibiotics, in this fact-meets-fiction episode! Meet our alien bacteria invaders (fiction) and our real life scientist, Caroline Blassick (fact) as they face off in a battle of microbial life and death. We’ll find out how Caroline implants mind-control devices in bacteria to improve human health, in bioengineer Mary Dunlop’s lab.
    Our bacteria are played by Clara and Elijah, middle school STEM students. 
    This episode is supported by the National Science Foundation under award number MCB 2032357. 
    Learn more about “alien bacteria” on the bonus interview episode on our Patreon, at patreon.com/tumblepodcast. 
    We have more free resources about bacteria and antibiotics available on the blog on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com

    • 19 min
    Can We See Black Holes?

    Can We See Black Holes?

    Why can’t we see black holes? Can we see black holes with a telescope? That’s what Tumble listener James wants to know. We explore the science of supermassive black holes and gravitational waves, with the help of astronomer Maura McLaughlin. Find out how the LIGO telescope is aiding in the search for supermassive black holes on an intergalactic collision course!

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Tumble en Español, the Spanish adaptation of Tumble, is back for Season 3! Listen here: https://www.sciencepodcastforkids.com/tumble-en-espanol

    Learn more about black holes and gravitational waves on the science podcast for kids blog on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com

    Listen to Maura talk about the science of pulsar stars - the key to finding gravitational waves and black holes - in our bonus interview episode, available when you support us on Patreon for just $1 or more a month on Patreon.com/tumblepodcast.

    • 20 min
    The Songs of Spiders

    The Songs of Spiders

    What does a spider web sound like? Join us as we weave a web of connections between science and music - and learn some truly mind-blowing facts about spiders! MIT scientist and musician Markus Buehler shares his journey into the spiderverse, turning spider silk into instruments and making materials from nature. 

    Watch Markus’ spider music videos on the blog on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com
    The song "Spider Variations" by Markus Buehler was used with permission from Markus. The sounds are based on a sonification method of a spider web as described in the references below [1-2], part of a larger collaboration with Tomás Saraceno, Saraceno Studios, Ally Bisshop, Thomas Muehletahler, and Evan Ziporyn, and the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST). Hear more of Markus' songs on his Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-275864738
    Hear more from Markus about materials and music in our bonus interview episode, available when you support us on Patreon for just $1 or more a month on Patreon.com/tumblepodcast.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

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This podcast is amazing. Thank you for making a podcast about science my question is is it possible to make an animal translator and can species of animals communicate with each other my birthday 🥳 is on March sixteenth

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They don’t actually answer the questions…

We like this podcast for my kids, but it drives me crazy when they don’t actually answer the specific question. There was an asteroid episode and a child asked 1) how long does an asteroid take to travel toward earth and 2) how close does it have to get to earth to measure it. We listened to it twice and I didn’t hear the answers both times. An episode about early language could have been interesting but they spent most of the time talking about a theoretical time machine.

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